Hong Kong's next leader said Tuesday he plans to ban pregnant mainlanders from giving birth in the city and deny their children residency rights, in a bid to ease pressure on local hospitals. Hong Kong's next leader Leung Chun-ying The southern Chinese city has been struggling to cope with tens of thousands of mainland Chinese women who arrive yearly to give birth, thereby gaining residency rights for their children and dodging China's one-child policy. Mainlanders accounted for nearly half of Hong Kong's 88,000 births in 2010, prompting a outcry over shortages of places in maternity wards and the soaring cost of childbirth in the former British colony of seven million people. Incoming chief executive Leung Chun-ying said he would ban pregnant mainlanders whose husbands were not from Hong Kong, dubbed "double negatives", from giving birth in local hospitals next year. "I hope the 'double negative' pregnant mainland Chinese women understand this message," … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s next leader to ‘ban mainland babies’
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A powerful storm lashed Hong Kong and Macau on Sunday, just days after a punishing typhoon swept through the region and claimed at least 18 lives. Hong Kong and Macau raised a Typhoon 8 signal, the third-highest warning level, early Sunday morning as severe tropical storm "Pakhar" made landfall, days after Typhoon Hato claimed at least 18 lives. Both cities raised a Typhoon 8 signal -- the third-highest warning level -- early Sunday as severe tropical storm "Pakhar" made landfall in the region, where emergency workers were still battling to repair Wednesday's damage. A total of 206 flights were cancelled and another 471 delayed because of the latest storm, while 44 flights had to divert, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said. Cathay Pacific, the city's flagship, said "cancellations, diversions and severe delays" were expected. All ferry services in Hong Kong were suspended until the storm warning was lowered in both cities in the early afternoon. Dozens of trees weakened by … [Read more...] about Second storm hits Hong Kong and Macau amid typhoon recovery
We visited the restaurant at lunch time, when it was packed with customers. The restaurant owner was calling waiters and waitresses to bring food to customers and personally arranging seating for new arrivals. Lancy Nguyen, whose real name is Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan, impressed us with her short hair, slander figure, and brisk gestures. She said she emigrated from Vietnam to Hong Kong in the late 1980s. Then she introduced us to her restaurant in a casual way as if we were long-time acquaintances. She said, “In Hong Kong, there are as many Vietnamese restaurants as in Hanoi, Da Lat, and Saigon. But nobody else cooks Hue dishes, which are characterized by royal cuisine. I like very much Hue beef noodle, pancakes, and spring rolls. They are so yummy. That’s why I opened a restaurant named Hue, which is rare here.” Restaurant owner Lancy Nguyen Lancy’s customers include both Hong Kong residents and foreign tourists. Her business motto is … [Read more...] about Vietnamese restaurant in Hong Kong serves delicious dishes
A growing number of international airlines, including Qantas and Singapore Airlines, had already changed their website classifications of Taiwan to 'Taiwan, China' AFP/ROBYN BECK Taiwan is a self-ruling democracy but Beijing considers it part of its own territory, to be reunified by force if necessary, and is pushing to isolate the island on the international stage. China's Civil Aviation Administration sent notices to dozens of airlines around the world in April asking them to adhere to Beijing's standards when referring to Taiwan, setting a Wednesday deadline to make the changes to corporate websites. "To the foreign airlines which have undertaken the reforms, we give our approval," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing in Beijing, calling the changes "positive steps." He reiterated China's position that foreign enterprises must "respect our sovereign and territorial integrity, and our people's feelings." But Taiwan condemned what it called … [Read more...] about Hong Kong, US airlines bend to China pressure over Taiwan listing
People will witness a battle between the two strongest fireworks teams from Hong Kong (China) and Italy on the third night of Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival (DIFF 2018). The theme ‘Happy Bridge’ will not only be illustrated with fireworks in the sky, but also by an art show that promises to be impressive. Rivals The Vulcan, which enjoys its legendary fireworks party on Victoria Harbour (Hong Kong) every New Year, is considered a respectable name. At DIFF 2018, its top fireworks will be a major attraction on the third fireworks night, in keeping with the theme 'Happy Bridge'. Established in 1974, Vulcan has gained international fame with major international awards, such as the Champion of International Fireworks Performance Hannover, Germany – 2009, the Champion of International Firework Performance Championships in Blackpool, England, 2009, the second prize at the Oman Fireworks World Show – 2010 and the third prize in the Quebec … [Read more...] about Happy Bridge night champs: Hong Kong or Italy?