Chieu Luu

Hong Kong

Chieu Luu

Executive Producer, Videos

Chieu Luu is the Executive Producer of videos at the Post, where he manages the daily operations of the video team and produces stories from Hong Kong, China and across Asia. He previously worked for CNN in Hong Kong, CGTN in Beijing and Al Jazeera English in Washington DC and Kuala Lumpur. Chieu began his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. He is a graduate of Ryerson University's School of Journalism.

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Circus offers underprivileged Cambodian kids the chance at education and rise above poverty

Cambodia’s performing arts group Phare offers local children from underprivileged communities a chance to get an education, earn money and pursue their dreams. Founded by a group of artists who were Khmer Rouge survivors, Phare was set up to preserve the performing arts in Cambodia. In addition to its schools in the city of Battambang, the group also runs a circus, featuring acrobatic performers who were former students like Khon Lidorn. Unbeknown to his parents, Khon secretly began training when he was nine years old. He says the Phare Circus has afforded him the opportunity to travel, support his family and live the life that he wants.

Cambodia’s performing arts group Phare offers local children from underprivileged communities a chance to get an education, earn money and pursue their dreams. Founded by a group of artists who were Khmer Rouge survivors, Phare was set up to preserve the performing arts in Cambodia. In addition to its schools in the city of Battambang, the group also runs a circus, featuring acrobatic performers who were former students like Khon Lidorn. Unbeknown to his parents, Khon secretly began training when he was nine years old. He says the Phare Circus has afforded him the opportunity to travel, support his family and live the life that he wants.

24 Apr 2022 - 9:00AM
Hong Kong Covid-19 cases reach 1 million but advisor says restrictions can be eased in 6-8 weeks

Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong officially surpassed the 1 million mark on March 18, 2022, as the city recorded 20,082 new infections. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said a day earlier that her government was re-evaluating strict social distancing rules in place since January that includes flight bans to nine countries and suspension of face-to-face learning in schools. Lam said adjustments to those rules could be announced in a few days, but a government advisor has told the Post the city could ease its restrictions in 6-8 weeks if it met two key conditions.

Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong officially surpassed the 1 million mark on March 18, 2022, as the city recorded 20,082 new infections. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said a day earlier that her government was re-evaluating strict social distancing rules in place since January that includes flight bans to nine countries and suspension of face-to-face learning in schools. Lam said adjustments to those rules could be announced in a few days, but a government advisor has told the Post the city could ease its restrictions in 6-8 weeks if it met two key conditions.

18 Mar 2022 - 11:04PM
Omicron spreads rapidly through Hong Kong care homes as city tops global Covid death rate

Hong Kong’s care homes for the elderly have been hit hard by the fifth wave of Covid-19. Most of the patients who have died from Covid-19 related illnesses are unvaccinated elderly patients, many of whom lived in care homes where the highly contagious Omicron variant has rapidly spread. As of March 7, 2022, nearly 85 per cent of elderly care homes in the city had reported cases of Covid-19 among its residents or staff. 
 

Hong Kong’s care homes for the elderly have been hit hard by the fifth wave of Covid-19. Most of the patients who have died from Covid-19 related illnesses are unvaccinated elderly patients, many of whom lived in care homes where the highly contagious Omicron variant has rapidly spread. As of March 7, 2022, nearly 85 per cent of elderly care homes in the city had reported cases of Covid-19 among its residents or staff. 
 

7 Mar 2022 - 8:00PM
Ukraine says Russia violates ceasefire as Putin warns no-fly zone would be declaration of war

Ukraine said Russia violated a temporary ceasefire that was supposed to allow civilians to leave two frontline areas in the east just hours after the agreement was announced on March 5, 2022. Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister said Russian forces continued shelling in the town of Volnovakha, despite the agreement to halt hostilities mediated by the Red Cross. Russian forces continued to advance toward the Ukrainian capital Kyiv from the north and west, but the NATO military alliance has rejected Ukraine's request for a no fly zone over the country, saying it would escalate the situation into a much wider conflict. Russian president Vladimir Putin warned that such a no-fly zone would be akin to a declaration of war.
(Photo: EPA-EFE/STR)
 

