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HK Customs seizes 40kg of rhino horns

Rhino horns, with an estimated market value of US$1 million, have been seized from two arriving air passengers at HK International Airport (Feb 14). HK is continuing its efforts in combatting illegal import of endangered species. Anyone found guilty of importing an endangered species faces a maximum fine of HK$10 million (US$1.28 million) and up to 10 years in jail. Details here.

HK Customs seizes 40kg of rhino horns
   
HK’s IFC role highlighted in Dublin

Aside from offering traditional financial services, HK aims to grow and expand to take on leadership roles in I&T, trade and finance sustainability, and regional connectivity, said Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury James Lau at the fourth European Financial Forum in Dublin (Feb 14). Details here.

HK’s IFC role highlighted in Dublin
   
Celebrating the Year of the Pig in NYC

The HKETONY celebrated the Year of the Pig with marimba and lion dance performances at a Chinese New Year Reception in New York City on Feb 11. This is the second in a series of Chinese New Year receptions hosted by the office, with over 300 guests attending. Details here.

Celebrating the Year of the Pig in NYC
   
HK Customs seizes million worth of smuggling goods during LNY holiday

A 27-day special operation has been carried by the Customs before and during the Lunar New Year at the airport, seaport, land boundary, railway and ferry control points in a bid to combat smuggling and other illegal activities involving endangered species, drugs, and infringing products. The Customs seized US$16.7 million (HK$130 million) worth of items and arrested 1,203 persons in connection. Details here.

HK Customs seizes million worth of smuggling goods during LNY holiday
   
Most HKers value IP rights protection: survey

Most of those respondents in a government survey share the view that IP rights protection is instrumental to the development of local creative industries and the overall economic development of HK. Details here.

Most HKers value IP rights protection: survey
   
New law changes to enhance IP regime

Legal amendment is on the way to implement the Madrid Protocol and the mechanism thus provided will enable businesses to save time and cost in obtaining and managing international trade mark registrations. It will empower the Customs and Excise Department to enforce criminal provisions against acts of trademark infringement. Details here.

New law changes to enhance IP regime
   
Postal services to United States resume normal

Hongkong Post announced (Feb 8) that, as advised by US authorities, postal services to the Midwest have returned to normal after the cold spell.

Postal services to United States resume normal
   
Stunning fireworks on 2nd day of Lunar New Year

Spectacular fireworks have lighted the sky above Victoria Harbour (Feb 6) and delighted thousands of tourists and locals viewing from both sides of the harbour. Details here.

Stunning fireworks on 2nd day of Lunar New Year
   
HK celebrates with CNY Night Parade

On Chinese New Year day, Feb 5 (Hong Kong time), tourists and locals enjoyed the yearly CNY Night Parade along Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. It featured a glittering procession of sumptuously decorated carnival floats and delightful dances of 20+ local and international performing groups. Among them were NFL Atlanta Falcon’s cheerleaders and Chicago’s dancing group Hiplet Ballerinas. Celebrating the festive moment with the audience, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the CNY celebration would continue with a fireworks extravaganza, a well-wishing festival, brilliant lantern displays and much more. (Photo credit: ISD; SCMP(below))

HK celebrates with CNY Night Parade
   
Wishing everybody A Healthy and Prosperous Year of the Pig

Chief Executive Carrie Lam sent her Lunar New Year greetings on this auspicious day (Feb 5). Details here.

Wishing everybody A Healthy and Prosperous Year of the Pig
   
Support multilateral trading system: HK Commissioner to US

At a spring reception in Atlanta (Jan 31), Commissioner Eddie Mak said HK would continue to remain a free trade practitioner and supporter of the multilateral trading system, despite growing global trade tensions and the rise of protectionist sentiment. Details here.

Support multilateral trading system: HK Commissioner to US
   
Girl Power: Young HK female chefs scoop top awards

In a male-dominated catering industry, 5 young graduates from HK’s Chinese Culinary Institute have formed the first-ever female chef team to compete at the 2018 Asian Culinary Exchange in Shanghai last October. “The Misty Rain of Jiangnan” was the theme they selected for their dishes which won them the Distinguished Styling Award. Details here.

Girl Power: Young HK female chefs scoop top awards
   
HK welcomes Lunar New Year with unseasonably warm weather

Temperatures across most parts of HK rose on Feb 4 to 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) or above, making it the mildest at this time of the year since 1953, while the Observatory noted the past January was one of the warmest in record. Details here.

HK welcomes Lunar New Year with unseasonably warm weather
   
HK seizes record-breaking amount of pangolin scales

HK Customs has seized 8,300 kg (18,300 pounds) of suspected pangolin scales and 2,100 kg (4,600 pounds) of suspected ivory tusks from a 40-foot container ship that was supposed to be transporting frozen beef from Nigeria to Vietnam. It was as a result of a joint raid with their Mainland counterparts. The haul is the largest endangered species smuggling seizure the city has ever recorded. Details here.

HK seizes record-breaking amount of pangolin scales
   
HKSAR passport getting more visa-free convenience

The total number of countries and territories that offer visa-free entry or visa-on-arrival to HKSAR passport holders has gone up to 165, with Panama and Armenia lately joining the roll, on Feb 10 and Mar 3, respectively. Details here.

HKSAR passport getting more visa-free convenience
   
HK UNESCO Global Geopark Visitor Centre gets new look

The revamped visitor center is set to open on Feb 7, featuring new exhibits including 3D miniature models which allow visitors to learn about the changes and characteristics of HK’s geology as well as the oldest outcrops known to mankind (3.9 billion years old rock from Acasta Gneiss in Canada) and in China (3 billion years old rock from Baijiafen Gneiss). Details here.

HK UNESCO Global Geopark Visitor Centre gets new look
   

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