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Children of Hong Kong emigrants eyed to fill city’s talent gap

The scheme will begin in the second quarter of the year and the source expects it to be a hit, citing the fact 3,000 second generation migrants inquired about moving to the city last year. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong will seek to lure the children of emigrants to the city as part of a wider drive to attract outside talent announced in yesterday's policy address.

Thursday, 15 January, 2015, 6:41pm 13 comments

Gloves off as CY Leung targets Hong Kong student 'lies'

Gloves off as CY Leung targets Hong Kong student 'lies'

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying hit out directly at student leaders at the start of his annual policy address, attacking them for 'putting forward fallacies' on nationalism and self-determination.

15 Jan 2015 - 3:18pm 27 comments

Hooray for exchanges? Hong Kong seeking to deepen students’ understanding of mainland

Fresh Fish Traders' School pupils Jackson Pun, Jenny Chan, Alice Chan and Chris Tsang. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong is seeking to deepen students' understanding of the mainland by boosting its funding of exchange activities to at least HK$269 million a year by 2018, according to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address.

15 Jan 2015 - 7:46am 2 comments

Rising cancer rates threaten to hobble China's economy and bankrupt families

Xiao Caiyu, 52, has bravely fought cervical cancer, but the cost of treatment threatens to impoverish her family. Photo: Bloomberg

As one of the mainland's wave of entrepreneurs, Xiao Caiyu built and ran a small pork vending business with her husband that allowed her to squirrel away a nest egg of more than 30,000 yuan (HK$37,000). A diagnosis of cervical cancer wiped that out in months.

14 Jan 2015 - 7:34am 1 comment

Is the blank-vote option for 2017 chief executive election a realistic idea?

Is the blank-vote option for 2017 chief executive election a realistic idea?

At first, the idea of a blank vote had seemed too alien or too desperate to be taken seriously. Slowly, however, the lobby is growing and now no one is ruling it out just yet.

13 Jan 2015 - 6:00pm 3 comments

New ideas needed to help Hong Kong elderly cope with their health problems

Illustration: Henry Wong

The elderly in Hong Kong live longer than their peers in other top cities such as New York and London. They are also the healthiest and the least likely to suffer from chronic diseases.

12 Jan 2015 - 10:09am

The milkman rings twice: Zheng Junhuai's return to the dairy industry

Illustration: Henry Wong

The man once known as the "Dairy Godfather" of China is making a bid for another title: "Comeback King".

11 Jan 2015 - 3:38am 1 comment

Brothers of hate: the path that led Charlie Hebdo shooters to jihad

Cherif Kouachi in a 2005 French television documentary

The younger brother was a ladies' man who belted out rap lyrics before the words of a radical preacher persuaded him to book a flight to Syria to wage holy war.

10 Jan 2015 - 9:39am 1 comment

'Je suis Charlie' - the defiant cry in a clash of values

A woman holds a pencil aloft in Paris. Photo: EPA

Two sides in conflict over whether there should be limits to the liberty of self expression clashed in an usually tranquil side street on the Right Bank of Paris.

9 Jan 2015 - 8:13pm 2 comments

China and Japan mending frail relationship one step at a time

China and Japan mending frail relationship one step at a time

It took diplomats from China and Japan months of intense negotiations to produce a terse but carefully worded agreement.

8 Jan 2015 - 4:04am 2 comments

Year of the bull: China's leaders plan major economic shift to boost growth

Year of the bull: China's leaders plan major economic shift to boost growth

Economic growth in China could come from cheaper oil, energy-pricing reforms, deepening privatisation and rising domestic demand.

7 Jan 2015 - 9:13am 3 comments

Hong Kong braces to re-enter labyrinth of political reform

Protesters watch Carrie Lam during Occupy. Tomorrow she will present the government’s consultation document to Legco. Photo: Bloomberg

The first step may be the hardest, as the old maxim goes, but for Hong Kong, the third step is likely to be the most difficult yet in the road to universal suffrage.

7 Jan 2015 - 11:59am 2 comments

Inside the Asia Television soap opera

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

The moment Veronica Hui set eyes on Ma Siu-ling, a stunning vampire slayer in miniskirt battling her mortal enemy-turned love interest, a hopelessly romantic vampire Fong Tin-yau, she was hooked.

5 Jan 2015 - 8:22am

Home and abroad, China's leaders face many challenges in 2015

Home and abroad, China's leaders face many challenges in 2015

China's political landscape is undergoing tectonic changes, with leaders waging an uphill campaign against graft at home and seeking to redraw diplomatic boundaries with its neighbours.

4 Jan 2015 - 3:28am

Buckle up for a rollercoaster year: Political predictions for Hong Kong in 2015

Buckle up for a rollercoaster year: Political predictions for Hong Kong in 2015

The year 2014 may well be remembered as the Year of Occupy, as the 79-day civil disobedience movement made history and attracted global attention.

3 Jan 2015 - 10:30am 1 comment