Govt to require its workers to get vaccinated

Government workers have to get at least a shot of Covid-19 vaccine, or they will be required to get tested every two weeks starting from Monday, according to an internal notice seen by civil servant groups. From September 1 onwards, those who have not taken at least a dose of...

Govt urges ‘Apple Daily friends’ to turn informants

Security Secretary Chris Tang on Friday called on former Apple Daily workers to inform the authorities if they saw any national security breaches or other illegal acts during their time with the newspaper, suggesting the media outlet hadn't treated its staff very well. Tang accused the paper of "escaping its...

Police make arrest over suspected anthem booing

Police say they have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of insulting the national anthem as crowds of people gathered in a shopping mall to watch an Olympic broadcast. Officers alleged that the suspect, who told them he was a journalist, waved a colonial flag and incited others to boo...

Let the jersey controversy go, says sports chief

The official in charge of Hong Kong's sports development on Friday appealed to the public to let the controversy surrounding athletes' jerseys go, and focus on their performances instead. The Sports Commissioner, Yeung Tak-keung, was speaking in Tokyo a day after the Hong Kong Badminton Association admitted that an outdated...

Developers set vaccine goal for second flat giveaway

Property developers on Friday dangled the prospect of another flat giveaway in a bid to boost the city’s vaccination rate. Sino Group's Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation and Chinese Estates Holdings are already offering a one-bedroom flat worth HK$10.8 million as the grand prize in a lucky draw for permanent...

Tong Ying-kit jailed for 9 years under security law

Former waiter Tong Ying-kit was jailed for nine years on Friday, three days after the High Court ruled that he was a terrorist who had incited fellow Hongkongers to split the city from the rest of China. Following a 15-day trial without a jury, three handpicked national security judges convicted...

Haughey thrills Hongkongers with new Tokyo victory

Cheers, applause and even a few tears broke out around Hong Kong shopping malls once again on Friday as swimmer Siobhan Haughey won another silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Expectations were high for the Hong Kong athlete ahead of the 100 metre freestyle final, after her Asian-record-breaking swims in...

More taxis use digital payments as e-vouchers launch

A lot more taxis are accepting digital payments in the hope of gaining more business when the government starts handing out electronic spending vouchers on August 1, a taxi association representative says. On an RTHK programme, the chairman of the Taxi Dealers and Owners Association, Ng Kwan-shing, said on Friday...

Ex-coach hails Haughey’s ‘mental toughness’

A former coach of Siobhan Haughey says the Hong Kong swimming star's mental toughness has helped her become the best swimmer in the territory's history, describing her strength as "a special gift from God". After becoming the first Hong Kong athlete to get two medals at the same Olympics, Haughey,...

US CDC says Delta variant ‘as contagious as chickenpox’

This March 6, 2020 file photo, shows the headquarters of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (RON HARRIS / AP) NAIROBI / LISBON / TIRANA / LONDON / LUSAKA / ADDIS ABABA / HAVANA / WASHINGTON / ROME / QUITO / SANTIAGO / OTTAWA / RIO DE JANEIRO / BUENOS AIRES / ATHENS / BRASILIA / BERLIN / PRAGUE / MOSCOW...

Thousands protest in Guatemala demanding president’s exit

Indigenous people block a road demanding the resignation of Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and Guatemala's Attorney General Consuelo Porras after Guatemala's Special Prosecutor against Impunity Juan Francisco Sandoval was dismissed, in Cuatro Caminos, San Cristobal Totonicapan, Guatemala, on July 29, 2021. (JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP) GUATEMALA CITY - Thousands of...