November 17-22, 2017

Travel & Tourism

First cruise ship christened

The 335-metre, 18-deck mega-cruise liner  “World Dream”, has become the first cruise ship to be christened in Hong Kong and will  be the biggest cruise ship to make Hong Kong its year-round home. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at the christening ceremony (Nov 17) that this was a testament to the state-of-the-art facilities at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Hong Kong’s appeal as a cruise destination.  

Environment

Unrelenting efforts to fight climate change

Secretary for the Environment K S Wong has outlined Hong Kong’s efforts to fight climate change at the COP23 (or 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Bonn, Germany (Nov 15 – 17). These include taking mitigation, adaptation and resilience actions. He also briefly explained Hong Kong's Climate Action Plan 2030+. The Government will build a high-quality, low-carbon sustainable future collaboratively with the community, he added.

HKETONY’s Events

New York Rugby 7s this Saturday

Come join the US largest single-day Rugby 7s tournament in New York this Saturday (Nov 25). Elite teams from around the world will be competing for the championships in 12 divisions in Randalls Islands. Among the 6 divisions sponsored by the HKETONY, the players of the Hong Kong Men’s Premier and Hong Kong Women’s Premier Divisions will be vying for the Hong Kong SAR 20th Anniversary Cups. The event will be live streamed here: FloRugby. 

Rankings

Asia's talent magnet

Hong Kong remains Asia’s most successful region in terms of retaining talent, followed by Singapore and Taiwan, according to the latest IMD World Talent Report. Surveying 63 economies worldwide, the ranking is derived based on three factors: investment and development, appeal, and readiness. HK ranked 6th in readiness and 11th in appeal.
 

Education

World’s best group problem-solvers

Hong Kong students have been known for getting the best scores when they work individually. But an international student assessment study shows that they also work best in groups. The OCED-sponsored study of the reading, mathematical and scientific literacy of 15-year-olds around the world ranked Hong Kong in third place in collaborative problem solving. The top three places were all in Asia (the others being Singapore and Japan). The United States came in 13th.

Aviation

Hong Kong International Airport’s latest accolades

Hong Kong International Airport has recently been recognized for its passenger experience and cargo achievements – the “Best Airport in North & East Asia” award and the “Asia Pacific Airport of the Year – Industry Choice Award” by online media outlet Future Travel Experience and air cargo publication Payload Asia respectively. The latter is the fourth time the airport has got the much coveted title.

Film Festival

Spotlight on Asian filmmakers

The new force of Hong Kong film directors has continued to impress audience and critics alike with their intense works infused with a strong Hong Kong flavor. The 2017 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival opened with Tam Wai-ching’s “In Your Dreams” and Cheung King-wai’s “Somewhere Beyond the Mist” (Oct 31). The former, starring Carina Lau, explores the dark side of two families and society through depicting a love story between a teacher and her student. The latter seeks to reveal human nature through depicting a real-life murder case. Both had been made possible by Create Hong Kong's First Feature Film Initiative. More than 70 films, animations and documentaries from established filmmakers and young talents from around Asia were screened through Nov 20.

Basic Law

Hong Kong and its Basic Law

The Basic Law is the constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Put into effect on July 1, 1997, it enshrines within a legal document the important concept of “One Country, Two Systems.”

Q: Have Hong Kong’s capitalist system and way of life been preserved?

A: The Basic Law provides that the capitalist system and way of life shall remain unchanged. Hong Kong maintains a free and open market economy with a free flow of capital, goods, intangible assets, and a freely convertible currency. People's lifestyle remains the same as before. (BL Articles 5; 112; 115)

Hong Kong Basic Law

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