Cannix Yau

Hong Kong

Cannix Yau

Senior Writer on the City Desk covering in-depth transport, infrastructure and policy issues

Cannix joined the Post in 2014 after many years in journalism and some years working for legislators. She is interested in issues related to social justice and won SOPA's Excellence in Reporting Award in 2005.

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Hong Kong third wave: restaurant industry group to roll out HK$50 million food safety scheme to ‘rescue’ sector

The group, which represents the catering industry, says the scheme could create hundreds of jobs.

11 Aug 2020 - 11:09AM

The group, which represents the catering industry, says the scheme could create hundreds of jobs.

Hong Kong third wave: restaurant industry group to roll out HK$50 million food safety scheme to ‘rescue’ sector
Hong Kong tourism in distress: restaurant, retail and hotel bosses try to reinvent themselves digitally as pandemic keeps visitors away

Anxiety sets in for thousands made jobless, or told to stay home on reduced pay or no pay.

6 Aug 2020 - 12:25PM

Anxiety sets in for thousands made jobless, or told to stay home on reduced pay or no pay.

Hong Kong tourism in distress: restaurant, retail and hotel bosses try to reinvent themselves digitally as pandemic keeps visitors away
Covid-19 time bomb: Hong Kong jobs crisis sparks rise in serious emotional and mental health problems, experts warn

Unable to cope with job loss, ‘some may become suicidal, turn to drugs, alcohol or gambling’.

11 Aug 2020 - 10:54AM

Unable to cope with job loss, ‘some may become suicidal, turn to drugs, alcohol or gambling’.

Covid-19 time bomb: Hong Kong jobs crisis sparks rise in serious emotional and mental health problems, experts warn
Without jobs, some in Hong Kong tighten belts and deplete savings as they face an uncertain future

Pandemic robs Hong Kong families of livelihoods, leaving many anxious, desperate for better times.

6 Aug 2020 - 8:24AM

Pandemic robs Hong Kong families of livelihoods, leaving many anxious, desperate for better times.

Without jobs, some in Hong Kong tighten belts and deplete savings as they face an uncertain future
Uber backs away from Hong Kong offer, decides to keep its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore

Uber says it has not received the level of certainty from the Hong Kong government that it needs, to shift its office to the city.

31 Jul 2020 - 1:46AM

Uber says it has not received the level of certainty from the Hong Kong government that it needs, to shift its office to the city.

Uber backs away from Hong Kong offer, decides to keep its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore
Coronavirus: Hong Kong association urges landlords to offer rental lifeline to retailers struggling amid pandemic

Annie Tse of the Hong Kong Retail Management Association says shops witnessing a ‘life-and-death moment’ amid Covid-19.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:14PM

Annie Tse of the Hong Kong Retail Management Association says shops witnessing a ‘life-and-death moment’ amid Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong association urges landlords to offer rental lifeline to retailers struggling amid pandemic
Hong Kong third wave: struggling catering sector calls for HK$8 billion government bailout as restaurant ban looms amid Covid-19 crisis

Union urges targeted help for employees, with more expected to take unpaid leave, instead of earlier subsidies keeping businesses afloat.

28 Jul 2020 - 11:24AM

Union urges targeted help for employees, with more expected to take unpaid leave, instead of earlier subsidies keeping businesses afloat.

Hong Kong third wave: struggling catering sector calls for HK$8 billion government bailout as restaurant ban looms amid Covid-19 crisis
Hong Kong taxi distributor says including hybrid models in electric vehicle road map will reduce emissions in near-term

Waiting for full adoption of battery-powered vehicles could mean years of higher-than-necessary pollution, Inchcape Greater China COO tells Post.

27 Jul 2020 - 8:18AM

Waiting for full adoption of battery-powered vehicles could mean years of higher-than-necessary pollution, Inchcape Greater China COO tells Post.

Hong Kong taxi distributor says including hybrid models in electric vehicle road map will reduce emissions in near-term
Donald Trump unlikely to target Hong Kong dollar peg to US dollar, says former top diplomat

White House not interested in making move as it would only serve to undermine nation’s currency, says Kurt Tong, former US consul general to Hong Kong.

25 Jul 2020 - 2:12PM

White House not interested in making move as it would only serve to undermine nation’s currency, says Kurt Tong, former US consul general to Hong Kong.

Donald Trump unlikely to target Hong Kong dollar peg to US dollar, says former top diplomat
Business and political leaders tout Hong Kong’s special status, and dismiss fears national security law and US response are turning it into ‘just another Chinese city’

Leading figures dismiss suggestion Hong Kong is becoming ‘just another city in China’, say fears over tariffs and threat to dollar peg are unfounded, and that bright future lies ahead through Greater Bay Area links.

25 Jul 2020 - 11:24PM

Leading figures dismiss suggestion Hong Kong is becoming ‘just another city in China’, say fears over tariffs and threat to dollar peg are unfounded, and that bright future lies ahead through Greater Bay Area links.

