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  • cancel everything

    sketches from the other side
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    SB and I had nice plans for the long holiday but we've canceled them. There are more important matters to attend to, such as supporting our friends. We discussed what we felt comfortable doing. During the protest marches earlier in the year we were careful to be observers and not join the marches because we wanted it to be clear that these protests were by Hong Kong citizens. We were able to show our support by standing at the sidelines and bearing witness. This time we are joining our friends to support them. SB and others have taken turns sitting with and delivering  nourishment to…
  • it's been a rough week

    sketches from the other side
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    It's been a rough week for me - deadlines, revisions, pitchfork waving - but this week was even rougher for one social worker and the Hong Kong Police Force.
  • Gov't websites resist hackers

    news.gov.hk - Top Story
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Gregory So said recent hacker attacks have not caused a significant impact on e-Government services. Government network systems and websites have not been compromised or defaced.Mr So told legislators today that a hacker group had recently attacked some Government websites, causing them to run slow by significantly increasing their traffic.The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer blocked the intrusion and got the websites to run normally again.Police are still investigating the cases. The attacks originated from within Hong Kong…
  • 15 arrested in illicit cigarette bust

    news.gov.hk - Law & Order
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Customs & Excise Department has arrested 15 people aged 20 to 56, after confiscating 3.6 million illicit cigarettes worth $10 million, with a duty potential of $6.9 million in a three-week crackdown.Customs officers arrested 12 men and three women and impounded two cross-boundary vehicles believed to be used for ferrying illicit cigarettes.Officers also cracked down on three suspected illicit cigarette storage points and detained seven cars apparently being used to distribute the cigarettes.In the first nine months of this year, the department cracked 16 major smuggling cases…
  • Pork floss found to contain gutter oil

    news.gov.hk - Health & Community
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Centre for Food Safety today urged consumers not to eat four kinds of pork products of Taiwan Farm Industry Co. as they were made with substandard lard.The centre has asked traders to stop supplying the products and to recall them.The affected products include: Fried Pork Floss 270g, Fried Pork Gloss with Seaweed 270g, Fried Pork Floss 300g and Fried Pork Floss 180g.The centre received notification from the Taiwanese authorities last night that these products were made with substandard lard produced by Cheng I Food Co., Ltd, and a total of about 37,380 cans of the affected products were…
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    news.gov.hk - Top Story

  • Gov't websites resist hackers

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Gregory So said recent hacker attacks have not caused a significant impact on e-Government services. Government network systems and websites have not been compromised or defaced.Mr So told legislators today that a hacker group had recently attacked some Government websites, causing them to run slow by significantly increasing their traffic.The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer blocked the intrusion and got the websites to run normally again.Police are still investigating the cases. The attacks originated from within Hong Kong…
  • Stock Connect to be phased in

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect will be implemented in a progressive and risk-controllable manner.Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Prof KC Chan told legislators today that as a pilot programme, Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect is a major attempt to open up the Mainland's capital markets, incorporating restrictions on eligible shares, eligible investors and quotas in the initial phase.He said these restrictions may be adjusted in light of operation. For example, derivatives are outside the current scope of the programme. But both stock exchange operators in Hong Kong…
  • All sectors' needs equal: CE

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung says an election design must achieve "balanced representation" since the Basic Law requires the Chief Executive to take into account all sectors' needs with equal importance.Mr Leung made these remarks in an earlier interview with overseas media when asked about the meaning of "broad representativeness" in the Election and Nominating Committees.Referring to his election experience in 2011/2012, Mr Leung cited the sports sector as an example to illustrate that, while the sports community's population is small, it is an important sector in the Election Committee. He had…
  • CGO forecourt not a public area

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie Lam says the Central Government Offices East Wing forecourt is a government property which is neither a public place nor a public open space, and the public does not have an absolute right of free access to it.Mrs Lam told lawmakers today that the forecourt has been primarily used as a vehicular access for the Central Government Offices and a pick up/drop off point for passengers, and it is open for public use on weekdays mainly as a passageway.The Government has the legal right and responsibility to exercise appropriate control and restriction on its use, having regard…
  • Gov't adopts audit report advice

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie LamLaid on the table today is the Government Minute responding to Report No. 62 of the Public Accounts Committee.When presenting Report No. 62 on July 9 to the Legislative Council, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee gave comments on Three chapters in the Director of Audit's Reports, namely: * planning, construction and redevelopment of public rental housing flats; * Mega Events Fund; and * promoting the development of social enterprises.We are grateful for the time and efforts that the committee has devoted to examining these subjects. We accept the…
 
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    news.gov.hk - Law & Order

