22 September 2019

Hong Kong

  • Local retailers have stopped selling the affected products Photos: Cable News Network, Food Facts

    HK recalls peanut, almond butter products on salmonella risk

    Aug 21, 2014 1:12pm
    Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety has asked local retailers to stop selling six brands of peanut and almond butter, after samples were found to be contaminated with salmonella. The products being recalled, all manufactured by nSpired Natural...
  • Arthur Laffer says Hong Kong should let the market adjust naturally, rather than trying to fix a potential structural deficit through higher taxes. Photo: HKEJ

    Hong Kong should refrain from tax-hikes: Arthur Laffer

    - Aug 21, 2014 1:01pm
    Arthur Laffer, the economist known for the Laffer Curve, which depicts the trade-off between tax rates and revenue, has warned the Hong Kong government against any attempt to deal with a projected structural deficit by means...
  • The pension fund should be given to every elderly and having a means test will not help the government to save much money, says the author of the study. Photo: HKEJ

    Should pension plan be universal or only for those in need?

    Aug 21, 2014 12:48pm
    A government-commissioned study released on Wednesday proposes to grant all Hong Kong people aged over 65 a pension of HK$3,000 (US$387.06) a month, but Ming Pao Daily and Sing Tao Daily said in separate editorials that the fund...
  • As Guangzhou is home to a significant number of African expatriates, people are on guard against potential Ebola cases. Photo: Southern Metropolis Daily

    African visitors stoke Ebola fears in Guangzhou

    Aug 21, 2014 12:07pm
    Concerns are growing in Guangzhou about potential Ebola cases in the metropolis, given the significant number of African expatriates and visitors in the city and their alleged poor living conditions and hygiene, a media report said...
  • The political polarization may deteriorate to the point that it compromises Hong Kong's business environment and policy decisions. Photo: AFP

    S&P warns HK rating may be cut if political polarization worsens

    Aug 21, 2014 10:44am
    Standard & Poor’s said it has maintained Hong Kong’s AAA credit rating with a stable outlook, but warns it could be lowered if political polarization in the city worsened, RTHK said on Wednesday, citing the agency’s latest...
  • Commuters try to coax the dog into leaving the track. Moments later, it was struck by a high-speed train and killed. Photos: Facebook

    MTR faces outcry after train kills dog

    Aug 21, 2014 9:10am
    Hong Kong’s rail operator is facing a public backlash after an intercity through-train ran over a dog and killed it, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday. MTR Corp. is to blame for the incident that could have...
  • The number of Hong Kong people aged 65 and above is expected to reach 2.56 million by 2041, compared with 980,000 in 2012. Photo: HKEJ

    Workers, employers, seniors lukewarm to pension plan

    - Aug 21, 2014 9:06am
    A proposal to give elderly people HK$3,000 (US$387.06) a month under a universal pension scheme has received lukewarm response from workers, employers and seniors, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on Thursday. “I would rather save my money...
  • The study says the Hong Kong government can afford to give senior citizens a monthly pension. Photo: HKEJ

    Hong Kong govt urged to seed pension scheme with HK$50 bln

    - Aug 20, 2014 7:35pm
    People aged 65 and over can collect a monthly pension of HK$3,000 (US$387) if the government puts up HK$50 billion for a start, RTHK reported Wednesday, citing a University of Hong Kong survey. The Hong Kong government should grant...
  • The pan-democrats say they will reject any electoral reform proposals that fail to meet international standards. Photo: RTHK

    26 pan-democrats state electoral reform bottom line in pact

    - Aug 20, 2014 6:35pm
    Twenty-six pan-democratic lawmakers have signed a joint declaration vowing to reject any electoral reform proposals that fail to meet international standards, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday. Frederick Fung Kin-kee said international standards serve as a metric and...
  • Allan Zeman (left) nominates Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai Chee-ying (bottom), Legco President Jasper Tsang (top) and New People's Party deputy chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun (right). Photo: HKEJ

    The art of nomination: lessons from the ice bucket challenge

    - Aug 20, 2014 4:19pm
    The crux of universal suffrage may not be who nominates but who gets nominated. That’s the lesson of the ice bucket challenge, which poured into town this week. Whether you are the girlfriend of Asia’s richest...
  • Ivan experiences the different phases of life for an octogenarian. Photo: Facebook

