- Pollution here is worse than ever. But there don’t seem to be any plans to do anything about it. I blogged about this last year at right about this time.
Hong Kong’s roadside pollution levels were the worst ever last year, according to the Environmental Protection Department. Readings at the three roadside monitoring stations in Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok showed that pollution levels were above the 100 mark more than 20 per cent of the time. This was 10 times worse than in 2005, when very high readings were recorded only 2 per cent of the time. –SCMP
- In better news: We are getting a J. Crew. Usually I bemoan America’s take-over of local institutions, but in this case I welcome the news with wide open arms. Gap opened in 2011 and Abercrombie is expected imminently…
- Questions about home ownership after 2047, when Hong Kong is incorporated into mainland China, are already on people’s minds… in 5 years, will people even be able to get a 30 year mortgage?
- Politicians are still debating what to do about the crazy influx of Chinese mainlanders who come here to deliver their babies… so they not only have better maternity care, but because their offspring are then entitled to permanent resident status, Hong Kong passports, education and health-care.
- Hong Kong will “vote” for its next Chief Executive on March 25 and he’ll (yes, no women are in the contest) take office on July 1. Although there is a strong Democratic candidate, no one believes Beijing will let the 205 Democrats on the 1,194 member Election Committee vote him in.
- One HKHousewife begins 2012 with a lot of spare change in her pocket… Florence Tsang Chiu-wing won US $154 million dollars in a divorce settlement this past December… I believe that is the largest divorce settlement ever. (In comparison, Ivanka Trump got just$25 million from the Donald and Paul McCartney paid Heather Mills $49 million in 2003). And while this HKHousewife frowns upon divorce, it does seem that Ms. Tsang Chiu-wing had reasonable cause; “The marriage broke down after Li demanded his wife have an abortion, which she refused. He then had an affair and saw his daughter only twice after she was born, according to media reports.” The daughter has been awarded a separate fund of a little more than $3 million US. –According to China.org.cn Thanks to NYWife for the story tip!