  • 15 arrested in illicit cigarette bust

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Customs & Excise Department has arrested 15 people aged 20 to 56, after confiscating 3.6 million illicit cigarettes worth $10 million, with a duty potential of $6.9 million in a three-week crackdown.Customs officers arrested 12 men and three women and impounded two cross-boundary vehicles believed to be used for ferrying illicit cigarettes.Officers also cracked down on three suspected illicit cigarette storage points and detained seven cars apparently being used to distribute the cigarettes.In the first nine months of this year, the department cracked 16 major smuggling cases…
  • Gov't websites resist hackers

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Gregory So said recent hacker attacks have not caused a significant impact on e-Government services. Government network systems and websites have not been compromised or defaced.Mr So told legislators today that a hacker group had recently attacked some Government websites, causing them to run slow by significantly increasing their traffic.The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer blocked the intrusion and got the websites to run normally again.Police are still investigating the cases. The attacks originated from within Hong Kong…
  • Court order compliance urged

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Police Public Relations Branch Chief Superintendent Steve Hui has urged protestors to comply with court orders to stop their illegal occupation of roads.Speaking at a press conference today, Mr Hui said the Court of First Instance granted a temporary injunction yesterday requiring protestors to clear roads illegally occupied in Admiralty and Mong Kok, and forbidding them from preventing the removal of obstacles.The court said the occupation has deprived other people of their right to use the roads, Mr Hui said, urging them to respect the court’s decision and the rule of law.The occupation…
  • 8 arrested for illegal work offences

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Immigration officers yesterday arrested six illegal workers and two employers.They raided five locations across Hong Kong, including restaurants, an office and massage centres, and arrested two men and four women aged 29 to 42.Two men aged 39 and 54 were suspected of employing the illegal workers.The maximum penalty for illegal work is two years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
  • Do not bring children to protests

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Police today strongly condemned adults who brought children to the unlawful assembly in Mong Kok, calling it an act that was extremely irresponsible and dangerous.The force warned that some protesters are acting more and more radical, and that anyone who brings children to such a high-risk area puts their safety at risk if there is a confrontation, and that those parents or adults involved may have broken the law.Officers appealed to parents to leave the scene with their children immediately, or appropriate action will be taken to protect the youngsters from unnecessary harm.Police also…
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    news.gov.hk - Health & Community

  • Pork floss found to contain gutter oil

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Centre for Food Safety today urged consumers not to eat four kinds of pork products of Taiwan Farm Industry Co. as they were made with substandard lard.The centre has asked traders to stop supplying the products and to recall them.The affected products include: Fried Pork Floss 270g, Fried Pork Gloss with Seaweed 270g, Fried Pork Floss 300g and Fried Pork Floss 180g.The centre received notification from the Taiwanese authorities last night that these products were made with substandard lard produced by Cheng I Food Co., Ltd, and a total of about 37,380 cans of the affected products were…
  • Welfare cases dip 0.4%

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload in September showed a drop of 903 cases - a decrease of 0.4% compared to August - the Social Welfare Department said today.At the end of September, the social security caseload stood at 255,535, with a total of 384,305 recipients.Breaking down the figures, low earnings cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 1.7% to 8,023.Unemployment and single-parent cases both fell 0.7% to 19,386 and 29,993.The number of permanent-disability cases also dropped 0.3% to 18,311, while old-age and ill-health cases both dropped 0.1% to 149,555…
  • Ovitrap index falls

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The monthly ovitrap index for September dropped to 3.9% from 6.3% in August.The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department said that among the 44 areas surveyed last month, positive ovitrap indices were recorded in 34 of them, ranging from 1.8% to 11.3%, with the highest level in Ho Man Tin and Yuen Chau Kok.For port areas the monthly ovitrap index for September fell to 0.3% from 1.3% in August.The ovitrap indices reflect the prevalence of Aedes albopictus, a mosquito vector for Dengue fever transmission.Click here for mosquito prevention advice.
  • Girl treated for enterovirus

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Centre for Health Protection is investigating a case of severe paediatric enterovirus infection involving an eight-year-old girl. She is now in stable condition.She fell ill on October 18 and was admitted to Kwong Wah Hospital.The diagnosis was meningitis and she tested positive for enterovirus.The centre urged people to be vigilant against the disease and take preventive measures.
  • 5 more golds for HK

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung has congratulated Hong Kong athletes for winning gold medals in five events at the Incheon Asian Para Games today.The five events were the Combi Latin Class 1 (Ma Wah-keung and Ho Hei-man); Men's Sabre Individual - Category B (Tam Chik-sum); Table Tennis Women's TT11 Singles (Wong Ka-man), Men's Sabre Team (Chan Wing-kin, Cheong Meng-chai and Tam Chik-sum); and, Lawn Bowls Men's B8 Singles (Chiu Chung-lun)."They have showcased the spirit of striving for excellence. Hong Kong people are all deeply moved by their performances and appreciate their efforts," Mr Leung…
 
