Three out of the top five news headlines were related to the Covid-19 epidemic, with vaccine bookings – which Hong Kong rolled out in February – being the most searched for, according to Google’s annual trends data.
“I have worked with a psychiatrist or psychologist who helped me quite a bit with some of the mental stresses of being a competitive diver and dealing with depression and things like that,” says China’s diving gold medalist.
“Watching the very small athletes fly through the air, and occasionally crash-land, I imagined orthopaedic surgeons all round the world rubbing their hands and upgrading the plans for their next BMW,” writes Tim Hamlett.
The 40-year-old man, who was arrested on Friday, is accused of waving a British Hong Kong flag and urging people boo China’s national anthem at a live screening of an Olympics award ceremony in a shopping mall in the city.
The city’s fencing schools have been flooded with calls after Hong Kong’s Edgar Cheung Ka-long bags gold in Tokyo: “Parents want their sons and daughters to be as cool as Ka-long,” said one headmaster.
The Hong Kong Badminton Association issued a statement on Sunday and said they have requested another sports brand FILA – the apparel sponsor for the Hong Kong Olympic delegation – to provide jerseys for Ng.
City leader hails the move, saying it will allow Hong Kong people to watch the global sporting extravaganza for free. But others say the move illustrates a growing tendency for the government to intervene in the economy.