Posts by Peter C. Castillo

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aaaThe Immigration Department (ImmD) arrested 17 persons this week after it conducted a territory-wide sweep against illegal workers since Monday (January 14). The ImmD said it conducted 34 raids from Monday until yesterday in its anti-illegal worker operation, codenamed "Twilight", and nabbed 12 illegal workers and five employers. "Any person who contravenes a condition of stay in force in respect of him shall be guilty of an offence. Also, visitors are not allowed to take employment in Hong Kong, whether paid or unpaid, without the permiss...

January 18, 2019
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aaaThe Immigration Department (ImmD) plans to revise its fees for visas and other immigration documents and processes starting March 25 this year, a government spokesman said on Wednesday (January 16). He said the ImmD will revise fees for some services, including the issuing of visas/entry permits and travel documents, genetic tests, and the delivery of travel documents outside Hong Kong. "It is the government's established policy that fees charged by the Government should in general be set at levels sufficient to recover the full cost of p...

January 18, 2019
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aaaA 30-year-old Filipino domestic worker this morning admitted to shoplifting from a department store in Quarry Bay. Defendant Donalyn A.T. pleaded guilty to stealing several items, worth a total of $1,500, from the Aeon department store in Kornhill, Quarry Bay. “Guilty,” Donalyn told Eastern Deputy Magistrate Leona Chan Pui-man this morning (January 15). The domestic worker admitted to taking two packs of coffee, chocolate, oil, a hoodie, t-shirts, and baby shoes without paying for them. The prosecutor said the incident happened ...

January 15, 2019
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aaa  EVEN if mainland China opens its doors to Filipino domestic workers, Hong Kong would still remain their “best” destination, a Filipino recruitment industry leader said. Alfredo Palmiery, head of the Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines, said working in HK had its advantages. “What I see is that, once even China is open, still many will come to Hong Kong because it is still the best destination for Philippine workers,” Palmiery said in an interview. He said the working conditions other countrie...

January 14, 2019
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aaaThe Immigration Department (Immd) is set to begin on January 21 the second phase of its territory-wide Hong Kong Identity Card replacement program. The Immd said those born in 1985 and 1986 should replace their HKIC from January 21 to March 30. Migrant workers, like overseas Filipino workers, are included in the program. "During the second phase, which is from January 21 to March 30, ImmD will arrange Hong Kong residents who were born in 1985 or 1986 to replace their existing smart HKICs," the Immd said in a statement." " Afterwards, d...

January 10, 2019
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aaaThe Hong Kong government on Tuesday (January 8) approved the fare increase petitions of two bus companies. The government said the average fare increase for Citybus (CTB) and New World First Bus (NWFB) passengers will be 7 percent and 5.6 percent respectively. The fare hike will take effect on January 20. The last time the two companies increased their fares was ten years ago. "CTB and NWFB last increased their fares in June 2008. Since the commissioning of various railway lines, the patronage of the two bus operators has dropped," a g...

January 10, 2019
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aaaThe number of fatalities due to the winter influenza in Hong Kong reached 16 as of yesterday (January 7), local media reported. Quoting the HK Centre for Health Protection, the Oriental Daily reported that there were 42 serious case of adult influenza and 16 of them had died since the New Year. Seven of the dead patients were aged 65 and above while two were aged 50 to 64 years old. On the other hand, the Hospital Authority said it was closely monitoring the situation because public hospitals were full of patients. The occupancy rat...

January 8, 2019
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aaaA 40-year-old Filipino domestic worker in Kai Tak got a suspended sentence after she physically abused her employer’s two-year-old son that was caught on CCTV, local media reported. Erlinda B. Organista was sentenced today (January 7) to two weeks in prison at the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts for “assault of a person in charge of a child” but the judge suspended this for one year because she was remorseful and immediately confessed to the crime. Organista on Dec. 26 admitted the offense, adding that she was in a bad mood because ...

January 7, 2019
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aaa  FOREIGN domestic workers urged theHong Kong government to set “appropriate working hours” for them so that they could not be exploited by their employers. Marking International Migrants Day, members of the Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU) marched to the Government Head Offices in Admiralty on Dec. 16 and called for “equal rights and equal protection for all workers.” “Day after day, migrant domestic workers shoulder the heavy labour of caregiving and various domestic chores,” FADWU said i...

January 7, 2019
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aaa  The Labour Department (LD) today reminded employers to take precautions for their workers with Hong Kong is expected to continue to have cold weather in the next few days. The LD issued the reminder as local media reported that a 90-year-old woman died in Chai Wan while five others were brought to hospitals for hypothermia, a medical emergency when the body loses heat and has dangerously low temperature. The Hong Kong Observatory had also issued the Cold Weather Warning with the temperature in Ngong Ping reaching a low of 7.1 de...

December 31, 2018
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