Ukraine said Russia violated a temporary ceasefire that was supposed to allow civilians to leave two frontline areas in the east just hours after the agreement was announced on March 5, 2022. Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister said Russian forces continued shelling in the town of Volnovakha, despite the agreement to halt hostilities mediated by the Red Cross. Russian forces continued to advance toward the Ukrainian capital Kyiv from the north and west, but the NATO military alliance has rejected Ukraine's request for a no fly zone over the country, saying it would escalate the situation into a much wider conflict. Russian president Vladimir Putin warned that such a no-fly zone would be akin to a declaration of war.
(Photo: EPA-EFE/STR)
 

9 Mar 2022 - 4:12PM
Ukraine says Russia has taken control of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant

Ukraine says that Russia has seized control of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant near the city of Enerhodar on March 4, 2022. A Russian air strike in the early hours caused a training facility at the plant to catch fire, prompting fears that the plant itself could become affected if the blaze spread. It was eventually put out by emergency services roughly an hour after their arrival, according to officials. Authorities said there were no casualties and that station personnel are continuing to monitor power units on site. World leaders including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have condemned the attack.

Ukraine says that Russia has seized control of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant near the city of Enerhodar on March 4, 2022. A Russian air strike in the early hours caused a training facility at the plant to catch fire, prompting fears that the plant itself could become affected if the blaze spread. It was eventually put out by emergency services roughly an hour after their arrival, according to officials. Authorities said there were no casualties and that station personnel are continuing to monitor power units on site. World leaders including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have condemned the attack.

9 Mar 2022 - 4:14PM
Hong Kong leader denies citywide lockdown as more Covid aid arrives from mainland China

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has denied the government will impose a “wholesale city lockdown” when it begins its universal testing for Covid-19. Reports that a lockdown was being discussed sparked fears over food supply and mobility, prompting panic buying throughout the city. Lam appealed for calm, saying details have yet to be ironed out. 

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has denied the government will impose a “wholesale city lockdown” when it begins its universal testing for Covid-19. Reports that a lockdown was being discussed sparked fears over food supply and mobility, prompting panic buying throughout the city. Lam appealed for calm, saying details have yet to be ironed out. 

3 Mar 2022 - 7:00PM
‘Large-scale lockdown’ expected when Hong Kong launches universal Covid-19 testing, source says

The Hong Kong government is expected to impose a “large-scale lockdown” when it requires all residents to complete three coronavirus tests as part of its universal screening drive in the second half of this month, the Post has learned.
A source familiar with the situation said the administration also plans to shorten the testing period from a planned 15-21 days to just nine. The city recorded another 32,597 Covid-19 infections on March 1, 2022.
 

The Hong Kong government is expected to impose a “large-scale lockdown” when it requires all residents to complete three coronavirus tests as part of its universal screening drive in the second half of this month, the Post has learned.
A source familiar with the situation said the administration also plans to shorten the testing period from a planned 15-21 days to just nine. The city recorded another 32,597 Covid-19 infections on March 1, 2022.
 

1 Mar 2022 - 11:01PM
Bodies pile up at hospitals and mortuaries as Hong Kong records 34,466 new Covid-19 cases

The bodies of residents who have died from Covid-19 are being stored on gurneys in hallways or beds inside accident and emergency departments at public hospitals as mortuaries approach capacity in Hong Kong. A source has told the Post that officials are considering storing bodies in refrigerated containers if the situation calls for it. The news comes as Hong Kong reported a record 34,466 new infections and 124 more deaths, on February 28, 2022. The city’s health secretary also said officials are not ruling out imposing a lockdown when it begins its compulsory testing scheme in March. In a recorded speech broadcast on Hong Kong television, the city’s leader Carrie Lam announced the government’s plans to secure more isolation rooms and beds for infected residents.
(Photo: SCMP / K. Y. Cheng)

