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$48m bait to rouse bookworms
A BOOK subsidy for schools will be revived starting the next school year and substantially increased, costing the govern...
2018.04.26
Firms urged to hire the elderly
THE government should try cash subsidies and tax favours to encourage employers to hire the ‘young elderly’, Elderly C...
2018.04.25
Beware of poisonous plants
THE Hospital Authority (HA, 醫管局) has issued an online illustrated handbook about poisonous plants in a bid to prevent...
2018.04.24
HK angered by ticket touts
PRINTING names on tickets to prevent ticket reselling will not work, according to concert organisers, who instead want t...
2018.04.23
DSE dumps politics again
THE Diploma of Secondary Education’s liberal studies (中學文憑試通識教育科) exam has steered clear of politics for the ...
2018.04.19
Animal laws out of date
ANIMAL groups have renewed calls to update laws and establish an animal police unit after the death of a dog, which had ...
2018.04.16
Strict drone rules proposed
STRINGENT requirements – including registration, insurance and users being trained and licensed – were listed in a con...
2018.04.12
Suspicions over wetland fires
THE government should consider buying back Nam Sang Wai (南生圍) for conservation following four suspicious fires in und...
2018.04.11
New champions of the young
THE government has unveiled the list of members for the new Youth Development Commission. Among the 34 non-official youn...
2018.04.07
Prison sites good for housing?
HONG Kong’s prisons should be moved to the mainland so that the land is freed up for housing, argues Charles Ho Tsu-kwo...
2018.03.26
Services lacking for minorities
ETHNIC minorities in Hong Kong do not use public services very often while service providers do not provide sufficient s...
2018.03.20
‘Tiger’ sighting in Ma On Shan
A MASSIVE hunt was launched in the Ma On Shan (馬鞍山) hills after the sighting of a ‘tiger’ was reported. But scores ...
2018.03.14
Free tickets for students
PRIMARY and secondary school students are in line for 10,000 free tickets to Ocean Park in the coming financial year – ...
2018.03.08
Bus drivers to get better pay
KOWLOON Motor Bus (KMB, 九巴) is raising drivers’ pay by 30 percent and reducing their driving time by one hour in an a...
2018.03.01
Calls for cash handouts
PRESSURE is mounting on Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po (陳茂波) to distribute the surplus of more than HK$100 billi...
2018.02.27
Golf club’s fate still in the air
THE government remains undecided about giving up Hong Kong Golf Club’s Fanling course and turning it over for housing. ...
2018.02.13
Lucky phone numbers on call
MORE than 10 million new mobile phone numbers starting with ‘4’, ‘7’ and ‘8’ will start hitting the market this mo...
2018.02.13
Europe speaks out on Chow
THE British and European governments came out swinging against the disqualification of Agnes Chow Ting (周庭) for the Ho...
2018.02.06
Cinemas making a comeback
UA Cinemas will open three new cinemas this year. Apart from Tai Po (大埔) and Tsing Yi (青衣), one will be at Sham Shui...
2018.02.03
Parents pass on wealth to kids
PARENTS expect to pass on an average of HK$11 million to their future generations but most children expect only HK$3 mil...
2018.02.01
Crime rate at four-decade low
POLICE recorded 56,017 crimes last year, the lowest since 1975, with the total number of crimes falling 7.6 percent, or ...
2018.01.30
Central Market here to stay
THE Urban Renewal Authority (市區重建局) has ignored calls for the old Central Market (中環街市) to be torn down as it i...
2018.01.29
Higher fines to beat congestion
THE Legislative Council has approved a sharp 25 percent jump of fines for five congestionrelated offences from 1 June.Th...
2018.01.24
Two USB chargers found unsafe
TWO USB chargers failed safety tests conducted by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD, 機電工程署) a...
2018.01.22
Housing society raises rent
THE Hong Kong Housing Society (香港房屋協會) will increase rents by 8 percent from 1 April at its 20 estates, affecting ...
