South China Morning Post : Hong Kong (152)

Intruder breaks into former Canadian official’s Hong Kong home

The former executive director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, David Nesbitt, became the latest victim in a recent spate of high profile break-ins in Hong Kong after someone broke into his home in the early hours of Thursday. The 70-year-old was awoken by a noise and found the intruder ...

Hong Kong bans meat imports from Brazilian firms after pet food sold for human consumption

Meat imports from an exporter and two plants in Brazil have been suspended after 200 tonnes of chicken feet and animal organs produced as pet food were claimed to be fit for human ­consumption. The Centre for Food Safety said 10 batches had been imported over the past year from the same ...

Lawmaker hits out at government’s tainted water action plan

The government’s action plan for enhancing drinking water safety in Hong Kong may be well-intended but it fails to tackle head-on the root of the tainted water scandal that hit the city two years ago, the whistle-blower in the case, Helena Wong Pik-wan, has argued. The Democratic Party’s ...

Monitoring standards for Hong Kong’s drinking water to go beyond WHO levels, officials say

Hong Kong has launched a comprehensive safety overhaul of its drinking water and is seeking to adopt standards beyond guidelines set by the World Health Organisation after learning a bitter lesson from a lead contamination scandal in 2015. A citywide action plan announced on Thursday will involve ...

Victim among hundreds to support former student leaders Billy Fung and Colman Li

Hundreds of mitigation letters were presented to a court yesterday in support of two former University of Hong Kong student leaders who avoided jail for their roles in a chaotic siege of a council meeting last year, including one from a woman hurt in the fracas. The letters, from council members, ...

Former student leaders handed community service over chaotic University of Hong Kong siege

Two former student leaders were spared jail on Thursday after admitting they had been wrong and apologising for the chaotic siege of a University of Hong Kong governing council meeting last year. Former student union president Billy Fung Jing-en, 23, was sentenced to 240 hours of community service ...

Monitoring standards for Hong Kong’s drinking water to match WHO levels, officials say

The monitoring standards for Hong Kong’s drinking water will be upgraded to match World Health Organisation guidelines before the end of the year – more than two years after the city was hit by a lead-in-water scare. On Thursday, the Water Supplies Department announced the plan and said ...

‘Apologetic’ Hong Kong robber gets six years, eight months’ jail for HK$40,000 bank theft

An “apologetic” robber who stole HK$40,000 from a Hong Kong bank while using a flammable liquid to threaten staff members, was sentenced to six years and eight months in jail on Thursday. The High Court heard that on August 1, 2016, Lee Kin-sang, 59, showed up at a Fubon Bank in Tuen ...

Truck driver arrested after being caught with contraband cigarettes worth HK$3.8 million

Hong Kong customs officers arrested a mainland driver and seized contraband cigarettes worth HK$3.8 million that were hidden by bricks on 20 pallets in his truck, which arrived from Shenzhen on Wednesday. Superintendent Parry Wu Yan-kit of Hong Kong Customs’ revenue and general ...

Victim among hundreds to support former HKU students Billy Fung and Colman Li

Hundreds of mitigation letters, including one from a victim, were presented to a court on Thursday in support of two former University of Hong Kong student leaders who avoided jail for their roles in a chaotic siege of a council meeting last year. The letters, from council members, staff, alumni and ...

Former student leaders handed community service over chaotic University of Hong Kong siege

Two former student leaders convicted over the chaotic siege of a University of Hong Kong governing council meeting last year were spared jail terms on Thursday. Former student union president Billy Fung Jing-en, 23, was sentenced to 240 hours of community service on three charges of disorderly ...

Hong Kong prefabricated home trials to be launched at HKU and Science and Technology Park

The Science and Technology Park and the University of Hong Kong will be the sites for two trials of prefabricated homes for students and employees, the secretary of development has revealed. Both the government and the construction industry welcomed the idea of relieving housing pressure in the city ...