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    news.gov.hk - Admin & Civic Affairs

  • Dialogue calm, rational: CS

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie Lam described the Government's meeting with the Federation of Students as calm and rational, which is helpful for mutual understanding.Speaking to the media after the meeting, Mrs Lam said she respected the student’s passion and tenacity, and urged the federation to co-operate with the Government to resolve social problems.To show the Government’s sincerity, Mrs Lam said it will consider submitting a public opinion report to the State Council’s Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office.The report will be comprehensive and factual, reflecting public opinion on the…
  • All sectors' needs equal: CE

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung says an election design must achieve "balanced representation" since the Basic Law requires the Chief Executive to take into account all sectors' needs with equal importance.Mr Leung made these remarks in an earlier interview with overseas media when asked about the meaning of "broad representativeness" in the Election and Nominating Committees.Referring to his election experience in 2011/2012, Mr Leung cited the sports sector as an example to illustrate that, while the sports community's population is small, it is an important sector in the Election Committee. He had…
  • Students’ comment disappointing: Gov't

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Government says it is disappointed to learn about the Federation of Students' comment that the Government's response was not a concrete one.In a statement issued tonight, the Government said the Task Force on Constitutional Development today, with utmost sincerity, had a two-hour candid and meaningful dialogue with the student representatives.It noted the Government also gave a four-point response positively and proactively.
  • CGO forecourt not a public area

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie Lam says the Central Government Offices East Wing forecourt is a government property which is neither a public place nor a public open space, and the public does not have an absolute right of free access to it.Mrs Lam told lawmakers today that the forecourt has been primarily used as a vehicular access for the Central Government Offices and a pick up/drop off point for passengers, and it is open for public use on weekdays mainly as a passageway.The Government has the legal right and responsibility to exercise appropriate control and restriction on its use, having regard…
  • Broadly representative committee a must

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hong Kong has a constitutional requirement to form a 'broadly representative' Nominating Committee as part of the process to elect the Chief Executive by universal suffrage, CY Leung said in a statement today.Responding to comments about the issues Mr Leung raised in interviews to overseas media yesterday, the statement issued by the Chief Executive's Office stressed that people must look to the Basic Law to provide the broader context and the legal reality.'Broadly representative' is not just a question of absolute numbers; it is also a question of taking into account the needs and…
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    news.gov.hk - On The Record

  • Gov't adopts audit report advice

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie LamLaid on the table today is the Government Minute responding to Report No. 62 of the Public Accounts Committee.When presenting Report No. 62 on July 9 to the Legislative Council, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee gave comments on Three chapters in the Director of Audit's Reports, namely: * planning, construction and redevelopment of public rental housing flats; * Mega Events Fund; and * promoting the development of social enterprises.We are grateful for the time and efforts that the committee has devoted to examining these subjects. We accept the…
  • HK is a land of opportunity: FS

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John TsangColumbia University, one of the world's great academic institutions, has ties to more than 100 Nobel Prize laureates, several US presidents, including the current title holder, more than 20 Academy Award winners and nine justices of the US Supreme Court.I discovered that, and much more, in Columbia's online profile. It noted, for example, that Columbia is among the few universities that embrace the "Primal Scream". This annual practice, as I understand, takes place at midnight on the Sunday before the last week of final exams. Columbia students, and probably a…
  • Gov’t suspends student talks

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie LamThe Chief Executive announced on October 2 that he has appointed the Task Force on Constitutional Development led by me to enter into discussions with the Hong Kong Federation of Students on the sole subject of constitutional development, as they have requested.Since then, I have tasked Lau Kong-wah, the Under Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs, and his colleagues to hold preparatory talks with the Hong Kong Federation of Students representatives on three occasions.Though some issues relating to arranging the first meeting between the Task Force and…
  • Fortifying HK's strengths

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John TsangHong Kong has been an active international financial centre in the Asian time zone. We have business relations with virtually all the economies on this planet. Around 70 of the world's largest 100 banks operate in Hong Kong. We rank first and third respectively in the World Economic Forum's Financial Development Index and the City of London's Global Financial Centres Index. We maintain a highly open and internationalised market, and our regulatory regime is aligned with major markets around the world.As the international financial centre in the region, it goes…
  • HK sworn to market economy

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John TsangEconomic freedom has made Hong Kong what it is today. It is the key to sustaining Hong Kong's economic strength and competitiveness. This is particularly relevant in the new century, which has ushered in an even greater degree of interdependence among global economies.As a small and open economy, Hong Kong relies hugely on international trade, and is naturally susceptible to external shocks. Remaining true to our firm belief in free market philosophy has guided us through more than a few global crises over the recent decades. Our free-market philosophy allows for…
 
