12 December 2018

Hong Kong

  • Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said the Transport Department will meet with members of the Public Omnibus Operators to discuss how to improve their operations and ensure passenger safety. Photo: TVB News/ISD

    Coach service operator may be barred after deadly crash

    Dec 3, 2018 3:37pm
    Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the government is studying whether to stop a bus operator from continuing to take airport workers to work after one of its buses not licensed for employee services was involved in...
  • Pro-democracy lawmaker Eddie Chu had been barred from contesting in a rural representative election in Yuen Long. The picture inset shows the notice of decision by the returning officer overseeing the election. Photos: HKEJ, Eddie Chu/Facebook

    Eddie Chu slams ‘absurd’ decision to bar him from rural election

    Dec 3, 2018 2:52pm
    Lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick has slammed a move by authorities to prevent him from contesting a village election, terming the disqualification as yet another attempt on the part of the administration to stifle dissenting political voices.  ...
  • Data sharing and collaboration between the government and private businesses, such as those involved in the transport sector, can help in better urban planning. Photo: Bloomberg

    Govt-private partnership needed to push API Economy

    - Dec 3, 2018 11:26am
    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced in July the launch of open API as part of efforts to reinforce the territory’s status as an international financial center. API refers to “application programming interface” which is...
  • Lee Cheuk-yan was among the representatives of various pro-democracy parties who apologized to their supporters following the setback in the Kowloon West Legco by-election. Photo: HKEJ

    Time to reunite our civil society

    - Dec 3, 2018 10:49am
    The pro-democracy camp has suffered a setback due to its defeat in the Legislative Council by-election for a seat in the Kowloon West geographical constituency. Our defeat means that we have failed in our bid to...
  • Hong Kong authorities should shed their knee-jerk response to criticism from overseas on the state of affairs in the city, and should instead engage in communications to allay the concerns, a lawmaker says. Photo: AFP

    How HK should defend itself amid the Sino-US trade war

    - Nov 30, 2018 6:31pm
    Earlier this month, the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) published an annual report which warned, among other things, that Hong Kong was losing its special character, as some observers argued, and that it...
  • After getting trounced in a Legco by-election, Hong Kong's pan-democrat leaders have created a lingering image of their defeat by standing together with bowed heads and apologizing for their performance. Photo: HKEJ

    Is this the beginning of the end for the pan-dems?

    - Nov 30, 2018 5:30pm
    The demise of Hong Kong’s democracy camp has been confidently forecast many times and in the wake of the recent Legco by-election defeat the doomsters have been busy dusting off their predictions for another try. Astonishingly...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam is said to be busy preparing the annual work report for her Beijing superiors.  The report is expected to focus on land and housing issues, including a proposal to tap the Fanling golf course for public housing. Photo: HKEJ/CNSA

    Fanling golf course option seen as way out for Carrie Lam

    - Nov 30, 2018 2:38pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is scheduled to visit Beijing next month, probably between Dec. 16 and 18, to report to state leaders on her job. Lam is said to be busy preparing the annual...
  • A picture shows a coach with a portion of its front sheared off following collision with a taxi, in a deadly road accident on Friday. Photo: TVB News video/screenshot

    Five dead, more than 30 injured after coach rams into taxi

    Nov 30, 2018 1:23pm
    At least five people were killed and more than 30 others injured after a tourist coach collided with a taxi in Tsing Yi on Friday morning, in the second deadliest road incident in Hong Kong this...
  • Lee Cheuk-yan responds to the result of the Kowloon West by-poll during a media appearance on Nov. 26. A changing political climate plus divisions and infighting within the pan-dems led to Lee's defeat, a political observer says. Photo: HKEJ

    Two key reasons why Lee Cheuk-yan lost the by-election

    - Nov 29, 2018 6:14pm
    In the Legislative Council by-election for the Kowloon West geographical constituency last Sunday, Chan Hoi-yan, who was supported by the entire pro-establishment camp, took in 106,457 votes and defeated the opposition bloc’s main candidate, Lee Cheuk-yan,...
  • Police lead away a man (inset) who is suspected of murdering his 40-year-old wife at an apartment in Nam Shan Estate in Shek Kip Mei. Photos: HKEJ, TVB News video/screenshot

    Man, 57, arrested for murder of wife at Shek Kip Mei estate

    Nov 29, 2018 4:36pm
    A 57-year-old man was arrested by police on Wednesday on suspicion of killing his wife and trying to pass off her death as a suicide case. According to Apple Daily, the husband, who is believed to...
  • As is the case with the sea port, Hong Kong’s airport is being challenged by rivals in nearby cities in the region. Photo: HKIA

