Community Building

Marathon offers a challenge to develop community spirit

This year's Hong Kong Marathon attracted 72,000 participants. Photo: David Wong

In 1997, the first Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon had 1,000 runners on a route to Shenzhen to mark the handover. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength. This year's, in February, attracted 72,000 participants, with over 14,000 doing the full marathon.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 3:02am

Charity begins at home

Kelven Lee, his wife Chan Lai-ying and their son Ronald with a souvenir which praises their volunteer work. Photo: Nora Tam

Wayne Chau Pui-por struggled when he moved to Hong Kong from Guangxi when he was 13. He didn't speak Cantonese and often encountered discrimination as a new immigrant

3 Feb 2013 - 3:58pm

Barter-based art fair launched

Scott Chan (left), Helen Kwok (centre) and Lyann Chan with some items they have made for exchange at YMCA's DIY Art Appreciation Stalls. Photo: David Wong

It looks like any flea market at first sight - assorted books, crafts, faded treasures and oddities. But anyone visiting the YMCA's DIY Art Appreciation Stalls event in Tsim Sha Tsui today will soon notice a difference. Although there may be some haggling, trading will be entirely through barter.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:05pm

Ruling calls on foundations to come clean

The mainland plans to make charitable foundations more transparent and credible by forcing them to disclose their income, spending and use of donations, according to a draft regulation released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sharing spurs unity

January 1, 2011. When a suicide bomb exploded as worshippers left a New Year mass at a Coptic church in Alexandria, 21 people died and 79 were wounded. It is hard to imagine a grimmer, more ghastly or tragic way to ring in a new decade.

12 May 2011 - 12:00am

Help at hand

When businessman James Chen Yue-jia and his siblings decided to continue their father's good works on the mainland, they didn't just whip out their chequebooks. They hired a consultant to help them structure grants and spent a year discussing what causes to support and how their money could be best used.

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Developers plead innocence to charges of fencing off public space

Some open spaces purportedly 'privatised' by private owners have been found to fall outside the boundaries of the estates.

One instance is The Portofino, a luxury project in Clear Water Bay that a Chinese-language newspaper claimed had placed its public space behind its main gate.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Open-space policy must make the public No 1

The subtext to the controversy over the lack of public access to open space on private or commercial estates is a familiar one - suspicions of greedy developers, in collusion with the government, exploiting valuable public space for their own use.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Time for green fingers to take to the rooftops

If there is one thing the community yearns for, it is more green open space in our urban jungle. People crave to get closer to nature, and most children want to get down and dirty in the great outdoors when given the chance. However, visiting country parks is not always possible during weekdays.

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Full of beans

Oblivious to the drilling from nearby garages and the constant hum of traffic, Kenvia Wong Kam-wah and his family are busily harvesting vegetables from a plot near Man Cheong Street in Tai Kok Tsui. It's part of a string of community gardens across the city that are catering to Hongkongers' yearning to get closer to nature and exercise their green thumbs.

19 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Encroachment on public space must be stopped

Government officials are good at negotiating terms, when they auction land, to make sure developers set aside areas for public use and amenities. But they have done a poor job when it comes to monitoring these sites and ensuring that corporations fulfil their side of the bargain.

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Study urges rules for public input on policy

Consult more, government told

The government has been urged to engage society in policymaking by developing a code of practice on consultation. If implemented, it would mark a fundamental shift in the way policies are developed in Hong Kong.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Hooking up with employees

In the 'people economy' of the 21st century, organisations are made up of networks, not traditional hierarchies. To connect with these networks, leaders must function as brokers rather than salespeople, negotiating with each group to reach a common goal.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

The guerilla gardeners - urban heroes or silly sods?

The mission briefing from the guerilla leader was concise and simple: rendezvous at the intersection of Westminster Bridge Road and St George's Road in south London at precisely 8pm on Tuesday evening.

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

High-powered learners with lots of expertise impress the teachers

Every year, graduating students of the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA programme vote for their favourite professor. This year's winner is Brian Uzzi, associate professor of management and associate professor of sociology at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States.

18 Apr 2004 - 12:00am