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Hongkongers Complain of Constantly Finding Poop in Public Pools, Political Group Takes Action

After locals complained of constantly finding poop in the waters of Hong Kong’s public swimming pools, a political group urged authorities to do something about it.

A survey conducted by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) revealed that out of the 1,238 swimmers at public pools, only 35.3% said they are satisfied with the water quality of pools. The figure saw a significant drop from last year’s 41.1%, Coconuts Media reports.

Britain Planned to Deny Nationality to Hongkongers Before Chinese Handover, Documents Reveal

Before Hong Kong and Macau returned to Chinese rule, Britain urged Portugal to tighten its criteria for granting nationality to Macau residents to deter Hongkongers from asking the same, according to declassified statements.

The revelation comes to light in an October 1985 letter written by Douglas Hurd, former British home secretary, to Geoffrey Howe, then British foreign secretary.

David Beckham’s Instagram Post from ‘China’ Infuriates Hongkongers

Former soccer star David Beckham landed himself in hot water after posting a series of clips on social media captioned “Great 48 hours in China” when they appeared to have been recorded in Hong Kong. Clearly, Hongkongers were not delighted to be labelled as being part of the mainland.

Beckham visited Hong Kogn as well as Shanghai last week to promote the AIA Group, a Hong Kong life insurance company that he is now the new global ambassador for, according to Shanghaiist.

Hongkonger Will Most Likely Get the Death Penalty After $93 Million Drug Bust in China

One Hong Kong citizen along with more than 10 other suspects could face the death penalty after Chinese authorities seized over two tons of methamphetamine.

Police in south China’s Guangdong province seized 2,010 kg of the drug following a tip-off. Shutting down two production sites, they also took two fake guns, over 10 bullets and manufacturing equipment.

Hongkongers Catch Rare Muscular Disease After Eating Crayfish From China

After eating crayfish from mainland China, two Hongkongers acquired a rare and painful muscular condition that carried potentially fatal complications.

Reported by the Centre for Health Protection, the first case involved a 30-year-old woman who developed severe muscle pain in the back, chest, shoulder and thigh five hours after consuming crayfish at home on September 4, according to South China Morning Post. She was hospitalized the following day.

Hong Kong activist ‘Grandma Wong’ sentenced to 8 months in jail over pro-democracy protests

Veteran activist Alexandra Wong, popularly known as “Grandma Wong,” was sentenced to eight months in jail over her participation in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. 

Wong, 66, was sentenced at the Eastern Court on Wednesday with two counts of unlawful assembly in connection with two flash mobs during a protest on Aug. 11, 2019.  

Man falls to his death while trying to retrieve AirPods outside his window in Hong Kong

  • A 26-year-old man, only identified as Fan, was declared dead on Tuesday after reportedly falling from his apartment building in Sai Wan, Hong Kong, while trying to retrieve his AirPods.
  • Fan had dropped his wireless earbuds onto a metallic canopy outside his window, according to reports.
  • Several eyewitnesses reportedly tried to stop him, thinking he was attempting suicide, but he reassured them that he was not trying to kill himself.
  • Fan slipped and fell from either the fourth or fifth floor of his building onto the East Side street pavement.
  • Paramedics arrived at the scene at 12:18 a.m. and found him in a coma with severe head injuries before taking him to Queen Mary Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to reports.

A man in Hong Kong met his untimely demise on Tuesday after reportedly falling from his apartment building while trying to retrieve his AirPods.

The 26-year-old man, only identified as Fan, was playing video games in the apartment he shared with his brother in Sai Wan, Hong Kong, just before the fatal accident happened, according to reports.

Viral videos of couple having sex outside in private Hong Kong hotel jacuzzi sparks privacy concerns

Two viral videos showing a couple having sex in their private outdoor jacuzzi in a Hong Kong hotel have ignited privacy concerns among social media users.

The videos, which were reportedly shared on Facebook and WhatsApp groups several days ago, show a couple having sex in their private outdoor jacuzzi as another person films them from above.

Xi Jinping: ‘True democracy’ in Hong Kong began after British handover to China

  • In a rare visit to the financial hub on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping remarked that Hong Kong’s “true democracy” began with its handover to the mainland from Britain in 1997.
  • Xi’s two-day visit to Hong Kong ended with a speech of over half an hour, celebrating the “success” of Hong Kong after returning to Chinese control.
  • “After reuniting with the motherland, Hong Kong’s people became masters of their own city,” the leader said. “Hong Kong’s true democracy started from here.”
  • The event also marked the inauguration of newly appointed Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee, who was the sole Beijing-approved candidate to run.
  • Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang made a statement on Friday that freedom in Hong Kong had “vanished,” speaking on China’s original promise that life in Hong Kong would not change under Chinese rule for 50 years.

In a rare visit to Hong Kong on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping remarked that the financial hub’s “true democracy” began with its handover to the mainland from Britain in 1997.  

Xi’s two-day visit to Hong Kong ended with a speech of over half an hour celebrating the “success” of Hong Kong after returning to Chinese control after 156 years of British rule.  

New Hong Kong textbooks say it was never a British colony, calls 2019 protests ‘terrorist activities’

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  • New Hong Kong textbooks appear to favor Beijing accounts of history, with them now stating that the island was never a British colony and describing the 2019 pro-democracy protests as “terrorist activities.”
  • A textbook claimed that Hong Kong was not previously a British colony since the Chinese government had not recognized the unequal treaties that ceded the city to Britain during the 19th century.
  • The textbooks introduced a new curriculum to take the place of liberal studies, which will reportedly focus on topics of national security, identity, lawfulness and patriotism.
  • Since the 2019 pro-democracy and anti-government protests in Hong Kong, the territory has seen significant changes to its schools’ educational materials.
  • News of the revised textbooks comes at a time when Beijing appears to be tightening its control of the territory and Beijing loyalist John Lee has been elected the next chief executive.

New Hong Kong textbooks appear to favor Beijing’s accounts of history, with the texts stating that the island was never a British colony and describing the 2019 pro-democracy protests as “terrorist activities.”

A textbook was found to have asserted that Hong Kong was not previously a British colony since the Chinese government had not recognized the unequal treaties that ceded the city to Britain during the 19th century.

Iconic Hong Kong landmark Jumbo Floating Restaurant is sinking — and no one may save it

  • Hong Kongers are seeking help for the iconic landmark Jumbo Floating Restaurant days after its kitchen barge sank on May 31.
  • Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor declared in a statement released in late May that the local government has no intention to invest in the tourist attraction.
  • Opened by the late Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun in 1976, the three-story-high restaurant spanning 76 meters (249 feet) has reportedly served over 30 billion customers since its opening day, including royals such as Queen Elizabeth, Hollywood stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Cruise and Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat.
  • In early 2020, the establishment closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its owner has reported losses totaling more than 100 million Hong Kong dollars (approximately $12.75 million).

Hong Kongers are seeking help for the iconic landmark Jumbo Floating Restaurant days after its kitchen barge sank and the local government refused to keep the establishment afloat.

In a statement released in late May, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor declared that the government has no intention to invest in the tourist attraction, which has proven costly to repair and maintain.