Posts by Peter C. Castillo

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aaaThe Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (May 24) reminded the public to take the necessary measures against heat stroke and sunburn after the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) issued the "very hot weather" warning this morning. "The public should carry and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration while engaging in outdoor activities," a spokesman for the CHP said. "Those engaged in strenuous outdoor activities should avoid beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee and tea, as well as alcohol, as the...

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aaaThe Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (May 18) released the latest list of Hong Kong beaches that had "good" or "poor" water quality. In a statement, the EPD said it tested the water quality of 37 gazetted beaches and one non-gazetted beach (Discovery Bay) that are open for swimming to the public. Twenty beaches were rated as Good (Grade 1), 11 as Fair (Grade 2) and seven as Poor (Grade 3), based on their E. coli bacteria levels, the EPD said. "Beaches are classified into four grades by calculating the geometric mean E....

May 18, 2018
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aaaPersons arrested in Hong Kong have nine basic rights that they can avail of while they are in police custody. According to the police's "Notice to Persons in Police Custody or Involved in Police Enquiries," these rights include the right to seek legal assistance, to tell someone that you are in a police station, to communicate with a relative or friend, to get a written copy of your caution statement, to call your consulate if you are a foreign national, to be provided with food and drinks, and to seek medical attention.  

May 16, 2018
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aaaNetizens scored an employer who put up a Facebook page--titled "The World’s Worst Domestic Helper” in Chinese--to complain about her Filipino domestic worker. Facebook users criticized in particular the employer's posting online of the Filipina’s pictures, passport details, and also videos of the helper while she was working and allegedly playing games on her cellphone beginning on April 21. The Chinese employer said she put up the Facebook page to warn her friends about choosing the right helper. “Madam, by posting these video...

May 10, 2018
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aaaTwo female asylum seekers were sent to prison yesterday (May 7) after they were caught working illegally in a restaurant in Yuen Long. The two defendants---a Vietnamese and an Indonesian---were brought before the Shatin Magistrates' Courts and they admitted to illegally taking up employment. "They pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment respectively," an Immigration Department (ImmD) statement said. The ImmD warned that illegal immigrants or people who are the subject of a removal order or a deport...

May 8, 2018
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aaaThe police arrested five Filipino tourists after they were caught trying to steal the wallet of a South Korean tourist in Admiralty. The suspects---Z.S. Aviles, R.D. Linambos, A. C. Gerodias, M. M. Camacho, and D.N. Tagalo---were arrested at the Admiralty MTR (Mass Transit Railway) station on the morning of April 24. They allegedly surrounded the female South Korean tourist as she was going down an escalator. One of the Filipino women then tried to take the victim's wallet from her bag, which they had opened. But the wallet was chained...

May 7, 2018
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aaaTHE Philippine Consulate General (PCG) has proposed to the Labour Department (LD) that an annex section be added to the standard employment contract of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) to clarify its "vague provisions." The PCG said the annex would help clarify the provisions on FDH working hours, food allowance, rest days, and baggage allowance. The LD said during the Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting on March 14 that it would publish the details of these provisions in future information materials. "LD informed Post that details ...

May 4, 2018
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aaa    The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today warned the public against the "high" risk of heatstroke as it issued a "Very Hot Weather Warning" around lunchtime. The HKO said the very hot weather may cause adverse health effects with the temperature going up to 34 degrees Celcius in Ta Kwu Ling, and 32 degrees in Tuen Mun, Tseung Kwan O, Shek Kong, Happy Valley, Yuen Long Park, and Tai Mei Tuk at 1 p.m. "The risk of heatstroke is high. When engaged in outdoor work or activities, drink plenty of water and avoid over exertio...

May 3, 2018
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aaaThe Labour Department (LD) said this afternoon that it had shut down an employment agency for failing to comply with the Code of Practice for employment agencies (EAs). A LD spokesman said the department revoked the license of Tin Wai Employment Company Limited, with offices in Mong Kok and Tuen Mun, after it "provided misleading information during the inspections and enquiries of the Employment Agencies Administration (EAA) of the LD and failed to meet the standards set out in the Code." "The Commissioner for Labour was satisfied that ...

May 2, 2018
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aaa    Hongkongers can expect sunny weather for the Labour Day celebration tomorrow, according to the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO). The HKO said the weather forecast for the city for May 1 was "hot with sunny periods" and "coastal mist in the morning." "Under the influence of an anticyclone aloft over the northern part of the South China Sea, it will be mainly fine and hot over the coast of Guangdong in the next couple of days," the HKO said. "An easterly airstream is expected to bring a few showers to the south China c...

April 30, 2018
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