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...

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...

Authorities seize chilled meat worth HK$2bn

Authorities said on Tuesday that they had seized thousands of tonnes of meat worth about HK$2 billion from an unlicensed cold store near Lok Ma Chau. Officers from the police and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department swooped on a container yard on Mai Po Lung Road. They said they...

3 percent pay rise projected for HK workers in 2022

The Institute of Human Resource Management has projected a 3 percent pay increase for workers next year. The institute based the projection on its poll of 115 companies in 16 sectors from January to September this year. Of the 105 firms that responded, 37 percent said they will offer a...

Manhunt under way over murder of taxi driver

Police said they are hunting for a man in connection with the murder of a taxi driver in early Tuesday morning in Sai Ying Pun. Officers said the suspect is aged between 30 and 35 and about 1.8 metres tall, and has light skin and black hair. Officers also described...

Police say 32 arrested in HK$55m loan fraud

Police said on Sunday that they have arrested 32 people from a syndicate with triad links that allegedly cheated around 500 victims out of approximately HK$55 million in loan fraud. The force said the victims, aged 20 to 81, suffered losses of between HK$3,000 and HK$1.85 million each. They were...

Hong Kong reports eight new Covid cases

Health authorities on Saturday reported eight new imported Covid infections. Three of the new confirmed patients flew in from Pakistan, two from Indonesia, and the rest were from India, Nepal and the Philippines. None showed any symptoms, and all but one were fully vaccinated. Health authorities also said they were...

Police arrest couple over alleged weapons find

National security police said on Friday they had arrested two people on suspicion of possessing a handgun and bullets without a licence. Officers said they raided a couple's home in Pat Heung in the morning. A pistol, 92 bullets, gas mask and various weapons were seized, police said. Senior superintendent...

Customs seize their biggest ever smuggling haul

Customs officers said on Thursday that an anti-smuggling operation in Lung Kwu Tan last month netted the most valuable haul of goods ever found in Hong Kong, with the find including luxury foodstuffs, handbags and endangered plants Officials said customs and marine police tracked a smuggling gang for two months...

Police seize frozen meat worth HK$500m

Police said on Tuesday they had seized 1,700 tonnes of frozen meat worth HK$500 million that could have been destined to be smuggled to the mainland. Officers also seized two speedboats, arresting a man on suspicion of operating a cold store without a licence and constructing vessels for the purpose...

Man killed after motorcycle hits lamp post

Police said they are investigating a fatal traffic accident early on Friday in which a 44-year-old man died near the Central-Wan Chai Bypass Tunnel.. They said that at about 12.18am the man was riding the motorcycle through the tunnel in the direction of Sai Wan, and reportedly lost control when...

Banquets can grow, but still only four people outside

Officials said on Tuesday that while most of Hong Kong's social distancing rules are to be kept in place for now, including mask requirements and a four-person public gathering limit, they are easing restrictions on banquets. From September 30, restaurants with fully vaccinated staff can increase the size of banquets...

‘Pink dolphins threatened by smuggling speedboats’

Increasing smuggling activities near the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge have become a threat to pink dolphins’ survival. That’s according to Viena Mak, vice-chairwoman of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society. She told an RTHK programme on Tuesday that since 2020, large numbers of smuggling speedboats began to gather north of the...

Man charged for trafficking HK$100m worth of meth

Police said they have charged a man for trafficking dangerous drugs, after officers seized over HK$100 million worth of ice in a shop in Hung Hom on Friday. He will appear in Kowloon City Magistracy for mention on Monday. Detectives said they stopped and searched the 21-year-old man after he...

‘June 4 commemoration to be judged case-by-case’

Security secretary Chris Tang said on Sunday that authorities would take into consideration a number of factors when judging whether it is legal for people to commemorate the ending of the student-led protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, but stressed that they could not attempt to overturn the government....

HA extends retirement age to counter shortages

The Hospital Authority said on Thursday it has decided to allow its medical staff to work for an additional five years, to counter recent labour shortages. Some 1,650 medical professionals and 4,000 support staff turning 60 in the next five years, who would have had to retire, are now expected...