Fans flock to Ariana Grande’s Hong Kong concert unfazed by presence of antiterror squad

Thousands of fans of US singer Ariana Grande fans streamed into the venue of her Hong Kong concert on Thursday night, undeterred by the large police presence outside that including an antiterrorism team. The heightened security at the AsiaWorld-Expo came four months after a suicide bomber attacked ...

Hong Kong container home trials to be launched at HKU and Science and Technology Park

The Science and Technology Park and the University of Hong Kong will be the sites for two trials of prefabricated containers as homes for students and employees, the secretary of development has revealed. Both the government and the construction industry welcomed the idea of relieving housing ...

Hong Kong police deploy antiterrorism team to patrol Ariana Grande concert

An antiterrorism team will be part of the heavy police presence outside the AsiaWorld Expo, where US singer Ariana Grande performs on Thursday night, police said. The heightened security comes four months after a suicide bomber attacked the 24-year-old pop star’s concert in Manchester, UK, ...

Student union removes Hong Kong independence banner – but warns it may come back

A student union at a Hong Kong university removed a controversial banner on Thursday that called for the city to break away from China, six days after calls from the institution’s president to take it down. But the union warned it would display the same banner again if Chinese University ...

How Hong Kong’s ‘gymnast Angel’ is flying high again after devastating injury that left her leg barely held together

Angel Wong Hiu-ying couldn’t hold back the tears as she walked into the gymnastic venue at the recent China National Games: it was the 30-year-old’s first competition after two years of physical agony and mental despair following an accident which left one of her legs barely held ...

Gold floods out of Vietnam and ICAC busts 40 police officers over drug links: headlines from four decades ago

Forty years ago this week, Beijing had just begun to allow Chinese people to travel more freely within the country. Before then, China had been isolated from the world, and many parts of the nation were known only to local residents. For those who know China today, with mainland tourists ...

Privacy watchdog slams Education University for ‘serious misconduct’ in photo leak

Hong Kong’s privacy watchdog chastised Education University for leaking images of two men suspected of pasting posters mocking the suicide of a top education official’s son in a case that sparked debate over the rights of personal data and free speech. Despite describing the release of ...

‘I don’t feel my age, so don’t tell me,’ says history-making 42-year-old MMA knockout king Alain Ngalani

The reverberations of Alain “The Panther” Ngalani’s history-making 11-second knockout last weekend are still being felt across the world of mixed martial arts with the Hong Kong heavyweight being offered a “super bout” with the One Championship’s middleweight ...

Police called after sample of tissue from woman’s breast goes missing from Hong Kong hospital

A sample of tissue from a woman’s breast has gone missing from North District Hospital in Sheung Shui, prompting the facility to report the incident to police. The 59-year-old woman underwent a lumpectomy on her left breast at the public hospital at about 5pm on Friday, a hospital spokesman ...

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam lashes out at UK politicians for ‘disrespectful’ comments on jailing of activist trio

Hong Kong’s leader has defended the city’s judicial independence, lashing out at UK politicians and commentators who had condemned the jailing of three pro-democracy activists last month, calling their remarks “disrespectful” and “disturbing”. Speaking at a ...

Legal challenge against Hong Kong government lodged over housing plan in Discovery Bay

A Hong Kong-listed developer behind a resort-like residence in Discovery Bay has mounted a judicial challenge against the city’s development watchdog over its rejection of a rezoning plan. According to a writ filed on Tuesday, Hong Kong Resort Company wanted to turn an area of 7,623 square ...

Vatican diplomat implicated in child porn case served in Hong Kong

A Catholic Church official recalled to the Vatican because US investigators suspected him of crimes involving child pornography is a diplomat who has served the church in positions around the globe, including Hong Kong. The diplomat in question is Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella. The church and US ...

Thinking inside the box: Hong Kong container homes could be on the way

Homeless Hongkongers may be housed in prefabricated containers as early as next year in an unprecedented temporary solution that a local NGO is discussing with several developers. Property giant Henderson Land told the Post on Wednesday it was holding informal talks with the Council of Social ...

