22 May 2019

Hong Kong

  • Vice Premier Han Zheng (foreground, right) meets with a delegation from the Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations on Tuesday in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

    Top Beijing official speaks out on HK extradition bill

    May 22, 2019 2:29pm
    After Zhang Xiaoming, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, said last week that revision of Hong Kong’s extradition laws is an urgent matter for the city, another senior Beijing official has...
  • Hong Kong has a lot more problems to deal with than just political reforms. Photo: Bloomberg

    I choose to believe

    - May 22, 2019 12:43pm
    There are two choices lying right before me: first, not believing that Hong Kong can resolve its social inequality and the underprivileged can climb up the social ladder; and second, believing that our city can still...
  • The upcoming election in the Heung Yee Kuk may see a showdown between the squires of the Kuk and the Beijing Liaison Office. Photo: HKEJ

    NT squires and Liaison Office may square off in Kuk election

    - May 21, 2019 6:18pm
    The Heung Yee Kuk (also known as the Kuk) is set to elect its new chairman and two vice-chairmen on June 1. It is anticipated that incumbent chairman Kenneth Lau Ip-keung, who succeeded his late father...
  • A picture shows the helicopter wreckage at the crash site in Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. Investigations continued on Tuesday morning. Photo: Now News/screenshot

    Kadoorie Farm shut amid probe into deadly helicopter crash

    May 21, 2019 4:28pm
    The Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, a popular conservation facility in the New Territories that is known for rich natural biodiversity, remained closed for a second day as authorities look into a deadly helicopter crash that...
  • Wilson Fung (inset), a former deputy secretary of the Economic Development and Labour Bureau, is facing two charges -- accepting an advantage as public servant, and misconduct in public office. Photo: HKEJ

    Ex-official on trial for taking bribes from Macau businesswoman

    May 21, 2019 3:54pm
    A former government official who had been in charge of air service negotiations and air traffic rights went on trial on Monday in a corruption case, accused of taking more than half a million Hong Kong...
  • Security Secretary John Lee (in the foreground) says the government had to make a difficult decision to take the extradition bill to the full House, given the stalled proceedings in the Legco bills committee. Photo: Hong Kong China News Agency

    Govt to bypass Legco bills panel in extradition law push

    May 21, 2019 1:26pm
    The Legislative Council bills committee that was due to deliberate on the proposed changes to the extradition laws has been unable to get down to the task, leaving the government with no choice but to bypass...
  • Forty percent of the global plastic production is said to comprise disposable items such as straws, utensils and food packaging material. Photo: Reuters

    Creating a circular economy for plastics

    - May 21, 2019 1:18pm
    Plastics, which are by-products of crude oil, have applications in almost all areas of everyday living. However, the material is a headache starting from its production, using environmentally-unfriendly ways from the distillation of crude oil in...
  • Prevention of falls among the elderly has been identified by the World Health Organization as a public health priority. Photo: RTHK

    Prevention of falls among elderly by timely home improvements

    - May 21, 2019 11:05am
    During a meeting recently with representatives from organizations focusing on senior wellness and health, I was reminded that medical care, fall prevention screening, physiotherapy and home improvement services for seniors in Hong Kong are all lagging...
  • Hong Kong's experience in smart city development can serve as a reference for other places in Asia, an expert says. Photo: Bloomberg

    Smart city services that Hong Kong can export

    - May 21, 2019 10:39am
    The Trade Development Council just released a study on business opportunities in Saudi Arabia, pointing out that the country’s smart city program “offers huge untapped potential for Hong Kong companies”. Many Middle East countries are eager...
  • Hong Kong has been lagging in 5G development when compared to other major cities in the world. Observers blame misjudgment on the part of government officials. Photo: Reuters

    HK 5G development pales in comparison with that in UK

    - May 21, 2019 10:28am
    The United Kingdom will soon follow in the footsteps of South Korea and launch a 5G service. Vodafone has announced that its 5G network will go live on July 3, and that the service will be...
  • More Hong Kong ladies are crossing the border to look for Mr. Right, and government planners are getting worried. Photo: HKEJ

