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...

Death toll from S. Africa’s unrest rises to 337

Protesters barricade a road in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a garbage bin painted with the word 'Zuma' on it on July 11, 2021. (YESHIEL PANCHIA / AP) JOHANNESBURG - The death toll following a week of rolling violence and looting in South Africa has risen to 337, said Acting Minister...

Argentina rolls out non-binary ID cards in Latam first

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina rolled out identification cards on Wednesday for non-binary citizens, who neither identify as male nor female‍, allowing them to use "x" in their important national ID document and passports in the field corresponding to gender. The use of the "x" has already been accepted by the...

Migrants’ hunger strike puts Belgian govt in danger

In this June 2, 2021 photo, a nurse walks in an occupied Saint-Jean-Baptiste-au-Beguinage church by undocumented migrants in Brussels. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) BRUSSELS - Hundreds of undocumented immigrants, on hunger strike in Brussels for the last two months to demand residence rights, have begun refusing water, putting themselves close...

Hiker washed away by floods found dead

Authorities on Tuesday found the body of a man, who's believed to have been washed away by floods while hiking in Ma On Shan earlier in the day. At the time, the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 was in force. Police received a report at 10:46 am that a 60-year-old...

Observatory cancels Amber Rainstorm Warning Signal

The Observatory on Monday cancelled the Amber Rainstorm Warning Signal at 3.50am. It had been issued at 2.35am. The Observatory said that although the rainstorm warning has been cancelled, people should stay alert to the danger that may be brought about by river flooding. Last updated: 2021-07-19 HKT 03:56

South Africa to boost troops fivefold to help quash riots

South African firefighters (right) look on as suspected looters walk outside a vandalised mall in Vosloorus, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, on July 14, 2021. (MARCO LONGARI / AFP) South Africa will significantly ramp up the number of soldiers deployed to help quell riots following days of looting and destruction...

ILgamos going ILGON. New project, same goal.

DUBAI, Jun 23, 2021 - (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) - ILGON is a new Ethereum-based blockchain platform with its own cryptocurrency, positioning itself as an ecosystem with endless possibilities. At first blush, the project seems perfectly legitimate. It has a team, an exchange listing, and even a few videos, though...

Agnes Chow walks free from prison

The pro-democracy activist, Agnes Chow, has been released from prison after serving nearly seven months for her role in an anti-government protest in 2019 that saw police officers trapped inside their headquarters in Wan Chai for hours. Thousands of people laid siege to the building in Wan Chai on June...

Vaccination hits record level on Saturday

A record 54,000 people received Covid-19 vaccinations on Saturday, with the reduction of the minimum age for the jab expected to add further impetus to the SAR's slow inoculation drive. Officials statistics showed that some 36,000 people received their first dose while 16,000 took a second dose of the BioNTech...

Biden’s UK visit puts focus back on ties

Hosting US president, Johnson will stress special bond but priorities likely to differ Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives an update on the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic during a virtual press conference inside the new Downing Street Briefing Room in central London on May 14, 2021. (Matt Dunham / POOL /...

Officials rush to contain spread of Covid variant

Health officials warned on Saturday that more coronavirus cases might surface after a 17-year-old girl who lives in Tin Shui Wai contracted a variant of Covid-19 first detected in the UK, while urging people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The girl’s mother has also tested preliminary positive. The...

Another RTHK executive resigns

RTHK said on Friday that its acting assistant director of TV and corporate businesses, Jace Au, had resigned, making her the latest senior member of staff to quit in recent months. A spokesman for the government station said Au was leaving to pursue other plans. The broadcaster thanked her for...

Tiananmen vigil organiser Chow Hang-tung ‘arrested’

One of the organisers of the annual candlelight vigil to remember those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Chow Hang-tung, was arrested on Friday morning, sources told RTHK. Another source said she was arrested near her office. Chow had earlier said she would go to Victoria Park on the...