European Fintech deals indicate change of stance toward booming industry by conservative Hong Kong

Hong Kong is teaming up with British partners to boost its financial technology sector as two deals were cut in London to strengthen the city’s role as a Fintech hub in Asia. A delegation of more than 70 participants – including top government officials and Fintech industry players ...

China cannot ‘choke off’ Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations, says former governor Chris Patten

China cannot “choke off” Hong Kong’s aspiration to be more democratic, and that aspiration can still be realised if change comes from within China, according to the city’s last colonial governor. Chris Patten, speaking to the Post on Wednesday, said he still believed ...

Chinese University becomes first in Hong Kong to get department of biomedical engineering

In a first for Hong Kong, Chinese University has launched a department of biomedical engineering, allowing students to apply for the undergraduate course from next year. It becomes the first university in the city to have a specialised department in the subject, which the city’s leader ...

Hong Kong needs to talk about political reform, last colonial governor Chris Patten says; city ‘not out to cause Beijing trouble’

Hong Kong’s last colonial governor has called on the city’s current leader to resume dialogue with the public on political reform after an ill-fated effort two years ago, but he stopped short of supporting any renewed push for change in the next five years. Chris Patten also said Chief ...

Should the highest bidder redevelop Hong Kong General Post Office site in Central?

A group of real estate experts and architects in Hong Kong have called on the government to have a better vision and plan for the site of the General Post Office in Central, which will be sold and developed into a commercial complex. On Wednesday at a forum organised by non-profit land use research ...

Explain this: What happened at Road to Ultra and what’s next for Hong Kong’s festival scene?

Hong Kong’s international music festival scene was thrust into the spotlight after one reveller died and three others were admitted to hospital following the Road to Ultra festival on Saturday. Police said three of the victims tested positive for controlled drugs – a hallmark of many ...

Watch Hong Kong cycling great Wong Kam-po struggle to ride 65-year-old Uncle Hung’s gas canister delivery bike

Wong Kam-po is one of Asia’s best-ever cyclists, winning numerous times at Asian level and a 2007 world champion. The bike he uses costs tens of thousands of dollars. Uncle Hung is a 65-year-old gas canister delivery man. His bike costs a fraction of that of Wong’s and can carry up to ...

Hooters in Hong Kong bounces back after paying over HK$1 million in overdue rent

Hooters has paid off over HK$1 million in overdue rent, quashing fears the restaurant chain famous for hot girls and cold beer was about to go bust in Hong Kong, according to management. Earlier this month, the US brand faced legal action and eviction from its Lan Kwai Fong location after ...

Bad Hong Kong drivers, beware: 150,000 parking tickets issued in July, 15 per cent more than in June

Rule-breaking drivers in Hong Kong are feeling the heat as a police crackdown on illegal parking and road obstruction saw the number of fixed penalty tickets jump by 15 per cent in July over June. Acting chief superintendent of police Yuen Chi-kin said about 150,000 tickets had been issued in July ...

Bad Hong Kong drivers, beware: 150,000 parking tickets issued in July, 15 per cent more than in June

Rule-breaking drivers in Hong Kong are feeling the heat as a police crackdown on illegal parking and road obstruction saw the number of fixed penalty tickets jump by 15 per cent in July over June. Acting chief superintendent of police Yuen Chi-kin confirmed about 150,000 parking tickets had been ...

Hong Kong woman finds stolen HK$1 million diamond ring in Tsim Sha Tsui park

A diamond ring worth about HK$1 million has been found in a Tsim Sha Tsui park and confirmed to be one of nine pieces of jewellery stolen in a daring daylight smash-and-grab robbery, according to police sources. The ring was found by a middle-aged woman in Kowloon Park on Tuesday afternoon, ...

