Inquest told why falling protester missed air cushion

A former principal firefighter explained to the Coroner's Court on Friday why a safety air cushion had not been set up closer to the spot where anti-government protester Marco Leung was standing before he plunged to his death from the Pacific Place mall. Chan Che-kin, who was the commander on...

RTHK latest to receive mail containing white powder

RTHK received a letter containing a white powder on Friday morning, a day after similar suspicious mail was sent to government officials. The broadcaster said it had reported the matter to the police. On Thursday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Security Secretary John Lee and Police Commissioner Chris Tang were sent...

‘Use your common sense’, Regina Ip tells Sophia Chan

Executive Council member and lawmaker Regina Ip has accused Health Secretary Sophia Chan of "lacking common sense" over whether Hong Kong should donate unused Covid-19 vaccines to other places, such as India. Speaking at a Legislative Council meeting on Friday, Ip said given the relatively low vaccination take-up rate in...

‘HK-Singapore travel bubble may be postponed again’

Officials said on Friday that there is a high chance the planned May 26 launch of a long-delayed travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will be pushed back. Speaking to reporters, Commerce Secretary Edward Yau said Singapore’s transport minister, Ong Ye-kung, had informed him that because the city state...

Arrivals from Taiwan to face hotel quarantine

The SAR government on Friday announced tighter anti-epidemic measures for people flying in from Taiwan, after a spate of Covid-19 cases there. Instead of home quarantine, arrivals will have to stay at a designated quarantine hotel for two weeks. Speaking to lawmakers at a Legislative Council health services panel meeting,...

‘Judges will keep control of complaints process’

The judiciary said on Friday that the chief justice will be in charge of appointing lay members to a planned panel for handling complaints against judges, but judges will still have control over the process. While complaints are currently handled by the chief justice or court leaders, the judiciary has...

Quarantine hotels must be kept airtight: experts

Infectious disease experts said on Friday that it is important to step up infection control measures and plug all loopholes at quarantine hotels to prevent the spread of mutant strains of the coronavirus which are circulating around the world. The government has announced that more Covid tests would be carried...

Better memristors for brain-like computing

TSUKUBA, Japan, May 15, 2021 - (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) - Scientists are getting better at making neurone-like junctions for computers that mimic the human brain's random information processing, storage and recall. Fei Zhuge of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and colleagues reviewed the latest developments in the design of...

Rich nations urged to donate shots instead of vaccinating kids

This handout picture taken and released on Feb 12, 2021 by World Health Organization (WHO) shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivering remarks during a press conference on Feb 12, 2021 in Geneva. (CHRISTOPHER BLACK/WHO/AFP) BRASILIA / MEXICO CITY / ATHENS / LONDON / BUDAPEST / RIGA / ALGIERS / RABAT / OTTAWA / WASHINGTON / HAVANA / SANTIAGO...

Consign coal to the past, UK’s climate tsar says

Britain's Business Secretary and COP26 President Alok Sharma records a speech at Whitelee Windfarm, outside Glasgow to mark six months to go until the UN Climate Change Conference on May 14, 2021. (RUSSELL CHEYNE / POOL / AFP) The world's leaders must agree to make coal a thing of the...

Lavrov, Blinken agree to meet in Iceland next week

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday agreed to meet in Reykjavik, Iceland, on May 20 on the sidelines of an Arctic Council meeting. The announcement-after the top diplomats spoke by phone-came amid the biggest crisis in ties between Russia and the United...