No ADPL members plan to run in Legco poll

The Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood said on Saturday that no members had indicated their intention to stand in December's Legco election before its internal deadline for applications on Friday. The party made the announcement on social media, noting that the matter was therefore not discussed in...

Minister: schools may close as pupil numbers fall

Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said on Saturday that officials would study closing or merging schools as pupil numbers fall. Asked whether some teachers will lose their jobs as a result, Yeung said the government would work with schools to minimise the impact. "There is a very obvious trend in decreasing...

New alliance to push ‘Third Way’ in Legco

Executive councillor Ronny Tong's Path of Democracy and the Third Side political party announced on Friday that they had formed a new alliance, in case they decide to field candidates in December's Legco elections. At a press conference, the two groups said they share a mission of safeguarding One Country...

Astra COVID-19 shot found safe for pregnancy, fertility in study

This photo shows a general view of the offices of British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca PLC in Macclesfield, Cheshire on July 21, 2020. (PAUL ELLIS / AFP) GENEVA / THE HAGUE / WINDHOEK / WASHINGTON / BRUSSELS / MOSCOW / ZURICH / YAOUNDE / BERLIN - AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine has no adverse...

Calls grow to ban mainlanders’ discrimination

The Society for Community Organisation (Soco) has issued a fresh appeal to the government to amend the existing anti-discrimination ordinance to protect new arrivals to the city, especially mainland migrants. Sze Lai-shan, Soco's community organiser, said the government should consider outlawing discrimination based on an individual’s “place of origins”. Sze...

National security top priority for new customs chief

Hong Kong's new Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Louise Ho, says she is making safeguarding national security her top priority, including tackling the threat posed by the smuggling of Australian lobsters to the mainland. Ho, the wife of constitutional and mainland affairs minister Erick Tsang, was appointed to the position...

Outbreak of bacterial infections linked to fish: CHP

Members of the public have been urged to avoid touching raw fish while shopping at wet markets, as health authorities on Thursday confirmed an outbreak of a bacterial infection that has led to dozens of people falling sick. The Centre for Health Protection said an analysis showed that among the...

IPCC complaint reports left in a taxi

The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) says it has lost some documents containing personal information on 20 people, including complainants and police officers. In a statement, the council said a folder, containing six complaint reports, was left in a taxi on Monday evening. It did not specify who had lost...

Louise Ho becomes HK’s first female customs chief

Beijing on Thursday appointed Louise Ho as the new Commissioner of Customs and Excise – the first female head of the department. She replaces Hermes Tang, who is retiring, as the leader of the 7,800-strong department. Ho, wife of constitutional and mainland affairs minister Erick Tsang, joined customs as an...

COVID-19: Pfizer, BioNTech say booster restores full protection

A health personnel prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus at a children's hospital in Colombo on Sept 24, 2021, as the country began inoculating children over 12. (ISHARA S KODIKARA / AFP) MAPUTO / ZAGREB / VILNIUS / NAIROBI / COPENHAGEN / BERLIN / HARARE / WASHINGTON / RIGA / ZURICH / PRAGUE / WARSAW / TORONTO...

Officers probed over police death comments

Security Secretary Chris Tang on Wednesday said eight officers from the disciplined services face criminal investigations for allegedly mocking the death of a marine police senior inspector. The eight were suspended from duty after apparently gloating over the death of Lam Yuen-yee, who was killed in an anti-smuggling operation at...

Police seize modified speedboats

Police on Wednesday said they had seized seven modified speedboats and eight engines suspected to be linked to smuggling activities. Officers said the vessels, which were in a car park in Tung Chung, were worth around HK$5 million. Chief inspector Yu Pok-hon said two of the boats could travel as...

No one has courage to see me: Poon Hiu-wing’s mother

The mother of murder victim Poon Hiu-wing has lashed out at people involved in suspect Chan Tong-kai's case, alleging they are "unrighteous people" who did not have the courage to meet her. She had invited Chan and his parents, pastor Peter Koon, security minister Chris Tang, police chief Raymond Siu,...

Fish skin infection source needs tracing: Doctor

An infectious diseases expert says authorities should trace the source of a bacterial infection linked to fish skins, that has recently seen a spike. Dr Joseph Tsang says invasive Group B Streptococcus is an ordinary and common pathogen found on the surface of the skins. But Hong Kong recorded 79...