Overseas-based Chinese and their supporters rallied in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York and Toronto, with more protests planned in coming days. Outside the Chinese consulate in New York, hundreds gathered, some waving blank white placards, which have become a protest symbol in China. About 50 mainland Chinese students attended the rally, which was the biggest protest by mainland Chinese in Australia, said Chen Yonglin, a democracy activist who promoted the vigil on social media. "They will try to find out who are the organizers," said Chen, a former Chinese consulate official who defected in 2005. The Chinese embassy in Australia and the education office of the Chinese consulate in Sydney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Lo Chung-Mau John Lee Previous NextJane CheungLegal amendments have been made to empower Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau to invalidate "suspicious" Covid vaccine waiver certificates, four days after a court ruled he had no such power. The Health Bureau yesterday said it will not file an appeal against the ruling, but instead it revised the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation to address the shortcomings. Lo will also have the power to invalidate all vaccine exemption certificates issued by certain doctors "out of public interest." "If people delay their jabs because they possess jab waiver certificates issued by these doctors, their health may be at risk. He said, by his understanding, several hundreds of the 20,000 certificate holders have gotten new waiver documents from public doctors, while over 1,000 others have taken their first jab.3 months ago The Standard (HK)
Visitors take in the Chinese artist Wang Guangyi's "Art and Politics" at the M+ art museum in Hong Kong. Most arts organizations in Hong Kong rely on government subsidies, and the Arts Development Council is the gatekeeper for more than HK$100 million (US$12.7 million) of annual funding. This week's council election took place under new rules that restricted the voter base and required all candidates to secure backing from a committee of Beijing loyalists. "In 2019, the pressures of politics left me discouraged ... (This time) the atmosphere is very calm," Zhao told AFP after his victory. Instead, two-thirds mentioned how Hong Kong should better integrate into China's regional development blueprint.3 months ago The Standard (HK)
(Reuters)Rebuffed by Western countries, Russia doubled down on its warning that Kyiv is preparing to use a "dirty bomb" in Ukraine and said it would bring the issue to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. "We will regard the use of the dirty bomb by the Kyiv regime as an act of nuclear terrorism," Russia's U.N. "There would be consequences for Russia whether it uses a dirty bomb or a nuclear bomb." Russia's defence ministry said the aim of a "dirty bomb" attack by Ukraine would be to blame Russia for the resulting radioactive contamination. U.S. officials said there was no indication Russia had decided to use a dirty bomb or any nuclear weapon.3 months ago The Standard (HK)
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni may say more on this in her end-of-year news conference from around 11:30 a.m. (1030 GMT). It was unclear when the EU health committee, which started its meeting on Thursday morning, would end and what decisions it could take. "The EU Health Security Committee is meeting ... to discuss the COVID-19 situation in China and possible measures to be taken in a coordinated way," the European Commission's health directorate general said on Twitter. The Health Security Committee is composed of officials from health ministries across the bloc and chaired by the Commission. China has rejected criticism of its COVID statistics as groundless and politically motivated attempts to smear its policies.1 month ago The Standard (HK)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz enters the courtroom for the sentencing hearing in Cruz’s trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, U.S. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2022. (Reuters)Nikolas Cruz, who murdered 17 students and staff with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school, was formally sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after listening to hours of anguished testimony from survivors and victims' relatives. He removed his mask when the mother of one of his victims told him keeping it on was disrespectful. Victoria Gonzalez, whose boyfriend 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver was among those Cruz killed, told Cruz they were in the same class together. "I'm sorry that you never saw the love that the world is capable of giving," she told Cruz.2 months ago The Standard (HK)
People watch a TV broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing a ballistic missile off its east coast, in Seoul, South Korea, November 3. South Korean officials believe the ICBM failed in flight, Yonhap news agency reported, without elaborating. North Korea has had several failed ICBM tests this year, according to South Korean and U.S. officials. The United States condemned North Korea's ICBM launch, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. About an hour after the first launch, South Korea's military and the Japanese coast guard reported a second and third launch from North Korea.2 months ago The Standard (HK)
It is a blessing that Hong Kong stocks closed with another gain a day after starting the New Year with a spectacular intraday rebound. According to some ad hoc polls, Hong Kong and Macau are the two most preferred destinations for the mainlanders. Since the start of the pandemic, Hong Kong stocks have lost nearly 30 percent and 2022 was the worst performing year since 2011. It is probable that the market here has bottomed out and the worst for Hong Kong stocks is now over. Putting geopolitical risks aside, the worst is believed to be over for Hong Kong.26 days ago The Standard (HK)