2018.01.18
Fashion hub plan unveiled
A BASE for design and fashion will be created in Sham Shui Po by 2023 at the earliest.Secretary for commerce and economi...
2018.01.17
Family man saved by fresh organ
A 41-YEAR-OLD married man with two daughters underwent a liver transplant after receiving the organ from a patient at Tu...
2018.01.16
Integrity-checks to be improved
CHIEF Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung(張建宗) says the integrity-checking process for civil servants will be reviewed...
2018.01.13
Football TV pirates jailed
THREE men have been imprisoned for 21 to 27 months for making and selling pirated television set-top boxes that enable u...
2018.01.08
More sleep, less work wanted
HONGKONGERS want to work less and rest more this year, according to a poll. The survey of 500 people by shopping mall AP...
2018.01.08
Phone use at school managed
HONG Kong schools have come up with policies similar to a government directive in France. France is implementing a measu...
2018.01.03
Better guide-dog IDs urged
A GUIDE dog association wants better identifi cation for guide dogs in training so they will not be rejected by shops an...
2018.01.03
Many applying for youth panels
THE government has received more than 1,100 applications from those wanting to join five committees open to youngsters, ...
2017.12.18
HK falls in child reading index
HONG Kong has slipped from fi rst to third in the latest world ranking for the reading ability of Primary Four students....
2017.12.15
Peeping drones raise concerns
PEEPING into people’s homes with a drone is not a violation of privacy laws.Lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun (田北辰) conf...
2017.12.12
Pupils call for education review
TWENTY secondary school students called for a review of the education system in their own ‘policy address’, saying the...
2017.12.09
Calls for e-hailing services
THE Consumer Council (消委會) urged the government to legalise e-hailing services, in a progressive approach to give peo...
2017.12.07
Journalists being spied upon
FEARS that press freedom is in jeopardy were raised after it was disclosed that law enforcers had spied on journalists o...
2017.12.07
Kids warned on spinal problems
AN astonishing 68 percent of Hong Kong children, preschool to primary school level, suffer from spinal problems.This fin...
2017.12.05
Lawmakers ordered to repay
THE Legislative Council Commission has ordered four ousted lawmakers to return the salaries and expenses they were paid ...
2017.12.05
School denies stabbing claims
TWO students have admitted to hitting a Primary One student, but denied poking him in the eyes or stabbing his ear with ...
2017.11.30
Ex-official held over oil bribes
HONG Kong’s former home affairs secretary, Patrick Ho Chi-ping (何志平), has been arrested by authorities in the United...
2017.11.29
Solar-powered cafe brewing
HONG Kong’s fi rst completely solar-powered mobile cafe was launched. It first visited an Admiralty (金鐘) shopping mal...
2017.11.28
Welfare measures ineffective
POVERTY alleviation measures have been inadequate, the welfare minister has admitted, as the number of people living bel...
2017.11.27
Study: popular dishes too salty
MINCED pork patty with salted egg (鹹蛋蒸肉餅) is the saltiest dish in Chinese restaurants, a collaborative study by the...
2017.11.23
Independence issue burns again
THE independence issue was back on the table at 12 schools, thanks to leaflets passed out by the Hong Kong National Fron...
2017.11.22
Top marks for maths genius
A HONG Kong student, who scored the highest mark globally in mathematics in the Cambridge International Examinations, sa...
2017.11.20
Families to switch off the Net
COME Sunday, 3 December – switch off. That means parents and children turning off their computers and phones, sitting d...
2017.11.17
Inaccurate words used in exam
SECONDARY Six students were confused between “addiction” and “addition”, according to a Hong Kong Examinations and A...
2017.11.16
Report: HKers’ English so-so
ENGLISH standards in the mainland and Singapore have been improving while Hong Kong is stagnating, a private global Engl...
2017.11.16
Runners ready for marathon
WITH less than three months until the starter’s gun goes off for the 2018 Standard Chartered Marathon (渣打香港馬拉松) ...
