Number 8 signal to stay until at least midnight

The Observatory said the number 8 storm signal would stay in effect until at least midnight on Saturday because the SAR was still being buffeted by strong winds from Lionrock as it moved away from Hong Kong. It said that it had recorded maximum sustained winds of 109 kilometres an...

Hong Kong reports eight new Covid cases

Health authorities on Saturday reported eight new imported Covid infections. Three of the new confirmed patients flew in from Pakistan, two from Indonesia, and the rest were from India, Nepal and the Philippines. None showed any symptoms, and all but one were fully vaccinated. Health authorities also said they were...

HK must be prepared for new CIA unit: Chris Tang

Security Secretary Chris Tang says Hong Kong needs to get prepared for the new China Mission Centre which the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is setting up. The American spy agency announced the creation of the centre on Thursday, saying it would strengthen its work on China. Tang didn't elaborate...

HK$240 billion pledge to fight climate change

Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing on Friday set out the government's new climate action plan with a pledge to spend HK$240 billion over two decades to combat climate change. Wong said the money will go towards developing green transport, energy-saving systems and waste-to-energy infrastructures, among other things. A new office will...

Cargo handler’s source of infection unknown: CHP

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said on Friday that it is still trying to find out how a 48-year-old man, who works as a cargo handler at the airport, has contracted Covid-19. The fully-vaccinated man's sample came back positive for the L452R mutant strain on Wednesday, and tests showed...

MPF offsetting plan isn’t too generous to firms: govt

Labour and Welfare Secretary Law Chi-kwong on Friday rejected suggestions that the administration is being too generous to employers in its latest proposal to abolish the MPF offsetting mechanism. Under the plan, bosses will no longer be able to use their contributions to workers' MPF accounts to make redundancy and...

Sixteen district councillors unseated over oaths

The government on Friday disqualified 16 district councillors from the eastern New Territories, saying the oaths of allegiance they took this week were invalid. Sha Tin District Council lost nine members, including chairman Raymond Li – who took part in primary Legco elections last year – and vice-chairman George Wong....

Talks on new cross-border rail link underway: govt

The Secretary for Transport and Housing, Frank Chan, said talks were already underway with mainland authorities over plans to build a new cross-border rail link connecting Hong Kong and Qianhai. The Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Railway will link Hung Shui Kiu to the special economic zone in Shenzhen. It's one of...

Worker dies after Happy Valley scaffold collapse

A worker has died after being caught up in a scaffolding collapse in Happy Valley on Friday morning. The woman had been taken to hospital unconscious after being freed from the debris. Dramatic footage posted online showed a huge wall of scaffolding and netting that had covered a building on...

CE confident Beijing will agree to new bay area visas

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday that she’s confident mainland authorities will offer a new visa allowing non-Chinese residents of Hong Kong to visit other parts of the Greater Bay Area more easily. Lam said she had put forward a proposal to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office,...

One Country, Two Systems to last beyond 2047: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday that she thinks the One Country, Two Systems principle will last beyond 2047. Lam said this is because Beijing no longer has to worry about Hong Kong being the weakest link in terms of national security, after the introduction of the SAR's security...

TD cuts bridge speed limits, ferry services suspended

Transport services were disrupted by the advent of tropical storm Lionrock after the Observatory issued the number 8 signal on Saturday morning, with ferry services suspended and speed limits cut for major bridges. The Transport Department urged motorists to drive carefully, pay special attention to traffic and transport arrangements and...

T8 signal issued as Lionrock and monsoon combine

The Observatory unexpectedly issued the storm signal number 8 at 6.40 am on Saturday, saying it will remain in force for some time during the morning. With tropical storm Lionrock heading away from Hong Kong over Hainan Island, the number 8 signal had been something of an outside chance. But...

Denmark says Moderna vaccine remains available to under-18s

This file photo taken on June 4, 2021 shows a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy in Paris, France. (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP) GENEVA / TBILISI / LUSAKA / VALLETTA / OTTAWA / BERLIN / WASHINGTON / BUDAPEST / ROME / LONDON / MADRID / BRASILIA / PANAMA CITY / COPENHAGEN / MOSCOW / ADDIS ABABA /...

German talks on potential three-way tie-up off to fast start

Olaf Scholz (right), Germany's finance minister and chancellor candidate for the Social Democratic Party, during a family photograph of the parliamentary group members at the Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, on Sept 29, 2021. Top officials from Germany’s Greens and Free Democrats signaled they are making progress in exploratory talks on...