Easing pandemic fuels child abuse cases: police

The police said there was an almost 70 percent increase in child abuse cases in the first eight months of the year. The number of cases recorded between January and August reached 780. Nearly half of them were sex crimes against children, such as indecent assault and sex with minors....

Amber rainstorm adds to impact of Lionrock

The Observatory said on Saturday that it may downgrade the storm signal number 8 to a number 3 signal in the evening, but also issued an amber rainstorm warning, and warned of possible floods. At 1 pm, Tropical Storm Lionrock was centred about 540 kilometres west-southwest of Hong Kong. "Depending...

Northern Metropolis won’t be loss-making: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Saturday defended the government's plan to create a high-technology hub in the New Territories, saying it won't lose money. While the government has not said how much the Northern Metropolis is expected to cost, Lam told a RTHK programme that land developments in Hong Kong...

Ferry, bus services suspended, MTR still running

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...

HKO may replace No. 8 signal in afternoon

The Observatory unexpectedly issued the storm signal number 8 at 6.40 am on Saturday, saying it may be replaced with a number 3 signal in the afternoon. With tropical storm Lionrock heading away from Hong Kong over Hainan Island, the number 8 signal had been something of an outside chance....

Lancet: Anxiety, depression cases surged during pandemic

Hundreds of people queue outside an Australian government welfare center, Centrelink, in Melbourne on March 23, 2020, as jobless Australians flooded unemployment offices around the country after Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned the pandemic would cause an economic crisis akin to the Great Depression. (WILLIAM WEST / AFP) LONDON -...

Kurz defies pressure to resign amid Austrian corruption probe

Sebastian Kurz, Austria's chancellor, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, Sept 22, 2021. (BLOOMBERG) Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz defied pressure to step down, as the nation’s president and his coalition partner questioned his ability to lead amid a corruption probe.  “The current chancellor is no longer capable...

T8 signal withdrawn after 22 hours

The Observatory withdrew the No 8 storm signal at 4.40am on Sunday, some 22 hours after it was issued, as Tropical Storm Lionrock moved further from the SAR. The No 3 signal took effect instead, as the Observatory continued to warn of strong winds. "Strong winds are still blowing. Please...