23 April 2017


  • Staying healthy and engaging in meaningful social activities can help the elderly enjoy their golden years. Photo: Bloomberg

    How to achieve a wonderful life after retirement

    - Apr 21, 2017 7:00pm
    In Hong Kong people often talk about “the third age”, or the stage of life after one turns 65 or older, when one normally feels less burdened by society, work or family pressures. I disagree with...
  • Lack of warm-up, irregular strenuous exercises and over-training of "mirror muscles" can increase the risks of sports injuries. Photo: Internet

    Avoiding sports injuries

    - Apr 21, 2017 6:40pm
    “Oh, no!” I shouted when I hurt my right shoulder during my weight-lifting training. In less than a few minutes, my neck and shoulder muscles went into spasms. The pain reminded me of the saying “physician,...
  • Only 12 of the trucks chosen to take part in the scheme have actually got off the ground. Photo: HKEJ

    Food trucks: A bureaucrat’s dream that’s failed

    - Apr 21, 2017 6:30pm
    It comes as absolutely no surprise to learn that the government’s absurd food trucks scheme is unraveling just two months after its less than stellar launch. Its demise was predicted by myself and others before the...
  • Existing warnings on cigarette packs sold in Hong Kong include "smoking may cause impotence" and "smoking may damage your skin". Photos: Internet

    Govt proposes new labeling rules in anti-tobacco fight

    Apr 21, 2017 5:52pm
    The Hong Kong government has proposed to amend the requirements on health warnings and information on tar and nicotine yields on tobacco products. Updated rules will include a new labeling format for tar and nicotine yields....
  • This Izakaya in Sapporo features fusion cuisine like shrimp toast with the toast made from minced fish. Photos: HKEJ

    Impressive shrimp toast at a Sapporo izakaya

    - Apr 21, 2017 5:35pm
    An old classmate of mine, who learned of my trip to Hokkaido, warned me against taking other members of my tour group – especially ladies, kids and the elderly –  to an izakaya, which is a type...
  • Shek Wan in Foshan is famous for fried fish balls. Photo: HKEJ

    How to make delicious fried fish balls

    - Apr 21, 2017 5:34pm
    I recently visited a friend who owns a factory in Foshan in Guangdong province, and it was there were I had some of the most unforgettably delicious fish balls. The taste of the fried fish balls,...
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR is a vital first-aid method to restore blood circulation and breathing for an unconscious individual suffering from cardiac arrest. Photo: Internet

    Save lives by learning how to administer CPR

    - Apr 21, 2017 5:30pm
    Marathon is getting popular in Hong Kong with people from all walks of life participating in this test of fitness and endurance. However, long-distance running is a very strenuous activity, and there have been cases of...
  • While many taxi operators agree that the quality of their service leaves much to be desired, they believe the new franchise scheme will not help in improving the industry. Photo: Bloomberg

    Lawmakers propose penalty points system to improve taxi service

    Apr 21, 2017 3:26pm
    Three legislators have proposed a penalty points system to improve the taxi industry, instead of the government’s plan to introduce premium taxi services. Lawmakers Frankie Yick Chi-ming, Priscilla Leung Mei-fun and Edward Lau Kwok-fan said they...
  • District Councilor Scarlett Pong sent two "undercover" six-year-old boys to convenience stores in Sha Tin to try to buy alcohol and they succeeded in 11 shops. Photos: HKEJ, Handout

    Stores sell alcohol to 6-year-old boys, no questions asked

    Apr 21, 2017 2:30pm
    While the government has proposed amending existing laws to prohibit the sale of alcoholic drinks to people under 18 years old, minors have no trouble buying them from retail outlets, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports,...
  • Leung Chun-ying (right) will remain as his successor Carrie Lam's mentor in combating separatism, while Lam will offer more care for the poor to enhance social harmony. Photo: Bloomberg

    As Leung fights separatism, Lam should dole out more welfare

    - Apr 21, 2017 2:26pm
    During her trip to Beijing earlier this month to be officially anointed the territory’s next top leader, Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam reportedly had two lengthy, closed-door discussions with mainland cadres, including a meeting with Wang Guangya,...
  • Many of the early operators of food trucks are struggling to stay afloat due to tepid business. The trucks can only park at a few selected locations, often far away from busy tourist spots. Photo: HKEJ

