Govt to launch scheme to boost elderly vaccine rate

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said on Saturday that authorities will launch a scheme by this month to make it easier for the elderly to get vaccinated, amidst a low inoculation rate for the age group. Speaking on an RTHK progamme, Nip said only 28 percent of people...

Punishment for US figures ‘deserved’: HKMAO

The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said on Saturday seven American citizens and entities that are being sanctioned by Beijing are getting the punishment they deserve. In the first sanctions imposed under China's new anti-foreign sanction law, unspecified counter-sanctions have been laid on the current or former heads of...

Ten pan-dems to plead guilty over June 4 rally

Ten pro-democracy figures, including former lawmakers Albert Ho, Chu Hoi-dick and Andrew Wan, have indicated they will plead guilty to charges related to a June 4 vigil in Victoria Park last year, while two others say they will deny the accusations against them. The 12 who appeared at the District...

Election committee poll hours cut after voter cull

The polling time for upcoming Election Committee Subsector Elections will be reduced from 15 hours to nine, officials say, now Beijing's overhaul of the SAR's election system has slashed the number of eligible voters. Around 8,000 people will be able to vote in the polls, compared to about 250,000 in...

Police arrest four over self-storage drugs operation

Police said on Friday that they had smashed a drug trafficking syndicate that relied on self-storage facilities and couriers to store and transport drugs, seizing illegal drugs worth more than HK$78 million. The force said four men who were arrested on Wednesday are suspected of being members of the gang,...

Seditious sheep books don’t show reality: police

National security police confirmed on Thursday that they had arrested five members of the General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists over three children's books featuring sheep that are suspected of inciting hatred towards the SAR government. At a press conference, senior superintendent Steve Li from the force’s national security...

Migrants’ hunger strike puts Belgian govt in danger

In this June 2, 2021 photo, a nurse walks in an occupied Saint-Jean-Baptiste-au-Beguinage church by undocumented migrants in Brussels. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) BRUSSELS - Hundreds of undocumented immigrants, on hunger strike in Brussels for the last two months to demand residence rights, have begun refusing water, putting themselves close...

Yuen Long district councillor resigns after arrest

Yuen Long district councillor Ben Ho announced his resignation on Wednesday, hours after he was arrested, with authorities saying they would charge him with attempted criminal intimidation over a post on his Facebook page. Officers said they received an anonymous complaint about the post in March last year, with the...

Book fair starts new, post-security law chapter

The Hong Kong Book Fair returned on Wednesday, after the coronavirus pandemic put paid to efforts to hold the annual event in 2020, but there were noticeably fewer political books on sale with exhibitors wary of falling foul of the national security law. Visitor numbers for the seven-day fair are...

HKU’s decision may lead to crisis: ex-student leader

A former student representative of the University of Hong Kong's governing council on Wednesday questioned how the institution can unilaterally decide it no longer recognises the students' union, warning the move could lead to a "constitutional crisis." Lei Tsz-shing said the decision means students’ voices may no longer be heard,...

CE: Foreign passport declaration is basic information

Carrie Lam has confirmed that election committee candidates will have to declare whether or not they or their spouse owns a foreign or British National Overseas passport, saying that this was "very basic" information. The chief executive made the comments in response to a question over reports that some ex-officio...

HK to tighten quarantine for Russia arrivals

The government on Monday said it was tightening quarantine requirements for people arriving from Russia from July 16, amid a rebound in Covid cases in the country and after a number of arrivals from there had been detected as carrying a potentially more contagious mutant strain of the virus. Russia...

Govt should probe hotpot meal: ex-ICAC investigator

A former ICAC chief investigator said on Monday that the government needs to investigate whether three senior officials, who had a free hotpot meal at a luxurious private club back in March, had violated any codes of conduct. Barrister Stephen Char said the administration should not play down the matter...

Local case prompts testing order for airport staff

Health officials on Sunday announced an order for everyone working at the airport to undergo a Covid test after a man came down with a mutant strain of the coronavirus. The new local case is a 50-year-old airport worker whose preliminary positive result on Saturday led to an overnight lockdown...

I don’t expect John Lee to do much, says CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Sunday that she does not expect the new Chief Secretary, John Lee, to have to do much besides working on safeguarding national security. Lee, who formerly headed the Security Bureau, was promoted to the number two post last month – a little over a...

Wong Tai Sin block under Covid-19 lockdown

Health officials put a residential block in Wong Tai Sin under overnight lockdown on Saturday, after they found an untraceable preliminary positive Covid-19 case that involves a mutant strain. Authorities said the case involves a 50-year-old man whose infection was identified through mandatory testing at Hong Kong International Airport, after...

Top security officials have learnt a lesson, says CS

The Chief Secretary John Lee said on Saturday that the three top officials, who violated social distancing rules, had learnt an important lesson. The Director of Immigration, Au Ka-wang; the Commissioner of Customs, Hermes Tang; and the Undersecretary for Security, Sonny Au were each fined HK$5,000 for attending a hotpot...

National security police arrest 5: sources

National security police have arrested at least five people in connection with the case of pro-independence group, Returning Valiant, sources told RTHK on Monday. The arrests come after nine people, including six schoolchildren, from the group were arrested last week over an alleged plot to blow up Hong Kong courts,...

3 people die in Tai Po fire

Three people have died in a fire at a sub-divided flat in Tai Po in the early hours of Monday morning. One other person was injured. The blaze started on the sixth floor of a building on Heung Sze Wui Street at about 2am. Thirteen people were evacuated from the...