January 19 - 25, 2018

Law

Crime rate a 40+ year low

Hong Kong Commissioner of Police Lo Wai-chung said that crime has continued to decline in the city in 2017, with a 7.6% decrease in total number of cases compared with 2016, the lowest figure since 1975. Crime rate measured by number of crimes per 100,000 population stood at 758 cases, a new 46-year low. In 2017, Hong Kong ranked in the top 10 safest cities in the world according to The Economist’s Safe Cities Index.

Education

Lingnan University celebrates 50 years in Hong Kong

CE Carrie Lam spoke at a banquet honouring the 50th Anniversary of Lingnan University’s establishment in Hong Kong (Jan 20). Originally founded as Christian College in 1888 in Guangzhou, the school moved numerous times within Guangdong before re-establishing itself in Hong Kong in 1967, aiming to provide quality public education at a time when tertiary and university places were scarce. Today it is widely recognized as one of the top liberal arts colleges in Asia. Lam highlighted the school’s “Education for Service” motto and the contributions students and alumni have made to the city and beyond.

Project WeCan Young Innovators Bazaar 2018 Kicks Off

Chief Secretary for Administration, Matthew Cheung, spoke at the opening ceremony for the Project WeCan Young Innovators Bazaar 2018 (Jan 19), an annual event providing opportunities for students to develop businesses and network with professionals. Project WeCan is a HKSARG supported initiative which provides students with programs ranging from academic learning, extracurricular development, life-goal planning and real-life business management experience. Over 1000 students from 40 schools will participate in this year’s Bazaar and Cheung wished them every success for their hard work and dedication.

Volvo Ocean Race

Scallywag wins Volvo Ocean Race’s Hong Kong leg

Scallywag made Hong Kong yachting history by winning the 4th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Cheering fans greeted their home team as they crossed the finish line in Victoria Harbour at 1:45am local time (Jan 20) after a gruelling 17 day and 5,600 nautical mile journey from Melbourne. Hong Kong’s participation as a stopover was a first for the city, capping off a year of events and celebrations marking the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong SAR, and Scallywag is also the first Hong Kong entrant in the race around the world.

Sports

Hong Kong Marathon attracts thousands

This year's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon (Jan 21) was an unqualified success with over 62,000 local and international runners taking part, and many more thousands of spectators cheering them on. Taking the men's title was 45-year-old Kenneth Mburu Mung'ara of Kenya while the Women's Marathon was won by Ethiopian Gulume Tollesa Chala, aged 25. The marathon is the city's biggest public participation sports event and is designated a Gold Label Road Race by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Hong Kong skier to compete at Winter Olympics

Arabella Ng, 16, is making history as the first skier to represent Hong Kong at the 2018 Winter Olympics (Feb 9-25) in PyeongChang. Ng, who received her training at the Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont, first started skiing at age 3 on trips with her family. She will be competing in both the slalom and giant slalom disciplines of Alpine skiing. Success in sports run in Ng’s genes: her aunt Fenella Ng represented Hong Kong in swimming and rowing in the Summer Olympics, and won 4 Asian Games medals, while another aunt, Caroline Ng, competed in the Asian Games in swimming.

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. Is Chinese the only official language allowed under the Basic Law?

A. No, in addition to Chinese, English is also an official language used by the executive authorities, the legislature and the judiciary of the HKSAR. (BL Article 9)

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