The bodies of residents who have died from Covid-19 are being stored on gurneys in hallways or beds inside accident and emergency departments at public hospitals as mortuaries approach capacity in Hong Kong. A source has told the Post that officials are considering storing bodies in refrigerated containers if the situation calls for it. The news comes as Hong Kong reported a record 34,466 new infections and 124 more deaths, on February 28, 2022. The city’s health secretary also said officials are not ruling out imposing a lockdown when it begins its compulsory testing scheme in March. In a recorded speech broadcast on Hong Kong television, the city’s leader Carrie Lam announced the government’s plans to secure more isolation rooms and beds for infected residents.
(Photo: SCMP / K. Y. Cheng)

28 Feb 2022 - 8:07PM
As thousands flee, one Ukrainian woman heads back to fight against Russian invasion

Ukrainian citizens are heading a call by their president Volodymyr Zelensky to defend their country against Russia's military invasion. Over 150,000 people have fled Ukraine since the start of the invasion, according to the United Nations, but some Ukranian citizens are making their way back to the country. Yulia Peliukh-Korniichuk is a mother of two, who was making her way back to Ukraine from the Czech Republic. She said she and her husband planned to join the army to fight against the Russian forces, which are advancing on the capital Kyiv. 
 

Ukrainian citizens are heading a call by their president Volodymyr Zelensky to defend their country against Russia's military invasion. Over 150,000 people have fled Ukraine since the start of the invasion, according to the United Nations, but some Ukranian citizens are making their way back to the country. Yulia Peliukh-Korniichuk is a mother of two, who was making her way back to Ukraine from the Czech Republic. She said she and her husband planned to join the army to fight against the Russian forces, which are advancing on the capital Kyiv. 
 

9 Mar 2022 - 4:43PM
'Happy to be where he is': Kaavan the elephant's new lease on life in Cambodian sanctuary

Once known as the world's loneliest elephant, Kaavan, a 37-year-old Asian elephant, has been given a new lease on life. Kaavan's story made international headlines after a campaign was started to free him from the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he had lived for more than three decades. Many of those years were spent in chains, as zoo staff did not know how to care for or control Kaavan. After a six-year campaign, Kaavan was freed and relocated to the Cambodia WildlIfe Sanctuary in November 2020. Now, more than a year since his arrival, Kaavan is roaming freely in a 30-acre (12ha) enclosure and has developed a bond with his new caretaker Pedro Vella and Mut, his mahout. 
 

Once known as the world's loneliest elephant, Kaavan, a 37-year-old Asian elephant, has been given a new lease on life. Kaavan's story made international headlines after a campaign was started to free him from the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he had lived for more than three decades. Many of those years were spent in chains, as zoo staff did not know how to care for or control Kaavan. After a six-year campaign, Kaavan was freed and relocated to the Cambodia WildlIfe Sanctuary in November 2020. Now, more than a year since his arrival, Kaavan is roaming freely in a 30-acre (12ha) enclosure and has developed a bond with his new caretaker Pedro Vella and Mut, his mahout. 
 

27 Feb 2022 - 8:00AM
Hong Kong eases discharge criteria for Covid-19 patients to relieve strained healthcare system

Hong Kong reported a record of more than 6,100 confirmed coronavirus cases and over 6,300 suspected infections on February 17, 2022, as officials relaxed discharge criteria for patients to relieve pressure on the health care system amid the worsening fifth wave of the pandemic. 
(Photo: SCMP / Sam Tsang)

Hong Kong reported a record of more than 6,100 confirmed coronavirus cases and over 6,300 suspected infections on February 17, 2022, as officials relaxed discharge criteria for patients to relieve pressure on the health care system amid the worsening fifth wave of the pandemic. 
(Photo: SCMP / Sam Tsang)

17 Feb 2022 - 9:31PM
Styrofoam boxes pile up across Hong Kong after truckers told mainland China no longer taking them

Styrofoam boxes used to bring in vegetables from mainland China have piled up on Hong Kong streets after mainland authorities refused to take them back due to the city’s worsening Covid-19 infection.
 

Styrofoam boxes used to bring in vegetables from mainland China have piled up on Hong Kong streets after mainland authorities refused to take them back due to the city’s worsening Covid-19 infection.
 