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    Hong Kong News

  • Force-feeding values to school students

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    We adults should be listening to why Thai students are protesting against the government's order for them to recite its 12 values, not dismissing them out of hand because of their youth. An ad hominem error of logic is one which appeals to the listener's feelings or prejudices instead of her intellect, for example, by saying "you don't make sense because you are too fat/skinny/short/tall/young/old", when those traits are not related to the matter at hand.
  • The Hong Kong Protests Are Creating a More Ethnically Unified City

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    Members from Hong Kong's South Asian community take part in a protest for democracy on October 9, 2014 in the Central district of Hong Kong. Jeffrey Andrews, a 29-year-old social worker of Indian origin, got a call from a Pakistani friend on the night of Sept.
  • In Brief: Government OKs Czech troops to stay in Afghanistan

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    The Czech defense ministry said the government has approved its plan to keep troops in Afghanistan for at least two more years. The ministry said Monday that up to 350 soldiers will be deployed in Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016 as part of a NATO-led force.
  • Daily Links

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Links... plus an event! Too busy to blog tonight.... Don't miss: Tairadical's rip of the Lien Family Ben's analysis of Taipei City District 2 AmCham has piece on making Taiwan into a Silicon Valley in Asia . Nope, won't happen.
  • General Debate 20 October 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    13. The migration cycle appears to be on the cusp of turning and if the housing market has performed so well with net outflows over 3,000 in the past year the implications of positive gains are clear. 14. The nature of net inward migration is changing toward greater numbers of people coming from Asia and with Asia's middle class booming in size potential inflows of wealthier people are large.
 
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    news.gov.hk - City Life

  • Theatre Horizon trilogy to start

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Theatre Horizon will stage the first episode of its Century-old Dreams of a Fishing Harbour trilogy in November and December.The story begins as the legendary half-man, half-fish Lu-Tings, the earliest indigenous group of Hong Kong, trace local history in the century between the Opium War and the Japanese occupation.The episode will be staged from November 28 to 30 at Sha Tin Town Hall, and December 6 and 7 at Tsuen Wan Town Hall.Tickets are available at URBTIX.Click here for details.
  • Erhu virtuoso to perform in HK

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Award-winning erhu virtuoso Yan Guowei will perform with the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra in November.The programme will include erhu solos Reflections of the Moon on the Waters and The Legend of Marquis Yi of Zeng; erhu concertos A Heroine and a Martyr and Erhu Rhapsody No. 4; and the orchestral pieces A Trip to the Ancient Tea Horse Road, Soaring Song and Song of Lishan.Ms Yan has won gold awards at major erhu competitions on the Mainland and overseas, including the Gold Award in the 9th Erhu Competition at the Chinese Golden Bell Awards for Music in 2013; the Gold Award for…
  • New Vision Arts Festival opens

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The biennial New Vision Arts Festival opened tonight at the Cultural Centre.The festival, running until November 16, presents an array of innovative performances from top local and overseas arts groups, and showcases the boundless creativity of cross-boundary collaboration.It opened with Political Mother an innovative dance production with classical and rock music by Hofesh Shechter Company from the UK.It will also offer extension activities including exhibitions, talks, masterclasses, a backstage tour, meet-the-artist sessions, sharing sessions, a Young Critic-in-Residence Scheme and the…
  • Mahler lectures set for Nov

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Acclaimed music critic Chow Fan-fu will hold four music appreciation lectures on the symphonies of classical composer Gustav Mahler in November and December.Chow will introduce audiences to the Austrian composer's two best known works Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 5.The four lectures will be conducted in Cantonese and start at 7.30pm on four consecutive Wednesdays from November 26 at the Space Museum.Tickets are $50 at URBTIX.Click here for details.
  • Tea ware museum to mark 30th year

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware will hold an exhibition to celebrate its 30th anniversary from tomorrow to November 15, featuring 80 items from its collection.The show will tell the story of Vitasoy Group founder Lo Kwee-seong who advocated the establishment of Asia's first museum for the collection and display of tea ware in Hong Kong 30 years ago.Mr Lo donated more than 600 tea ware sets, collected from China and overseas, to the museum.Click here for more information.
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    news.gov.hk - Business & Finance

  • KC Chan to attend investment fair

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Prof KC Chan attend the 6th China Overseas Investment Fair in Beijing tomorrow.He will give a keynote speech on Mainland enterprises going global and the role of Hong Kong's financial services at the event's Hong Kong forum.He will return to Hong Kong on Friday.
  • All banks open

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A bank affected by protests has reopened, while all other bank branches had earlier resumed operations.Two bank branches plan to shorten their business hours today.
  • FS meets finance ministers

