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Hong Kong banks among world’s most profitable thanks to low costs, better asset quality

The large banks in Hong Kong are some of the most profitable in the world, partly due to their low costs, according to industry experts. Banking analysts say this is partly a result of market fundamentals, but also comes down to cost control decisions taken by the banks themselves. In this regard, ...

Are policies to make Hong Kong liveable too little, too late to restore city’s competitiveness?

Now that Hong Kong is perceived to have created its own political prisoners and martyrs, the government will need wisdom and leadership to guide the city through this period of self-inflicted, post-Occupy crisis. Poor leadership threatens to undermine our stability, geopolitical standing and ...

Lack of rest facilities forces Hong Kong bus drivers to breach law against idling engines

Spare a thought for drivers of Hong Kong’s biggest franchised bus company in the sweltering summer heat. KMB drivers have been reduced to taking breaks between shifts in an air-conditioned single-deck bus and breaching the law against idling engines because they cannot have a proper kiosk at a ...

Hong Kong bus crashes into police vehicle and car from another accident, wounding five people

A double-decker bus ploughed into the scene of an earlier traffic accident in Hong Kong’s western New Territories on early Sunday morning, injuring at least five people. One of the victims was thrown off the edge of the flyover, suffering critical injuries. The two accidents took place on a ...

Diplomats call for end to illegal work orders for Hong Kong domestic helpers

The Indonesian and Filipino consulates in Hong Kong have urged the government to get tough on local employers breaking the law by putting their domestic helpers to work on the mainland, after one such helper died in Shenzhen. The consulates also warned they could put offenders on a watch list if ...

Parents at troubled Hong Kong school consider transfer of their children

Some parents of pupils at a Tuen Mun primary school embroiled in an enrolment row said on Saturday they were considering transferring their children elsewhere, even as others were reassured by the ousting of its principal. Chan Cheung-ping, the head of Hing Tak School, was accused of exaggerating ...

Documentary shows the struggle of Hong Kong online news providers

Business considerations are heavily affecting editorial decisions made in the city’s already struggling media industry, which is under pressure to chase profitability for its online news content, according to a new documentary film. Real Time covers the work of online operations staff at three ...

Police pepper spray cleaver-wielding man after attack on busy Yau Ma Tei street

Police officers used pepper spray to subdue an African asylum seeker who is suspected of attacking a Pakistani man with a meat cleaver on a busy thoroughfare in Yau Ma Tei on Saturday afternoon. A police source said the attack came after the Somalian man became emotional after being refused by a ...

Should tourists in New Zealand, including Hong Kong visitors, take driving tests?

A growing number of fatal car crashes involving tourists in New Zealand, including those from Hong Kong, has sparked calls for stricter traffic rules in the popular holiday destination. According to the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, up to 37 per cent of accidents between 2011 and 2015 in ...

Hong Kong’s No 2 official defends court rulings, hits out at media ‘bias’ over jailing of democracy activists

Hong Kong’s No 2 official on Saturday launched a strong defence of the city’s courts in jailing young pro-democracy activists, hitting out at “biased” reports by foreign media, and insisting the fallout would not harm the government’s efforts to reach out to alienated ...

Read the Hong Kong Court of Appeal’s ruling on Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, jailed for 2014 protest

The jailing of three Hong Kong political activists on Thursday has drawn fire from the city’s pro-democracy camp, but been lauded in pro-establishment circles. It has also provoked questions on judicial independence, which were challenged by legal professional bodies and the Secretary for ...

Making space for Hong Kong NGOs

In the city with the world’s most expensive housing market, Jackaline Chow convinced her family to let a community group use their 700 sq ft store space in Sham Shui Po for a month, for free. Chow, whose family runs a hardware business, said the ground-floor space on Tai Nan Street had been ...

Should tourists in New Zealand, including Hong Kong visitors, take driving tests?

A growing number of fatal car crashes caused by tourists in New Zealand, including cases where Hongkongers were involved, has sparked calls for stricter traffic rules in the popular holiday destination. According to the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, up to 37 per cent of crashes between 2011 and ...

