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Hong Kong Fire Service’s lycra-clad mascot causes a stir

Hong Kong Fire Service’s lycra-clad mascot causes a stir By Sherie Ryder, BBC UGC and Social News Stuart Lau, BBC Monitoring Image copyright Hong Kong Fire Services Department Image caption ‘Anyone’ vows to help inform the public about fire prevention and safety In the world of social media, we can find lots of uplifting stories about heroes and helpers, but we can also find controversy caused by almost anyone. In Hong Kong ‘Anyone’ happens to be a character created for the Hong Kong Fire Service to raise safety awareness. The…

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Raymond Chow: Hong Kong film mogul who discovered Bruce Lee dies at 91

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chow is known as the “godfather” of the Hong Kong film industry The Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow – who introduced martial arts legend Bruce Lee to the world – has died at the age of 91. Their first film together, 1971’s The Big Boss, set new box office records at the time. Chow also had success in the 1980s with films featuring another kung fu star, Jackie Chan. Known as the “godfather” of Hong Kong film, Chow produced more than 600 films before…

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Lifestyle 

Taking the plunge: Hardy Hong Kong swimmers brave busy harbor

Miao Rong Lu, 68, swims in the sea at the Sai Wan Swimming Shed in Hong Kong, China, October 5, 2018. Rong Lu said she has been coming to the swimming shed for 30 years. REUTERS/Hannah McKay HONG KONG (Reuters) – For nearly 30 years, Sandy Lam has been rising early each day for a dip in the sometimes choppy waters off the western edge of Hong Kong island, next to one of the world’s busiest ports. Lam, 68, is part of a tightly-knit community of around 50 mostly elderly…

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Technology 

Hong Kong securities regulator to propose ‘sandbox’ for crypto exchanges

Ashley Alder, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, addresses the Pan Asian Regulatory Summit by Thomas Reuters in Hong Kong, China October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) will propose a regulatory regime known as a “sandbox” for crypto exchanges in the Asian financial hub, its Chief Executive Ashley Alder said on Thursday. Regulators around the world have been looking closely at how to oversee digital assets and cryptocurrencies, and whether existing frameworks are sufficient. “Sandboxes” typically…

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WTA roundup: Ukrainian teen Yastremska wins Hong Kong

Ukrainian teen Dayana Yastremska cruised past No. 6 seed Qiang Wang 6-2, 6-1 to win the Hong Kong Open in China on Sunday. It’s the first career title for the 18-year-old, who admitted waking up nervous. “Yesterday, I felt very confident that I could win the title, but in the morning, I woke up and I felt a bit too nervous,” Yastremska said, per the WTA. “I trusted myself that I can win, but I didn’t really get deep into those thoughts because I knew that when I go on…

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Hong Kong rejects visa for FT editor Victor Mallet

Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption The UK government has demanded an “urgent explanation” of Victor Mallet’s visa rejection Hong Kong has refused to renew a work visa for the Asia news editor of the Financial Times, sparking concerns from the UK government. Victor Mallet is also vice-president of the city’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC), which upset local and Chinese authorities by hosting a separatist speaker in August. Hong Kong did not explain its visa decision. China is highly sensitive about the territory’s sovereignty. The former British colony was…

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Why are Hong Kong domestic workers practising their dance moves?

Some 300,000 foreign domestic helpers work in Hong Kong. They’re required by law to live in their employers’ home. They work six days a week, up to 18 hours a day – for a very small salary. This is the story of Mhelanie who uses her only day off to take part in community events to escape her isolating work routine. Source link

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Hong Kong doctor ‘killed wife and daughter using gas-filled yoga ball’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A yoga ball was found in the boot of a locked car in which Mr Khaw’s wife and daughter were found dead An anaesthetist killed his wife and 16-year-old daughter using a yoga ball filled with carbon monoxide, a Hong Kong court has heard. Prosecutors said Khaw Kim-sun left the inflatable ball in the boot of a car where the gas leaked out and killed them. The pair were found dead inside a locked car in 2015, in a case that initially baffled police.…

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Technology 

Digital payment firms fight for Hong Kong market

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s shopping districts are well known for their fierce competition. Now, a new battleground is forming as digital payments firms fight for retailers and shoppers. Labels of digital payment (from top) VISA, WeChat Pay and Alipay are displayed outside a boutique at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, China July 31, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip Chinese tech giants like Tencent and Alibaba are bringing their payment platforms to a city that has long thrived on cash and credit cards, putting them into competition with the likes…

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Hong Kong regulator, banks launch blockchain-based trade finance platform

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s banking regulator and seven banks, including HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBA.L) (0005.HK) and Standard Chartered PLC (STAN.L) (2888.HK), on Tuesday said they will jointly launch a trade finance platform in September using blockchain technology. The platform will be one of the largest examples globally of a government-led, cross-bank effort to reform the multi-billion dollar trade finance sector using the distributed ledger technology that underpins digital currencies such as bitcoin. The sector is often described as one of the most manual and paper-orientated parts of the…

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