Author: Ezra Cheung

Exciting news for tech enthusiasts in Hong Kong as the Town Planning Board has given the green light to the 600-hectare San Tin Technopole project near the border with mainland China. This infrastructural project aims to attract top tech firms to the city, boosting innovation and technology industries. Despite facing resistance during a public consultation, the board emphasized the need to fill fish ponds to provide land for I&T use, given the geographic constraints and clustering effects required for the project. Conditions, including a habitat creation plan, were set to balance development and conservation. The project, introduced by former Chief…

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The Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong has raised concerns over the dismissal of Selina Cheng by The Wall Street Journal and warned against punitive actions for advocating press freedom. Cheng, chairwoman of the city’s largest press union, was reportedly fired for assuming leadership of the Hong Kong Journalists Association. The club reached out to the American newspaper regarding Cheng’s termination, drawing parallels between her treatment and that of a reporter for the same outlet detained in Russia. They emphasized the importance of protecting reporters’ rights and press freedom in all settings. Cheng claimed her dismissal was a result of…

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In a bizarre incident at the Futian port in Shenzhen, Chinese customs officers discovered over 100 live snakes hidden in a man’s trousers as he attempted to cross the border from Hong Kong. The snakes, of various species and colors, were concealed in drawstring bags in the man’s pockets. The seized snakes included five non-native species, with one being mildly venomous. Despite efforts to curb illegal wildlife trafficking, China remains a hotspot for such activities according to the Global Organized Crime Index. Introducing alien species without approval is strictly prohibited, with offenders facing criminal charges and heavy fines. Previous incidents…

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In September, Hong Kong’s High Court will deliver a ruling on a judicial review case involving a government proposal to construct 12,000 public flats on a portion of the city’s oldest golf course. The Hong Kong Golf Club challenged an environmental impact assessment report last year, halting any decisions pending the outcome. The court adjourned the case until September 11 after a hearing. The club’s Senior Counsel argued that the Environmental Protection Department overlooked crucial assessments during public consultation. The case questions the department’s decision to conditionally approve the report, potentially exceeding its powers. The dispute revolves around conserving woodland,…

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Despite criticism, the team behind a Hong Kong art exhibition featuring inflatable replicas of world-famous landmarks is pushing forward, even though the artist who inspired the works, Joann, called them “very ugly”. The exhibition, part of “SummerFest@Central”, includes landmarks like the Great Pyramid of Giza and Stonehenge, but some online users likened them to tombstones. Joann expressed disappointment that the exhibition was launched without her approval, while the organizers claimed she had previously approved the concept. Despite the controversy, the exhibition will continue as planned. The landmarks depicted include Stonehenge in England, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and…

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Hong Kong police are on the lookout for two suspects involved in a knife attack on a 52-year-old man in Kowloon early Sunday morning. The victim, identified as Mr. Siu, suffered injuries to his nose and hands during the assault near Pau Chung Street in To Kwa Wan. Although a friend of Mr. Siu contacted the police around 1:30 am, the assailants had already fled by the time law enforcement arrived at the scene. The motive behind the attack remains unclear at this time. Investigators have cordoned off part of the street and a nearby recreation center after discovering blood…

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Former director Alman Chan has responded to police accusations that funds were channeled from the Christian Zheng Sheng College’s parent association into personal accounts. Since January, Chan, along with two others, has been wanted by police for misappropriation of funds and fraud. In a letter, Chan denied any wrongdoing and claimed the funds were used to expand services beyond Hong Kong. Chan revealed financial data previously undisclosed, citing monthly expenses of at least HK$1.1 million. The freeze on bank accounts forced the college to suspend operations, prompting the government to consider reclaiming the campus. Despite these challenges, Chan emphasized the…

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Hong Kong authorities are working with the Airport Authority to establish a “demonstration facility” that can transform garbage into clean hydrogen energy, revealed Environment Minister Tse Chin-wan. This initiative is part of the government’s plan to allocate space in development areas like the San Tin Technopole and the broader Northern Metropolis for the application, production, and supply of new energy sources.Tse mentioned during a Legislative Council session that they are exploring the construction of waste-to-hydrogen facilities for demonstration purposes, despite the need for significant land resources. The government aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and is keen on converting…

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Hydrogen, a clean energy source that produces only water vapor when burned, is seen as a key factor in helping cities like Hong Kong reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Tse Chin-wan, the secretary for environment and ecology, emphasized the importance of developing hydrogen power along with necessary infrastructure and talent training to achieve this goal. Beijing has already taken steps to promote hydrogen energy by publishing a white paper in 2020 to increase the use of hydrogen in the nation’s fuel mix. Despite the benefits of hydrogen, its production processes may emit carbon, offsetting its decarbonization benefits. Currently, there are…

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Hong Kong is poised to make strides towards carbon neutrality and enhance its international competitiveness by tapping into the potential of hydrogen energy, as highlighted by Secretary for Environment and Ecology Tse Chin-wan. A hydrogen-powered street washer would produce only water vapour, unlike conventional vehicles that run on fossil fuels and emit greenhouse gases. Photo: Sam Tsang Tse emphasized the importance of leveraging Hong Kong’s unique advantages and aligning with mainland developments to propel hydrogen energy initiatives. The government plans to introduce legislative amendments and certification standards to facilitate the safe adoption and integration of hydrogen technology in various sectors.…

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