17 Feb 2022 - 1:24PM
Hospitals overflow with Covid-19 patients as Xi sends message to Hong Kong's leaders

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Hong Kong authorities “must mobilise all forces and resources that can be mobilised, take all necessary measures and protect Hong Kong people's lives and health”, to control the fifth wave of Covid-19 infections in the city. Xi's comments, published by local pro-Beijing media on February 16, 2022, came as the city reported a record 4,285 new daily infections. Hospitals are at full capacity, forcing patients waiting for isolation beds to be put into outdoor car parks.
 

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Hong Kong authorities “must mobilise all forces and resources that can be mobilised, take all necessary measures and protect Hong Kong people's lives and health”, to control the fifth wave of Covid-19 infections in the city. Xi's comments, published by local pro-Beijing media on February 16, 2022, came as the city reported a record 4,285 new daily infections. Hospitals are at full capacity, forcing patients waiting for isolation beds to be put into outdoor car parks.
 

17 Feb 2022 - 1:25PM
Hong Kong parents rush to get kids vaccinated as daily Covid-19 cases rise

Hong Kong started administering Covid-19 vaccines to children as young as three on February 15, 2022. Parents were seen taking their children to vaccination centres to get their first dose of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine. This as health authorities announced 1,619 confirmed new infections, and about 5,400 preliminary positive cases. The government also announced the location of new isolation facilities for close contacts of patients who test positive.
(Photo:  SCMP/ Yik Yeung-man)
 

Hong Kong started administering Covid-19 vaccines to children as young as three on February 15, 2022. Parents were seen taking their children to vaccination centres to get their first dose of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine. This as health authorities announced 1,619 confirmed new infections, and about 5,400 preliminary positive cases. The government also announced the location of new isolation facilities for close contacts of patients who test positive.
(Photo:  SCMP/ Yik Yeung-man)
 

16 Feb 2022 - 2:10PM
The lives of sex workers and their children in New Delhi's biggest red-light district

The women and children of New Delhi's G.B. Road are afraid to tell others where they are from. They live in the Indian capital’s biggest red-light district. The mothers are sex workers. Many say they were trafficked and forced into the sex trade with no way to escape. Out of fear of being shunned by society, the children often do not finish school. The women say they have no choice but to perform sex work to survive, but they still dream of a brighter future. 

The women and children of New Delhi's G.B. Road are afraid to tell others where they are from. They live in the Indian capital’s biggest red-light district. The mothers are sex workers. Many say they were trafficked and forced into the sex trade with no way to escape. Out of fear of being shunned by society, the children often do not finish school. The women say they have no choice but to perform sex work to survive, but they still dream of a brighter future. 

29 Jan 2022 - 1:41PM
What leadership does HK need? Former Chief Executive CY Leung on Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo

CY Leung was Hong Kong chief executive for a single term that ended in 2017. Now, as an elder statesman trusted by Beijing, he has become an active, vocal and influential figure in the city’s affairs. And he has kept everyone guessing as to whether he wants to take another shot at Hong Kong’s top job in a changed political environment after the anti-government protests of 2019.

CY Leung was Hong Kong chief executive for a single term that ended in 2017. Now, as an elder statesman trusted by Beijing, he has become an active, vocal and influential figure in the city’s affairs. And he has kept everyone guessing as to whether he wants to take another shot at Hong Kong’s top job in a changed political environment after the anti-government protests of 2019.

27 Jan 2022 - 8:00AM
Hong Kong businesses cry foul over abrupt return to anti-Covid-19 social-distancing rules

Bars, gyms and other leisure facilities have been ordered to close for two weeks and restaurants can only serve takeaway after 6pm as Hong Kong ramps up its battle to prevent the Omicron Covid-19 variant from spreading in the city. The measures, announced by the city’s leader Carrie Lam, take effect from January 7. Although the city has gone through such restrictions before, many business owners say they’ll once again bear the brunt. The Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades predicts losses of up to US$1.03 billion.