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John Tsang today held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Malaysia, Canada and Indonesia on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Finance Ministers' Meeting in Beijing.He met Finance Minister II of Malaysia Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Canada's Minister of Finance Joe Oliver and Chairman of the Fiscal Policy Agency in the Indonesian Ministry of Finance Andin Hadiyanto.He discussed with them investment ties between Hong Kong and their countries.At the Finance Ministers' Meeting, Mr Tsang spoke on infrastructure financing, highlighting its fundamental…
  • Stock Connect to be phased in

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect will be implemented in a progressive and risk-controllable manner.Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Prof KC Chan told legislators today that as a pilot programme, Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect is a major attempt to open up the Mainland's capital markets, incorporating restrictions on eligible shares, eligible investors and quotas in the initial phase.He said these restrictions may be adjusted in light of operation. For example, derivatives are outside the current scope of the programme. But both stock exchange operators in Hong Kong…
  • 2 banks remain closed

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Two branches of two banks remained temporarily closed as at 8am today, while ATM services in affected areas were also suspended.The Monetary Authority advised customers to pay attention to bank announcements regarding affected branches and ATMs. It will also publish updates on its website.
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    news.gov.hk - Environment

  • More green transport trials approved

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The 11th batch of applications for green transport trials under the Pilot Green Transport Fund has been approved, the Environmental Protection Department announced today.The 14 newly approved trial applications include the retrofitting of a ferry with a diesel-electric propulsion system and a seawater scrubber, eight electric taxis, five electric vans and two hybrid trucks, involving a total subsidy of about $8.5 million.This brings the total number of trials under the fund to 88, for the testing of 31 electric taxis, two electric light buses, 11 electric buses, 38 electric goods vehicles, 48…
  • 29 pollution convictions recorded

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department recorded 29 convictions for pollution offences in September.Nine were for air pollution, eight for noise and 11 were for waste disposal offences.The heaviest fine handed down in the month was $20,000 against three companies that used powered mechanical equipment not complying with permit conditions, and a company that carried out construction work without a valid noise permit.
  • Vehicle emission changes launched

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department launched today two transitional arrangements for the strengthened emission control programme for petrol and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicles.The transitional arrangements will last until January 31.The period for petrol and LPG vehicles found to be emitting excessive emissions to pass the emission test will be extended from the current 12 working days to 25.Up to two free tests will be provided to vehicles that failed the first emission tests on condition that the owners have to pay for the first emission test and the pollutant emissions of the…
  • Toxic spill drill held

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A joint marine pollution response exercise co-ordinated by the Marine Department was held off Tuen Mun today to test responses in handling the spillage of oil and toxic substances in Hong Kong waters.The exercise involved a mock spill caused by a collision between a diesel-leaking tanker and a chemical tanker leaking liquid acrylonitrile, posing a threat to the nearby environment and facilities.Response groups contained and cleaned up the spills.A shoreline oil clean-up drill was also conducted on the beach near Tsing Lung Garden.The Civil Aid Service, Auxiliary Medical Service, Government…
  • Air pollution nears 'Serious' level

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department has warned the public to avoid outdoor activities as the Air Quality Health Index is near the Serious level in some areas today.At 1pm the index reached Level 8 in Yuen Long, Tap Mun and Central, meaning the health risk was in the Very High category.The Hong Kong Observatory forecasts that the weather will be mainly fine in the next couple of days but smog will persist, resulting in the health risk reaching the Very High or Serious categories.Children, the elderly and people with heart or respiratory illnesses should reduce physical exertion and outdoor…
 
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    About.com Hong Kong/Macau Travel: Most Popular Articles

  • The 5 Best Guest Houses in Hong Kong

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Guest House Hong Kong, there’s hundreds of them, some in the much talked about Chunking Mansions, and while a stay in a guest house in Hong Kong I never going to be luxury, it also doesn’t mean stained sheets and grimy walls. You can get in-room TV, showers and even wifi, just check out our top five guesthouse in Hong Kong list.
  • Where to See the Pink Dolphin in Hong Kong

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    We find out where to see the Pink Dolphin in Hong Kong, review the dolphin watching tours and discuss the environmental impact.
  • Traveling Between Hong Kong and Macau By Ferry?...

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    The ferry between Hong Kong and Macau is the only transport between the two SARs. Find out where to catch it, how much it costs and when it runs in our guide to the ferry between Hong Kong and Macau.
  • City of Dreams Macau

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    City of Dreams Macau - One of the new, Las Vegas style casinos in Macau, we look at the food, the entertainment, the hotels and, of course, the casino at the City of Dreams Macau
  • What's Best Way to Travel from Hong Kong to...

