Manpower shortage holds back bar revival: Zeman

Nightlife tycoon Allan Zeman on Thursday welcomed the reopening of venues such as bars in the latest round of easing of social distancing measures, but cautioned that the industry was facing a shortage of personnel after months of closures. Speaking on RTHK's Hong Kong Today programme, Zeman said allowing bars...

Treatment of refugees shows European bias

Double standards exposed in attitude to Ukrainian, African migrants, official says A girl cries as migrants are rescued by crew members of the Abeille Languedoc ship after its generator broke down in the waters. They were trying to cross the English Channel illegally to Britain, off the coast of northern...

Private kitchen cluster looking suspicious: officials

Health officials on Tuesday said they are looking into whether some people linked to a Covid cluster have deliberately misled them, saying the patients' accounts of why they had a visited a private kitchen in Kwun Tong didn't make sense. Twenty infected people have now been linked to the private...

Russia reacts to possible NATO weapon deployment in Finland

The Finnish-Russian Imatra border crossing is pictured in Imatra, south-eastern Finland, on May 13, 2022. (ALESSANDRO RAMPAZZO / AFP) MOSCOW/KYIV – Russia said Sunday it will strengthen its border with Finland if NATO's striking weapons are deployed in Finland. "If NATO deploys offensive, striking weapons in Finland, in close proximity...

HK reports 259 new Covid cases, new cluster emerges

Health authorities on Sunday said they recorded 259 new Covid infections, as officials reported a new cluster had emerged. Officials said nine people who visited a private kitchen in Shing Yip industrial building in Kwun Tong on May 9 have come down with the disease. The Centre for Health Protection's...

Hong Kong’s jobless rate will rise further: Paul Chan

Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Sunday said the latest unemployment rate to be released this week is expected to rise further, but he also said there is reason to be optimistic about the city’s economy. Hong Kong's jobless rate for the three months ending March climbed to five percent, the...

‘I have someone in mind for CS’: John Lee

Chief Executive-elect John Lee on Sunday said he is in the beginning stages of forming his cabinet, but admitted that "complicated" international relations may put some people off from joining. Lee told a Commercial Radio programme that he is compiling a list of possible candidates, but declined to say who...

East Rail Line extension a ‘great addition’

An exhibition trade spokesman on Monday said the new Exhibition Centre station is a great addition to Hong Kong’s transport system, as it will open up hotel options for overseas exhibitors along the East Rail Line. Stuart Bailey, the chairman of the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association said...

Legco to get govt restructuring plan soon: Starry Lee

The administration intends to submit its government restructuring proposal to Legco for scrutiny around the middle of this month, the chairwoman of Legco's house committee, Starry Lee, said on Friday. Chief Executive Carrie Lam earlier proposed setting up a new bureau to oversee culture, sports and tourism, splitting the Transport...

Minister puts corpse mix-up down to human error

Health Secretary Sophia Chan on Friday said she thinks a hospital blunder this week where the dead bodies of two elderly men were mixed up before one was cremated was not related to the pandemic and may be a case of human error. Tuen Mun Hospital said it has met...

Don’t panic over Kennedy Town outbreak: expert

Top microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung on Friday sought to allay concerns over a potential Covid-19 outbreak in Kennedy Town, where sewage samples have tested positive for the virus and infections have emerged, saying there’s no need for people to panic. Yuen, one of the advisers on the government’s coronavirus strategy, said...

Nation’s top political advisers talk SAR patriotism

The nation's top political advisory body discussed the need to "improve the capacity" of patriots in Hong Kong and Macao at its regular biweekly meeting, the Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Politburo member and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference chairman Wang Yang led the discussion in the CPPCC's National...

‘Reopen Hong Kong to tackle brain drain’

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) said the city should reopen its borders as soon as possible to tackle its brain drain. The chamber warned earlier that the SAR is facing an exodus of skilled professionals – mainly engineers, accountants and IT workers – on a scale not...

Govt trims economic growth forecast

The government has cut its GDP growth forecast for this year to one to two percent, as it warned that the local economy will continue to be bogged down by the external environment. The latest projection, released on Friday, was down from the two to 3.5 percent expansion that Financial...

Twelve percent of workers sexually harassed: EOC

The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) said on Thursday that a survey it conducted suggests one in eight people have been sexually harassed at work in the past two years. In what it called the first sizeable poll of its kind, the equality watchdog said it interviewed more than 5,000 adults...

Stop playing dumb over HK arrests, China tells West

Beijing on Thursday expressed strong dissatisfaction with criticism made by western countries about arrests made over a now-defunct fund that raised money for the legal and medical fees of protesters, as sources said a fifth person has been arrested. Sources said Cardinal Joseph Zen, barrister Margaret Ng, singer Denise Ho...

Coach unsure new anti-touting measures will work

A basketball coach on Thursday questioned the effectiveness of the government's latest measures against sport venue touting, saying they don't get to the root of the problem. From May 16, people can make bookings online 15 minutes earlier than those queuing up at service counters. Officials are also barring organisations...