HKBU right to put on security course: Kevin Yeung

Education minister Kevin Yeung on Monday backed Baptist University's decision to make students attend courses on national security, saying the move is in accordance with the security law. The university announced earlier in the day that undergraduate students who enrol from this September will have to complete a national security...

Baptist University denies severing ties with students

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) on Monday said it will no longer collect membership fees on behalf of its students' union, but denied that the move is aimed at severing ties with the body. This follows similar decisions taken by a number of other local universities recently, moves critics say...

HK records zero new Covid infections

Health authorities on Monday reported no new Covid-19 infections – the fifth time this month – after a week of single-digit cases. It's understood there were fewer than five preliminary positive cases. The Centre for Health Protection said a total of 27 cases had been detected over the past 14...

Protester sentenced over failed bid to flee by boat

One of the 12 Hongkongers captured during an attempt to flee the SAR by speedboat has been given more time in detention after appearing in court over the escape bid and earlier protest-related offences. Hoang Lam-phuc, 17, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, as well as attempted arson...

ICAC charges Benny Tai, two others over 2016 polls

Occupy movement co-founder Benny Tai has been charged by the ICAC over a strategic voting scheme that he proposed for the Legco polls in 2016. Five years ago, Tai came up with the “ThunderGo” strategy, which sought to use pre-election poll results to co-ordinate pro-democracy voters for the September 4...

‘Pupil exodus can push schools to do better’

An education scholar has played down concerns about an exodus of pupils from the SAR's schools, saying that competition for enrollments should drive positive change. Officials data on Monday showed a fall of 15,000 pupils on the SAR's school roles between 2019 and October last year, and educators have expressed...

HK celebrates Cheung Ka-long’s historic gold medal

The champagne was out across the city on Monday evening as Hongkongers celebrated Cheung Ka-long’s remarkable victory in the final of the men’s individual foil at the Tokyo Olympics. Cheung’s win ended Hong Kong’s 25-year-long wait for an Olympic gold medal, after Lee Lai-shan’s windsurfing gold in Atlanta in 1996....

Revamp decades-old wages protection fund, govt urged

Trade unionists on Sunday repeated their calls for the government to review its payments and procedures for the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund, saying the fund has not been tweaked in 25 years. The Federation of Trade Unions says more than a quarter of the applications for for owed...

Single public housing applicants ‘face unfair system’

Some non-elderly single people queuing for public housing have accused the authorities of discriminating against them when it comes to allocating flats. Currently, these single people are in a queue separate from family or elderly applicants, with the latter having to wait nearly six years for public housing on average....

Microbiologist says HK needs 90% vaccination rate

Top microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung has warned that Hong Kong was not out of the woods yet despite going another day without any local infection, as he urged the public achieve a vaccination rate of more than 90 percent for social distancing measures to be further relaxed. Officials had earlier said...

HK badminton player explains why he wore black

Hong Kong badminton player Angus Ng said on Sunday he hopes people can focus on the performance of athletes rather than what they wear, after he came under attack for the black shirt he put on at the Tokyo Olympics. Ng, the top men's player from the SAR, was seen...

FS vows to tackle HK’s housing problems

Financial Secretary Paul Chan said on Sunday there must be "substantial" progress in tackling Hong Kong's housing problems if the SAR is to get rid of subdivided flats by 2049. He made the comments on his weekly blog, responding to remarks by a senior Beijing official, Xia Baolong, who had...

Soco calls for solitary confinement review

A prisoners' rights advocate is calling on prison authorities to improve arrangements for prisoners in solitary confinement. Richard Tsoi, from the Society for Community Organisation (Soco), said such prisoners usually face greater stress and they should be allowed to write to psychologists for support. He also wants authorities here to...

Chan Po-ying elected new chair of LSD

The League of Social Democrats says it has elected Chan Po-ying as its new chairwoman. Chan is the wife of jailed activist Leung Kwok-hung, who's better known as "Long Hair". The party announced in a social media post that it held a special meeting on Sunday to elect a new...

EOC drafting bill to cover sexual minorities’ rights

The head of Hong Kong's equalities office said on Sunday it is drafting a bill to cover sexual minorities' rights, which are currently unprotected. Ricky Chu, chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission said they are looking into ways to fill the legal “vacuum”, and will publish a preliminary report within...

HK athletes make progress on day one of Olympics

Hong Kong athletes are making progress in their fight for gold on the first day of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. In fencing, former world number one Vivian Kong was the first Hong Kong fencer to reach an Olympics fencing quarter-final, but lost to Russian Aizanat Murtazaeva. The 27-year-old had...

HK reports two new imported cases

Health authorities reported two new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, both of which were imported. The patients involved a 36-year-old man who came from the United Arab Emirates and a 26-year-old woman from the United States. Both were asymptomatic and were staying at quarantine hotels in Chek Lap Kok and Wan...

Govt to launch scheme to boost elderly vaccine rate

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said on Saturday that authorities will launch a scheme by this month to make it easier for the elderly to get vaccinated, amidst a low inoculation rate for the age group. Speaking on an RTHK progamme, Nip said only 28 percent of people...