18 December 2017


  • Women after menopause have a high chance of getting osteoporosis since their bone material loses much quicker with their falling level of the female hormone estrogen. Photo: Reuters

    Osteoporosis: How to fight this invisible killer

    Dec 8, 2017 5:31pm
    Miss Lee, 65, has been leading a wholesome lifestyle. What she did not plan for was the slippery floor in the wet market which got her hospitalized and diagnosed with a right hip fracture. She was...
  • Better balance and physical coordination in older age have been associated with higher scores on tests of perceptual speed, verbal memory and visuospatial abilities. Photo: Reuters

    Improve your balance, improve your brain

    - Dec 8, 2017 5:30pm
    A number of recent studies suggest that balance and coordination exercises that keep you physically nimble may help keep you mentally nimble as well. That’s because the constant process of maintaining your equilibrium as you move...
  • During processing, nitrate and nitrite are artificially added as preservatives to keep the fresh appearance and taste of processed meat. Photo: HKEJ

    Say no to carcinogenic cured meat

    - Dec 8, 2017 5:30pm
    Winter is coming. Who can resist some steamy hot cured meat claypot rice or flavourful instant noodles with ham and sausages? Before indulging in these mouth-watering dishes, be reminded that processed meat is not just high...
  • Scenes from Nederlands Dans Theater shows 'In the Event' (left) and 'Safe as Houses'. Photos: Rahi Rezvani

    Autumn delight with two contemporary dance shows

    - Dec 8, 2017 5:15pm
    This autumn there were two tours to Hong Kong by overseas modern dance companies. In mid-November there was a welcome return visit by the renowned Nederlands Dans Theater after nearly a decade. Hong Kong was part...
  • Hai Di Lao Hotpot is renowned for its unique brand of service, which could be excessive at times. Photo: Facebook/Hai Di Lao

    Why too much is not too good at Hai Di Lao Hotpot

    - Dec 8, 2017 3:53pm
    It’s not often that yours truly writes three pieces on a certain restaurant before actually visiting it, but hotpot operator Hai Di Lao Hotpot is an exception. Billed as having the best service among all eateries...
  • Dr. William Yu (second from left) of the World Green Organisation announces the results of tests on 17 baby bath brands sold in Hong Kong. He said all the products meet WHO standards. Photo: WGO

    17 brands of baby bath products sold in HK meet WHO standards

    Dec 8, 2017 12:50pm
    A Hong Kong-based green group said baby bath products from 17 brands sold in Hong Kong have been confirmed safe by tests, although it recommended that parents mix them with water before use. The World Green...
  • Several opposition lawmakers left their seats and staged a protest during a Thursday Legco session that was called to discuss controversial amendments to the legislature's rules of procedure. Photo: HKEJ

    Legco debate on house rule changes ends in chaos

    Dec 8, 2017 12:50pm
    A debate on proposed changes to the Legislative Council’s rules of procedure descended into chaos on Thursday as pan-democrats did everything they could to disrupt the discussion and engaged in fierce verbal exchanges with pro-establishment lawmakers. Aiming to...
  • Kwu Tung North in the New Territories is being developed as a new community. The government should have the resolve to hammer out deals with owners of land plots in brownfield sites for housing development. Photo: Xinhua

    Brownfield sites offer land to ease housing shortage

    - Dec 8, 2017 11:53am
    The Task Force on Land Supply met earlier this week to discuss options for boosting land supply. One proposal is to use fringe areas of country parks for public housing development. This is a highly controversial plan,...
  • Revelations by a young athlete recently have helped bring the spotlight on the issue of sexual abuse and harassment in Hong Kong. Photo: Facebook

    A wake-up call on sexual harassment

    - Dec 8, 2017 10:28am
    With a young local athlete breaking her silence and revealing that she was sexually assaulted by her former coach 10 years ago, there is renewed concern among the Hong Kong public about the issue of sexual abuse...
  • 'Smart cities' need to devise a robust cybersecurity strategy to protect critical infrastructure, says Fortinet's Alvin Rodrigues. Photos: Reuters, Alvin Rodrigues