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    The best way to travel from Hong Kong to Shenzhen is by using the MTR subway. Our step by step guide to travelling by subway from Hong Kong to Shenzhen covers the where, when and how much.
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    Gregory 河國榮 Dare to dream

  • Instagram: 心痛。漁農處剛剛把漂亮良性的流浪…

    Gregory 河國榮
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:46 am
    Link to original post: Instagram: 心痛。漁農處剛剛把漂亮良性的流浪… gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
  • Instagram: 買五金零件剛剛經過。

    Gregory 河國榮
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Link to original post: Instagram: 買五金零件剛剛經過。 gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
  • Instagram: 準備看表演 :-) gettin…

    Gregory 河國榮
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    Link to original post: Instagram: 準備看表演 :-) gettin… 準備看表演 :-) getting ready to watch the show gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
  • Instagram: 趕住在九龍灣展貿中心開檔不過將軍…

    Gregory 河國榮
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Link to original post: Instagram: 趕住在九龍灣展貿中心開檔不過將軍… 趕住在九龍灣展貿中心開檔不過將軍澳隧道大塞車。In a hurry to set up our booth at E-Max but there's a massive traffic jam at the Tseung Kwun O tunnel. gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
  • Instagram: 開檔!九龍灣展貿中心 Open …

    Gregory 河國榮
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Link to original post: Instagram: 開檔!九龍灣展貿中心 Open … 開檔!九龍灣展貿中心 Open for business. Kowloon Bay's E-MAX shopping centre. gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
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    Beneath the Peak

  • Presentations

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    On Tuesday, I spoke on a panel discussion about buying property in the United States organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. The event, which  featured Jennifer Anderson from KPMG and Sam Van Horebeek from East-West Property Advisors, drew a full house. You can listen to my presentation and read a transcript here. On October 16, I will be in Tokyo making a presentation to the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce about buying property across international borders.  Full details and registration here. I will be making another presentation during my Tokyo trip.
  • Landed Global in the Financial Times

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    I have written a three-part series for the Financial Times about buying property across international borders. You can read the first installment here.
  • Canadian Social Insurance Number

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    I obtained a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN) for my son today in Ottawa. Along the way, I learned a few things that could be helpful for parents in a similar situation. First, a little background. I have lived outside Canada for more than two decades and my son was born outside Canada. He needs a SIN to apply to attend a Canadian university. I called the Canadian government hotline (1 800 OCanada) and was told that I could apply for my son’s SIN without my son being present. That’s true. What the helpful lady on the phone didn’t tell me is that because I have been out…
  • Going Global

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    The launch of Landed Global has begun. On July 8, I had the pleasure of speaking at a lunch that was jointly organized by the Canadian and the American chambers of commerce in Hong Kong. Nearly 40 guests attended the event. The joint Canadian and American chambers of commerce event on July 8, 2014 This morning I was interviewed on RTHK Radio 3’s finance program, Money For Nothing. You can listen to the interview here.  
  • Joint chambers of commerce lunch

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:33 pm
    I am speaking about buying international property at a lunch jointly organized by the Canadian and American chambers of commerce on July 8.
 
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  • Windows 8.1

    Chris
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:31 am
    I should have known better – I had read the terrible reviews of Windows 8.  But Microsoft had responded to the criticism and improved the user interface in 8.1, hadn’t they?  Well, up to a point.  Or to put it another way:  not really - they still think they know best.      I have been using Windows since version 3.1 - back in 1992.  I did try using a Mac, but found OSX frustrating. Windows isn’t perfect but I could generally find my around, at least up till now. I suffered with Windows ME, but Microsoft must have realized what a mess they had made of that, and Windows XP came…
  • Hong Kong people love typhoons

    Chris
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Mike Rowse seems to be a rare dose of common sense on the opinion pages of the SCMP, and today his subject is the craziness that descends on the city when there’s a bit of rain and some strong winds: T8 typhoon signal is no holiday Joy at time off thanks to weather is misguided - and just where was the weather anyway? Mike Rowse After reviewing recent events, I have concluded I may be going slightly crazy. That is not as bad as it sounds, because I am not alone. Take this matter of the typhoon that passed by this week. As soon as the news spread that the No8 storm signal was likely to go up…
  • You want woofers and tweeters???

