Start-up with balloon twist

“I want Elsa!” “Spiderman, please!” Excited children were yelling and pointing to their beloved cartoon characters shown on a catalogue at the booth of YM Balloon, a balloon twisting social enterprise, on a Sunday afternoon. At the booth, three young people in their 20s were busy in bending balloons into different shapes in order to…

Luxury home projects are scrambling for sales

Property developers are speeding up the marketing campaigns for luxury home projects with the US Federal Reserve slowing the pace of the interest rate hike. Ho Man Tin in Kowloon is one of the districts where developers are marketing their luxury flats with 2,261 units beginning on sale from this week. These new units are…

SHK reports a 9.9% rise for interim profit

Hong Kong’s largest property developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited, reported a 9.9% increase for underlying interim profit and declared a 10.5% rise for its interim dividend amid the looming economic downturn. Chairman cum managing director Raymond Kwok said increasing the interim dividend was to indicate its confidence on full-year performance. “Barring unforeseen circumstances, it…

More local craft beers at Beertopia this year

Under sea breezes and live music, Patrick Li, a hedge fund manager, was enjoying some snacks with a glass of craft beer on a relaxing Saturday afternoon at the Central Harbourfront. With his wife carrying the toddler, Li appreciated the development of local brewed beers over the past few years. “I have been to this…

Man alleged to attempt to rape a 63-year-old woman

9 November 2015 The High Court heard today that a 25-year-old man from an African country was trying to rape a 63-year-old woman in a back lane in Kowloon City The Guinean man, Ali Keita, denied one count of attempted rape. On 9 January this year, he was accused of attempting to rape the 63-year-old…

Twenty Occupy activists apply to discharge the summonses

9 November 2015 The high court heard today that a total of 20 activists were accused of obstructing a clearance operation of occupied roads in Mong Kok by bailiffs on November 26 last year in line with a court order and were prosecuted for contempt of court. The defendants including Scholarism leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung,…

Hongkongers’ English proficiency has not been improved over the past decade

Every day, Yannie Mak, a 23-year-old executive officer working for the government, holds her smartphone and WhatsApps to her friends by inputting Chinese characters. “I don’t like using English to communicate. Instead, Chinese is much more familiar and pleasant to express my feelings,” said Mak, referring the language being used for daily communication with friends….

Benefits of Other Learning Experiences doubtful

After the final bell rings at four o’clock, Colin Chan, a  high school senior from Diocesan Boys’ School  in Mong Kok, still stays at school until late evening. He would join the archery training every Tuesday and Thursday, and rehearsal of school orchestra every Monday and Friday. During weekends, he volunteers for an organization that…

HKU students reflect their experience in Occupy Movement

Two HKU students who took part in the Umbrella Movement last year admitted that it is difficult for them to bridge the gap with their “baby boomer” parents in terms of political views. Ahead of the first anniversary of the start of 79-day Occupy Central sit-in, a Hong Kong studies scholar and two HKU undergraduates…

West Island Line does not affect elderly residents much

While the West Island Line of MTR has reached Sai Ying Pun for almost half a year, some of the long-serving shops near the station and senior residents have not seen much change to their daily lives. A number of traditional shops located on Second Street have been in business and serving the community for…

China’s Island Factory – analysis of a digital story

Name: China’s Island Factory Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-1446c419-fc55-4a07-9527-a6199f5dc0e2 Author: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes Date of launch: 9 September 2014 List of Assets and written storyboard: Cover picture – with title “China’s Island Factory”, lead, name of the producer and date Full-screen video –  aerial view of the Sierra Madre – the Philippines ghost ship stranded on the reef Text – the boat…

Births and Deaths in Hong Kong

According to the data provided by Department of Health, the crude birth rate in Hong Kong has dropped significantly from 34.3 per 1,000 population in 1961 to 7.1 per 1,000 population in 2003, then raised to 13.5 per 1,000 population in 2011, and dropped to 8.0 per 1,000 population in 2013. The significant drop in…