24 May 2018

Hong Kong

  • After conquering Mount Everest, Benjamin Chan hopes to achieve the Explorers Grand Slam this year. Photo: Facebook / Benjamin Chan

    Student, 19, becomes youngest Hongkonger to conquer Everest

    May 24, 2018 4:18pm
    A 19-year-old student has become the youngest Hongkonger to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Benjamin Chan Ka-hei reached the 8,848-meter peak on Monday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. He was in the company of 22...
  • Labor groups have slammed the government for opting to merely issue guidelines for some sectors, rather than continue efforts to work toward legislating standard working hours.  Photo: CNSA

    Govt accused of backtracking on working-hours legislation

    May 24, 2018 3:37pm
    The government is facing questions over its decision to suspend discussions on legislating standard working hours, and opting instead to only issue guidelines for a few sectors. Labor representatives criticized the government, saying it is going...
  • A Putonghua-speaking woman surnamed Tang was found to have taken pictures inside the courtroom on Wednesday morning. Photo: HKEJ/i-Cable TV

    Woman faces legal liability after taking courtroom pictures

    May 24, 2018 1:55pm
    A Putonghua-speaking woman was found to have taken photos in court, which is banned by Hong Kong law. The woman surnamed Tang was in the courtroom on Wednesday morning while High Court Judge Andrew Chan Hing-wai was...
  • Regina Ip appears to be having difficulty trying to secure her candidacy for the 2019 District Council election, as she is still said to be desperately looking for a constituency where she can run. Photo: HKEJ

    Regina Ip eyes Liberals’ DC place in bid for Legco ‘super seat’

    - May 24, 2018 11:26am
    Talk of lawmaker and chairwoman of the New People’s Party Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee eyeing the District Council (Second) functional constituency or the so-called Super District Council seat in the 2020 Legislative Council election has been...
  • Initiated by the University of Chicago, the Array of Things project will collect data such as air quality, weather conditions, magnetic fields, noise and traffic. Photo:

    Increased data transparency can promote innovation

    - May 24, 2018 11:15am
    The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which establishes a set of new standards for personal privacy and security, will become effective from this Friday (May 25). The regulation applies to all EU countries, companies...
  • A KMB double-decker bus was found seriously damaged with its front smashed and windshield shattered at the Kwai Chung Container Terminals after it was stolen at the bus company's Lok Fu terminal on Tuesday. Photo: Internet

    Driver flees after stealing, crashing KMB double-decker bus

    May 23, 2018 3:53pm
    A double-decker bus of Kowloon Motor Bus Company (KMB) was stolen, driven away and rammed into a kerb in the early hours of Tuesday, Apple Daily reports. The bus was parked at the Lok Fu Bus Terminus after...
  • A file photo shows a housing construction project in Guangzhou. China's Greater Bay Area plan is prompting more Hong Kong people to consider investing in property across the border. Photo: Bloomberg

    My property hunt in the Big Bay Area

    - May 23, 2018 3:05pm
    The Big Bay Area is an investment concept as hot as the current weather in the southern part of China. The Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge and the cross-border high-speed rail — both due to open this year...
  • The finalists in the Bun Scrambling Competition climb up the bun tower to snatch as many buns as they could in three minutes allowed for the contest. Photo: ISD

    Hot weather fails to dampen cheer at Cheung Chau Bun Festival

    May 23, 2018 1:21pm
    The scorching weather did not stop tens of thousands of people to visit Cheung Chau on Tuesday for the annual grand parade of floats depicting traditional deities and the bun scramble. The festival is held on the eighth day...
  • Tse King-wa (L), chairman of the Hong Kong General Union of Lift and Escalator Employees, has suggested three things in relation to improving lift maintenance work. Photo: Internet

    New rules expected in lift-safety drive after recent accidents

    May 23, 2018 12:06pm
    The government is expected to unveil measures soon to boost safety in old lifts installed in Hong Kong’s buildings, taking action following a spate of accidents in recent months. The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD)...
  • Although 4G services are very affordable, it’s likely that Hong Kong telecom operators will cut prices further in the run-up to 5G launch. Photo: Reuters

    Is 4G price war on the horizon?

