23 October 2017

Hong Kong

  • During a rally Sunday, protesters hold a banner marking the dates of student suicide cases in Hong Kong in the past two years. Photo: Civil Alliance for Student Suicide Prevention

    Groups hold barefoot rally to highlight student suicide problem

    Oct 23, 2017 4:16pm
    More than 100 people took part in a barefoot march on Sunday in Hong Kong, calling on the government to pay more attention to the issue of student suicides.  The rally, led by members from two...
  • People walk in Sai Yeung Choi Street South in Mong Kok where a giant sound barrier has been erected to control noise pollution. Photo: Reuters

    Giant noise barrier in Mong Kok draws mixed response

    Oct 23, 2017 4:08pm
    A giant noise-insulation screen has been put up in Mong Kok, attracting mixed reactions from people. Some said the structure has helped ease noise pollution in the vicinity while others said it made the area lose...
  • After inspections, the Central Market building was found to be too old and too fragile for traditional reinforcement. New ideas and new technologies are needed, according to the URA. Photo: HKEJ/URA

    URA eyes composites for rehab of Central Market building

    Oct 23, 2017 3:21pm
    The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) is considering fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites to rehabiltate the Central Market building. In a blog post on Sunday, URA managing director Wai Chi-sing, who is also a structural engineer, said the...
  • Neighbors called the police after hearing the victim's screams during a scuffle in a corridor in On Yam Estate in Kwai Chung. Photo: Google Maps

    Policeman seriously injured in Kwai Chung knife attack

    Oct 23, 2017 2:20pm
    A 49-year-old off-duty policeman was stabbed and seriously injured while he was visiting his mother in Kwai Chung Sunday night. The officer, surnamed Ng, suffered cuts to his abdomen, neck and chest. He was stabbed at...
  • Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung denies that the government is targeting John Tsang (inset) regarding his post-government work. Photo: HKEJ

    Matthew Cheung: Govt not making life difficult for John Tsang

    Oct 23, 2017 1:43pm
    The government is under fire for allegedly targeting former financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah after he appeared in a promotional program for RTHK and hosted a musical show on Commercial Radio. Government rules prohibit chief executives and politically...
  • Sharing economy firms like Uber have introduced  many disruptive innovations, which may fall into gray areas legally. Photo: Reuters

    HK should embrace opportunities thrown up by sharing economy

    - Oct 23, 2017 10:05am
    InvestHK, the government vehicle designed to attract foreign investment, introduced car-hailing app Uber into Hong Kong in 2014. But Uber’s expansion in the city has been stalled after police raids on the company’s offices and arrest...
  • The government has pledged to gradually raise regular funding for the Hospital Authority according to the pace of our population growth and the state of our demographic changes. Photo: Hospital Authority

    More needs to be done in healthcare sector

    - Oct 23, 2017 9:28am
    I am glad to learn that Chief Executive Carrie Lam has incorporated in her first policy address some of the proposals put forward by the local healthcare sector to step up efforts at promoting grassroots healthcare...
  • The property market was at the peak of a boom in 1997 until it all came unraveling, along with the stock market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Haunted by Black Wednesday 20 years on

    - Oct 23, 2017 8:01am
    It is all perhaps déjà vu in the financial markets but something lingers in the minds of investors  after 20 years. It was a normal day on Oct. 23, 1997. China Mobile (0941.HK) tanked on its...
  • When we open up our heart, positivity will flow through our body and we will become happy, joyous and loving. Photo: Reuters

    How to conquer negativity

    - Oct 20, 2017 7:10pm
    Life throws at us many challenges that trigger various emotions such as hatred, anger, sorrow, pain and anxiety. How do we free ourselves of these negative feelings? There are actually many ways, but don’t try to...
  • The results of a scientific experiment show that running can effectively reduce the chances of joint inflammation. Photo: HKEJ

    Please, no more excuses for avoiding exercise

    - Oct 20, 2017 6:24pm
    I have stated many times that everyone should exercise more, and even warned my patients that they would die if they did not have enough exercise. I wasn’t trying to scare them; I just want them...
  • The pro-establishment camp sees the role of the legislature as being that of facilitator to the government, not a watchdog. Photo: Bloomberg

