Posts by Hong Kong News Staff

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aaaPictures of a Filipino domestic worker who was allegedly locked out by her employer of their flat here in Hong Kong have gone viral. The worker, identified as Lorna E. C., in her mid-50s and from Capiz, was allegedly made to sleep in the hallway outside of her employer's flat, according to a source at the Philippine Consulate General (PCG). A PCG officer was able to talk to Lorna after the employer allegedly locked her out again after she threw out the trash on Friday. "She said whenever she makes mistakes, the employer would make her...

October 20, 2019
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aaa  The Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts yesterday (October 14) fined an associate of an employment agency licensee for overcharging a foreign domestic worker, the Labour Department (LD) said. In a press statement, the LD said the tribunal convicted the associate of the licensee of Best Ka Hei Employment Agency, which is in Kowloon City, of overcharging and was ordered to pay a fine of $3,000. Under HK labor rules, employment agencies can charge foreign domestic workers only up to 10 percent of their first month salary. The LD ...

October 15, 2019
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The MTR train system partially reopened today (October 6) but 38 stations remained closed.

In an advisory, the MTR said its train service will remain open only up to 9 pm while the Disneyland Resort Line and the Ma On Shan Line were temporarily suspended.

"Part of MTR train s...

October 6, 2019
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aaaThe MTR rail system, inclduing the Airport Express, remained closed this morning (October 5) due to anti-government protests last night. The MTR said it closed down all of its rail lines after violence erupted as protesters lashed against the decision of the government to prohibit the use of face masks in protests. "After conducting an assessment jointly with the Police and other relevant government departments, all MTR services covering the Heavy Rail including Airport Express, Light Rail and MTR bus cannot be resumed this morning (5 Oct...

October 5, 2019
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aaa    Chief Executive Carrie Lam is expected to formally withdraw this afternoon (September 4) the much-criticized extradition bill that sparked the massive anti-government demonstrations since June, local media reported. RTHK reported that Lam will meet with pro-government lawmakers and members of the National People’s Congress, the Chinese People’s Political Conference, and the Executive Council members at 4 p.m. Citing sources, the South China Morning Post reported that the withdrawal of bill would be emphasized as a ...

September 4, 2019
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aaaAll flights leaving Hong Kong International Airport, except those that have completed boarding procedures, have been cancelled, local media reported. Quoting the Airport Authority-Hong Kong (AA), RTHK reported this afternoon that the airport authority suspended the remaining outbound flights today after anti-government protesters occupied parts of the airport starting at 1 p.m. today. The AA said it had established an emergency response center and urged affected passengers to check for updates through its website (https://www.hongkongairp...

August 12, 2019
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aaa  The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) issued the ‘Very Hot Weather Warning’ this morning, adding that the risk of a heatstroke was high today. This is the eight consecutive day that the HKO had issued a “Very Hot Weather Warning” and temperatures today are expected to reached a high of 32 degrees Celsius. The HKO urged members of the public who are engaged in outdoor work or activities to drink plenty of water and avoid over exertion. “If not feeling well, take a rest in the shade or cooler place as soon as possible,” t...

August 12, 2019
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aaaThe Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has recorded a gradual increase in pollution levels since this morning (August 8). According to the EPD, the AQHI (Air Quality Health Index) at some general and roadside air quality monitoring stations reached "Serious" levels and the AQHI may also remain higher than normal tomorrow (August 9). Under the influence of the Tropical Cyclone Lekima, the weather in Hong Kong today was fine, very hot, but hazy. Hong Kong is being affected by an air mass with "higher background pollutant concentra...

August 8, 2019
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aaaA 31-year-old Filipino domestic worker reportedly jumped to her death yesterday afternoon in Lai Chi Kok, local media reported. The woman fell from their apartnment building in an apparent suicide at the Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Lai Chi Kok at around 1:08 pm, the Oriental Daily reported. Some workers at the scene saw the incident and reported it to the authorities. An ambulance arrived but the the helper was later confirmed dead. Investigators said the domestic worker had been working in Mei Foo for some time. In May, a 35-year-old Filipi...

July 16, 2019
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aaa    Hong Kong authorities have recovered 1,4000 Philippine passports from an illegal money lending firm, the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) said. This is, so far, the biggest haul of Philippine passports that were illegally used as collateral for loans. “Pawning passports is a violation of the Philippine Passport Act. In fact, a Philippine passport reportedly held as guarantee or collateral for loans or debts is automatically cancelled upon notice by the passport holder that the said document was lost,” Consul Gene...

July 4, 2019