Worker dies in Tai Po scaffolding collapse

A worker has died and another was injured after a bamboo scaffold they were constructing outside a Tai Po villa suddenly collpased, sending them plunging three metres to the ground. The Labour Department says it's investigating the case and ordered an immediate halt to work at the site. "We commenced...

UN agencies warn of famine in Somalia

An eight-month-old child receives high nutrition foods at Tawkal 2 Dinsoor camp for internally displaced persons in Baidoa, Somalia on Feb 14, 2022. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP) UNITED NATIONS - UN agencies are warning that millions of Somalis are at risk of sliding into famine as a result of a...

Govt mulls legal changes to speed up land supply

The government says it is looking to amend a series of laws to try and speed up the process of delivering developable land by up to two and a half years. According to a spokesman from the Development Bureau, changes will be made to legislations regarding town planning, reclamations, road...

Five blocks across the city locked down for mass test

The government on Friday cordoned off five residential buildings in Tsueng Kwan O, Kowloon City and Sha Tin after sewage samples from the blocks tested positive for Covid-19. A government spokesman said authorities suspect some of the residents of tower one and two of Twin Peaks, Tak Shan House and...

Govt extends lockdown of Sheung Shui block

The government on Wednesday extended the lockdown of a public housing block in Sheung Shui for another day, after a mass testing operation overnight found more than 30 coronavirus infections. One case was described as "indeterminate". Ching Long House on Ching Ho Estate has been sealed off since Tuesday evening...

Hospital appeals for missing Covid patient

Tin Shui Wai Hospital on Monday evening made an appeal for the public to help locate a Covid-19 patient. A spokesman said the 48-year-old man was being transferred from Pok Oi Hospital to continue his treatment under isolation, but he ran away when the ambulance arrived at Tin Shui Wai...

Labour Department probes fatal work accident

The Labour Department said it's "highly concerned" about a fatal work accident at a construction site at the West Kowloon Cultural District on Monday afternoon in which a male worker was trapped while repairing a crane. He was certified dead later in hospital. A Labour Department spokesman said it had...

No Covid cases uncovered in four overnight lockdowns

The government said on Saturday it had found no new cases of coronavirus after overnight lockdowns of residential buildings in Wan Chai, Happy Valley, Ho Man Tin and Causeway Bay. . A government spokesman said that about 80 residents had been tested at Lee Shun Building on Lockhart Road in...

Seven wild pigs put down by vets in Aberdeen

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) on Wednesday said vets had put down seven wild pigs in Aberdeen, after first tranquilising them with dart guns. The operation took place between 8 pm and 10 pm on Shum Wan Road, where the pigs often went in search of food. In...

Schools told to hold weekly flag-raising ceremonies

Schools must hold flag-raising ceremonies every week and on special occasions starting next year, according to guidelines issued by the Education Bureau on Monday. The national anthem should be played and sung at the ceremonies – which are also to be held on the school day that precedes or follows...

Man who got extra jabs may be prosecuted

The government on Monday said it might prosecute a man who received two Covid jabs here, after he reportedly didn't tell nursing staff he'd already been inoculated abroad. The administration also said it might refuse to issue him with a local vaccination record. A government spokesman said the man's actions...

Govt rejects US criticism, slams new sanctions

The government accused the United States of having a hidden agenda and of fear-mongering after Washington imposed sanctions on Liaison Office officials and issued a business advisory warning businesses about the risks posed by the National Security Law. Late on Friday, the US added seven deputy directors at the Liaison...

Spokesman: Zimbabwe army commander died from cancer

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s army commander died early on Thursday after succumbing to cancer, the presidential spokesman said. The army holds an outsized influence in Zimbabwean politics. In November 2017, the army stepped in to oust the late Robert Mugabe and pave way for incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Lieutenant General Edzayi...

Voucher registrations climb after process tweaked

The government said on Tuesday that more than three million people have now registered online for the consumption voucher scheme, after the process was fine-tuned to eliminate the glitches that caused delays earlier this week. Over 3.2 million people had registered as of 8am on Tuesday, it said in a...

Beijing pressures Bar over ‘anti-China’ Paul Harris

Beijing’s liaison office on Sunday pressured the Hong Kong Bar Association to depose its chairman Paul Harris, after accusing the senior counsel of abandoning his professional ethics and the rule of law by speaking out against the prison sentences handed down to media tycoon Jimmy Lai and other activists earlier...