Foreign politicians call for release of Hong Kong’s ‘political prisoners’ Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow

A group of foreign politicians, lawyers and activists has condemned Hong Kong’s jailing of three young democracy activists who stormed a government building, calling them “political prisoners” and demanding their release. The call came soon after the city’s last colonial ...

Why more Hong Kong tourists are taking up drive tours in Australia despite crash risks

The number of Hong Kong tourists getting behind the wheel in Australia has almost doubled in the past decade, despite fatal car crashes there involving visitors from the city, statistics show. Nearly half of the 219,527 Hongkongers who visited Australia in the 12 months to March this year opted to ...

Foreign politicians call for release of Hong Kong’s ‘political prisoners’ Wong, Law and Chow

A group of foreign politicians, lawyers and activists has condemned Hong Kong’s jailing of three young democracy activists who stormed a government building, calling them “political prisoners” and demanding their release. The call came soon after the city’s last colonial ...

The Singaporean singer-songwriter who took Hong Kong to his heart

Singer-songwriter Hanjin Tan stands on a footpath in a rundown industrial estate in Hong Kong, smiling and gazing skyward for the camera. A tradesman holding a beer looks on, clearly bemused by the scene. Tan has had time to perfect his poses. The Singaporean-born musician, who now calls Hong Kong ...

Going against the flow: fun photos show a surreal side of Hong Kong

A Hong Kong artist whose innovative photographs of the city’s major landmarks and everyday scenes have become an online hit said he only started the project to “cheer Hong Kong people up”. Tommy Fung has used Photoshop to adapt hit shots of sites including the IFC, the Big Buddha ...

More and more Hong Kong tourists driving around Australia, despite crashes

The number of Hong Kong tourists getting behind the wheel in Australia has almost doubled in the past decade, despite fatal car crashes there involving visitors from the city, statistics show. Nearly half of the 219,527 Hongkongers who visited Australia in the 12 months to March this year opted to ...

Artificial intelligence will transform health care, law and the way we work, says Siri trailblazer Antoine Blondeau

It’s 2050 and the world revolves around you. From the contents of your fridge to room temperature – digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Your screens know your taste and show channels you want to see as you enter the room. Your car is driverless and your favourite barman ...

Expat eyeing record for swimming around Hong Kong Island wants to make splash for charity

A British expat is hoping to set a new record for swimming around Hong Kong Island in one go. Simon Holliday, 39, a learning and development manager for a Hong Kong law firm, plans to complete the 45km route without taking a break on November 11 in a bid to raise HK$1 million for his charity ...

Breakfast, billionaires and big buildings: how do Hong Kong and Singapore really compare with each other?

Improvements in education have seen Singapore surpass Hong Kong in terms of “liveability” for the first time, according to the latest Economist Intelligence Unit survey. The Lion City jumped 11 places in the rankings from 46th to 35th, while Hong Kong fell two spots to 45th. The two ...

How does Hong Kong compare with Asian counterparts on development of creative industries?

Up until now, Hong Kong has not convincingly proved itself capable of keeping up with its Asian counterparts in developing its creative industries, with some places having dedicated authorities to promote the sector. Meet the young designers leading growth in Hong Kong’s creative industries ...

Hong Kong media mogul Ricky Wong may give up on free-to-air TV dream

Media tycoon Ricky Wong Wai-kay is considering scrapping plans to run TV stations in the city, saying that the market had dramatically changed during his long battle to secure a free-to-air TV licence. Wong said in a statement on Friday, when his Hong Kong Television Network announced its interim ...

Jailing of Hong Kong protesters will further polarise already divided society, pro-democracy lawmaker says

The imprisonment of 13 young protestors and three prominent student leaders this week will mean even more broken ties between the government and the city’s youth, and will make it more difficult for the chief executive to mend rifts in Hong Kong society, according to a pro-democracy lawmaker ...