    The new cross-border family

    - May 20, 2019 3:19pm
    Just because there are more women than men in Hong Kong doesn’t mean the fairer sex will get the short end of the stick when it comes to romance and marriage. No siree. Nowadays, local single...
  • New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip believes pro-establishment lawmakers would fall in line and vote in favor of the proposed amendments to the extradition law. Photo: RTHK

    Regina Ip: Extradition bill to pass amid Liaison Office push

    May 20, 2019 1:19pm
    There is no doubt that all pro-establishment lawmakers in Hong Kong will back the government’s proposal to amend the territory’s extradition laws, New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said on Sunday, pointing out that...
  • Following the completion of disinfection and other cleansing works at slaughterhouses, Hong Kong saw supply of fresh pork returning to local markets. Photo: RTHK

    Fresh pork supply resumes in local markets

    May 20, 2019 12:46pm
    Fresh pork is available again in local markets on Monday as two major slaughterhouses completed disinfection works and reopened over the weekend following a swine flu scare. At a media briefing on Sunday after attending the...
  • Wang Zhimin, the director of Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong, delivered a brutal attack on foreign critics of the extradition bill during a closed-door meeting with Hong Kong delegates to the CPPCC and NPC on Friday. Photo: CNSA

    Hong Kong: China demands right to extradite

    - May 20, 2019 12:45pm
    Since last summer, Hong Kong has worried that it might be caught in the crossfire of the US-China trade war. That worry has receded. But another issue, much more fraught, has emerged and rekindled the fear...
  • A team of rat-catchers from Guangzhou, invited to help in the fight against rat infestation in Hong Kong, shows how to catch a rat with a trap made from a cardboard box. Photo: RTHK

    Govt launches three-month campaign to eradicate rats in HK

    May 20, 2019 11:00am
    The government has launched a campaign to eradicate rats across the territory in a bid to prevent the spread of the rat hepatitis E virus (HEV), which has already resulted in the death of an elderly...
  • Refusing to heed criticism over proposed changes to the extradition law, Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam is doing a disservice to locals, observers say. Photo: CNSA

    Govt needs to shed its ostrich attitude on fugitives law

    - May 20, 2019 10:31am
    After issuing a report last November in which it suggested that the US government should review the US-Hong Kong Policy Act in the face of erosion of the “One Country Two Systems”, the US-China Economic and...
  • Homeschooling has been legalized or decriminalized in many countries in the West as well as in Asia. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why homeschooling shouldn’t be frowned upon

    - May 17, 2019 5:17pm
    As the issues of “over-drilling” in class and excessive competition among students have become growing concerns in relation to our education system, many people, including parents and educators, have been seeking some viable alternatives to conventional...
  • Through ill-conceived actions, Hong Kong officials have added to the sense of disquiet in society about erosion of the territory’s core values, observers say. Photo: Bloomberg

    Making brand Hong Kong as toxic as Huawei

    - May 17, 2019 5:00pm
    Want to know where brand Hong Kong is heading and how bad it can get? Here’s your one word answer: Huawei. Huawei is, or should be, one of the stellar international successes of Chinese commerce. It...
  • Joshua Wong speaks to reporters before the Court of Appeal handed down its ruling on Thursday. Photo: AFP

    Joshua Wong returns to jail after sentence reduced

    May 17, 2019 4:42pm
    The Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that Joshua Wong Chi-fung, a key leader of the 2014 Occupy Movement, should be punished for ignoring a court injunction in the clearance of a protest site, despite the fact...
  • Biejing's Liaison Office has set a meeting Friday afternoon with Hong Kong delegates of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and local deputies of the National People’s Congress. Photo: HKEJ

    Liaison Office to meet with local NPC and CPPCC members

    May 17, 2019 2:46pm
    Amid growing opposition to the government’s proposal to amend the city’s extradition laws, Beijing’s Liaison Office has scheduled a meeting today with Hong Kong delegates of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top political advisory body, and...

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