    Chris
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Feeling like a massive idiot… I went to buy a cable to connect an internal hard disk.  Asked for a power cable, then I didn’t know whether it was SATA or not.  Turned out that I already have the power cable and what I need is a data cable.  Doh!
  • BBC Knowledge HD

    Chris
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    Finally, finally, the BBC is offering an HD channel in Asia.  Rather than a BBC HD channel, they have converted BBC Knowledge to HD (at least on PCCW’s Now TV).  Watching something like Africa in HD is a totally different experience to the rather poor quality murkyvision we have had to suffer up until now (though, yes, it has been shown on HD by TVB).    
  • Yes I'm still here

    Chris
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:36 am
    Kudos to Spike, who is writing his life story (I'm so Smart).  I first read his old blog when he was being magnificently indiscrete about his life as a typical expat in Hong Kong - without taking much effort to disguise his identity.  That had to stop, but I seem to recall that for a while his blog continued by invitation only, and then (wisely) he deleted it completely.   Then he settled down and restarted his blog - Hongkie Town in case you didn't follow the link above - and it is one of the few that I still read.   I have deliberately never written about my life, and I am…
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  • so long and farewell

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Two of my frequently visited Happy Valley restaurants are closing according to neighborhood sources who are in the know. St. Germaine is closing its doors after several years of operation. I occasionally ate there and more often visited for a drink or three when I fancied something a bit more upscale than the local pub. They seemed to do a brisk business on race nights and when French sports were being televised. I awoke from time to time to the sounds of La Marseillaise being bellowed from triumphant patrons. It was the trade off for choosing to live close to all of the amenities. If you…
  • it's been a rough week

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    It's been a rough week for me - deadlines, revisions, pitchfork waving - but this week was even rougher for one social worker and the Hong Kong Police Force.
  • sharing

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    On an island with millions of people crammed along flat areas, we are bound to encounter land use and sharing issues. I join thousands of fellow residents who jostle along the sidewalks on the way into the office in the morning. Almost every day I see someone cutting into the bus queue or shoving to be the first person to board the tram. I've had colleagues close the elevator doors on me as I have entered the lift car. After six years in the HK rat race I can't be bothered to care most of the time.On several mornings I wake up early to have a quick exercise session at the local sports ground.
  • cancel everything

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    SB and I had nice plans for the long holiday but we've canceled them. There are more important matters to attend to, such as supporting our friends. We discussed what we felt comfortable doing. During the protest marches earlier in the year we were careful to be observers and not join the marches because we wanted it to be clear that these protests were by Hong Kong citizens. We were able to show our support by standing at the sidelines and bearing witness. This time we are joining our friends to support them. SB and others have taken turns sitting with and delivering  nourishment to…
  • and it might be ironic

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    Reporters prevented from entering China to report bad news were stuck waiting for visas in Hong Kong. Bad news was reported. Does anyone else have a contribution to share regarding the law of unintended consequences in action?
 
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  • Vitiligo Oil Treatment Popular in Hong Kong

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Vitiligo treatment is most popular in Hong Kong Vitiligo treatment be clearly know that Remedy Vitiligo oil is a generalized irregularity of 1st immune device and it results in localized indication in the kind of pale white spots in the skin. And, it is smart not to waste your time and money in the search of irreversible generalised vitiligo oil treatments. Listed below here is a brief contrast of Herbal vitiligo Oil vs various other treatment.You will hardly locate a human that has actually attempted a prescription healthcare for Vitiligo and is very satisfied concerning it. It would…
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  • Gisele Bündchen Fronts New Chanel N°5 Ad Campaign

    SC
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Gisele Bündchen is the new face of Chanel N°5 in the greatly anticipated advertising film “The One That I Want” (#THEONETHATIWANT). Gisele follows in the footsteps of famous leading ladies like Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet, Nicole Kidman and Audrey Tautou who’s fronted the Chanel N°5 campaigns.... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Coach x Peanuts Limited Edition Collection

    SC
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Coach has brought the magic of the beloved American comic strip to fashion. Before you go oh no! The new collection is anything but cutesy with Peanuts taking on a cool edge embossed against bags, wallets, key chains, bracelets, T-shirts and... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Jean-Philippe Duboscq’s Around the Lines Exhibition at Galerie Koo

    Sidney Koo
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Galerie Koo is holding an exhibition of Belgium artist, Jean-Philippe Duboscq from 16 October to 30 November. Titled, Autour De La Ligne or Arounds the lines, the exhibition takes its title from the movement of his painting, spinning, twisting with handwriting notes that the... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Hotels Combined – The Most Useful Hotel App For Finding the Best Hotel Room Prices

    SC
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Don’t you just hate having to check each and every one hotel booking sites to find which one has the best deal? By the end of it, you probably won’t even remember which site has best prices and have to... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection Pops Up at Joyce

    SC
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Scottish designer, Christopher Kane  is fast rising in the fashion scene for his unique method of fusing elements from different eras. Point in case: Futuristic PVC and shiny nylon meets nostalgic Victoriana frilly knitwear – who would have thought? For... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
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  • Leap September and Occupy Central in Hong Kong

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Leap September and Occupy Central in Hong Kong If you’ve observed the Chinese Lunar Calendar, you may realize that there are 7 “leap months” every 19 years.  In 2014, we have a rare leap month of September.  How rare?  The last was 182 years ago, i.e. 1832, and the next being 2109, i.e. 95 years from now.  If you have a baby to be born in the leap month of Lunar September (October 24 – November 22), he or she would have to live to the age of 95 in order to celebrate a real birthday.How Does a Leap Month Occur?In China’s Lunar Calendar, Otsuki months has 30 days,…
  • Mid Autumn Festival 2014

