March 30 - April 5, 2018

Innovation and Technology

Awards to encourage smart city innovations

The winners of the Hong Kong ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Awards have played a vital role in the city’s flourishing innovation and technology environment, in tandem with the Government’s vision to make Hong Kong a leading smart city, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam in the award presentation (Apr 4). The big winner, Belun Technology, has tucked under its belt the Startup Grand Award, the (first) Smart Living Grand Award and Award of the Year. Their world-first medical accuracy ring which pre-screens obstructive sleep apnea combines bio-sensing design with AI-based algorithms to analyze pulse oximetry, heart rate variation, and mental stress during your sleep. The other new awards introduced this year - the Smart People Award and the Smart Mobility Award - were presented to Caritas Information Technology Advancement Centre/Caritas Hong Kong–Services for the Elderly and BPS Global Holdings respectively.

Transportation Infrastructure

Bridge will facilitate Greater Bay collaboration

Tourism, finance, business and logistics are some of the industries expected to receive a boost from the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, said Chief Executive Carrie Lam, during a site visit to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area (Mar 30). Hong Kong and Zhuhai, in particular, stand to benefit from collaboration in the fields of innovation and technology, cultural tourism, the creative industries, education and medical services.

Arts & Culture

Warren Lee honors maestro composer at Carnegie Hall

Warren Lee headlined a solo piano recital at Carnegie Hall (Apr 2), celebrating the music and 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein. Earlier, Mr Lee talked to the New York media about his musical journey and how he drew inspiration as both a pianist and an educator from Bernstein. Mr Lee graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music, from which he received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Volvo Ocean Race

“We are all hurt but we are not out”

Scallywags are determined to complete the Volvo Ocean Race and would continue with the race in memory and honour of crewmate John Fisher, said  skipper David Witt (April 4) after suspending their participation on the leg from Auckland to Itaji, Brazil on March 26, when Mr Fisher was swept overboard and lost at sea in the Southern Ocean. “We are all hurt but we are not out!! Scallywags never ever give up!!” Mr Witt told supporters in a Facebook post. The Hong Kong team is working through logistics to re-join the race in the next leg, starting April 22, from Itaji to Newport, Rhode Island. 

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: Have the laws previously in force in Hong Kong been maintained?

A: The Basic Law provides that laws previously in force in Hong Kong, that is, the common law, rules of equity, ordinances, subordinate legislation and customary law, shall be maintained and adopted as laws of the HKSAR, except for any that contravenes the Basic Law, and subject to any amendment by the HKSAR legislature. (BL Articles 8; 18; 160)

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