2017.11.11
Wheel to spin again at $20 a ride
THE Hong Kong Observation Wheel (香港摩天輪) should be turning again with a new operator before year’s end at HK$20 a r...
2017.11.08
National anthem law to be enacted
HONG Kong will begin preparing and enacting local National Anthem Law (國歌法) according to the city’s constitutional a...
2017.11.07
Students make self-driven cart
A LOCAL university is making inroads in developing driverless cars. As a first step, engineering students at the Robotic...
2017.11.06
Stroke alert for teen tech users
YOUNG people are facing a greater risk of stroke than their parents’ generation as they exercise less, eat an unhealthy...
2017.11.03
‘Water bomb’ lands near Lam
A WATER-FILLED plastic bag splattered about five metres from Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (林鄭月娥) after...
2017.11.01
Schools’ long wait for lifts
OVER 60 public schools have had no lifts installed on their premises, prompting education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen (...
2017.10.31
New committees target youths
THE government is set to advertise for recruitment of youth into five advisory committees. It hopes to draw candidates f...
2017.10.30
New team tackles protest crimes
A TASK force to combat protest-related crimes has been operating since July under the police’s Organized Crime and Tria...
2017.10.27
Xi stresses jurisdiction over HK
PRESIDENT Xi Jinping (習近平) says Beijing exercises “overall jurisdiction” over Hong Kong and Macau and that “one co...
2017.10.25
Xinhua scoffs at bickering West
XINHUA News Agency (新華社) attacked Western democracy as divisive and confrontational, and praised the harmony and coop...
2017.10.24
Driven to cars by housing costs
YOUNG people buy cars so that they can have some space of their own since they cannot afford flats, Secretary for Transp...
2017.10.20
CE pledges attention to youths
CHIEF Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (林鄭月娥) called on youths to participate inpublic affairs even as she vowed...
2017.10.18
Future of Wheel in question
A COMMISSION dedicated to protecting and beautifying the harbourfront wants thought to be given as to whether the Observ...
2017.10.17
Happiness rising in Hong Kong
HONG Kong people are a lot happier than they were last year, with nearly three-quarters saying they expect to be even ha...
2017.10.16
Group blasts ‘rich tenants’ rule
A NEW law on evicting rich public housing tenants is nothing but a ruse to divert public attention from the long waiting...
2017.10.11
Unused schools turned into flats?
THE government is urged to transform abandoned schools into flats for the needy.The joint proposal came from the Platfor...
2017.10.10
PolyU chief decides to retire
POLYTECHNIC University president Timothy Tong Wai-cheung (理工大學校長唐偉章) will retire after he completes his 10 year...
2017.10.07
Bus crash reveals long hours
THE driver of a bus that knocked down pedestrians and hit a building in Sham Shui Po, killing three people and injuring ...
2017.09.30
Grande concert under guard
SECURITY was ultra-tight for US pop star Ariana Grande on the last stop of her global tour in front of 9,000 fans at Asi...
2017.09.27
Lam rebukes hate speech
THE on-campus independence debate has spread into society with people using foullanguage that should be condemned, Chief...
2017.09.26
War of words on call to ‘kill’
LOOSE-LIPPED pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu (何君堯) landed himself in legal hot water after supporting calls t...
2017.09.25
New iPhone on 10th anniversary
EARLY-BIRD ‘flippers’–phone touts who buy and sell new models in the first day or two of availability – could make u...
2017.09.20
Talks of walking the walk
THE government will test new measures to make Hong Kong more walkable and turnstepping out into an integral part of city...
2017.09.19
Uni to probe Choi mockery
EDUCATION University (教育大學) says it does not want police to get involved even if the culprits who mocked Education U...
2017.09.18
Calls for tax hike to cut smoking
TOBACCO tax must rise by at least 57 percent if Hong Kong is to achieve a single-digit smoking rate in under a decade. T...
2014.09.16