November 23-30, 2017

Finance/Economy

IMF strikes positive note

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Mission has commended Hong Kong for its strong buffers and robust policy frameworks in helping the city to navigate through challenges. The balance of risks has improved since last year, with the key risks including tighter-than-expected global financial conditions and a disorderly housing market adjustment, according to the Concluding Statement (issued on Nov 29). The IMF forecast Hong Kong’s economy to grow at 3.5 per cent in 2017.

Awards

Ingenious cavern and tunnelling garner awards

The Hong Kong Government’s Cavern Master Plan (CMP) has won the “Innovative Underground Space Concept of the Year” at the 2017 International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) Awards in Paris (Nov 15). The CMP utilizes underground rock caverns to house secondary facilities such as water and sewage treatment plants and free up much scarce land resources for social and economic development. The city also took home two other awards among nine awards presented. An urban subway construction, which involved tunnelling works through densely populated areas, won the “Tunnelling Project of the Year Award”. Telemach, a semi-automatic multi-purpose robotic arm designed by Dragages Hong Kong, won the “Safety Initiative of the Year Award”.

Arts & Culture

Asian forum on cultural co-operation

Cultural ministers and senior officials of ten Asian countries gathered in Hong Kong to exchange ideas and share views on the furtherance of cultural co-operation (Nov 28-29). Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at the 10th Asia Cultural Co-operation Forum that together Asia could realize a renaissance of traditional cultures and create new values with a view to achieving sustainable culture in a dynamic world. The participants included Chinese Minister of Culture Luo Shugang and delegations from the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Republic of Korea, Laos, Japan, Republic of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic.

The Barber of Seville

Good festive news from Hong Kong baritone Revan Yiu. He will sing the title role – Figaro - in Rossini’s comedic opera “The Barber of Seville” on December 12, 14 and 16 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm. Discounts are available for groups of 10 (at $25 each) and 15(at $20 each) (with codes: GROUP10 and GROUP15). Revan received his music and voice training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, followed by a master’s program at the Manhattan School of Music. He was chosen by the Metropolitan Opera tenor and HBO actor Anthony Laciura as a young artist in his ‘Acting for Singers’ workshop at the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice. Tickets here.

HKETONY-ACC Fellow Steve Hui

Having spent the past few months researching and immersing in experimental music here, Steve Hui, a sound artist, composer and curator from Hong Kong, will be collaborating and performing with local musicians across New York City. The performance “Ab Uno Pluribus” will be held at 8 pm on Dec 9 at NYU Waverly Labs for Music and Computing. “Ab Uno Pluribus” is a monthly series that features musicians and video artists in unrehearsed performances, giving rise to new audio-visual experiences. On Dec 22, Mr Hui is co-organizing with local composer JunYi Chow the “Borderless” concert at ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11215). Mr Hui is in New York on a 4-month arts and exchange program sponsored by the HKETONY in collaboration with the Asian Cultural Council.

HKETONY events

New York Rugby 7s winners

Washington DC-based Beltway Elite 7s and Équipe Québec from Canada emerged as winners of the Hong Kong SAR 20th Anniversary Cup in the Men’s and Women’s Premier Division respectively of New York Rugby 7s (Nov 25). Presented by the HKETONY for the third year in a row, the 2017 New York 7s drew to a successful close with 139 teams from the US, Canada, Nigeria, Belgium and Serbia.

Basic Law

Hong Kong and its Basic Law

The Basic Law (BL) 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:     Do Hong Kong people still enjoy a wide range of personal freedoms?

A:     Chapter III of the Basic Law guarantees a wide range of personal freedoms to be enjoyed by Hong Kong people. The provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and international labor conventions as applied to Hong Kong continue to remain in force (BL Articles 27-39). The extensive personal freedoms of Hong Kong people are borne out by, for instance, the facts that processions and assemblies are a part of every-day life in Hong Kong, and that newspapers regularly comment on or criticize government decisions and policies and people say what they want in Hong Kong’s open society.

Hong Kong Basic Law

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