Bars, gyms and other leisure facilities have been ordered to close for two weeks and restaurants can only serve takeaway after 6pm as Hong Kong ramps up its battle to prevent the Omicron Covid-19 variant from spreading in the city. The measures, announced by the city’s leader Carrie Lam, take effect from January 7. Although the city has gone through such restrictions before, many business owners say they’ll once again bear the brunt. The Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades predicts losses of up to US$1.03 billion.

17 Feb 2022 - 10:35AM
Hong Kong’s Stand News closes after national security police arrest 7, freeze its assets

Stand News, a Hong Kong online media outlet that was popular with opposition activists, has shut down after national security police arrested at least seven people including its current and former chief editors and four former board members. The arrests happened around 6am on December 29, 2021, according to police, who said the group face charges related to a colonial-era law covering conspiracy to print or distribute seditious materials. More than 100 officers also raided the Stand News office under a warrant that allowed them to seize items including journalistic materials.

Stand News, a Hong Kong online media outlet that was popular with opposition activists, has shut down after national security police arrested at least seven people including its current and former chief editors and four former board members. The arrests happened around 6am on December 29, 2021, according to police, who said the group face charges related to a colonial-era law covering conspiracy to print or distribute seditious materials. More than 100 officers also raided the Stand News office under a warrant that allowed them to seize items including journalistic materials.

17 Feb 2022 - 10:38AM
Cold wave sweeps through northern China sending temperatures plunging to -46.9 degrees Celsius

The temperature in the city of Hulunbuir, in northern China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, plummeted to -46.9 degrees Celsius on December 23, 2021, as a cold front swept through the region. Temperatures in other parts of northern China plunged to -40 degrees Celsius, prompting major supermarkets to increase supplies of necessities, including fruits and vegetables.

The temperature in the city of Hulunbuir, in northern China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, plummeted to -46.9 degrees Celsius on December 23, 2021, as a cold front swept through the region. Temperatures in other parts of northern China plunged to -40 degrees Celsius, prompting major supermarkets to increase supplies of necessities, including fruits and vegetables.

24 Dec 2021 - 7:00PM
Where is my husband? After 19 years, woman in Kashmir still seeks answers from Indian government

In 2002, Tahira Bano's husband left their home in Indian-administered Kashmir on a trip to the capital New Delhi. He never returned. Since then Bano has been seeking answers about what happened to him. She is one of about 1,500 women in Kashmir who are known as “half-widows”. Their husbands are among an estimated 8,000 people who disappeared in the years following an uprising of Kashmiris who opposed Indian rule, which began in 1989. Families of the missing believe they were either imprisoned or killed by government forces. After nearly two decades of waiting for word about her husband and raising their two sons on her own, Tahira refuses to give up.

In 2002, Tahira Bano's husband left their home in Indian-administered Kashmir on a trip to the capital New Delhi. He never returned. Since then Bano has been seeking answers about what happened to him. She is one of about 1,500 women in Kashmir who are known as “half-widows”. Their husbands are among an estimated 8,000 people who disappeared in the years following an uprising of Kashmiris who opposed Indian rule, which began in 1989. Families of the missing believe they were either imprisoned or killed by government forces. After nearly two decades of waiting for word about her husband and raising their two sons on her own, Tahira refuses to give up.

15 Dec 2021 - 11:24AM
Hong Kong to hold first Legislative Council polls after Beijing's overhaul of electoral system

Hongkongers are set to vote for members of the next Legislative Council on December 19, 2021. It's the first Legco polls since Beijing revamped the city's electoral system earlier in the year. The government says the overhaul will ensure that only patriots can run Hong Kong. But critics say it all but silenced the opposition from the pro-democracy camp, which is boycotting the polls. 
 

Hongkongers are set to vote for members of the next Legislative Council on December 19, 2021. It's the first Legco polls since Beijing revamped the city's electoral system earlier in the year. The government says the overhaul will ensure that only patriots can run Hong Kong. But critics say it all but silenced the opposition from the pro-democracy camp, which is boycotting the polls. 
 

