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...

Occupy founder Chan Kin-man to teach in Taiwan

One of the founders of Occupy Central, Chan Kin-man, has gone to Taiwan to teach for a year. The sociology professor said on Tuesday that he’ll serve as a visiting scholar at Taipei’s National Chengchi University to teach about social movements and contemporary China, adding that he accepted the invitation...

‘Expect more self-censorship after Apple’s demise’

The new head of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), Ronson Chan, said he expects greater self-censorship among local media, especially involving controversial stories, after the closure of Apple Daily and the arrest of its editorial writer. The pro-democracy paper said on Wednesday that management made the decision to cease...

Tanya Chan not guilty of breaching gathering rules

Former pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan was on Friday found not guilty of breaching public gatherings rules by going to a bar for a meeting in April last year. More than 10 other people were inside the premises in Mong Kok. Kowloon City Magistracy said it accepted that Chan, who was...

All schools should teach in Mandarin: Ronnie Chan

Billionaire businessman Ronnie Chan said on Wednesday that he hopes all schools in Hong Kong will primarily use Mandarin for teaching, adding that the SAR’s next generation should dream the "Chinese Dream" in the language. Speaking at a forum to discuss development in Shanghai and Hong Kong, Chan said the...

‘Heavy sentences may hurt confidence in courts’

A constitutional law scholar at the University of Hong Kong has questioned whether the sentences handed down to ten veteran pro-democracy activists last week have undermined people’s confidence in the judiciary. Speaking on an RTHK programme on Monday, Johannes Chan said he spoke to people in the legal sector and...

Officials scramble to trace how boy, 4, caught Covid

Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on Sunday that the authorities were stepping up contact tracing in the hope of finding out how a four-year-old child was infected with Covid-19. The boy was confirmed to have the virus on Saturday, making him the first untraceable local Covid case in a week....

Inquest told why falling protester missed air cushion

A former principal firefighter explained to the Coroner's Court on Friday why a safety air cushion had not been set up closer to the spot where anti-government protester Marco Leung was standing before he plunged to his death from the Pacific Place mall. Chan Che-kin, who was the commander on...

‘Use your common sense’, Regina Ip tells Sophia Chan

Executive Council member and lawmaker Regina Ip has accused Health Secretary Sophia Chan of "lacking common sense" over whether Hong Kong should donate unused Covid-19 vaccines to other places, such as India. Speaking at a Legislative Council meeting on Friday, Ip said given the relatively low vaccination take-up rate in...

Pandemic tourism slump sees another agency go under

Wincastle Travel has become the latest local travel agency to go out of business, as the badly hit travel industry struggles to stay afloat during the pandemic. The Travel Industry Council said it received the 35-year-old company's formal notice on Monday. A note at the agency’s Windsor House branch in...

Low vaccination rate may harm economy: Paul Chan

Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Sunday said he expects a ‘significant’ turnaround for Hong Kong’s economy, which contracted by an unprecedented 6.1 percent last year – even as he warned that low vaccination rates here may put this recovery at risk. In his latest blog, Chan said local exports have...

Protester ‘worse than Yip Kai-foon’ gets 12 years

The High Court on Friday handed down the stiffest sentence yet in connection with the 2019 protests, sending a member of a now-disbanded pro-independence group to prison for 12 years for possessing explosives. The judge said in some ways, the offence committed by Louis Lo, 29, was worse than the...

Witness woes for prosecution at Tanya Chan trial

2021-04-19 HKT 17:36" title="Former legislator Tanya Chan is accused of breaching the government's gathering limit. File photo: AFP"> Former legislator Tanya Chan is accused of breaching the government's gathering limit. File photo: AFP 2021-04-19 HKT 17:08" title="Tanya Chan (L) and Gordon Lam deny violating social distancing rules in April last...

‘Government doesn’t want to see sackings over jabs’

2021-04-13 HKT 09:26" title="Sophia Chan said officials would discuss the vaccination bubble this week. Photo: RTHK."> Sophia Chan said officials would discuss the vaccination bubble this week. Photo: RTHK. Health minister Sophia Chan says officials will, from this week, discuss details of Hong Kong's new "vaccine bubble" with the trades...

Calling for blank votes could be a crime: Paul Tse

2021-04-05 HKT 15:37" title="Legal scholar Johannes Chan said voters would be put off by more government regulations over how they cast a ballot. File photo: RTHK"> Legal scholar Johannes Chan said voters would be put off by more government regulations over how they cast a ballot. File photo: RTHK Pro-Beijing...

‘Look to mainland for opportunities’: Eugene Chan

2021-04-04 HKT 08:24" title="The President of the pro-Beijing Association of Hong Kong Professionals called on young people to keep an open mind and work with mainland businesses and institutions. Photo: RTHK"> The President of the pro-Beijing Association of Hong Kong Professionals called on young people to keep an open mind...

‘Vaccination incentives will be considered’

'Vaccination incentives will be considered' The Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on Saturday that the government would look into the feasibility of introducing some incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Professor Chan said the authorities would consider measures such as allowing those who have received a vaccine...

Paul Chan: jabs are a shot in the arm for businesses

2021-03-14 HKT 09:01" title="Paul Chan says this is not the time to make further adjustments to salaries and profits tax. Photo: RTHK"> Paul Chan says this is not the time to make further adjustments to salaries and profits tax. Photo: RTHK Financial Secretary Paul Chan says he hopes that businesses...

FS suggests ‘room for changes’ on voucher scheme

2021-02-27 HKT 13:52" title="Paul Chan says the government will widen the scope of the spending voucher scheme where possible. Photo: RTHK"> Paul Chan says the government will widen the scope of the spending voucher scheme where possible. Photo: RTHK The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, on Saturday said there’s room for...

Paul Chan faces questions on loan scheme repayment

Paul Chan faces questions on loan scheme repayment Financial Secretary Paul Chan has defended his decision to offer a guaranteed loan scheme for the unemployed in his budget, but wasn't clear on what – if anything – will happen to those who fail to eventually pay it back. Chan was...