Meet the young designers leading growth in Hong Kong’s creative industries despite challenges

Hong Kong’s young creative entrepreneurs have insisted they continue to face significant social, financial and cultural barriers to success despite being hailed as key to the generation who will drive the city’s economy into the future. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has ...

Those who are leading our youth into lawbreaking should take a look in the mirror

It’s always painful to watch idealistic young people being sent to jail for their beliefs. But this does not mean they don’t deserve their punishment or that they are being persecuted. Opposition groups and some overseas commentators have called the jailing of Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Alex ...

Tiananmen Square protest leader tells Joshua Wong to study in prison as details emerge of Hong Kong activists’ first night behind bars

The first night behind bars for Joshua Wong Chi-fung and his fellow student activists included a medical check-up, being allocated numbers and putting on their brown prison uniforms. Their heads were shaved and fingerprints taken while not so much as a crumb of birthday cake was on offer for Alex ...

Lawyers confident three jailed Hong Kong student protesters will receive leave to appeal against prison terms

Lawyers say they are confident the three Hong Kong student leaders sentenced to prison by the Court of Appeal on Thursday will be granted leave to appeal at the city’s top court. Their prediction on the case of Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang came as former ...

Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai slams ‘shameful’ middle-aged protesters who have let Hong Kong student leaders take rap

One of the architects of the 2014 Occupy protests, Benny Tai Yiu-tuing, yesterday said he expected to be jailed eventually, and the older generation of Hongkongers should be ashamed that three young student leaders had paid the price instead. However, the Occupy Central co-founder, a law professor ...

Employers of Filipino domestic helper killed by fall in mainland China arrested in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong employers of a Filipino domestic helper who plunged to her death from a building in Shenzhen last month were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. They were released on bail and will have to report to police in mid-September in a case that has raised concerns ...

Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai slams ‘shameful’ middle-aged protesters who have let Hong Kong student leaders take rap

An Occupy Central co-founder said middle-aged Hong Kong protesters “should feel ashamed” as three young student leaders had paid the price for an illegal protest in the run-up to the 79-day sit-ins. He also expected that he too would eventually be imprisoned. However, Benny Tai Yiu-ting, ...

Hong Kong tram riders set to pay up to 13 per cent more as operator seeks first fare increase in six years

The operator of Hong Kong’s iconic trams plans to raise fares by up to 13 per cent, its first increase in six years. Adults will be charged HK$2.60 from the current HK$2.30 per trip, while children and senior citizens will see an increase of HK$0.10, to HK$1.30 and HK$1.20 ...

Lucky escape for Hong Kong motorist as car flies off flyover after smashing through railings

A Hong Kong motorist escaped serious injury on Friday when his car smashed through railings and fell off a flyover outside the Lion Rock Tunnel in Kowloon Tong. Police said his car had been travelling along the Waterloo Road flyover before it fell about four metres onto Broadcast Drive Garden at ...

Employers of Filipino domestic helper killed by fall in mainland China arrested in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong employers of a Filipino domestic helper who died last month in Shenzhen were arrested on Thursday for conspiracy to defraud. They were released on bail and will have to report to police in mid-September. The man surnamed Gu, 47, and his wife surnamed Liu, 32, were arrested by ...

Joshua Wong’s mother writes letter to son blasting Hong Kong government’s pursuit of jailed pro-democracy activists

Imprisoned political activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung’s mother has urged her son to “follow the truth and be courageous”, as she expressed disappointment in the justice department’s decision to seek jail terms for young student leaders. Grace Ng Chau-mei said the ...

School board in Hong Kong votes to dismiss principal after scandal involving permanently absent pupils

The board of a troubled primary school has voted to oust its principal, who is embroiled in a series of controversies surrounding its governance including exaggerating its enrolment to secure more funding. According to a source close to the board of Hing Tak School, 17 members voted for principal ...

