Date
23 February 2017

Hong Kong

  • The government will launch the free quality kindergarten education program in schoolyear 2017/18. Photo: CNSA

    Education budget hits HK$78.6 bln, or 21% of recurrent expenses

    - Feb 23, 2017 4:05pm
    Education remains the government’s top priority in terms of fiscal allocation, according to the latest budget announced by Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po on Wednesday. The recurrent expenditure for education in the fiscal year 2017/18 is...
  • The Fanling Law Courts building where a magistrate ordered a jail sentence for a hospital nurse who was accused of assaulting an elderly patient. Photo: RTHK

    Male nurse jailed for beating up elderly hospital patient

    Feb 23, 2017 3:55pm
    A man who used to work as a nurse in the North District Hospital has been sentenced to six months in jail after he was found guilty of assaulting an elderly patient. The Fanling Magistrates’ Court...
  • When Tung Chee-hwa gave Carrie Lam a hug last year (inset), he sparked speculation Lam was Beijing's preferred candidate for chief executive. Photo: HKEJ, RTHK

    How Beijing is stepping up its campaign to influence election

    - Feb 23, 2017 3:20pm
    It’s quite strange that no chief executive contenders have submitted their nominations to the electoral office until now, seven days before the nomination period ends. However, pro-Beijing loyalists are trying their best to create a scenario...
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    Woman rescued after being trapped in mountain for 11 days

    Feb 23, 2017 11:50am
    A 49-year-old woman was found on Wednesday in Tuen Mun, 11 days after she fell down a mountainside, leaving her unable to move. She managed to survive by drinking water from a mountain stream, Headline Daily...
  • The number of attendees, including active and retired policemen and their families, as well as several pro-establishment lawmakers, was estimated at 38,000 at peak time. Photo: HKEJ

    Policemen rally to express support for jailed officers

    Feb 23, 2017 11:41am
    Tens of thousands of policemen staged a rally in Mong Kok on Wednesday to protest the jailing of seven officers for assault on a democracy activist. The mass action, which was held at a football field,...
  • The Donald Tsang (center) case underlines the need for new legislation to deal with corruption allegations against the chief executive. Photo: Bloomberg

    Lessons from the policemen, Donald Tsang verdicts

    - Feb 23, 2017 11:16am
    The trials of the seven police officers involved in the Ken Tsang assault incident and the criminal proceedings against former chief executive Donald Tsang for misconduct in office were undoubtedly the most high-profile and nail-biting court...
  • The continued portrayal of John Tsang as the underdog against former chief secretary Carrie Lam is an obvious tactic to help him draw support from the pro-democracy camp. Photo: HKEJ

    Pan-democrats should beware of Beijing’s trap

    - Feb 23, 2017 11:05am
    “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung’s bid to run for chief executive drew a mixed response from the pro-democracy camp. Many pan-democrats accused him of rocking the boat and disrupting their plan to effectively use their 325 votes...
  • Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang has been found guilty of misconduct in office following a high-profile court trial. Photo: HKEJ

    Verdicts on Tsang, police show strength of HK justice system

    - Feb 23, 2017 9:30am
    The verdicts in the cases of former chief executive Donald Tsang and the seven police officers show the vitality and independence of Hong Kong’s justice system and how it is functioning well despite the intense political...
  • Hong Kong judiciary is facing a storm from up north, as party mouthpieces and Chinese citizens lash out at the preponderance of foreign judges and their "incorrect" rulings. Photo: HK Govt

    Why mainlanders will step up attacks on HK judiciary

    - Feb 22, 2017 5:21pm
    A two-year immediate custodial term versus five weeks in jail plus release on bail. The yawning difference between Hong Kong judges’ sentencing for the seven policemen who beat up pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang in 2014 and the...
  • About 32,000 flats can be produced under the 2017-2018 land sale program which also includes three commercial sites and one hotel site. Photo: Bloomberg

    Govt to boost land supply with 28 sites up for sale

    Feb 22, 2017 4:06pm
    Financial Secretary Paul Chan said the government will continue to boost land supply to meet an increase in demand for homes. In his Budget speech, Chan said 28 residential sites will be up for sale in...
  • Law professor Gu Ming-kang and pro-Beijing groups assail the two-year jail sentence given to the seven police officers. Photos: HKEJ, CA Legal Exchange Foundation

