Monthly Archives: October 2015


Chinese state media carries report on internet freedom survey, removes reference to who came last

State-run daily tabloid Global Times has removed references to China in a report about declining internet freedoms. The country came last in the Freedom House survey, according to the report by news wire Agence France-Presse, which was carried in full on HKFP.

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Photo: Freedom House.

The original copy stated: “At the bottom of the list was China, worse than runners-up Syria and Iran in terms of a lack of online freedom. Cuba and Ethiopia rounded out the bottom five.”

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Global online freedom declined for a fifth consecutive year as governments stepped up electronic surveillance and clamped down on dissidents using blogs or social media.


In Pictures: 50 monkeys ‘occupy’ school basketball court in Tsz Wan Shan

It was rhesus monkey pandemonium at a primary school basketball court on Monday morning after a 28-year-old man stumbled upon dozens of macaques “occupying” the court.

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Photo: Apple Daily.

Mr Lee and his family were making their way to Tsz Wan Court in Tsz Wan Shan at around 11am. Lee said he saw saw around 50 monkeys “occupying” the basketball court next to The Church of Christ in China Kei Tsz Primary School.

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Photo: Apple Daily.

Teachers forbade students from leaving the classrooms to ensure that they would not get hurt.

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Photo: Apple Daily.


Benedict Cumberbatch among stars in totally uncalled-for Chinese vintage ad mash-ups

Completely uncalled for, yet can’t look away… British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch stars alongside Tom Hiddleston, Liam Hemsworth and Lee Pace in these vintage Chinese ad mash-ups doing the rounds on Weibo.

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Take a digital helicopter ride: 3D Google Maps launched in Hong Kong

A three dimensional view of Hong Kong is now available on Google Maps.

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Photo: Google Maps.

Google Maps was first launched in 2005, and in 2007, Google Street View was introduced in several cities in the United States.

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Photo: Google Maps.

In 2008, Japan became the first country in Asia with the Google Street View service. It was made available in Hong Kong as of March 11, 2010.

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Photo: Google Maps.

In 2014, it was reported that 3D texture mapped buildings were being rolled out in Google Earth and Maps. New York City and San Francisco were the first cities to receive the 3D treatment.


Xi and Peng to receive royal treatment in UK, but choose to bring their own water

Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan will visit the United Kingdom next week in a state visit accompanied by plenty of pomp and circumstance.

A state banquet will be hosted by the Queen in the palace ballroom to welcome the Chinese delegation. A horseshoe-shaped table will be extravagantly decked out with more than 100 candles in silver-gilt candelabra, along with some wholesome fruit and floral arrangements, which will be inspected personally by the Queen ahead of the dinner, reports China Daily.

However, the menu of the state banquet, which is usually approved by the Queen in advance and catered to by more than 20 chefs, is proving to be slightly problematic.


Troubled HKU chief Peter Mathieson channels Keanu Reeves in ‘saddest sandwich’ meme

It’s lonely at the top. Certainly, it has been a long few weeks for the University of Hong Kong Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson, who was snapped by a Facebook user on campus enjoying a sandwich alone on a bench.

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Photo: Facebook.

Social media users took pity on Mathieson, whose recommendation of pro-democracy law scholar Johannes Chan Man-mun for the role of pro-vice-chancellor of the University was rejected last month by the HKU Council.

Some compared the scene to the popular “sad Keanu” meme which went viral in 2010.

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Photo remix: Joel Christian.


Rogue porcupine spotted wandering around Central at 3am

A porcupine was spotted wandering around the Citibank Tower in Central at around 3am on Monday morning.

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Photo: Gino Ng via Facebook.

An eyewitness posted a video to Facebook showing the porcupine seeking shelter under a nearby structure.

Most netizens were concerned with the wellbeing of the spikey rodent and were unsure of the animal’s fate should the authorities be informed.

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Photo: Gino Ng via Facebook.

One netizen pointed out that, as porcupines are protected under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance, they will first be given a checkup by a vet with Kadoorie Farm, and then released back into the wild.