Gov’t-funded research into 2019 protests kept from public, as new textbooks deny Hong Kong was British colony – reports

Hong Kong’s Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office spent HK $ 31 million funding 79 studies into the 2019 protests but decided not to disclose their findings for fear of legal risks, the Hong Kong Economic Journal (HKEJ) has reported. Meanwhile, the government approved textbooks for the revamped liberal studies saying there were “violent terrorist acts” … Read more

Fewer Hongkongers trust public broadcaster RTHK as press freedom fears ‘become reality’ – survey

Fewer Hongkongers have expressed trust in public broadcaster RTHK, a study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has found, as local media scholars said initial press freedom concerns under the Beijing-imposed national security law “became reality.” RTHK. File photo: Tom Grundy / HKFP. In the Digital News Report 2022 released on Wednesday, … Read more

Int’l groups to mark anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown as public vigils in Hong Kong expected to be muted

International human rights group Amnesty International has organized candlelight vigils in cities across the world to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown. This year could be the first without any public activities in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary. A timetable showing that the football pitches at Victoria Park were fully booked on June … Read more

Hong Kong to consult public on regulating crowdfunding to prevent ‘endangering’ national security activities

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui has said that the government plans to consult the public in late 2022 about regulating online crowdfunding, in a bid to prevent activities that may “endanger” national security. Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui. File photo: Kelly Ho / HKFP. Attending a Legislative … Read more

Hong Kong experts question next leader’s plan to cut queue for public housing as average wait rises to 6.1 years

A public policy scholar has said he does not have “high hopes” for a proposal made by Hong Kong’s next leader to fast-track admission into incomplete public housing estates, as the wait for public housing rose to 6.1 years on average. The latest figures released by the Housing Authority on Thursday revealed that the average … Read more

Covid-19: Entire public housing estate locked down in Kennedy Town after ‘very high’ viral load found in sewage

Hong Kong health authorities have locked down an entire public housing estate in Kennedy Town after recording a “very high” Covid-19 viral load in sewage samples, indicating a new cluster of cases. The announcement followed an unusual warning from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) ‘s medical faculty, warning its students and staff to refrain … Read more

Hong Kong’s public swimming pools to reopen later than announced; health expert calls Covid-19 ‘endemic’

Hong Kong’s public swimming pools will not reopen on Thursday as expected, after the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said that it was conducting filtration and sterilization at the city’s 38 government-owned pools. In a statement issued on Tuesday night, hours after Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that swimming pools would be among the … Read more

Doctors from 27 overseas medical schools to be allowed to practice in Hong Kong public hospitals

Doctors who graduated from 27 universities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Singapore will soon be allowed to practice in Hong Kong’s public healthcare institutions under a special registration route, the government has announced. Caritas Medical Center in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong during the fifth-wave Covid-19 outbreak. Photo: Kyle Lam / HKFP. The … Read more

Public Forums on Outdoors Inclusivity, Accessibility, and Sustainability Planned

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in collaboration with the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), are hosting a two-part webinar series on integrating inclusivity, accessibility and sustainability in providing access to state lands. These public forums are part of the State’s ongoing … Read more

Crossrail Begins Running Daily Tests To Open Soon to the Public

Crossrail will operate empty trains for several weeks to ensure the service is “absolutely flawless” when it opens, the boss of Transport for London (TfL) said. Andy Byford, London’s transport commissioner, told reporters he does not want the launch of the capital’s new railway to be reminiscent of the botched opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 5. … Read more