8 Dec 2021 - 4:30PM
Hong Kong’s comeback queen? City leader Carrie Lam on Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo

After bearing the brunt of public anger and international criticism over the 2019 protests, Chief Executive Carrie Lam now says she is “steeled” to meet any challenges as she spearheads sweeping changes in Hong Kong. In the fifth episode of Talking Post with SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo, Lam addresses concerns about where she is taking Hong Kong and defends her contentious legacy. Lam also won’t reveal whether she will seek a second term, though she does not sound like someone who is bowing out.

After bearing the brunt of public anger and international criticism over the 2019 protests, Chief Executive Carrie Lam now says she is “steeled” to meet any challenges as she spearheads sweeping changes in Hong Kong. In the fifth episode of Talking Post with SCMP chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo, Lam addresses concerns about where she is taking Hong Kong and defends her contentious legacy. Lam also won’t reveal whether she will seek a second term, though she does not sound like someone who is bowing out.

27 Nov 2021 - 10:00AM
Hong Kong microbiologist blames 'selfish' mask for Covid-19 cross infection at quarantine hotel

A leading microbiologist in Hong Kong has labelled a face mask as “selfish” because its design contains a valve that filters air being breathed in, but not out. The city's health officials have blamed the mask for a cross infection of Covid-19 at a quarantine hotel, after two guests staying on the same floor tested positive for the disease within a week of each other.
 

A leading microbiologist in Hong Kong has labelled a face mask as “selfish” because its design contains a valve that filters air being breathed in, but not out. The city's health officials have blamed the mask for a cross infection of Covid-19 at a quarantine hotel, after two guests staying on the same floor tested positive for the disease within a week of each other.
 

24 Nov 2021 - 12:20PM
What is China’s 6th plenum and why is it important?

China’s top Communist Party leaders are meeting in Beijing for the sixth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee, a key meeting ahead of an expected leadership shuffle at the 20th national congress in 2022. During past “sixth plenums”, the party has come up with major decisions, including the establishment of Mao Zedong as paramount leader and the issuance of an official party verdict on the Cultural Revolution. Observers are watching to see how this latest sixth plenum will shape how the party plans to move forward and how it will try to convince the Chinese public to continue trusting in its leadership.

China’s top Communist Party leaders are meeting in Beijing for the sixth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee, a key meeting ahead of an expected leadership shuffle at the 20th national congress in 2022. During past “sixth plenums”, the party has come up with major decisions, including the establishment of Mao Zedong as paramount leader and the issuance of an official party verdict on the Cultural Revolution. Observers are watching to see how this latest sixth plenum will shape how the party plans to move forward and how it will try to convince the Chinese public to continue trusting in its leadership.

16 Nov 2021 - 11:31AM
Hong Kong shut down by Typhoon Kompasu, second severe storm to lash the city in less than a week

At least seven people were injured and one death tentatively being blamed on Typhoon Kompasu as it lashed Hong Kong on October 12-13, 2021. It was the second major storm to hit the city in less than a week. Classes were cancelled, trading suspended and much of the city shut down as a result of the storm.

At least seven people were injured and one death tentatively being blamed on Typhoon Kompasu as it lashed Hong Kong on October 12-13, 2021. It was the second major storm to hit the city in less than a week. Classes were cancelled, trading suspended and much of the city shut down as a result of the storm.

1 Mar 2022 - 3:55PM
Hong Kong university orders removal of sculpture honouring victims of Tiananmen Square crackdown

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has demanded the removal of the Pillar of Shame sculpture from its campus. Critics say the decision to remove the controversial sculpture, which pays tribute to the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, is the latest example of how Hongkongers are continuously losing their freedoms under Chinese rule.  

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has demanded the removal of the Pillar of Shame sculpture from its campus. Critics say the decision to remove the controversial sculpture, which pays tribute to the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, is the latest example of how Hongkongers are continuously losing their freedoms under Chinese rule.  

11 Oct 2021 - 5:30PM
Scaffolding collapses as heavy wind and rains lash Hong Kong amid typhoon warning

At least one person was killed when bamboo scaffolding that had completely surrounded a 30-storey residential block in Hong Kong’s Happy Valley collapsed during a heavy rainstorm. The fringes of tropical storm Lionrock lashed Hong Kong on October 8, 2021, prompting the city’s highest-level ‘black’ rainstorm alert and a No 3 strong wind signal signal. 

