San Po Kong bookstore closes last chapter

Readers took a last opportunity to browse the shelves of Bleak House Books before one of the city's few independent English-language bookshops closed its doors on Friday. The bookstore in San Po Kong that sells both new and old books was closing after four years. Founder and owner Albert Wan...

Scientist jailed for a year over 2019 protest

A scientist who told a court he tried to help a protester shot and injured by the police in 2019 has been jailed for a year. Yau Wang-tat had pleaded guilty to unlawful assembly, having initially been charged with the more serious offence of rioting. In mitigation, Yau's lawyer told...

Customs seize 3,000kg of lobster in smuggling bust

Customs officials said on Friday that they had seized more than 3,000 kilogrammes of Australian lobster that they believed was to be smuggled to the mainland by sea. Thirteen people were arrested, some on suspicion of making inadequate import declarations. Rita Li from customs' syndicate crimes investigation bureau said authorities...

Govt may offer more quarantine places for helpers

Labour and Welfare Secretary Law Chi-kwong said the government may make available more quarantine facilities for newly arrived foreign domestic helpers when the time is ripe. Employers and agencies have complained that they've been struggling to find space for helpers to complete their 21-day quarantine. Speaking at a roundtable discussion...

Air Canada flights banned for 2 weeks over Covid

The Department of Health on Friday banned all direct flights from Vancouver operated by Air Canada between October 16 and 29. The authority said the move was taken because a passenger tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, and another passenger failed to comply with the SAR government's anti-epidemic control measures....

Govt says it fears Article 23 law will be demonised

Security Secretary Chris Tang said on Friday that the government will need to consult the public well on planned national security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law, and watch out for people "demonising" the law. Tang said his bureau is drafting the relevant bill at full-speed, including by...

No new cases found at Grand Promenade lockdown

The government has ended its lockdown of a residential building in Sai Wan Ho, with no new cases of Covid-19 being being found. Around 830 people were tested. Compulsory testing was ordered after a resident, who had been exempted from hotel quarantine, tested preliminary positive for the disease on Thursday....