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Chinese Olympians make a Hong Kong splash as Victoria Park diving, swimming exhibition kicks off day-long celebration of medal winners
Just 2km away, residents were crowding into Queen Elizabeth Stadium for showcases of gymnastic, fencing, badminton and table tennis skills The events are part of a three-day goodwill tour by a group of 29 mainland Chinese Olympians that will conclude on Sunday Chinese Olympians on a three-day goodwi
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China targets primary schools in drive to instill love for Communist Party in children
Xi Jinping recently ordered the party to strengthen its ideological leadership role in schools and do more to promote 'socialist core values' School children already face a heavy dose of ideological education and new textbooks dedicated to Xi Jinping Thought will be introduced next year Primary an
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Pandas – how the condition can drastically change a child’s behaviour. A Hong Kong family shares their story
When their son had a dramatic change in personality and behaviour, Katy and Ben Chandler sought help for nearly two years before he was diagnosed with Pandas Weekly therapy sessions, drugs and supplements helped with symptoms such as OCD, chronic fatigue, ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder On a
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Why Anita Mui will always be in Hong Kong people’s hearts, as biopic of the actress and Canto-pop singer reminds us, and why we should honour all who’ve helped make the city a global icon
Anita Mui is known as the 'daughter of Hong Kong' and her rags-to-riches story strikes a chord with many Hongkongers Her life and 20-year show business career are celebrated in the biopic Anita, which perfectly captures the spirit of the 1980s and '90s Can we truly love and miss someone we have n
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ONE Championship: Yuya Wakamatsu sends warning to Adriano Moraes after Hu Yong win
'Little Piranha' defeats China's Hu by unanimous decision at ONE: Winter Warriors in Singapore on Friday night Now on a five-fight streak, Japan's Wakamatsu wants to 'go for a knockout' against flyweight champion Moraes Japan's Yuya Wakamatsu has his sights set on Adriano Moraes and the ONE C
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‘Life was hard, it’s now harder’: profiles of struggle in Hong Kong as inflation bites
What can HK$100 buy these days? For the poor, going to the market shows what inflation really means It's a shock when some realise they're no longer middle class, while business owners ponder letting staff go In this final instalment of a three-part series, Denise Tsang and Fiona Sun talk to Hongk
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Matthew Poon confident Super Fortune will be better again as trio of debut winners return
Tony Cruz's smart four-year-old joins Snowalot and Pins Prince in shooting for two wins in a row at Sha Tin on Sunday Super Fortune's dominant debut win meant Matthew Poon Ming-fai could keep the ride aboard Tony Cruz's smart speedster but it will count for little else come Sunday's Class Three
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ONE Championship: ‘Dagi’ goes to hospital after knocking out Timofey Nastyukhin in wild, bloody brawl
Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev scores a third-round KO win in Asian promotion's answer to Justin Gaethje's thrilling UFC fight with Michael Chandler Dagestan-born Turk warns lightweight champion Ok Rae-yoon 'don't forget about me' following thrilling victory Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev picked up a dev
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Why rising ultra-left nationalism is the biggest danger to China’s development
China's clash with the United States has given leftists an opening to push for their agenda under the guise of patriotism and allegiance to communist ideals A senior official's warning that China must learn lessons from the Mao era reflects fears that such sentiment threatens to derail economic de
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China is touting its ‘whole process democracy’ as the superior model. So how does it work in practice?
Beijing is stepping up its attempts to portray is system as more representative and effective than the US model The only direct elections take place at grass-roots level, and even there candidates and voters alike have complained their voices are being silenced "The voters didn't get a chance to f
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Lonely granny becomes internet star for her poignant message about treatment of elderly in China
The woman is an empty nester, and her kids live far away She said sometimes she is so lonely she does not "know how to continue living" An elderly woman in central China turned on her phone camera and pointed it to herself. "Good morning, everybody! I live by myself, and I am very lonely. I am 80
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Hong Kong’s illegal barbecue site something to chew on
Unlicensed outdoor area that had been going for years before being finally raided is just one example of the inefficiency and wastefulness that has built up in the city over the past two decades By itself, it's a minor local news item, typical of the government's law enforcement that often wastes
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Data security rules key with city riding high in Didi U-turn
As the company quits New York to prepare for a blockbuster relisting, Hong Kong has to make sure it gets the balance right to ensure that other China firms follow If every cloud has a silver lining, one has unfolded for Hong Kong among tensions and a tech war between China and the United States.Five
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Junket king Alvin Chau’s arrest signals end of winning streak for Macau casinos as Beijing cracks down on gambling
Observers say Chau's arrest has sent shock waves through the gaming industry as the junket business has been vital to the sector and long tolerated by China Sector is expected to continue to shrink, but some expect a reinvention of casino hub's economy centred possibly on entertainment and integra
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Japan’s history of religion, from Shinto and Buddhism to cults and Jesus’ secret mission, and how fights between groups have been rife for centuries
The land of eight million gods has unsurprisingly had a fractious relationship with faith For those not yet aware, Jesus Christ is buried in Japan. Yes, the Son of God flees Judea around AD33, leaving his brother, "Isukiri", crucified in his place, and with another brother's ears and a lock of hi
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Micro loans are Asia’s hottest fintech products as Gen Z and millennial online shoppers prefer to buy now, pay later
Buy now, pay later (BNPL) services may double their share of Asia's e-commerce payments market from 0.6 per cent to 1.3 per cent, according to forecasts Chinese fintech firms have invested in Southeast Asia's BNPL services: Ant Group owns 6.3 per cent of India's Paytm and 39 per cent of South Kor
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‘Vaccine bubble’ push calls for flexibility
As the city extends use of its risk-exposure app and considers banning those not vaccinated against Covid-19 from restaurants, it is essential there are exemptions for people unable to have jabs As the Covid-19 pandemic is still holding much of the world in its grip, vaccination is more of a necessi
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Key China economic planning meeting said to be set for next week as headwinds swirl
China's central economic work conference, where top officials meet to chart policy for year ahead, traditionally takes place at the Jingxi Hotel Premier Li Keqiang hinted at some monetary easing and help for SMEs in a meeting with IMF chief this week China is expected to hold a key annual economic
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High-level US, EU diplomats express worry over China’s ‘bullying’ of Taiwan and Lithuania
Wendy Sherman and Stefano Sannino note a 'shared interest in deepening cooperation with Taiwan consistent with their respective "one-China" policies' The two finish a second day of talks designed to help Washington and Brussels reach a closer alignment on China issues Senior diplomats from the U
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Are young Hongkongers slackers? Perhaps they just need to believe change is possible
Readers discuss accusations of youth slacking off, the challenges of extended quarantine, vaccination of children and reforms to the Retired Athletes Transformation Programme Hong Kong's average working week a few years ago was 50.1 hours, 38 per cent above the global average. Yet Alan Chow, appoin
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