Revamp plan will get green light from Exco: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that she is confident the Executive Council will approve government restructuring plans largely based on her initial suggestions, after receiving broad support from society and her successor John Lee. Lam earlier proposed setting up a new bureau to oversee culture, sports and tourism,...

Average wait for public housing rises to 6.1 years

The Housing Department said on Thursday the average waiting time for a public housing flat reached 6.1 years at the end of March – the longest since 1999. That's up from 6 years in the previous quarter. And the average wait for elderly people living alone is 4.1 years, up...

Businesses fear long wait for border opening

A business representative on Wednesday said he fears it could be anything from a few weeks to a few years before quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the mainland resumes. Speaking on RTHK's Hong Kong Today programme, Danny Lau, the honorary chairman of the Small and Medium Enterprises Association, said...

Govt to review residential child care by September

Welfare minister Law Chi-kwong on Friday said the government expects to complete its review of residential child care services in September, following alleged abuse at a foster home in Prince Edward. The government said manpower arrangements, staff training and internal monitoring mechanisms will all be examined by a review committee...

El Salvador Talks Crypto with Policy Makers in Washington

Washington, D.C., Apr 29, 2022 - (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) - On May 26, 2022, Ambassador Milena Mayorga of El Salvador will address a gathering of 600 innovators, public-sector administrators, legislators, and executives in Washington, DC. She will be sharing the experiences of El Salvador regarding the adoption of Bitcoin...

Govt urged to relax criteria for jobless subsidy

A community group on Wednesday urged the government to relax the application criteria for its temporary unemployment relief scheme, so more grassroots families affected by the Covid pandemic can benefit. Grassroots Wishes interviewed 311 people and found that half of them had been jobless in the past three months. For...

HK, Beijing slam John Lee campaign channel shutdown

The SAR government and Foreign Ministry have denounced a move by Google to shut down chief executive candidate John Lee's campaign channel on YouTube. Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Thursday accused Google, the parent company of YouTube, of becoming a "political tool" of the United States government to interfere...

John Lee hopes govt revamp completed in time

Chief executive hopeful John Lee said on Saturday that he hopes incumbent Carrie Lam can complete her government restructuring plan before a new administration takes office on July 1. Lam has proposed adding new government bureaux and revamping their duties, including setting up a new cultural, sports and tourism bureau,...

Govt rejects claims in US report on human rights

The government has strongly rejected claims made by the United States about the human rights situation in Hong Kong. A government spokesperson on Wednesday rebutted claims in relation to the city’s electoral system, the National Security Law (NSL) introduced in 2020, academic freedoms, freedom of speech and of the press,...

470k seek government’s unemployment subsidy

The government on Wednesday said 470,000 people have applied for a $10,000 subsidy for those who've recently lost their jobs due to the Covid epidemic. Authorities had in February anticipated that there would be 300,000 applicants. The head of the government's Policy innovation and Coordination Office, Doris Ho, told RTHK...

Carrie Lam mourns Covid deaths

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday offered her condolences to the families which lost their loved ones to Covid-19, as she mourned the deaths on behalf of the government on Ching Ming Festival. In a statement released by her office, Lam said that it was heartbreaking to see that more...

At least 12 dead in Ecuador prison violence

Police take positions on the roof of Turi prison after a deadly prison riot in Cuenca, Ecuador on April 3, 2022. (MARCELO SUQUILANDA / AP) QUITO - At least 12 prisoners died and another 10 were injured during a gang confrontation at a prison in Ecuador, the government said on...

XE variant no reason to worry: David Hui

Government pandemic advisor David Hui on Saturday played down concerns about the latest version of the Omicron Covid variant, a combination of two earlier strains known as XE. Hui made the comment after officials confirmed on Friday that two people who arrived in Hong Kong in February had a combination...

China blasts UK support of judges’ resignations

The Chinese Embassy in the UK on Thursday accused the British government of “political manipulation” by endorsing the resignation of two British judges from Hong Kong’s top court. Robert Reed, the head of the UK Supreme Court, and fellow judge Patrick Hodge on Wednesday resigned as non-permanent judges of the...

We have not given up on universal testing: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Monday that the government has not “given up” on carrying out a universal Covid testing exercise. “Whatever we do now, we also bear in mind that we have this exercise in mind. We have not given up doing a universal test. But the timing...

New arrangements unveiled for home vaccination

The Secretary for the Civil Service, Patrick Nip, on Sunday said the government will bring in new arrangements to vaccinate elderly and disabled people at home. Nip, who leads Hong Kong’s vaccination programme, said the government will start registering unvaccinated people aged 70 or over and disabled people for in-home...