October 13 - 19, 2018

Infrastructure 

World's longest sea bridge to open Oct 24

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the world’s longest bridge-cum-tunnel sea crossing totaling 34 miles, will open to traffic next Wed (Oct 24). It will be a 45-minute drive from HK to Zhuhai and link the two SARs of HK and Macao to the Western Pearl River Delta. The Bridge will enhance the flow of people, goods and capital and technological collaboration in the region.

Innovation & Technology

Students shine at "Oscars of the ICT" 

The 100-plus Hong Kong delegates have taken home a record 19 awards, its best showing, at the 18th Asia Pacific Information and Communications Technology Alliance Awards (Oct 10-13). Delegation leader and Government Chief Information Officer Victor Lam said the outstanding performance at the “Oscars of the ICT” showed the city’s strong ICT capability and rich pool of talented practitioners and students.

CE hosts Nobel laureate James Watson

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has met with American molecular biologist and Nobel Prize winner Professor James Watson, at the Government House (Oct 15). Mrs Lam and Prof Watson, who co-discovered the structure of DNA, exchanged views on Hong Kong’s latest development in I&T. She reiterated the Government's commitment to developing Hong Kong into a knowledge-based and IT-driven economy.

Bilateral Ties

Hong Kong celebrates closer ties in MA

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed October 17 as “Hong Kong Day” to recognize the strong business ties between Hong Kong and the Bay State. Over 100 guests, including business leaders, elected officials, and Senate staffers attended a celebratory reception at the State House. Hong Kong Commissioner Eddie Mak has also called on the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and exchanged views on mutual trade relations.

Arts & Culture

Xiqu Centre to open in Jan 2019

Xiqu Centre, the first landmark performing arts venue at West Kowloon Cultural District will officially open on Jan 20 with a performance of the Cantonese opera classic “The Reincarnation of Red Plum”. Designed by Bing Thom Architects (now Revery Architecture) and Ronald Lu Architects, it features a 1,073-seat main theatre, a 200-seat tea house theatre and arts education and rehearsal facilities.

Awards

Energy management works wins US award

An energy management project, jointly developed by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, the Hospital Authority and Towngas has received the Regional Energy Project of the Year Award for the Asia Pacific region by the US-based Association of Energy Engineers. This award-winning project uses biogas generated from landfills to produce electricity for a local hospital. This marked the second consecutive year the department has received an award from the AEE.

Sports

Record-breaking medals won at Asian Para Games

Team Hong Kong won a record-breaking 48 medals, comprising 11 gold, 16 silver and 21 bronze, at the Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games (Oct 6-13). The remarkable achievements included the first gold medal in boccia and breaking the Asian Para Games record and the Asian record in swimming. Chief Executive Carrie Lam congratulated the athletes on achieving the best ever results, noting that their distinguished performance and sportsmanship are most encouraging.

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: Has there been any interference in the independence of the Judiciary?

A: No. Hong Kong's robust and respected court system exercises judicial power independently, free from any interference. The power of final adjudication is vested in the Court of Final Appeal of the HKSAR, which may as required invite judges from other common law jurisdictions to sit on the Court of Final Appeal. The principle of trial by jury previously practiced in Hong Kong is maintained. (BL Articles 2; 19; 81; 82; 85; 86)

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