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aaaManila, Philippines – Around 48 percent of adult Filipinos believe that the country's economy will improve over the next 12 months, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations revelead. Conducted from December 10 to 14, 2022, the survey also showed that 33 percent of Filipinos said the economy will stay the same, while only 9 percent said it will worsen over the same period. The December 2022 survey yielded an “excellent” Net Economic Optimism score of +40. This was 1 point below the excellent +41 in October 2022. Meanwhile, t...

March 11, 2023
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aaaHong Kong reported a drop in the number of drug abusers, according to its latest data. In a meeting held on Dec. 16, the Action Committee Against Narcotics (ACAN) revealed the numbers declined in the first three quarters of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.   The findings came from the Central Registry of Drug Abuse (CRDA).   But ACAN was ...

December 19, 2022
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 The Immigration Department (ImmD) mounted a series of territory-wide anti-illegal worker operations codenamed "Lightshadow" and "Twilight", and joint operations with the Hong Kong Police Force codenamed "Champion" and "Powerplayer" for four consecutive days from December 5 to December 8.
A total of 10 suspected illegal workers, two suspected employers, three overstayers, one illegal immigrant and one suspected aider and abettor were arrested.
December 12, 2022
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aaaAn appeal was made by the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) to the public due to low blood inventories on Dec. 2. According to the spokesperson of the BTS, blood inventories are depleted at low levels, with only three to four days’ stock remaining. Daily blood collection has been difficult due to the on-going epidemic and the abrupt weather changes, resulting in not being able to meet the targets within the past two weeks. Moreover, there was a rise in demand for blood during this winter season. Donated blood is ...

December 5, 2022
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aaaChief Executive John Lee said it is of utmost importance to the Government that the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation has a good self-monitoring system to ensure its operational safety is maintained at a superior level. Mr. Lee made the statement while responding to reporters’ questions ahead of today's Executive Council meeting concerning the MTR door detachment incident on November 13. He stressed that the MTR takes care of the majority of commuters every day and that is why he is very concerned about its operational safety. ...

November 16, 2022
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aaaPolice launched a four-day operation (October 20 to October 23) to crack down on triad activities and intercept the source of income of triad societies in various districts. During the operation, the police inspected a total of 531 entertainment establishments in Hong Kong, including mahjong parlors, bars, nightclubs, karaoke establishments, billiard parlors, saunas, amusement game centers, party rooms, etc. One unlicensed bar, seven gambling establishments, three prostitution establishments, and two unlicensed massage parlors were also r...

October 25, 2022
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aaaThe Central Police District Special Duties Unit (CPSU) launched an operation yesterday evening (October 22) at about 9:00 p.m. based on intelligence to raid bars in the Central District and cracked down on a suspected unlicensed bar at a unit on Lee Yuen Street West. The operation resulted to the arrest of a Filipino woman and a Nepalese, aged 31 and 60, on suspicion of violation of the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulations (Cap. 599F), which states “selling alcohol without a li...

October 24, 2022
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aaaThe anti-illegal and anti-vice operations from Yau Tsim Police District, the West Kowloon Regional Crime Unit, the West Kowloon Tactical Unit, and the Immigration Department conducted their operations yesterday (October 17) at 2:00 pm based on a tip-off and thorough investigation. From the operations, 16 women were arrested, including one holding a Philippine passport. The Philippine passport-holder woman was arrested together with three women from mainland China and five women from Indonesia, aged 29 to 42. They were arrested on suspicio...

October 18, 2022
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aaa16 males and eight females of unsubstantiated claimants of non-refoulement were repatriated in 3-day operations (Oct 10-13) of the Immigration Department (ImmD). They were sent back to their countries of origin. The 24 people were illegal immigrants and overstayers. Among them were discharged prisoners who had committed criminal offenses and had been sentenced to imprisonment. The ImmD has all along been committed to removing unsubstantiated non-refoulement claimants from Hong Kong as soon as practicable so as to maintain effective immigr...

October 17, 2022