Business and political leaders tout Hong Kong’s special status, and dismiss fears national security law and US response are turning it into ‘just another Chinese city’
National security law: experts dismiss idea many Hongkongers will get refugee status in US, say Donald Trump is just playing politics

President Donald Trump signed executive order making city’s residents eligible, but US has slashed number of people permitted to move there each year from 110,000 to just 18,000, and process is challenging and complex.

18 Jul 2020 - 10:53PM

President Donald Trump signed executive order making city’s residents eligible, but US has slashed number of people permitted to move there each year from 110,000 to just 18,000, and process is challenging and complex.

National security law: experts dismiss idea many Hongkongers will get refugee status in US, say Donald Trump is just playing politics
National security law: Hong Kong chamber says US sanctions source of ‘uncertainty’ that will only ‘exacerbate hardship’

But local establishment figures, slamming the move as ‘unfair’ and ‘arrogant’, predict the targeted measures will have little real effect.

16 Jul 2020 - 12:33AM

But local establishment figures, slamming the move as ‘unfair’ and ‘arrogant’, predict the targeted measures will have little real effect.

National security law: Hong Kong chamber says US sanctions source of ‘uncertainty’ that will only ‘exacerbate hardship’
Hong Kong third wave: 64-year-old could be first prosecuted for violating new public transport mask rules amid Covid-19 spike

The man allegedly became agitated and produced a wooden pole when MTR staff demanded he wear a mask.

15 Jul 2020 - 10:53PM

The man allegedly became agitated and produced a wooden pole when MTR staff demanded he wear a mask.

Hong Kong third wave: 64-year-old could be first prosecuted for violating new public transport mask rules amid Covid-19 spike
Hong Kong third wave: drivers to use softly-softly approach with passengers who refuse to wear masks to tackle coronavirus

Under new, stricter rules, all public transport passengers must wear masks, with offenders facing a fine of up to HK$5,000.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:21PM

Under new, stricter rules, all public transport passengers must wear masks, with offenders facing a fine of up to HK$5,000.

Hong Kong third wave: drivers to use softly-softly approach with passengers who refuse to wear masks to tackle coronavirus
Coronavirus: Hong Kong book fair and other events postponed amid Covid-19 third wave

Book fair was expected to start on Wednesday, while Sports and Leisure Expo, Education and Careers Expo, and Entrepreneur Day were slated for later in July.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:22PM

Book fair was expected to start on Wednesday, while Sports and Leisure Expo, Education and Careers Expo, and Entrepreneur Day were slated for later in July.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong book fair and other events postponed amid Covid-19 third wave
Hong Kong third wave: Covid-19 situation ‘getting a bit out of hand’, officials warn as 38 new infections confirmed

Authorities have so far been unable to trace the source of infection in 13 of 38 new confirmed cases.

13 Jul 2020 - 11:58AM

Authorities have so far been unable to trace the source of infection in 13 of 38 new confirmed cases.

Hong Kong third wave: Covid-19 situation ‘getting a bit out of hand’, officials warn as 38 new infections confirmed
Protests, Covid-19 and now an infection cluster involving six taxi drivers: Hong Kong’s cabbies brace for fresh industry beating

Sector may face a drop of 10 to 20 per cent in business after news of six drivers linked to infection cluster, and disclosure of their licence plates.

10 Jul 2020 - 11:12AM

Sector may face a drop of 10 to 20 per cent in business after news of six drivers linked to infection cluster, and disclosure of their licence plates.

Protests, Covid-19 and now an infection cluster involving six taxi drivers: Hong Kong’s cabbies brace for fresh industry beating
Hong Kong train services on Airport Express and Tung Chung lines disrupted temporarily after boat hits Rambler Channel Bridge

Services between Hong Kong and Tsing Yi stations on Airport Express line, and Lai King and Tsing Yi stations on Tung Chung line were suspended at around 12.23pm, but resumed gradually around 1pm.

9 Jul 2020 - 7:38PM

Services between Hong Kong and Tsing Yi stations on Airport Express line, and Lai King and Tsing Yi stations on Tung Chung line were suspended at around 12.23pm, but resumed gradually around 1pm.

Hong Kong train services on Airport Express and Tung Chung lines disrupted temporarily after boat hits Rambler Channel Bridge
Hong Kong rail unions push back as MTR announces pay freeze for employees amid year of struggles

Battered by the Covid-19 pandemic and months of anti-government protests that targeted stations, rail operator unveiled first-half loss of HK$400 million on Tuesday.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:47PM

Battered by the Covid-19 pandemic and months of anti-government protests that targeted stations, rail operator unveiled first-half loss of HK$400 million on Tuesday.

Hong Kong rail unions push back as MTR announces pay freeze for employees amid year of struggles
Hong Kong’s MTR faces HK$400 million net loss for first half of 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic, protest fallout

For the first six months of this year, ridership had dropped to only 637 million passengers, down 37.7 per cent from a year ago.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:27PM

For the first six months of this year, ridership had dropped to only 637 million passengers, down 37.7 per cent from a year ago.

