Leonardo da Vinci – and the French – cure COVID, for a night

Leonardo da Vinci – and the French – cure COVID, for a night

The most important thing about the French Consular event was that it happened. Real people. In a cinema. In Hong Kong. Networking. Chatting. Then watching…

Are Hong Kong’s global talent pool and pipeline drying up?

Are Hong Kong’s global talent pool and pipeline drying up?

A recent survey sheds some light on expectations and motivations across the community of global professionals since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Wiki.lkfa /…

HK$500 million City I&T Grand Challenge opens unlimited business opportunities in geospatial information

HK$500 million City I&T Grand Challenge opens unlimited business opportunities in geospatial information

The city’s hackathon has yet to be rescheduled, holding Hong Kong back from making the most of the potential benefits spatial data could have for…

Starving and Struggling: Hong Kong musicians close to bowing out

Starving and Struggling: Hong Kong musicians close to bowing out

Months of protests followed by the COVID-19 pandemic have found musicians without steady work for almost a year. Chris B, of record label and promoter…

Hong Kong’s local tourism to expand after 99.9 percent slump in visitor arrivals

Hong Kong’s local tourism to expand after 99.9 percent slump in visitor arrivals

Transformations such as promoting local tourism and re-examining the industry’s possibilities could determine its survival. Photo: Hong Kong Film Awards Statue, Avenue of Stars, Hong…

Diplomacy in the Time of COVID-19: Rallying around each other in tough times “Part of the Irish DNA”

Diplomacy in the Time of COVID-19: Rallying around each other in tough times “Part of the Irish DNA”

Consul-General David Costello imagines a bright post-coronavirus future with business breakfasts, virus-free air and Hong Kongers visiting the oldest whiskey distillery in the world on…

COVID-19 resurgence puts pan-democratic primaries at risk

COVID-19 resurgence puts pan-democratic primaries at risk

The pan-democratic primaries set to take place this weekend showcase the first time pan-democrats have used this method to select their official candidates for September’s…

Live performances back on track as social distance regulations loosen

Live performances back on track as social distance regulations loosen

Under new COVID-19 social gathering restrictions effective today, gatherings of up to 50 will be permitted and live performances can resume with 50 percent attendance….

Short, medium and long-term measures to save local startups

Short, medium and long-term measures to save local startups

Hong Kong should look to other countries such as Switzerland and the UK to take notes of what to do (and not do) when providing…

The National Anthem Bill remains government’s top priority for legislation despite COVID-19, economic disaster

The National Anthem Bill remains government’s top priority for legislation despite COVID-19, economic disaster

The National Anthem Bill continues to divide the house committee in substance and process, as pro-democracy council members protest the legality of Chairwoman Starry Lee…

The jobless slip through the net of COVID-19 financial relief and welfare

The jobless slip through the net of COVID-19 financial relief and welfare

The unemployment rate has risen to its highest in more than nine years, but potential benefactors may hold back from applying for the relaxed Comprehensive…

An end to inertia: cutting red tape will allow technology to help Hong Kong recover

An end to inertia: cutting red tape will allow technology to help Hong Kong recover

Hong Kong is holding back the potential for innovative platforms to aid with post-pandemic recovery, argues Richard Willder, Uber’s Head of Public Policy in Hong…

Pandemic forces Hong Kong judiciary to go paperless

Pandemic forces Hong Kong judiciary to go paperless

It’s time for Hong Kong’s judiciary to go digital, some lawyers say, but old habits die hard. Photo: The High Court Drop off area courtesy…

WHO should focus less on lifestyle choices and more on protecting public health

WHO should focus less on lifestyle choices and more on protecting public health

Hong Kong should speak up about the WHO and its recent spread of misinformation regarding smokers and the likelihood of contracting COVID-19. Photo: World Health…

Hong Kong’s refugees ignored in pandemic relief measures

Hong Kong’s refugees ignored in pandemic relief measures

Already swept to the fringes of society, the needs of refugees continue to go unaddressed in the government’s pandemic efforts, when they could use it…

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Australia shores up commitment to its expats and to Hong Kong

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Australia shores up commitment to its expats and to Hong Kong

As the Consul-General of Australia awaits official accreditation to work in Hong Kong, Deputy CG Mr Ryan Neelam has taken over CG duties with confidence…

Efficient coordination inside and outside the government is the key to open data

Efficient coordination inside and outside the government is the key to open data

Don’t let COVID-19 hinder the progress of smart city development, says HKU professor Dr Winnie Tang. Photo courtesy of Diane Robert.

“Speed and simplicity” for HK’s relief package, recommends Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

“Speed and simplicity” for HK’s relief package, recommends Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants has a few words of advice for the proposed $137.5 billion relief package, approved last week in the Legislative…

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Canada engaging in social media ‘caremongering’

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Canada engaging in social media ‘caremongering’

The consulate urges all fellow Canadians to follow official social media channels for up to date information, advice and positivity. Photo: Mr Jeff Nankivell, the…

Massive cabinet shakeup brings more concern than surprise

Massive cabinet shakeup brings more concern than surprise

Despite claims that the cabinet’s changes were made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the move has unsettled opposition members. Photo: Central Government Offices by…

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Italy holds firm despite troubles back home

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Italy holds firm despite troubles back home

This edition of Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19 features the Italian Consulate, which is bravely attempting to be ‘Business As Usual’ in Hong Kong…

Take-out won’t take away food sector’s pandemic woes

Take-out won’t take away food sector’s pandemic woes

The government proves out of touch with the struggles of small and medium-sized restaurants with its anti-epidemic policies. Photo: Local restaurant in Hong Kong by…

Hong Kong’s COVID-19 relief measures may leave “little Fintech guys” behind

Hong Kong’s COVID-19 relief measures may leave “little Fintech guys” behind

Financial aid for the pandemic may not be providing help where it’s really needed for the IT sector, but direct funds are still crucial. Photo:…

Historic HK$137.5 billion relief package leaves out the laid off

Historic HK$137.5 billion relief package leaves out the laid off

Despite the massive package, the billions going into relief measures won’t save sacked employees. Photo: Diane Robert

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: France continues to support Santé, Amitié, Solidarité (Health, Friendship, Solidarity)

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: France continues to support Santé, Amitié, Solidarité (Health, Friendship, Solidarity)

The French consulate fights COVID-19 head on with optimism: “Hong Kong welcomes us, we must be exemplary.”

Policy for Pandemics: Handling COVID-19 in Hong Kong

Policy for Pandemics: Handling COVID-19 in Hong Kong

In collaboration with the Policy for Pandemics newsletter, this is a timeline and briefing of what policy measures Hong Kong has taken during the coronavirus…

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Poland divides and conquers

Diplomacy in the time of COVID-19: Poland divides and conquers

“[My] family simply declined to be evacuated, saying that they feel safe in Hong Kong,” remarks Mr Aleksander Dańda, Polish Consul General.

International Baccalaureate cancels May exams worldwide

International Baccalaureate cancels May exams worldwide

A letter sent out to the IB Examiner community announces the cancellation of its final exams. Photo: Exam by Alberto G. Attribution license.

Shipping Out: Week in Review – WHO disappoints as COVID-19 spreads

Shipping Out: Week in Review – WHO disappoints as COVID-19 spreads

Non-essential travel to many countries in Asia is advised against, as the COVID-19 outbreak and social unrest continues.

How Not to Budget for Hong Kong

How Not to Budget for Hong Kong

The 2020-21 Budget demonstrates the Hong Kong government’s inability to address structural reforms and responsibly plan for the city’s fiscal future. Photo: Hong Kong by…