Home Affairs Bureau

Our celebrations need not always go off with a bang

The sponsorship search for this year's National Day fireworks show just six months after the Lamma ferry tragedy has sparked criticism.

It is supposed to be a day of celebration. But last year, National Day turned to tragedy in Hong Kong when two ferries collided, claiming the lives of 39 people - including eight children.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 4:52am

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

Two-year pilot scheme offering free legal advice to help needy

Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing (right). Photo: Sam Tsang

A trial scheme offering free legal advice, starting early next year, aims to help the growing number of people who are unable to afford hiring a lawyer but are too rich to qualify for legal aid.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am

Letters to the Editor, September 26, 2012

Bulk buying is now common at pharmacies. Photo: Felix Wong

Non-members already let into private clubs

I refer to your editorial ("Better access to sports venues", September 24) which questioned the extent to which the Home Affairs Bureau has responded to the recommendations made by the Ombudsman in his direct investigation of the implementation of the policy on private recreational leases.

26 Sep 2012 - 1:37am 2 comments

Officials need to ensure better public access to sports venues

Officials are expected to take good care of public resources and facilities. Regrettably, they have once again been put to shame by the Ombudsman, who found serious flaws in the way the city's sport venues are managed.

24 Sep 2012 - 1:28am 1 comment

Unidentified student criticises exchange tour for being biased

The Home Affairs Bureau has acknowledged that it sponsored a Hong Kong students' exchange tour to the mainland that was criticised by a participant as a "brainwashing" exercise.

14 Aug 2012 - 4:14am

Clock is ticking on Kai Tak stadium

Unless there are plans to employ the 'build-it-in-a-flash' consortium behind the towering Sky City in Changsha, it seems our own sports hub at Kai Tak might not be completed on schedule. But even more worrying than the delay to start work on a state-of-the-art stadium and the surrounding infrastructure is that everything has gone silent in the government's corridors of power.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Raising the bar on cultural affairs

The community can be forgiven for assuming the government does not accord a high priority to culture. Although the city plays host to some world-renowned arts festivals each year, there is arguably no policy on culture. Its importance is reflected in the way it is handled within the government.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Leung promises arts space in malls

A government led by Leung Chun-ying would make it mandatory for property developers to set aside space in shopping malls for arts and cultural facilities, the chief executive candidate said.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Youth policy needs a new direction

Young people are our city's future. We need to create an environment in which they can fully develop their potential. This is particularly important when the population is ageing fast. Whether the Hong Kong story continues to be a success story depends largely on how well we take care of the younger generation.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Club co-operation vital for sake of our health

Appearances can be deceptive. Hong Kong's crowded, pocket-sized parks and heavily-booked sporting facilities give the impression that recreational space is in short supply. It is anything but. Within the grounds of our city's elite private clubs are any number of much-underused fields, pitches, courts, greens and alleys.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Elite clubs may have to open doors wider

Members of the most elite private recreational clubs face the horror of horrors - having to share facilities including toiletries and changing-rooms with outsiders.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am

New sports centre will be a boon

The Home Affairs Bureau is going to finance a project to build a sports complex in Tiu Keng Leng. I think it is a very good move. In a district that has a high population of teenagers, this facility will enable young people to find creative outlets for their energies. That way, more of them will stay away from street gangs.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

New funding scheme to help arts groups grow

The government will boost its fund-matching grants for promising, medium-sized, non-profit arts groups and also encourage them to seek sponsorships from the private sector.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Games revenue estimate

Revenue of HK$853 million could be generated from hosting the Asian Games in 2023, the government estimates. Eighty per cent would come from sponsorships and the rest from ticket and souvenir sales.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am