    Life at 80 beats being bored to death

    Aug 20, 2014 2:50pm
    For a 26-year-old man, living life at 80 sure beats being bored to death. In fact, octogenarians are capable of having fun and breaking out of the stereotype — worn, weathered people being fed, idling, watching...
  • Cheung Man-kwong (right) is said to be meeting with Beijing officials to discuss electoral reform on Friday. Photo: HKEJ

    All eyes on the Democratic Party

    - Aug 20, 2014 2:37pm
    On the surface, Beijing is taking a tough stance on electoral reform, insisting that the two sides cannot be equal on the negotiating table. It is giving Hong Kong’s pan-democratic camp two options on electoral reform: compromise...
  • A mainland visitor (inset, man in white) attacked a local female tour guide during a shopping trip to Hung Hom. Photo: HKEJ, Apple Daily

    Mainland tourist grabs local tour guide by the neck

    Aug 20, 2014 2:21pm
    Two tour guides were attacked by mainland tourists over smoking issues on Tuesday. In one case, local guide Chiang Lai said she was leading 15 visitors from Hebei province to Hung Hom for shopping on Tuesday...
  • The existing protective measures in Hong Kong against Ebola virus infection are adequate, says Yuen Kwok-yung (inset), chairman of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases. Photo: AFP, HKEJ

    Hong Kong may use cancer, infertility drugs to fight Ebola virus

    - Aug 20, 2014 2:07pm
    Hong Kong may use clomiphene, a drug to cure infertility, and toremifene, a breast-cancer drug, to inhibit Ebola virus infection once a case is reported, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday. The contingency plan came...
  • HKGCC chief executive Shirley Yuen (inset) says requiring employers and employes to contribute to an old-age pension fund on top of their existing scheme is an added burden that amounts to a hidden tax. Photos: HKEJ

    HKGCC: Universal pension a form of hidden tax

    Aug 20, 2014 1:57pm
    A universal pension scheme would be a form of hidden tax if employers and employees are made to contribute to an old-age social safety net, Hong Kong Economic Times reported Wednesday. Requiring them to contribute to...
  • Nursing students at the Open University of Hong Kong will pay 86 percent more in tuition fees. Despite the hefty increase, OUHK says it is hardly enough to cover training expenses. Photos:, wikipedia

    OUHK: 86% nursing tuition hike not enough

    Aug 20, 2014 1:53pm
    The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) is defending a steep hike in tuition fees for its nursing program, saying it is not even enough to cover training costs. The university came under fire after it...
  • The Aw Boon Haw Foundation aims to preserve the heritage features of Tiger Balm Garden while putting it to new use. Photo:

    Tiger Balm Garden may be converted into music school

    Aug 20, 2014 1:20pm
    Tiger Balm Garden, also called Aw Boon Haw Garden, in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district is set to become a music academy if a proposal from the Aw Boon Haw Foundation is approved at a Town Planning...
  • HKU-Shenzhen Hospital is the first public medical institution that is operated by an overseas entity in China. Photo: Xinhua

    HKU caught on wrong foot in Shenzhen hospital venture

    - Aug 20, 2014 12:15pm
    Shenzhen has been allying with prestigious institutions for joint establishments in education and medical services. The initiatives include a Tsinghua University graduate school, a Chinese University of Hong Kong campus and a hospital operated by Peking...
  • Policemen pretend to shoot at someone using their fingers. Photo: Now TV, Apple Daily

    Police conduct drills against Occupy Central

    Aug 20, 2014 12:07pm
    More than 2,600 police officers took part in a drill Tuesday in preparation for a planned sit-in protest by Occupy Central. The exercise was held in Wong Chuk Hang Police Academy and featured 100 police cars...
  • Gregory So (inset) is going to take up the ice bucket challenge after being called out by HKTV's Ricky Wong. Photo: HKEJ, Facebook

    Gregory So to get in on the act for charity

    Aug 20, 2014 11:41am
    The ice bucket challenge is taking Hong Kong by storm and some government officials are getting in on the act. Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung will pour icy cold water over his...