    How Beijing loyalists are eroding the rule of law in Hong Kong

    - Feb 22, 2017 3:46pm
    Two recent developments in our city’s courts should make us proud to be Hong Kong citizens. They showed to the whole world that the rule of law prevails in our city, which, though under China’s sovereignty,...
  • The ban on the sale of lighters at MTR convenience stores was ordered after the firebomb attack on an MTR train on Feb. 10. Photo: Wikipedia

    Sale of lighters banned at MTR convenience stores from March 1

    Feb 22, 2017 2:49pm
    All convenience stores in MTR stations will stop selling lighters from March 1 after the firebomb attack on an MTR train earlier this month, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. In the Feb. 10 incident, 19...
  • Snce August, Sing Pao has been publishing front-page articles critical of some chief executive candidates and Beijing's Liaison Office. It believes the stalking is linked to the articles. Photos: HKEJ

    Police investigate stalking of Sing Pao staff

    Feb 22, 2017 2:47pm
    Police are investigating alleged stalking of Sing Pao staff by suspected mainland operatives. The newspaper has also received threatening e-mails and phone calls, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. Sing Pao has been publishing a series...
  • Thanks to a huge surplus, Paul Chan (inset) has been able to deliver several goodies to Hong Kong people in his maiden budget. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK

    HK Budget: Salaries tax break among one-off relief measures

    Feb 22, 2017 1:50pm
    Financial Secretary Paul Chan announced a slew of one-time relief measures, including tax breaks, rates waivers and extra social security payments, in his budget speech Wednesday. The HK$32 billion package came as he revealed that the government is set...
  • Firemen took two hours to extract the victim's body from the giant storage vessel (inset). Photos: CLP, tvb.com

    CLP worker buried alive in coal ash

    Feb 22, 2017 1:27pm
    A 58-year-old worker died after being buried alive in coal ash in the CLP Castle Peak Peak power station in Tuen Mun. The freak accident occurred at about 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday when Cheung Chun-wah was...
  • Former US consul general Clifford Hart (inset) has been spotted at a Kwun Yum temple for a fourth straight year. Photos: Wikipedia, HKEJ, Facebook/GoFar

    Kwun Yum, not Paul Chan, spells prosperity

    - Feb 22, 2017 12:36pm
    It’s that time of year again when Hong Kong people hope for a little luck and a billion dollars in their bank accounts. That explains why hundreds of people have been lining up in different locations...
  • Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang arrives at the High court ahead of his sentencing after a high-profile corruption trial. Photo: RTHK

    Donald Tsang sentenced to 20 months in jail

    Feb 22, 2017 12:02pm
    Former chief executive Donald Tsang was on Wednesday sentenced to 20 months in prison after he was convicted on a charge of misconduct in office. Announcing the sentence, Justice Andrew Chan said at the High Court...
  • A mother and her daughter fell prey to a robber Monday after they set out hiking from Sam Fai Tin in Sai Kung. Image credits: Sina.com, baidu

    Mother-daughter duo robbed during hiking trip in Sai Kung

    Feb 22, 2017 11:54am
    Two women, a mother and her daughter, were robbed at knifepoint as they were walking along a mountain path in Sai Kung this week, the second such incident involving female hikers in the city in recent...
  • Hong Kong's next leader should be someone who can ensure proper implementation of the 'One Country Two Systems' policy and uphold the rule of law, tycoon Li La-shing has said. Photo: HKEJ

    How Li ka-shing has given us enough hints about his CE pick

    - Feb 22, 2017 11:44am
    Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest man, recently commented in public for the first time on the city’s upcoming chief executive election. The business tycoon refused to publicly back any of the four main contenders in the...
  • Amid rising home prices, government land sales revenue is expected to hit a record HK$100 billion for the fiscal year ended March 2017. Photo: HKEJ

    Home price hedging tool can be a way to save for a new home

    - Feb 22, 2017 11:39am
    While benefiting landlords, surging home prices have left young people upset about the dimming prospects of owning their own place. Here is a wild idea that might help. The government can create a home price tracking...

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