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Brand Hong Kong to go social-media friendly

Visit BandHK on Facebook.

BrandHK is also on Instagram.

See YouTube videos about BrandHK.

True to its promotion of Hong Kong as Asia’s world city, Brand Hong Kong (BrandHK) is reaching out to users from all over the globe via social media channels, providing access to its site for information on business, technology and culture, among others.

BrandHK's usual identity as a stylized "flying dragon," a mythical and powerful icon that links the city's historic past with its energetic modernity. Specifically, users will get to know more about how to set up a business in this gateway city through Invest Hong Kong, and promote their business though the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

They will acquire updated information on where to shop and dine with the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and how to plan ahead for world-class events like Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, the International Arts Carnival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival

A multimedia section also provides videos and images relating to financial services and business, innovation and technology, arts and culture, and green living.

For more information, visit BrandHK on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Chief Executive celebrates Establishment Day

Both the national and regional flags were raised at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.

The 19th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was commemorated with a flag-raising ceremony, where both the national and regional flags were raised at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai on July 1. 

Speaking at a reception for Establishment Day at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Chief Executive C. Y.

Leung stated that the government will continue to implement “One Country, Two Systems,” “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong,” and a high degree of autonomy in accordance with the Basic Law. 

“We will continue to administer Hong Kong in accordance with the law, uphold the core values of Hong Kong, and promote the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong,” he said.

The Chief Executive also gave posthumous honors to two firefighters, senior station officer Thomas Cheung and senior firefighter Samuel Hui, who died the previous month while battling the city’s longest-running blaze in two decades. 

Chief Secretary revisits U.S. ties at celebration

Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and outgoing U.S. Consul-General Clifford A. Hart Jr. toast at the USA's 240th Independence Day reception.

Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam addressed guests at a celebratory reception for the United States’ 240th Independence Day in Hong Kong on July 6. 

The Chief Secretary recounted her recent visit to the U.S., which included speaking engagements, visits to arts and cultural institutions, meetings with major think tanks and “a most enjoyable stroll along the High Line in New York City.” 

She heard innovative ideas for building on the close cooperation between Hong Kong and the U.S., including Hong Kong’s role as an intermediary between mainland China and the rest of the world. She said opportunities would grow much bigger under Hong Kong’s Belt and Road Initiative.

She recalled often hearing from American officials during her trip that the successful implementation of "One Country, Two Systems" was in the interest of the U.S. She also noted the strong American presence in Hong Kong, stating the American Chamber of Commerce is “Hong Kong’s largest international chamber and one of the largest American chambers outside the U.S.”

The Chief Secretary recognized and thanked retiring U.S. Consul-General Clifford A. Hart Jr. for his significant contributions to Hong Kong–U.S. relations over the past three years. Mr. Hart’s successor will be Kurt Tong, currently principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  She also acknowledged the new deputy consul-general, Thomas Hodges. [Melissa, some of these articles, such as this one, are a bit long to be called "News in Brief.] I'd recommend shortening them.

Hong Kong students win N.Y. piano competition

Aristo Sham
Prudence Poon

Two young pianists from Hong Kong recently won the prestigious New York International Piano Competition.

Competing with 22 emerging pianists from around the globe at the biennial contest (June 20-24), Aristo Sham’s final-round performance was Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op 23 (first movement), which earned him the Joyce B. Cowin first prize and $10,000, along with concert and recital performances. 

He also won the award for Best Performance of Required Contemporary Work by Lowell Liebermann, which won him an additional $1,500.

Prudence Poon’s final-round piece for the One Piano, Four Hands ensemble was Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op 21 (first movement), which landed her the Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz first prize, along with $3,500 for her and her teammate.

Mr. Sham is pursuing a joint degree program at Harvard University and New England Conservatory. Ms. Poon is studying in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Students reach new heights at Math Olympiad

Six high students representing Hong Kong at the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad attained three gold medals, two silvers and a bronze, achieving a record medal haul for the city.

The Hong Kong team also made another accomplishment by placing in the competition’s top 10 for the first time, ranking ninth out of 109 participating teams from around the world.

The gold medalists are Yu Hoi-wai from La Salle College, Lee Shun-ming from CNEC Christian College and John Michael Wu from Hong Kong International School. The silver medalists are Cheung Wai-lam from Queen Elizabeth School and Leung Yui-hin from Diocesan Boys’ School. The bronze medalist is Kwok Man-yi from Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School.

The Olympiad was held in Hong Kong from July 9-16.  It drew a record 602 contestants from 109 countries and regions, the highest participation at the event. The U.S. team ranked first in the competition.

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng (center) congratulates students from Hong Kong's International Mathematical Olympiad team. The team members are (from left) Leung Yui-hin, Cheung Wai-lam, Yu Hoi-wai, Lee Shun-ming, John Michael Wu and Kwok Man-yi.

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