Hong Kong’s best players may miss Cricket Sixes because of crucial ICC World League matches

Hong Kong may be forced to rest their best players for the Hong Kong Sixes if selectors feel it would affect their chances of playing in important ICC matches before and after the revived tournament. Coach Simon Cook must make some decisions on what kind of team to choose for the Hong Kong Sixes in ...

Three families at most per flat in new Hong Kong shared housing plan, overseer says

Bigger flats in a newly launched co-living project in Hong Kong can accommodate at most three families, the head of a local NGO revealed. The remarks by Chua Hoi-wai, chief executive of the Council of Social Service, came after the group announced on Tuesday an affordable shared housing plan for the ...

Starting an educational journey off right

Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong is set to open in just over a year in Lohas Park, Tseung Kwan O. It will be the second Shrewsbury School in Asia after Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, and will welcome close to 1,000 students into its top-class purpose-built facility that includes a ...

It’s official: Hong Kong sweltered through record-breaking summer

If you felt like it was abnormally hot and wet in Hong Kong last month, you were right: the city sweltered through its hottest day on record and experienced 13 per cent more rain than usual thanks in part to two typhoons, according to the local forecaster. The Hong Kong Observatory recorded the ...

UWL brings career-focused music and law courses to Hong Kong

The University of West London , which was voted the “best university in London for student satisfaction” in the 2016 National Student Survey, is expanding its programmes in Hong Kong through a partnership arrangement with Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education. Andrea Moran, ...

CGMA Annual Dinner Hong Kong 2017

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants ’s Hong Kong office held its Annual Dinner, the largest annual event, on 8th May. Officiated by Tim Christen, Vice Chairman of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. This year’s annual dinner was branded ...

Hong Kong not equipping students for the future as well as Singapore or South Korea, study says

Hong Kong students are less prepared than their peers in Singapore and South Korea for a future where technology will be king, migration will increase, and the environment will continue to worsen – and may lose out on jobs as a result, according to new research. Hong Kong came in 14th – ...

Hong Kong shared housing project set to provide relief for 1,000 needy families

An affordable shared housing project in Hong Kong is expected to supply 500 flats for 1,000 poor households over a three-year period, a social service provider has announced. On Tuesday, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service said flats would be rented to households waiting for public housing and ...

Meet the Hong Kong landlords who are happy to drop rent

Ng Suk-ching’s 600 sq ft home in an old Sham Shui Po building used to be filled with family, but after her husband died and her children moved out, she said it felt too big and empty. “It’s very strange. There are flats without people living in them and there are people without ...

Will relaxed rules for Hong Kong’s online media usher in digital age?

Digital media outlets in Hong Kong would be allowed to cover official events and receive press releases or invitations under relaxed rules starting on Tuesday, the government has announced. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that the arrangement would be “fair and feasible”, ...

Students and school bosses need to talk about Hong Kong independence posters, says Chris Patten

Hong Kong’s last colonial governor has said university bosses need to talk to pro-independence students over banners calling for the city’s breakaway, which have recently sprung up on local campuses. Chris Patten, speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Tuesday, criticised ...

Charges against Hong Kong Occupy leaders are ‘prosecution overkill’, barrister says

A barrister representing the three founders of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy Occupy movement demanded on Tuesday for prosecutors to account for the fate of 700 other arrested protesters who have yet to face legal proceedings. Gerard McCoy SC raised the issue as his clients – academics ...

Activist fined HK$3,000 for binning Hong Kong public library books in ‘fight against cultural invasion’ from mainland China

A radical Hong Kong activist was on Tuesday fined HK$3,000 for dumping library books in a bin in what he said was an attempt to protect children from the “cultural invasion” of simplified Chinese characters. Alvin Cheng Kam-mun, 29, had told the court during trial that he had become ...

High jumper Cecilia Yeung ready to take on world after successful Asian stint

High jumper Cecilia Yeung Man-wai is ready to raise her game and compete at world level after wrapping up her season with medals in all Asian events she entered this year. Having celebrated her 23-year-old birthday with a bronze medal at the Asian Indoor Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Monday, ...