Educators urge caution on school closures

Education professionals have urged the government to take a cautious approach and assess the situation on the ground before moving to close or relocate schools amid an expected decrease in the number of pupils. In a paper submitted to the Legislative Council's panel on education, the administration noted a decrease...

Observatory cancels all typhoon signals

The Observatory on Thursday cancelled all typhoon signals as tropical cyclone Kompasu passed over Hainan island and headed towards the coast of Vietnam. All signals came down at 6.20 am. The number 1 signal had replaced the number 3 two hours earlier. The number 8 signal had been issued late...

Observatory issues Standby Signal Number 1

The Observatory issued the Standby Signal Number 1 at 4.40am on Thursday to replace the Strong Wing Signal Number 3. The weather bureau dropped signal eight at 4.40pm yesterday after Kompasu made landfall over Hainan. The higher signal had been up for nearly 24 hours and had forced schools, government...

Amber rainstorm adds to impact of Lionrock

The Observatory said on Saturday that it may downgrade the storm signal number 8 to a number 3 signal in the evening, but also issued an amber rainstorm warning, and warned of possible floods. At 1 pm, Tropical Storm Lionrock was centred about 540 kilometres west-southwest of Hong Kong. "Depending...

HKO may replace No. 8 signal in afternoon

The Observatory unexpectedly issued the storm signal number 8 at 6.40 am on Saturday, saying it may be replaced with a number 3 signal in the afternoon. With tropical storm Lionrock heading away from Hong Kong over Hainan Island, the number 8 signal had been something of an outside chance....

T8 signal issued as Lionrock and monsoon combine

The Observatory unexpectedly issued the storm signal number 8 at 6.40 am on Saturday, saying it will remain in force for some time during the morning. With tropical storm Lionrock heading away from Hong Kong over Hainan Island, the number 8 signal had been something of an outside chance. But...

Observatory to issue T8 signal this morning

The Observatory on Saturday said it would issue the tropical cyclone warning signal number 8 at, or before, 6.40 am and that the signal would remain in force for sometime in the morning. It said winds would strengthen further due to the combined effect of tropical storm Lionrock and the...

Expanded walk-in inoculations ‘going smoothly’

People have begun taking advantage of expanded walk-in inoculations at Hong Kong’s 21 community vaccination centres on Wednesday. Anyone wanting a Covid-19 jab can collect a same-day ticket from 7:45am each morning and no longer need to go online to make advanced bookings. Some people told RTHK that they found...

Pupil headcount will reveal any exodus: Kevin Yeung

Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said on Friday that the government will assess whether Hong Kong schools are experiencing an exodus of students after carrying out an annual headcount of pupils in the middle of this month. The annual Primary School Profiles shows several dozen schools have reduced their number of...

Figures suggest few elections needed for EC seats

Elections will likely not be needed for the majority of seats on the Election Committee, with the number of names put forward roughly matching the places available as the nomination period comes to an end. Of the 1,500 seats on the body, 982 were originally designated to be returned through...

Observatory issues typhoon signal one

The observatory issued the Standby Signal Number 1 at 4.20am on Wednesday, to replace the Strong Wind Signal Number 3. At 5am, the tropical depression over the northern part of the South China Sea was estimated to be about 170km south-southeast of Hong Kong and is forecast to move east...

Observatory issues Strong Wind Signal Number 3

The observatory on Monday issued the Strong Wind Signal Number 3 as tropical storm Cempaka edged closer to the coast of western Guangdong. Senior Scientific Officer Tong Yu-fai said the signal would be in force for some time as the storm's intensity and track remained uncertain. He said the observatory...

Observatory to consider no 3 storm signal later

The observatory says it will consider issuing the Strong Wind Signal Number 3 in the late afternoon on Monday or Tuesday morning, as Tropical Storm Cempaka intensifies and edges closer to the west of the Pearl River Estuary. The Standby Signal Number 1 is currently in force, with the weathermen...

Number of statutory holidays to increase from 2022

More than one million workers will have more days off starting from next year, after the Legislative Council on Wednesday passed a bill to increase the number of statutory holidays from 12 to 17, by 2030. Currently, all workers are entitled to 12 statutory holidays each year but employers are...