    Plans for a pussycat

    - Oct 20, 2017 6:00pm
    How do you turn a toothless tiger into a pussycat? This is the question gleefully being answered by the Lam administration and its ever-obedient friends in the pro-government camp. They know that they have a relatively...
  • Not only do stretching and warm-ups before exercise prevent injuries, they can also be helpful against musculo-skeletal system diseases caused by sports. Photo: Reuters

    The importance of warm-ups and stretching

    - Oct 20, 2017 5:32pm
    Many people, especially the young, regard warming up as a dull process that gets in the way of the “real” exercise. They also complain that it takes up too much time. In fact, warm-ups help enhance...
  • The pro-establishment camp (inset, above) is accusing the pan-democrats (inset, below) of using  the “roll call” strategy to obstruct discussions on the government’s co-location plan. Photo: Bloomberg/Internet

    Legco session called off for lack of quorum

    Oct 20, 2017 3:45pm
    The Legislative Council saw its first adjournment since the chamber’s return from summer recess on Thursday, with democrats being criticized for using the “roll call” strategy to achieve their purpose of obstructing discussions on the government’s...
  • Tai Lam Country Park is home to 127 types of butterflies, many of which are quite rare. The number accounts for half of the total in Hong Kong. Photo: Encyclopedist via Wikimedia Commons/Green Power

    Green group urges govt to keep hands off Tai Lam Country Park

    Oct 20, 2017 3:37pm
    Green Power, a Hong Kong environmental group, is urging the government to keep Tai Lam Country Park untouched by housing development. Matthew Sin Kar-wah, the group’s senior environmental affairs manager, said its latest research showed the...
  • One area of healthiness often leads to healthiness in other areas. Physical exercise, for example, also boosts a person's emotional health. Photo: Reuters

    How healthy are you?

    - Oct 20, 2017 3:31pm
    Last week I was leading a teacher training session and the topic was character education and classroom management, but I started the workshop with something that was seemingly unrelated. I asked the teachers to reflect on...
  • The new owner will turn Star Seafood Floating Restaurant into the city's largest banquet hall with 300 tables. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Shatin floating restaurant to offer largest banquet venue in HK

    - Oct 20, 2017 1:24pm
    After 15 years of operation, Star Seafood Floating Restaurant in Shatin, formerly and more famously known as Treasure Floating Restaurant, will be closed next Sunday for renovations. What has been billed as the largest dim sum restaurant...
  • Hong Kong people who have enrolled in universities in China or taken up jobs in the country have a wide range of complaints, a survey says. Photo: HKEJ, Internet

    HK students, workers in China complain about unequal treatment

    Oct 20, 2017 1:19pm
    Hongkongers who are studying or working in China complain they often face discrimination in terms of the opportunities offered to them relative to their mainland peers, a survey shows. According to a study conducted by the...
  • In an unexpected move, the pro-democracy camp (inset) on Wednesday submitted to the Legco Secretariat 34 amendment proposals to the Rules of Procedure of Legco. Photos: Bloomberg, Internet

    Legco rules of procedure: A tug of war

    - Oct 20, 2017 12:45pm
    Hot on the heels of its recent initiatives to amend the meeting rules of the Legislative Council Finance Committee in order to ban filibusters by the opposition, the pro-establishment camp attempted to push its perceived victory for...
  • Building a smart city is one example of how big data technology can be applied to everyday life. Photo: YouTube/AXA

    Big data capability requires teamwork

    - Oct 20, 2017 11:18am
    It goes without saying how important innovation and technology is. Just look at how Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor highlighted this sector in her maiden policy address. I must emphasize, innovation and technology takes long...
  • Is it David Webb? No, it's 'David Wet', according to the latest video commercial from Yes Lady Finance, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Milan Station. Photo: Youtube/Yes Lady Finance

    Webb in spoof commercial, Faber out of TV shows

    - Oct 19, 2017 3:30pm
    Two famous stock market commentators made unwanted headlines this week. We are talking about Hong Kong-based shareholder activist David Webb and Swiss investor and market analyst Marc “Dr Doom” Faber. First, to Webb, who is a...

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