‘Tests prove mutant strain has spread silently’

Government advisers say tests show a mutated Covid strain must have spread silently from a returnee from Dubai to a foreign domestic helper in Tung Chung, after researchers confirmed that both were carrying an identical variant first identified in South Africa. Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung said his colleagues at the University...

Synopsis 2021: Hot Trends Online Summit Live June 1 to 5

MOSCOW, May 1, 2021 - (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) - This year's summer starts with Synopsis 2021: Hot Trends. This is the second edition of one of the largest online summits featuring top trends in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and DeFi. Synopsis 2021: Hot Trends gathers the brightest industry participants to share...

MUNCH Hits $1 Million Milestone Donation

London, UK - May 1, 2021 - (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) - New DeFi project, MUNCH today announced that in just two weeks since launch, they have donated over $1 million (USD) to the GiveWell charity.MUNCH is a Decentralized Finance (DeFi) project that applies a 10% transaction fee to every...

Pollsters vow to keep doing ‘what’s right for HK’

Veteran pollsters from the Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI) vowed on Friday to keep offering a platform for Hongkongers to express their views and provide critical commentaries, despite rapid changes to what they called a “degrading society”. PORI had its servers seized by police last July, after it helped conduct...

Helpers ordered to get tests, mandatory jabs planned

Authorities have ordered Hong Kong's hundreds of thousands of foreign domestic workers to get coronavirus tests before May 9, following the discovery of an untraceable mutant strain in the community. The government also said on Friday that it is planning to make it mandatory for helpers to be vaccinated against...

Nine ex-Shenzhen detainees face new charge

Prosecutors have pressed a new charge against nine Hongkongers who were detained in Shenzhen after an alleged failed attempt to flee to Taiwan by speedboat, accusing them of perverting the course of justice. The defendants are Cheung Chun-fu, Cheung Ming-yu, Yim Man-him, Wong Wai-yin, Li Tsz-yin, Kok Tsz-lun, Cheng Tsz-ho,...

Govt proposes amendments to electoral overhaul bill

The government has introduced several amendments to its bill to pave the way for an overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system, including expanding a candidate-screening committee to bring in "community leaders". The administration tabled the bill to Legco earlier this month after Beijing decided, among other things, that the committee...

HKU severs ties with its own students’ union

The University of Hong Kong says it has severed ties with its students' union, accusing it of using the campus as a "platform for political propaganda", undermining the institution's interests and tarnishing its reputation. In a public statement and an email to students, the university said it will assume control...

Tung Chung residents flock to Covid testing stations

Long queues have formed outside testing stations in Tung Chung, after a resident of the area was found to have caught a mutated strain of the coronavirus via an unknown local source. Mandatory testing notices have been issued for people who have visited a shopping mall, a park, and a...

Benny Tai, eight others lose appeals over Occupy

Nine pro-democracy figures on Friday lost appeals against their convictions for taking part in the 2014 Occupy protests. In 2019, Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, Raphael Wong and Shiu Ka-chun were jailed for between eight and 16 months on public nuisance charges, while Chu Yiu-ming, Tanya Chan, Eason Chung and Lee...

Four plead guilty over banned June 4 vigil

Four pro-democracy figures on Friday pleaded guilty to taking part in an unauthorised assembly on June 4 last year in Victoria Park. Activist Joshua Wong and district councillors Lester Shum, Tiffany Yuen and Jannelle Leung are among 24 pro-democracy figures charged for their roles in an annual candlelight vigil to...

Another RTHK show dumped

RTHK has axed another episode of the television programme Hong Kong Connection, this time a documentary on online media in the territory. The show focused on two outlets – Citizen News and Hong Kong Free Press – and whether they could finance their operations with reader subscription fees amid the...

US embassy slashes most consular services in Russia

The US flag flutters in the wind at the US Embassy in Moscow, Russia, on April 16, 2021. (EVGENY SINITSYN / XINHUA) MOSCOW - The US embassy in Russia announced on Friday a significant reduction of consular services, citing Moscow's limit on the mission's work force. US Ambassador to Russia...

Pfizer, BioNTech seek EU signoff on virus shot for younger teens

Medical Staff prepares a vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine against COVID-19 at a vaccination center at the Messe trade fair grounds during the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic on April 8, 2021 in Erfurt, Germany. (JENS SCHLUETER / BLOOOMBERG) BRUSSELS / ADDIS ABABA / NAIROBI / LISBON / DUBLIN / PANAMA CITY...

UN’s food agency: Famine looms in southern Madagascar

Residents of the Anjezika neighborhood help volunteers from the association Le Caméléon by transporting food parcels and clothing that will be distributed to the neighborhood's residents in Antananarivo on May 13, 2020. (PHOTO / AFP) Famine is looming in southern Madagascar, where children are "starving" after drought and sandstorms ruined...

PM Johnson risks probe by UK parliament’s conduct watchdog

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at number 10 Downing Street in London, UK, April 28, 2021. (CHRIS J RATCLIFFE / BLOOMBERG) The UK parliamentary sleaze watchdog may probe whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the code of conduct for Members of Parliament by failing to properly declare how the...

Hoarding blamed for gulf in access to jabs

In this Feb 12, 2021 photo, a person records healthcare workers administering the Sinovac Biotech Ltd COVID-19 vaccine on their phone at a drive-thru clinic in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (PHOTO / BLOOMBERG) Developing countries are struggling with a shortage of coronavirus vaccines, with the hoarding of supplies and the protection...