At least one person was killed when bamboo scaffolding that had completely surrounded a 30-storey residential block in Hong Kong’s Happy Valley collapsed during a heavy rainstorm. The fringes of tropical storm Lionrock lashed Hong Kong on October 8, 2021, prompting the city’s highest-level ‘black’ rainstorm alert and a No 3 strong wind signal signal. 

8 Oct 2021 - 4:27PM
How does Hong Kong select its government?

Hong Kong is due to hold a series of elections to determine who will run the city over the next five years. It begins with the selection of delegates to the Election Committee, who will have great influence over who can run for a seat on the Legislative Council, as well as who can run to become the city's next leader, the chief executive. Elections in Hong Kong are not simple “one person, one vote” polls. Only a fraction of the Legislative Council is elected directly, and the top leader is chosen by the Election Committee, composed of a group that is only 0.02 per cent of the city's population. 
 

Hong Kong is due to hold a series of elections to determine who will run the city over the next five years. It begins with the selection of delegates to the Election Committee, who will have great influence over who can run for a seat on the Legislative Council, as well as who can run to become the city's next leader, the chief executive. Elections in Hong Kong are not simple “one person, one vote” polls. Only a fraction of the Legislative Council is elected directly, and the top leader is chosen by the Election Committee, composed of a group that is only 0.02 per cent of the city's population. 
 

22 Sep 2021 - 2:52PM
Drop kicks and body slams: Vietnam's first pro-wrestling league finally gets a ring

The Vietnam Pro-Wrestling Club (VPW) was founded in 2017, but for the first few years of existence, its performers had put on shows in front of live crowds without a ring, because they couldn't afford one. Pro-wrestling is still relatively new to Vietnam, and as the first league of its kind in the country, VPW faced an uphill battle building a fanbase for this kind of sports entertainment. Despite the difficulties, VPW's founder, Rocky Huynh and head trainer Sid Nguyen refused to give up, and finally raised enough money through a crowdfunding campaign to buy their first ring, and put on their first show in it.

The Vietnam Pro-Wrestling Club (VPW) was founded in 2017, but for the first few years of existence, its performers had put on shows in front of live crowds without a ring, because they couldn't afford one. Pro-wrestling is still relatively new to Vietnam, and as the first league of its kind in the country, VPW faced an uphill battle building a fanbase for this kind of sports entertainment. Despite the difficulties, VPW's founder, Rocky Huynh and head trainer Sid Nguyen refused to give up, and finally raised enough money through a crowdfunding campaign to buy their first ring, and put on their first show in it.

14 Aug 2021 - 6:00PM
Hong Kong's revamped electoral system bolsters pro-Beijing influence in key decision-making bodies

China has restructured Hong Kong's electoral system to give loyalist parties a greater majority in two key decision-making bodies: the Election Committee and the Legislative Council. The Election Committee responsible for picking Hong Kong's leader has been granted new powers to send 40 representatives to the city's Legislative Council, which has been expanded from 70 to 90 seats. A committee will also be formed to determine candidates' eligibility to run in local elections, using information provided by the police's national security unit, with no judicial review or appeal of the decision allowed. Opposition activists say the changes will quash dissent and snuff out democracy in the former British colony. But the government says the moves are vital for Hong Kong's long-term stability.
 

China has restructured Hong Kong's electoral system to give loyalist parties a greater majority in two key decision-making bodies: the Election Committee and the Legislative Council. The Election Committee responsible for picking Hong Kong's leader has been granted new powers to send 40 representatives to the city's Legislative Council, which has been expanded from 70 to 90 seats. A committee will also be formed to determine candidates' eligibility to run in local elections, using information provided by the police's national security unit, with no judicial review or appeal of the decision allowed. Opposition activists say the changes will quash dissent and snuff out democracy in the former British colony. But the government says the moves are vital for Hong Kong's long-term stability.
 

14 Jul 2021 - 5:31PM