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Hong Kong team sets record at tournament

From left: Double Dutch world record holders Timothy Ho, Tommy Chow, Angus Wong and Man Lau.

The Hong Kong team set a double Dutch world record with 671.5 jumps in three minutes at the 2016 World Rope Skipping Championships in Sweden, taking home the top prize in the double Dutch 4x45 seconds event.

Team members Timothy Ho, Tommy Chow, Angus Wong, Man Lau and Parco Shum, aged 18 to 21, said they were so focused on the competition that they did not realize when they broke the record.

The previous record of 603 jumps was also held by the Hong Kong team. Mr. Chow also took home the individual freestyle gold medal, while the 16-member Hong Kong squad successfully defended its Group Demo Cup crown from 2014.

Competing against hundreds of participants from more than 40 countries, including the U.S., the Hong Kong team of 137 competitors dominated the event, taking home 79 medals, including 22 golds and 22 silvers. The competition was held in Malmo from July 24 to August 2.

Hong Kong wins 5 physics-olympiad medals

The five Hong Kong students who earned awards at the International Physics Olympiad are (from left): Lydia Mak, Jeff York Ye, Tai Wai-ting, Frankie Lam and Brian Yang.

The Hong Kong team at the 47th International Physics Olympiad in Switzerland took home five medals: one gold, three silvers and one bronze.

Tai Wai-ting from Queen Elizabeth School won gold, and Lydia Mak from Good Hope School, Frankie Lam from Diocesan Boys' School and Jeff York Ye from GT (Ellen Yeung) College received silver. The bronze medalist was Brian Yang from Diocesan Boys' School.

The International Physics Olympiad was held from July 10-17, drawing 398 contestants from 87 countries and regions.

Hong Kong moves up in livability ranking

Hong Kong ranked 43rd in the latest Global Liveability Ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Hong Kong climbed three places to 43rd on the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) 2016 Global Liveability Ranking.

The EIU ranking scored 140 cities on 30 factors in five lifestyle categories, including stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

Hong Kong's score of 88.8 kept the city in the top rating for livability, presenting few, if any, challenges to residents' lifestyles. The score remained unchanged from last year, meaning that conditions in Hong Kong stayed relatively stable, while other locations in Europe and Turkey were plagued by fear of terrorist attacks and political conflicts.

Economy ranks among Asia's most innovative

Hong Kong is ranked as the third-most innovative Asian economy.

Hong Kong is among the top three innovative economies in Asia, according to the Global Innovation Index 2016, only behind Singapore and South Korea. Worldwide, the city ranked 14th out of 128 economies.

Hong Kong topped performance indicators that included cost of redundancy dismissals, GDP per unit of energy use, protection for minority investors, market capitalization and the total value of stocks traded.

Published by Cornell University, INSEAD business school and the World Intellectual Property Organization, the index ranked the 128 economies by 82 indicators. They were grouped under two subindices and seven categories, including institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market sophistication, business sophistication, knowledge and technology outputs, and creative outputs.

The U.S. made the top five economies worldwide, ranking fourth on the index. Switzerland, Sweden and the U.K. ranked first through third, respectively.


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