Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Even for the Black Card, it's a bit rich of Amex to double fee

A new class of bond investors.

The American Express Centurion Card - informally known as the Black Card - recently sent out a nice letter to its users but with a sting in the tail. The Black Card is, as Forbes describes it, the Bugatti of credit cards and use is by invitation only.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 4:34am 2 comments

A contemporary art space with attitude and ambition

Hong Kong-based artist Cedric Maridet says his installation, which will be on display on May 22, was inspired by the site. Photo: SCMP

Oi!, operated by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's arts promotion office, will hold its first exhibition on the eve of the city's first Art Basel show in two weeks' time.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Government won't buy handover warship HMS Chatham

Former Royal Navy lieutenant Daniel Keeping believes HMS Chatham could have a new life as a floating museum. Photo: Felix Wong

A former British Navy warship that played a key role in the city's handover in 1997 is up for sale this month, giving the government a rare chance to buy a piece of Hong Kong's maritime history.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:06am

Rant: no chilling in the pool

Illustration: Henrik Drescher

Hong Kong's water temperature in October hovers around an average of 27 degrees Celsius.

27 Oct 2012 - 11:21pm

Daytime football matches make no sense in Hong Kong's climate

Players are exposed to higher risk of dehydration and impact injuries under the mid-day sun.

Hong Kong's soccer team has more in common with mad dogs and Englishmen than some might otherwise believe.

19 Oct 2012 - 2:21am

Ernie Merrick attacks 'very poor' Hong Kong training pitches

New Hong Kong coach Ernie Merrick. Photo: David Wong

An increasingly frustrated Ernie Merrick, the Hong Kong soccer coach, criticised the authorities yesterday over the state of training pitches before his team's international friendly against Malaysia on Tuesday.

13 Oct 2012 - 3:47am

Action has already begun to curb sports facility booking touts

In response to the letter by Mr David Lai ("Why wait till 2014 to curb the touts?", September 26), I would like to explain more about the various measures we have already implemented to improve our booking and allocation systems of the sports facilities managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

7 Oct 2012 - 2:09am

Hong Kong Space Museum 'out of date'

A visitor tries out a gyroscope at the museum. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

While China is sending people into orbit, the Hong Kong Space Museum is more like a trip back in time.

30 Sep 2012 - 10:16am 3 comments

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

Water waste at swimming pools

More than one million litres of fresh water are going down the drain at five public swimming centres every day, the city's first audit of water use at government amenities has revealed.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Lifeguards to strike on Sunday's sports day

Lifeguards at Hong Kong's pools and beaches will go on strike on Sunday, to back their calls that a further 400 lifeguards be hired, their union announced yesterday.

Sunday is the city's official Sport For All Day, when free recreational and sports programmes are organised and most fee-charging sports facilities waive their charges.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Spike in popularity

Volleyball is popular in Hong Kong with about 5,000 people playing in school-based and major league competitions.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

French connection allows Hongkongers to toast Spanish artist

Over 500 guests braved the rain on Friday evening to attend the exhibition opening of Picasso-Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris at Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

12 scramble for glory in annual festival

Cheung Chau may be famed for its legends of buried pirate treasure and sumptuous seafood, but it is an annual scramble for plastic buns that attracts most attention.

The midnight race attracted just over 200 applicants this year, who battled it out in a series of heats earlier this month before the final 12 competitors were selected.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am