Government funding

Funds sought for diesel phase-out

The Environmental Protection Department is seeking more money for its replacement-grant scheme for old polluting diesel vehicles. Photo: David Wong

An unexpected last-minute surge in applications has prompted the Environmental Protection Department to seek more money for its replacement-grant scheme for old polluting diesel vehicles.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 4:46am

ESF fees could rise 20pc as subsidy phases out

ESF boss Heather Du Quesnay. Photo: Edmond So

Fees for new students entering the English Schools Foundation from 2016 could be more than 20 per cent higher as the government phases out its decades-old subsidy for the foundation. The change is the result of drawn-out negotiations between the Education Bureau and the ESF, which officials have described as a "colonial legacy".

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 16 comments

Half-time in Hong Kong soccer's revival

Hong Kong coach Kim Pan-gon. Photo: XInhua

The halfway stage has been reached in the government-funded Project Phoenix. The three-year term of the programme to boost local soccer started in November 2011 and is slowly starting to show results.

5 May 2013 - 4:03am

Environmental impact report on third runway ready by year end

Stanley Hui Hon-chung. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Stanley Hui Hon-chung, who was at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, said an assessment of the impact a proposed third runway might have on the environment will likely be ready by year end.

28 Apr 2015 - 10:57am

Pay us or we quit, district clubs urge the government

Tsang Tak-sing

Senior Shield champions Wofoo Tai Po and Southern have threatened to withdraw from the First Division next season if the government fails to meet their request for increasing financial support, while a third district team, Tuen Mun, are seriously considering whether to stay in the top flight.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Manchester United fans right to cry foul about a publicly funded event

Manchester United's appearance fee is financed by public money. Photo: AFP

Since the HarbourFest controversy in 2003, the use of public money to finance big events has been a sensitive issue. The grant of HK$8 million from the Tourism Commission's Mega Events Fund to Kitchee Sports Club to organise a soccer match with Manchester United in July is a case in point. It means that the taxpayer is kicking in to help pay Manchester United's appearance fee.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am

Start of something big for Hong Kong tennis

Start of something big for Hong Kong tennis

The long wait for a fully sanctioned professional tennis tournament is over thanks to the government. It has coughed up US$2 million as a one-off grant to the Hong Kong Tennis Association to buy an event sanctioned by the Women's Tennis Association.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

HKTA lands professional women's tennis event with US$2m grant

Jonathan McKinley, Deputy Secretary of the Home Affairs Bureau. Photo: May Tse

Home Affairs Bureau deputy secretary Jonathan McKinley confirmed that US$2 million had been given to the Hong Kong Tennis Association, which has struck a deal with the world governing body of women's tennis to stage a WTA Tier III tournament the week after next year's US Open.

12 Feb 2013 - 10:49am

Hong Kong turns on fund pipeline in push for bigger basics

MTR Corporation is looking at bringing three new projects on stream. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong will continue to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure projects beyond the 10 major projects that were pushed through in the wake of the global financial crisis in 2008.

21 Dec 2012 - 3:46am

Urban renaissance


Two massive infrastructure projects will change the face of Kowloon forever. And that's not all, because there are ambitious regeneration plans for the old areas of the peninsula.

The story so far highlights the rebirth of West Kowloon, where a master-planned area - complete with office towers, city parks, museums, hotels and residential buildings - is half way to completion.

14 Dec 2012 - 11:27am

Publisher receives funds to revise authoritive Chinese dictionary

Hanyu Da Cidian (Comprehensive Chinese Word Dictionary)

A mainland publishing house was given 27 million yuan (HK$33.2 million) in state funding to revise the Hanyu Da Cidian (Comprehensive Chinese Word Dictionary), in the first revision of the premier Chinese language dictionary in nearly two decades.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:32am

What the local media says, November 17, 2012

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Society chiefs accused of abusing government subsidy

17 Nov 2012 - 4:45am

'Local' ESF more at home in international system

'Local' ESF more at home in international system

After an unforgivably long period of dithering by successive education secretaries, it seems that the government is determined to phase out public funding for the English Schools Foundation. For many parents who aspire to send their children to ESF schools, this is worrying news. For those with an intense dislike of the organisation, Christmas seems to have come early.

16 Nov 2012 - 2:20am 16 comments

ESF chief Heather Du Quesnay to retire with no solution to subsidy row

Heather Du Quesnay

The chief executive of the English Schools Foundation, Heather Du Quesnay, will leave her post next year at a time when the foundation is struggling to press the government to continue its HK$284 million-a-year subsidy.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:31am 3 comments

Government urged to subsidise hearing-impaired students

An array of devices related to cochlear implants displayed by the Association for the Rights of Hearing Impaired Students. Photo: Felix Wong

The government should subsidise pupils with severe hearing impairments to ensure they receive a proper education, a concern group says.

The Association for the Rights of Hearing Impaired Students said maintenance of the external devices they wear after having cochlear implants could cost as much as HK$60,000, and is calling on the government to shoulder some of the costs.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:31am