    - May 23, 2018 10:05am
    During a recent trip to Taiwan, I happened to notice advertisements from telecom operators there offering unlimited 4G data packages for just around NT$499 (HK$130). Telecom firms usually try to avoid very steep price cuts, as...
  • Customer service representatives handle complaints and inquiries at a bank's call center in Britain. While most companies value their customers, they also  give much importance to staff morale and brand equity. Photo: Bloomberg

    The customer is not always right

    - May 23, 2018 9:12am
    “The customer is always right” is a slogan that was popularized by Marshall Field, the American founder of department stores. It became a widely accepted business policy in the ’70s, when chain stores and restaurants began to...
  • Following an amendment to China’s constitution, mainland ‘legal experts’ have been coming to Hong Kong to lecture the locals that they now owe new duties to the state. Photo: Bloomberg

    China is moving Hong Kong goalposts

    - May 21, 2018 3:30pm
    In China’s long history, it has perhaps had more than its normal share of inventions, particularly from ancient China, such as the compass, gunpowder, papermaking and printing. What about sports? Well, it turns out that a...
  • A baby boy was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital over the weekend after he fell into in a landscape pond in a luxury housing complex in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photos: HKEJ, i-Cable News video

    Eight-month-old baby critical after falling into landscape pond

    May 21, 2018 3:20pm
    A baby boy is fighting for his life in a hospital after he fell into a landscape pond at a high-rise residential estate in Tsim Sha Tsui. At around 8 pm Saturday, the boy, who is...
  • Assistant Commissioner Steve Hui has earned the monicker "4 pm Hui Sir" because it had become a habit for many Hongkongers to watch his televised briefings during the Occupy protests which started at 4 p.m. sharp. Photo: HKEJ

    Steve Hui, police spokesman during Occupy protests, retires

    May 21, 2018 2:06pm
    The 79-day Occupy Movement of 2014 marked one of the lowest points in the post-handover history of the Hong Kong police force from the public’s perception, with the young activists accusing the officers of abusing their...
  • Lands Department workers chop down two old banyan trees along Bonham Road Sunday afternoon, after hours-long delay following protests by conservationists. Photo: HKEJ

    Decades-old banyan trees chopped down despite protests

    May 21, 2018 12:55pm
    The Lands Department on Sunday brought the axe down on two decades-old banyan trees on Hong Kong Island despite opposition from conservationists, some of whom staged hours-long protests at the site and tried in vain to...
  • Jack Ma is spotted in a Causeway Bay convenience store using his Alipay to buy a copy of the South China Morning Post. Photo: Bloomberg/Internet

    Jack Ma uses his Alipay to buy copy of own newspaper

    - May 21, 2018 12:39pm
    Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma was spotted in a Causeway Bay convenience store buying a copy of the South China Morning Post, which he owns. One wonders why a photo of such a candid moment would go...
  • Social enterprises such as FOOD-CO, a platform for locals to donate food to indigents, make use of new technologies to enhance their operations. Photo: FOOD-CO

    Innovation and technology offer new hope for social enterprises

    - May 21, 2018 11:54am
    Government entities, private enterprises and non-governmental organizations are three major traditional parties active in resolving social issues ranging from inequality to environmental woes. But in recent years, the concept of social enterprise has started to gain...
  • Hong Kong is likely to put up the national anthem bill for the first reading before the legislature takes its annual summer recess, observers say. Photo: Bloomberg

    National anthem bill may be tabled before Legco summer break

    - May 21, 2018 11:29am
    The Law Society of Hong Kong recently issued its submission in relation to the national anthem law, outlining its views on the government’s plan to enact the controversial legislation. In particular, the Law Society raised doubts...
  • A Now TV cameraman is tackled to the ground by police in Beijing on May 16. Hong Kong’s leaders have been accused of failing to take up the matter, as well as other incidents of harassment of journalists, seriously with China. Image credit: i-Cable News

    Why can’t Hong Kong’s leaders stand up for Hongkongers?

    - May 18, 2018 5:49pm
    What’s the point of having a government that will not even stand up for its citizens, let alone protect them when they are assaulted? Yet this is precisely where we are in the wake of attacks...
  • For individuals with a strong desire to lose weight, diet pills that promise to help burn fat may seem like a magical solution, but they may actually hold hidden dangers to the peoples’ health. Photo: Reuters

    Going downhill from losing weight

    - May 18, 2018 5:40pm
    Standing in front of me was a very slim girl, aged about 20. Entering the consultation room, she was fidgeting and looking around with fear. I asked what her name was and she softly replied that...

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