    Govt adds 3 operating spots to salvage food trucks scheme

    Apr 21, 2017 1:59pm
    The government announced on Thursday that it will add three new venues for the pilot food trucks scheme in order to boost the business. The new locations will be at the Science Park in Sha Tin,...
  • Bringing a lawsuit to the High Court is no game, a judge told a university student who has filed a case against the police and claimed millions in compensation over an alleged 2014 incident. Photo: HKEJ

    High Court warns student over Occupy-related case

    Apr 21, 2017 1:02pm
    A judge reminded a university student that bringing a lawsuit to the High Court is no game and that the plaintiff could face financial consequences as serious as bankruptcy if he is found to have made...
  • Carrie Lam should go beyond the promised HK$5 billion additional annual spending on the education sector, says lawmaker and HKPTU vice president Ip Kin-yuen. Photo: Now TV

    Teachers’ union identifies tasks for incoming administration

    Apr 21, 2017 12:36pm
    A teachers’ union has urged the government to boost spending on education and prioritize tasks such as enhancing the teacher-student ratio in local schools. The Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (HKPTU) pointed out Thursday that the...
  • Ken Tsang said he plans to run in the Legco by-elections to keep the spirit of the Umbrella Movement alive. Photo: AFP

    Activist Ken Tsang eyes Legco seat after release from prison

    Apr 21, 2017 12:12pm
    Pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu has expressed his strong intention to join the Legislative Council by-elections, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. He made his remarks on Thursday right after he was released from Sai Kung’s Pik...
  • Police surround a protester during a rally against pension reform outside the parliament on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

    What HK can learn from Taiwan’s pension fund chaos

    - Apr 21, 2017 11:30am
    Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je was among those assaulted by protesters outside the parliament on Wednesday. The violent protest was triggered by President Tsai Ing-wen’s plan to reform Taiwan’s hemorrhaging pension system, which is expected to go...
  • Democratic Party chief Wu Chi-wai has drawn widespread criticism with his remarks, which he later retracted, that incoming CE Carrie Lam should grant amnesty to all those involved in Occupy Central incidents. Photo: HKEJ

    HK needs a dose of realpolitik, not Occupy Central amnesty

    - Apr 21, 2017 11:00am
    If you do the crime, you do the time. It’s an American saying that means if you commit a crime you must accept the consequences. Many Americans and people around the world regard Edward Snowden as...
  • LeTV is reported to have paid US$400 million for three-year rights to broadcast English Premier League games in Hong Kong, double the amount paid by previous rights holder. Photo: Reuters

    Media rights are the new battlefield in sports

    - Apr 21, 2017 10:58am
    In Hong Kong, there is a little-known world champion sitting with us every mid-week and weekend, namely the winner of the English Premier League (EPL) broadcasting rights. In terms of the acquisition cost of the rights...
  • Eric Chan, who was Director of Immigration between 2011 and 2016, could become the head of the Chief Executive's Office under Carrie Lam, sources say. Photo: TVB

    Former immigration chief Eric Chan tipped to lead CE Office

    Apr 20, 2017 4:51pm
    As chief executive-elect Carrie Lam assembles her team for her incoming government, it appears that candidates have been identified for at least a few of the top posts. The Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing sources,...
  • Pro-democracy activists carry portraits of Gui Minhai (left) and other detained booksellers during a protest outside Beijing's Liaison Office in January 2016. Photo: Reuters

    Detained HK bookseller wins Swedish free speech award

    Apr 20, 2017 4:51pm
    A Hong Kong bookseller detained in mainland China for publishing books on the personal lives of President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party leaders has won a prize for free speech and press freedom awarded by...
  • Most youngsters prefer staring at their smartphones and computers to reading books and other publications. Photo: Xinhua

    60% of young people don’t read books, survey finds

    Apr 20, 2017 3:21pm
    A recent survey conducted by the Hong Kong Publishing Professional Society (HKPPS) presents a worrying picture of local reading habits. The survey found that 32.4 percent of the respondents have not read a single book in the...

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