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Recent articles by Kanis:

Pasta bugs, plastic salt and ice cream bacteria: 2020’s top food scares in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Dec 26 (SCMP): Health was on everyone’s minds over the past year as the Covid-19 health crisis swept Hong Kong, but the discovery of food impurities also made headlinesFrom energy bars loaded with sugar to ‘siu mei’ – spit-roasted meat – that carried a walloping full day of recommended sodium intake, here are some of the reports that mattered most → Read More

Hong Kong is facing a not-so-happy New Year, with annual fireworks display, parade both cancelled

HONG KONG, Dec 5 (SCMP): Officials are calling off the pyrotechnics over Victoria Harbour, as well as the annual Lunar New Year parade in February, due to the fourth wave of Covid-19 infectionsLast year also saw both events heavily scaled back because of the threat of protests → Read More

4th wave in HK: All residents promised free COVID vaccine as city confirms 103 new cases

Health secretary Sophia Chan says public to be offered vaccination on voluntary basis, with priority for frontline workers and the elderly. Clusters in building site and care home continue to grow as Hong Kong’s fourth wave brings another triple-digit jump of new cases. → Read More

Hong Kong manhunt under way after knife attack on China billionaire, China News

Hong Kong police are hunting three men who allegedly assaulted mainland billionaire Qian Fenglei and his assistant with knives in Wan Chai at around midnight on Friday. The attack happened as Qian, the 43-year-old director of Universal International Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited, was about to leave Harbour Road with his assistant, a 48-year-old man surnamed Fang. Fang remained in critical... → Read More

PLA video shows armored personnel carriers driving through HK streets before exercise

The city garrison of the People’s Liberation Army releases a video on Weibo showing live-fire exercises. The rare footage shows the drill to enhance soldier’s ‘overall ability in fighting’. → Read More

PLA video shows armoured cars driving through Hong Kong streets, China News

The People’s Liberation Army has released a video showing armoured personnel carriers driving through the streets of Hong Kong, before completing a live-fire exercise in the countryside around the city. A one-minute video showing soldiers training around the Tsing Shan firing range area in Tuen Mun was uploaded to the Hong Kong garrison’s official Weibo account on Saturday. Vehicles are... → Read More

New hygiene standards for Hong Kong tourism businesses aimed at getting out message city is safe to visit despite Covid-19 pandemic

HONG KONG, Oct 9 (SCMP): Tourism board says new accreditation programme seeks to involve hotels, restaurants, malls and attractionsParticipating businesses will have to undergo random compliance checks and could be delisted for failing to adhere to standards → Read More

Hong Kong marks first day with no local Covid-19 cases since September 15, as city welfare chief says ‘imperfect’ wage scheme saved jobs

HONG KONG, Sept 27 (SCMP): Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong concedes relief effort won’t save every job, but ‘furloughs could be much worse’ without itSole infection recorded on Saturday an imported case involving a 48-year-old arrival from Bahrain → Read More

Coronavirus: what conditions should Hong Kong travel bubble carry, and is it too late for tourism?

While officials say six countries have shown interest, industry figures realise Macau and the mainland will be first, and are planning accordingly. → Read More

A tip is nice, but ‘thank you’ goes a long way for Hong Kong’s growing army of food delivery workers

More join the ranks of food delivery people as pandemic sparks sharp increase in orders. → Read More

Hong Kong police arrest mother after son dies in suspected murder-suicide bid, China News

A Hong Kong mother has been arrested on suspicion of killing her son in a botched murder-suicide bid in the early hours of Saturday. The 46-year-old woman allegedly strangled the 21-year-old, who is believed to have an intellectual disability, inside their public housing flat in Kwai Chung. Police said three other family members, including the father, were in the flat... → Read More

Health staff trio sparks Covid-19 cluster fears amid grim Hong Kong milestone, China News

Three health workers in contact with hundreds of Hongkongers were among 64 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Saturday, sparking fears of a major outbreak at an eye clinic as the number of Covid-19 infections overtook the city's tally for the Sars epidemic. Sixty cases were locally transmitted including a woman who shared the same ward as three people with Covid-19... → Read More

Coronavirus: thousands more cruise passengers might have been exposed to deadly infection

Thousands more people than previously thought might have been exposed to the deadly coronavirus, after a cruise line admitted one of its ships had sailed four times since carrying eight mainland Chinese passengers infected with the disease. → Read More

Effectiveness of virus drugs 'could be gauged within weeks' with tests to begin, Asia News

The effectiveness of drugs being developed in Hong Kong to combat the deadly Wuhan coronavirus could be judged within weeks, infectious diseases expert Professor Yuen Kwok-yung has revealed ahead of testing. Yuen offered a fresh glimmer of hope on Wednesday against the outbreak, the day after saying city researchers had already come up with a vaccine for the virus but needed time for trials. → Read More

Guests leave Hong Kong hotel connected to city's first coronavirus infection, Asia News

Guests have begun checking out of the Hong Kong hotel where the family of the city's first coronavirus patient had been staying. Worries about a potential epidemic outbreak heightened on Wednesday night after a mainland Chinese tourist from Wuhan was hospitalised and authorities scrambled to trace four other members of his family who had travelled with him to the city before flying to the… → Read More

A saucy warning: Hongkongers urged to cut back on favourite foods, Asia News

Some of Hong Kong's best-loved food is laced with potentially harmful levels of sodium and should be eaten in moderation, while people should consider dropping some sauces entirely, the Consumer Council said on Wednesday. In a collaboration with the Centre for Food Safety, the council tested 100 samples, covering 10 types of "siu mei" - spit-roasted meat - and "lo mei", another Chinese-style… → Read More

Hong Kong unrest: legal row after police take away protester from British consulate

Disagreement over whether officers had the right to enforce the law at the diplomatic site. But one police source says UK staff had called officers in. → Read More

Concert of Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou postponed amid protests, Entertainment, Asia News

A long-anticipated concert of Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou in Hong Kong next month has been postponed due to the ongoing political unrest in the city. The organiser, Best Shine Entertainment, on Tuesday said it was regretful to push back Prudential WE DO LISTENING: Jay Chou Carnival World Tour Concert 2019 Hong Kong, citing "uncertainties and possible interruption of public transports". The… → Read More

Police treatment of children arrested at Hong Kong protests raises concern, Asia News

Lawyer Steven Kwan Man-wai recalls the day he sat across from a thin 15-year-old in a windowless room at a Hong Kong court. About 36 hours earlier, at around 11.50pm on August 29, the boy was arrested for being part of an unlawful assembly in Sham Shui Po, as officers dispersed protesters who threw bricks and pointed laser beams at the police station there. → Read More

23 spice products sold in Hong Kong have cancer-causing substances: consumer watchdog

They are found to have aflatoxins or ochratoxin A, toxic compounds produced by fungiFor two nutmeg products, the amount of aflatoxins exceeds regulatory limits → Read More