Archive for August 21st, 2020

Why do ‘non-lethal’ weapons maim and kill protesters?

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

Riot police from Beirut and Baghdad to Hong Kong and Minsk often use so-called “non-lethal” weapons for crowd controlso why do protesters keep dying and being [...] » More

HK watchdog to investigate possible regulatory shortcomings after discovery of fake HPV vaccines

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

The city’s ombudsman has decided to investigate the government’s role in ensuring the quality of vaccines offered by private health care facilities after [...] » More

National security law: HK government slams US decision to unilaterally suspend three treaties, says city being treated ‘as a pawn’

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

The Hong Kong government has denounced a US decision to suspend three bilateral treaties related to the extradition of fugitives and tax exemptions for ships, stressing the [...] » More

HK third wave: just 18 Covid-19 cases expected to be recorded, though clinic closures may have played a role, source says

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

The number of daily coronavirus infections in Hong Kong fell to its lowest level in six weeks with 18 cases confirmed on Thursday, although clusters at the main port and [...] » More

Coronavirus: HK welfare chief says negotiations under way with major grocery chain on discounts-for-subsidies scheme

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Negotiations are under way with one major supermarket chain to offer discounts to shoppers as a new prerequisite for receiving pandemic-related government wage subsidies, the [...] » More

Moving beyond Covid-19: Cathay Pacific wrestles with uncertainty, hard choices, as it prepares to fly again

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

It was the early 1990s and Augustus Tang Kin-wing was among the key executives involved in a massive shake-up of Cathay Pacific Airways called “Operation Better [...] » More

HK eases mortgage rules for commercial property

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong’s banking regulator said on Wednesday it would relax commercial property mortgage rules, in a move to boost liquidity in a market that has been hit hard by [...] » More

HK police nab suspected serial sex attacker believed to have molested three women as he rode past on his electric bicycle

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Hong Kong police have arrested a suspected serial sex attacker who was believed to have molested three women as he rode past on his electric bicycle on three separate [...] » More

AIA’s first-half new business plunges nearly 40 per cent as coronavirus pandemic limits face-to-face policy sales

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

AIA Group said that it remains hopeful new business growth will pick up in the second half, as the easing of travel restrictions in China and other Asian markets could help [...] » More

National security law tarnishes HK’s image and leaves European Union firms revisiting plans, bloc’s envoy says

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

The European Union’s outgoing envoy for Hong Kong has warned that the city’s international image has been damaged by the imposition of the national security law [...] » More

US State Dept notifies HK it has ended three agreements

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | Aljazeera | 6:02 AM

The US State Department said it notified Hong Kong on Wednesday that Washington has suspended or terminated three bilateral agreements after China imposed a sweeping national [...] » More

Lohas Park greets 13 stores in HK’s biggest mall opening in a year amid pandemic

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

The stores will take up 70,000 sq ft of retail space or about 15 per cent of the 480,000 sq ft of available space in the three-storey mall known as The Lohas in New [...] » More

Coronavirus: HK mass testing set for September 1 launch as first detention centre case sparks fresh alarm

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

The daily number of new coronavirus infections in Hong Kong fell to its lowest in a month with 26 cases on Wednesday, as a Covid-19 patient was found in a detention centre [...] » More

National security law: Beijing, HK slam US decision to unilaterally suspend three treaties

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Beijing and Hong Kong have denounced a US decision to suspend three bilateral treaties related to the extradition of fugitives and tax exemptions for ships, stressing the [...] » More

‘Little logic’ in forcing HK’s biggest supermarkets to pass subsidies onto consumers through discounts during coronavirus crisis

21-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

A decision by the Hong Kong government to compel the city’s two biggest supermarket chains that benefited from wage subsidies to pass on gains in the form of discounts [...] » More