    Security challenges in smart-city development: An expert view

    - Dec 8, 2017 10:00am
    In her policy address in October, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor pledged new initiatives to spur innovation and technology development. Among the various proposals, she announced an HK$700 million investment in several projects...
  • The release of the BOCHK centenary banknotes is at a specific hour in the afternoon when many Hongkongers would be at work. Photo: Bloomberg

    BOCHK centenary note issue: Third time’s not the charm

    - Dec 7, 2017 2:57pm
    Something went wrong with Bank of China (Hong Kong) in selling its centenary notes. I can’t describe this mixed feeling when I am informed that I am one of the lucky winners that gets the commemorative...
  • Taiwanese cultural and political commentator Chang Tieh-chih said he was denied entry to Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photo: HKEJ/CTC's Twitter account

    HK urged to be open-minded after Taiwanese writer refused entry

    Dec 7, 2017 2:46pm
    A Taiwanese official said the Hong Kong government should treat civil exchanges between their two places with an open mind and a positive attitude so as not to hurt the city’s image in the eyes of Taiwan people...
  • Regina Ip was allegedly indirectly told by Simon Lee (inset) to stop criticizing Link REIT or there would be trouble for her partymates in the district councils. Photo: HKEJ

    Ip accuses Link REIT of making threats against party members

    Dec 7, 2017 12:57pm
    Lawmaker and New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee is accusing Link Real Estate Investment Trust (0823.HK) of making threats against party members in order to deter her from criticizing its business practices. Ip, who...
  • The establishment camp wants to change the rules at the Legislative Council to prevent the opposition lawmakers from blocking government bills. Photo: AFP

    Why Legco rule changes matter to us

    - Dec 7, 2017 12:30pm
    Many Hongkongers abhor politics, but it is something that cannot be ignored as it affects our daily lives. From education to social welfare and medical care, all these issues have political dimensions. Take for example the...
  • Prof. Tse Shek-kam (first from right) of the Centre for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research at the University of Hong Kong, oversaw the Hong Kong end of research for the latest PIRLS reading literacy study. Photo: HKU

    HK falls to third place in global reading literacy ranking

    Dec 7, 2017 11:50am
    Hong Kong failed to hold its top spot in an international reading literacy study on primary school students, according to a report released on Wednesday. The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), which is...
  • A picture shows a delivery services firm in operation after the Singles' Day event in Shandong, China in November. As online shopping has become increasingly popular, the industry is adding to the plastic pollution problem. Photo: Xinhua

    Plastic bag levy should also target online shops

    - Dec 7, 2017 11:23am
    Online shopping has become increasingly popular among the public, especially during seasonal occasions, but not too many people associate cybershopping with plastic pollution. Although the government has launched the Environmental Levy Scheme on Plastic Shopping Bags,...
  • Following successful application, merchants will get a QR code from Octopus for customers to scan and make payment. Photo: Octopus

    Octopus steps up e-payment push

    - Dec 7, 2017 10:51am
    Hong Kong cashless payment operator Octopus launched QR code services last week targeting small merchants. Merchants only need to download the Octopus app and upload the required documents to set up a O! ePay account. Following...
  • Through a wholly owned company, Victor Gao Zhikai asked Huanxi Media Group to issue replacement share certificates. Photo: YouTube

    Deng’s ex-interpreter loses HK$87 mln in share certificates

    - Dec 6, 2017 5:55pm
    On paper, he must have been an excellent interpreter and lawyer. But in a newspaper advertisement, he seemed to be an absent-minded person. According to the advertisement, Huanxi Media Group non-executive director Victor Gao Zhikai lost...
  • The Democratic Party unveils the results of tests on water samples from eight households in Oi Yat House. Photo: Democratic Party

    Fear returns after heavy metals found in drinking water

    Dec 6, 2017 3:04pm
    Some residents of Oi Tung Estate, a public rental housing estate in Shau Kei Wan, are worried that their drinking water has been tainted by heavy metals, although the government said it is safe to drink....
  • A file picture shows a crane operating at a construction site of the Shatin-Central Link in Hung Hom. Photo: Bloomberg

    Shatin-Central line tops XRL to become costliest HK rail project

    Dec 6, 2017 2:27pm
    Records are meant to be broken, but this particular one is not something that Hong Kong people would want to cheer. On Tuesday, news surfaced that the estimate of the main construction works for the Shatin-Central Link...

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