    Why HK needs to support aviation industry growth

    - Nov 29, 2018 3:45pm
    I recently wrote about the maritime industry, and how the government is looking at tax incentives and other ways to maintain Hong Kong as a hub for the industry in the face of growing overseas competition....
  • File photo of shop signs hanging above a street in Kowloon. The Audit Commission said of the 1,414 removal orders issued for signboards, 598 have remained outstanding for more than a year, with one as long as 12 years. Photo: AFP

    Buildings Dept told to remove dangerous signboards promptly

    Nov 29, 2018 2:42pm
    The Audit Commission has urged the Buildings Department to speed up the removal of signboards identified a long time ago as unauthorized or dangerous, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported. In a report released on Wednesday,...
  • RTHK spent HK$1.084 billion in the 2017-18 fiscal year but its income was only HK$20.7 million during the period, the Audit Commission said in its report. Photo: HKEJ

    RTHK told to improve programming amid falling ratings

    Nov 29, 2018 1:35pm
    Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), the city’s only public broadcaster, should improve its programming to boost its falling ratings and shrinking audience reach, the Audit Commission said. In its report released on Wednesday, the commission pointed...
  • Japanese new media artist Masaki Fujihata (middle, in blue shirt) adopted AR technology to recreate the historical scenes of everyday life in Wan Chai. Photo: HKEJ

    Artist Masaki Fujihata uses AR to bring Wanchai’s past to life

    - Nov 29, 2018 12:59pm
    Masaki Fujihata, one of the visionary pioneers of Japanese new media and interactive art, has begun work on a project that involves use of augmented reality (AR) technology to bring Wanchai’s past to life. Invited to join...
  • Pan-democrats, who suffered a major setback in Sunday’s Legco by-election, need to find a leader who can unite the various groups within the bloc. The task won’t be easy, observers say. Photo: HKEJ

    Pan-dems face a leadership problem

    - Nov 29, 2018 11:46am
    On Monday, the pan-democrats held a press conference to apologize to their supporters following the camp’s defeat in the Legislative Council by-election for a Kowloon West seat. The pan-dems vowed to reflect on their shortcomings, dust themselves...
  • Switzerland has topped the IMD World Talent Ranking for the fifth consecutive year, while Hong Kong has seen its position drop to No. 18. Photo: IMD

    Hong Kong needs to reflect on its drop in global talent ranking

    - Nov 29, 2018 9:59am
    The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) published last week its 2018 World Talent Ranking report. Switzerland ranks number one, confirming its role as an important global talent hub. The top ten countries are all from...
  • Beijing, through its interpretations of the Basic Law, may weaken the rule of law in Hong Kong beyond repair. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong judiciary: Quiet before the storm?

    - Nov 29, 2018 8:31am
    The Hong Kong Court of Appeal’s decision in August 2017 to overrule a magistrate’s judgment ordering community service in the case of an illegal demonstration and to jail three young men – Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan...
  • Plum co-founder Desmond Clinton Cheung believes the startup can continue its food delivery service even as the firm undergoes radical restructuring. Photo: HKEJ

    Food delivery startup depends on part-timers after mass layoffs

    Nov 28, 2018 3:58pm
    Plum, a Hong Kong-based online food delivery service platform, is believed to have fired almost all its full-time employees as it seeks to restructure its business amid financial difficulties. The one-year-old startup is now said to...
  • File photo shows health officials led by Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan (third from left) receiving seasonal flu vaccinations. Photo: ISD/Taiwan Food and Drug Administration

    Flu jabs suspended after impurities found in drug samples

    Nov 28, 2018 2:23pm
    The Hospital Authority (HA) has suspended flu vaccinations in all public hospitals and out-patient clinics after Taiwanese authorities found impurities in samples of the vaccine. The service is expected to resume gradually from Saturday after the batch...
  • Patrick Ho is being tried for violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international money laundering and conspiracy at a New York district court. Photo: CNSA

    Ho disguised bribes as donations, say US prosecutors

    Nov 28, 2018 1:49pm
    US federal prosecutors said Hong Kong’s former home affairs secretary Patrick Ho Chi-ping had sought to land lucrative business deals and oil rights in Chad and Uganda for a Chinese energy conglomerate through bribery.  On the first...

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