Hong Kong’s MTR faces HK$400 million net loss for first half of 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic, protest fallout
National security law: Chinese version to prevail over English one, despite Hong Kong being officially bilingual

The government confirms the policy, which contravenes law granting equal status to the two languages. There are differences in the two versions, for example ‘universities’ is found in one but not the other.

6 Jul 2020 - 11:23AM

The government confirms the policy, which contravenes law granting equal status to the two languages. There are differences in the two versions, for example ‘universities’ is found in one but not the other.

National security law: Chinese version to prevail over English one, despite Hong Kong being officially bilingual
National security law: Hongkongers can still criticise government, top official says, as legal scholar refutes notion of prosecution for provoking hatred towards authorities

Albert Chen, a prominent adviser to China’s top legislative body, contradicts remarks by senior Beijing official Zhang Xiaoming on law.

6 Jul 2020 - 11:37AM

Albert Chen, a prominent adviser to China’s top legislative body, contradicts remarks by senior Beijing official Zhang Xiaoming on law.

National security law: Hongkongers can still criticise government, top official says, as legal scholar refutes notion of prosecution for provoking hatred towards authorities
Hong Kong national security law: Carrie Lam says peace will return to city and vows to restore its battered reputation

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says government will lead economic recovery and rebuild relationship with young people during speech at ceremony to mark 23rd anniversary of return to Chinese rule.

1 Jul 2020 - 4:06PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says government will lead economic recovery and rebuild relationship with young people during speech at ceremony to mark 23rd anniversary of return to Chinese rule.

Hong Kong national security law: Carrie Lam says peace will return to city and vows to restore its battered reputation
‘Yellow economic circle’ takes a hit as protest-friendly shops in Hong Kong back off amid uncertainty over national security law

Looming legislation by Beijing sparks uncertainty over shop posters and even social media remarks made by restaurant owners.

1 Jul 2020 - 12:44AM

Looming legislation by Beijing sparks uncertainty over shop posters and even social media remarks made by restaurant owners.

‘Yellow economic circle’ takes a hit as protest-friendly shops in Hong Kong back off amid uncertainty over national security law
National security law: US export controls will ‘hammer Hong Kong re-exports’ and tighten the screw on China

US restrictions on Hong Kong will further tighten China’s access to American technology and represent the first move towards stripping the city of its special trading privileges.

1 Jul 2020 - 9:30AM

US restrictions on Hong Kong will further tighten China’s access to American technology and represent the first move towards stripping the city of its special trading privileges.

National security law: US export controls will ‘hammer Hong Kong re-exports’ and tighten the screw on China
China vows to retaliate after US bans defence exports to Hong Kong over national security law

Foreign ministry spokesman says national security law that prompted Washington’s move is purely an internal matter and other countries have no right to interfere.

30 Jun 2020 - 11:37PM

Foreign ministry spokesman says national security law that prompted Washington’s move is purely an internal matter and other countries have no right to interfere.

China vows to retaliate after US bans defence exports to Hong Kong over national security law
Coronavirus: Hong Kong firm controlled by justice minister’s husband among top recipients in latest round of government wage subsidies

ATAL Building Services Engineering, which is controlled by justice secretary Teresa Cheng’s husband, receives HK$24.7 million in Employment Support Scheme.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:27PM

ATAL Building Services Engineering, which is controlled by justice secretary Teresa Cheng’s husband, receives HK$24.7 million in Employment Support Scheme.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong firm controlled by justice minister’s husband among top recipients in latest round of government wage subsidies
Explainer | Why did Hong Kong’s legislature shelve four bills this session and what are the likely repercussions?

Committees eyeing legislation meant to tackle everything from poor taxi services to waste disposal each cited lack of time in sidelining the draft laws.

26 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM

Committees eyeing legislation meant to tackle everything from poor taxi services to waste disposal each cited lack of time in sidelining the draft laws.

Why did Hong Kong’s legislature shelve four bills this session and what are the likely repercussions?
Hong Kong lawmakers shelve proposal to impose vacancy tax on developers, citing lack of time

Housing sector specialists say move will offer developers ‘breathing space’ to roll out luxury flats

24 Jun 2020 - 11:05PM

Housing sector specialists say move will offer developers ‘breathing space’ to roll out luxury flats

Hong Kong lawmakers shelve proposal to impose vacancy tax on developers, citing lack of time
National security law: foreign firms in Hong Kong look at plan B if free flow of information restricted

Concerns centre over whether the new law will restrict the free flow of information in the city and hamper business development, says Lento Yip of the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association.

23 Jun 2020 - 11:45AM

Concerns centre over whether the new law will restrict the free flow of information in the city and hamper business development, says Lento Yip of the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association.

National security law: foreign firms in Hong Kong look at plan B if free flow of information restricted