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    It was the Mid Autumn Festival (August 15th in Chinese Calendar) yesterday, one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture. In tradition, Chinese celebrate the festival in three phases - Welcoming the Moon (August 14th), Admiring the Moon (August 15th) and Chasing the Moon (August 16th).In Hong Kong, the public holiday falls on the Moon Chasing day.  It used to be on the Festival day, ie. 15th, but somehow the former colonial government said people admire the moon at night, they can still work in the day.  However people sleep late after admiring the moon, the following day…
  • Weird Queuing Culture of Hong Kong

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    In Hong Kong, people queue to buy all kinds of everything – houses, stocks, LV or Prada. Some people queue to buy these expensive or luxury items to speculate. What about queuing to buy cookies? When someone told me that people queue in Tsimshatsui to buy cookies and speculate for money, I was really unable to believe. This is the weirdest thing I ever heard. How much money people can make out of speculating cookies?When I first pass by this shop with a queue of about 100 people, it made me wanted to find out what they were queuing for.  Cookies.  In fact, these are not…
  • City of Demonstration – Hong Kong

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Hong Kong dominates the headlines of most media worldwide today. July 1, the date of the establishment of the HKSAR, has been an important date for demonstrators in Hong Kong since 1997.If you want to visit Hong Kong to see something which is REALLY UNIQUE here, July 1 is a good date.  However you have to be SERIOUSLY responsible for your own safety.  Look for some safe places or book a hotel along Hennessy Roadand request a room overseeing the Hennessy Road.  I would say this is the safest way.  But mind you, you won’t be able to leave the hotel between 2 and 9pm, as…
  • Hong Kong Police 170 years Anniversary

    8 Jun 2014 | 4:11 am
    Exhibition Marks Force's 170th Anniversary The Hong Kong Police Force 170th Anniversary Exhibition will be held at the former Wan Chai Police Station on three consecutive weekends - May 31, June 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 10am to 6pm.It features police uniforms and equipment from different eras, and awards handed out to commend force members for serving the community. The former Wan Chai Police Station report room and the officers' mess have been restored to their original condition. Vintage and serving police motorcycles are displayed at the compound for photo-taking and the…
 
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    Hong Kong Travel - What's New?

  • Hong Kong Halloween on Pinterest

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Follow Hong Kong Traveller's board Hong Kong Halloween on Pinterest.
  • Halloween at Hong Kong Disney 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The 2014 Halloween decorations and ghostly celebrations at Hong Kong Disney run until October 31, 2014. New for 2014 is the "Paint the Night" parade and the "Horrors of the Amazon", a show that will be staged at the Theater in the Wild and narrated by local celebrity Power Chan Kwok-Pong. Some of the "Haunted Halloween activities" however are not on a daily basis, they take place on weekends Thursday through Sunday, so make sure you check the schedule for the planned activities for the day you wish to visit. Halloween attractions are free with Park Admission. Opening hours normally extend to…
  • Wine and Dine Festival has relocated to Kai Tak

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    The Wine and Dine Festival will be taking place from October 30 to November 2, 2014 as scheduled, but has moved to Kai Tak next to the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Free shuttle transportation will be provided from the following MTR stations: East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Tong and Lam Tin and admission is now FREE. At least 15 Michelin-starred restaurants will take part. US wine critic James Suckling will join the fair with representatives of 50 wine estates. Among those featured are Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Chateau Guiraud, Italian strongholds Sassicaia and Antinori and New…
  • Halloween Events 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    From wildly howling street blowouts, parades and shows to fun and sugary trick-or-treat antics for the kids, there is a wide range of spooky cheer for all to enjoy. Here are some of the places where you can have a screaming good time this Halloween: Hong Kong Disneyland Haunted Halloween Celebrations Ocean Park Halloween Bash Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party Fright Dome Hong Kong Dead Not Alive Halloween Party
  • Coming Up to Hong Kong this October 2014: Lan Kwai Fong Carnival, Wine and Dine Festival kick off, HK Triathlon Asian Cup, Halloween

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As the colorful lanterns and the Mid-Autumn celebrations wind down, the pumpkins and goblins are just getting started as Halloween fests are in full swing! Specially for foodies this month, the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival celebrates food and wine from around the world in one of the most spectacular settings overlooking Victoria Harbour and surrounded by Hong Kong's mindblowing skyline. The Hong Kong Triathlon is back with a new organiser and an annual favourite, the Lan Kwai Fong Carnival puts on the show. Check out this month's run down...
 
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