Employers of Filipino domestic helper killed by fall in mainland China arrested in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong employers of a Filipino domestic helper who died last month in Shenzhen were arrested on Thursday for conspiracy to defraud, a police source said. They were released on bail and will have to report to police in mid-September. The man surnamed Gu, 47, and his wife surnamed Liu, 32, were ...

South China’s Guangdong raises status of its Hong Kong affairs

The southern Chinese province of Guangdong has elevated the status of its Hong Kong affairs portfolio by placing it under the direct control of its governor. According to a government announcement on Thursday, responsibility for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan affairs has been passed to governor Ma ...

Joshua Wong’s mother’s letter to son blasts Hong Kong government’s pursuit of jailed pro-democracy activists

Imprisoned political activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung’s mother has urged her son to “follow the truth and be courageous”, as she expressed disappointment in the justice department’s decision to seek jail terms for young student leaders. Grace Ng Chau-mei said the ...

Back to school offers make Kumon an even smarter choice

The world famous Kumon Method of Learning offers an approach to education that is tailor-made for each child. For more than half a century, Kumon has been helping students achieve their academic goals by building their knowledge and powers of concentration, and enabling them to develop effective ...

‘No political motive’ behind seeking jail terms for student protesters, Hong Kong justice minister claims

Hong Kong’s justice secretary insisted on Friday that there was “no political motive involved” in his department’s request for stiffer sentences for three prominent student leaders, a move that resulted in the trio being jailed for six to eight months. Asked if he had ...

Hong Kong primary school principal to learn fate after exaggerating enrolment

The principal at the heart of controversies surrounding a troubled Hong Kong primary school is set to learn her fate Friday afternoon, as board members discuss whether to dismiss her over her performance. A source close to the school’s board said bad news likely awaited Chan Cheung-ping of ...

Art in every step

Hong Kong is a city to walk in. It is naturally hilly and, combined with competition for space everywhere, translates into a constant need to go up and down. Staircases are inevitably an essential part of the cityscape. That makes the many flights of steps in various districts convenient canvases ...

Support and tears for Hong Kong democracy activists jailed over government HQ protest that led to Occupy movement

The ground-floor lobby of Hong Kong’s High Court was for the first time “occupied” by pro-democracy supporters on Thursday as the judges handed down their ruling that three student leaders who spearheaded the city’s Occupy movement in 2014 should serve time in prison. More ...

Jailing Hong Kong’s three young Occupy leaders ‘will deter others from joining protests’

The Hong Kong Court of Appeal which sent three young Occupy leaders to jail warned against what one judge called the “unhealthy trend” of advocating civil disobedience, while observers feared the ruling would intimidate people into staying away from future pro-democracy drives. While the ...

Discounted flights and hotel packages among Cathay Pacific’s bid to cater to ‘price-sensitive travellers’

Cathay Pacific Airways is considering new measures to cater for price-sensitive travellers without creating its own budget airline. These may include more “value for money” tickets as the airline attempts to rebound from a HK$2.05 billion loss recorded in the first six months of the ...

Suspected ringleader of triad-controlled loan-shark syndicate among 21 arrested in Hong Kong

The suspected ringleader of a triad-controlled loan-shark syndicate and nine core members were among 21 people arrested in a series of raids in Hong Kong on Wednesday and Thursday after lending money to two undercover police officers at interest rates of up to 1,600 per cent a year. Investigations ...

Palm oil that spilled onto Hong Kong’s beaches turned into crude gasoline

Half of the palm oil washed ashore on beaches two weeks ago will be turned into 50 tons of crude gasoline to go on sale next week, according to a biodiesel company. One hundred tons of palm stearin, about the weight of a blue whale and half of the total amount collected from Hong Kong’s ...

Seven hurt in Hong Kong flat fire after electric meter bursts into flames

Seven people, including three children and a pregnant woman, were sent to hospital after inhaling smoke in a fire that broke out in a block of flats in Hong Kong on Thursday afternoon. The three children – a three-month-old boy and two girls aged one and two – and four adults – ...