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...

App-for-entry rule ‘unfair to poor’: EOC chief

The head of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Ricky Chu, said on Saturday that a new requirement that everyone uses the LeaveHomeSafe app when entering government buildings is unfair to poor people who can't afford smartphones. The administration says the measure is needed to enhance contact tracing. Exemptions will apply only...

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...

Plans to assign lawyers under legal aid reform

The government has proposed changes to the legal aid system so that aid recipients in criminal cases can no longer choose their own lawyers, unless under exceptional circumstances. The suggested revamp came after criticism from lawmakers who said the system has been abused. In a paper submitted to Legco, the...

Marathon organiser clarifies that it’s anti-crime

Organisers of this weekend's Hong Kong Marathon have stressed they have zero tolerance for any breaches of the law, saying there's no place in sporting events for any politics or slogans. The clarification came in a statement, after lawmakers took issue with an earlier comment by organising committee chairman William...

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...

Lawmakers pass bill to ban e-cigarettes

Lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that will ban the sale of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. The bill will also ban the import, manufacture, distribution and advertising of such smoking products in the SAR. The government stressed the legislation is aimed at protecting people’s health, as the products contain...

NextPlay Technologies, Inc. Announces Plans to Launch a New Class of Tokenized Medical Real Estate in Conjunction with NextPlay’s Extension into Medical Tourism

SUNRISE, FL, Oct 21, 2021 - (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) - NextPlay Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTP) (the 'Company' or 'NextPlay'), a digital business ecosystem for consumers, digital advertisers, video gamers and travelers, announced today the plans to form the MedTrek Fund, which is expected to be a blockchain securitized closed-end...

Report: Bolsonaro should face homicide charge over virus

In this Nov 10, 2020 photo, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the launch of a program for the resumption of tourism, a sector severely affected by the new coronavirus outbreak, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. (EVARISTO SA / AFP) BRASILIA - The senator leading a congressional probe into Brazil's...

‘HK businesses struggling with US port backlog’

Lawmaker Jeffrey Lam warned on Wednesday that Hong Kong exporters face the risk of failing to get their products overseas in time for Christmas amid an unprecedented backlog at US ports. The Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker, who represents the commercial sector, said local firms have been struggling to hire...

Dutch coronavirus cases jump 44% as hospitals feel strain

Customers sit on a terrace alongside a canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on April 28, 2021, as the Dutch government eased the restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. (FRANCOIS WALSCHAERTS / AFP) RIGA / BUJUMBURA / JOHANNESBURG / LONDON / MOSCOW / DUBLIN / ALGIERS / WASHINGTON / BRUSSELS / WARSAW /...

HKJA told most of its police complaints not pursuable

The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) on Tuesday said it has been informed by the police that all but one of 27 complaints it filed against officers during the 2019 unrest have been classified as “not pursuable”. The HKJA filed the complaints of suspected violence or harassment against reporters covering...

Hitachi, Tohoku University and Kyoto University Become World’s First to Establish Technology for Highly Efficient, High-quality Production of Actinium-225, a Material Required for Internal Radiation Therapy Called TAT

TOKYO, Oct 19, 2021 - (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), Tohoku University and Kyoto University have become the world's first (1) to establish technology for the highly efficient and high-quality production of actinium-225 (225Ac), a substance required for a form of radiation therapy known as targeted...