Posts by Peter C. Castillo

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aaaThe Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the HK Department of Health has urged the public to maintain strict environmental hygiene and mosquito control after confirming 47 dengue cases, including nine "imported" from the Philippines. The CHP reminded the public to also maintain personal protective measures during travel abroad, noting that all the 47 dengue fever (DF) cases came from overseas "From July 6 to 12, the CHP recorded three confirmed DF cases. The patients had been to Thailand (two cases) and the Philippines (one case) during ...

July 19, 2018
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aaaThe Labour Department (LD) is inviting employers of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs), especially first-time employers, to attend a talk on employment rights and their obligations to FDHs. In a statement, the LD said it will hold the talk on August 31 at 7:30pm in the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Space Museum at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. "The employment rights and obligations of employers of foreign domestic helpers will be introduced," the Labour Department said. The LD said it invited Professor Stephen Chiu, Chair Professor in...

July 18, 2018
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aaaThe Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) this afternoon raised typhoon signal number 3 over HK due to Tropical Depression Son-Tinh. The HKO raised the Strong Wind Signal Number 3 at 4:20 p.m. This means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected. "At 4 p.m., Tropical Storm Son-Tinh was estimated to be about 340 kilometres south of Hong Kong (near 19.3 degrees north 114.8 degrees east) and is forecast to move west at about 40 kilometres per hour across the northern part of the South China Sea and towards the vicinity o...

July 17, 2018
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aaaThe Hong Kong Observatory raised the Standby Signal No. 1 over the city in the early hours of this morning as a tropical depression made its way to Hainan from northern Luzon. The Observatory raised storm signal T1, which meant that the tropical cyclone was centred within 800 kilometres of Hong Kong and may affect the special administrative region. However, the Observatory said that it did not expect winds to strengthen significantly and that the chance of issuing Strong Wind Signal Number 3 before 2 p.m. was not high. "At 8 a.m., the ...

July 17, 2018
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aaaTHE Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is urging the public to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables after finding excessive pesticide residues in mango, cucumber, and water spinach samples. In a statement on July 12, the CFS said that a mango sample was found to contain pesticide residues at levels exceeding the legal limit. "The CFS collected the mango sample from an online shop for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme," a CFS spokesman said. "The test result showed ...

July 16, 2018
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aaa    Don’t forget to bring an umbrella with you if you plan on going out tomorrow as Hong Kong will continue to have rainy weather until early Monday.   The Hong Kong Observatory said the weather tomorrow (July 15) will be cloudy with showers and a few squally thunderstorms.   “Showers will be heavy at times at first. Temperatures will range between 25 and 29 degrees. Fresh east to southeasterly winds, strong offshore and on high ground,” the Observatory said.   “A broad trough of lo...

July 14, 2018
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aaaPictures of a foreign domestic helper (FDH) precariously cleaning a window from the outside and more than 20 floors above ground in Quarry Bay went viral online this morning. The pictures were taken in Kornhill Gardens, Quarry Bay, this morning. The FDH's flat is "either on the 23rd or the 24th floor," said a Filipina domestic worker who took the pictures. "My conscience can't take it anymore. I see her every morning cleaning (the window), even if the weather is bad," said the Filipina, who asked not to be identified. "Even if it had...

July 6, 2018
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aaaTwo local employers were sent to prison after they hired illegal workers from Vietnam and Bangladesh, the Immigration Department (ImmD) said yesterday (July 3). In a statement, the ImmD said the Shatin Magistrates' Courts sentenced the employers, both HK residents, to three months' and to six weeks' imprisonment. "(They) were charged...for being an employer of a person who was not lawfully employable as they did not take all practicable steps to ascertain whether the applicants were lawfully employable," the ImmD said. "After trial, ...

July 4, 2018
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aaaHong Kong food safety officers found traces of banned antibiotics in pre-packaged frozen tiger prawns imported from India. The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said on June 29 that a trace amount of metabolite of furazolidone (a type of nitrofurans) (AOZ), a non-permitted veterinary drug, was found in a sample of frozen tiger prawn imported from India. The European Union in 1995 banned nitrofuran antibiotics due to concerns about the carcinogenicity of their residues. The CFS said the detail...

July 3, 2018
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aaaTHE Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) has suspended an HK employment agency after a domestic worker complained that her employer did not pay for her luggage when she went to the Philippines. A source at the POLO said that they were being strict after receiving many complaints from Filipino domestic workers that employers were not paying for their luggage when buying their plane ticket when they go home. She said the agency, which she declined to identify, was suspended after failing to act on the complaint of a Filipino domestic wor...

July 3, 2018
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