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Ex-Fifa president Blatter and ex-Uefa boss Platini charged with fraud
Former Fifa officials Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been charged with fraud and other offences in Switzerland.
Swiss prosecutors say Mr Blatter unlawfully arranged a transfer of two million Swiss francs ($2.19m; £1.6m) to Mr Platini in 2011.
Prosecutors say the payment “damaged Fifa’s assets and unlawfully enriched Platini”.
Big freeze sees tourism numbers worsen in second Covid year
Only 91,000 people visited Hong Kong last year, a 97.4 percent drop year on year, the Tourism Board has announced.
As the Olympics approach, flights to China and Hong Kong are reduced due to COVID-19 and politics
Authorities in China and Hong Kong have been forcing cutbacks in air service and applying stepped-up COVID-19 restrictions as the Winter Olympics approach.
2 ex-Cathay employees charged over alleged anti-pandemic rule violations
A government statement says the pair ‘conducted unnecessary activities’ on December 25 and 27 during what was supposed to be a period of home isolation under medical surveillance.
3 senior Hong Kong officials caught up in ‘partygate’ leave quarantine camp early
Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui, Immigration Director Au Ka-wang and political assistant Allen Fung leave Penny’s Bay camp.
Hong Kong to provide 150 more quarantine hotel rooms for arriving helpers
The rooms will be at the Rambler Garden Hotel, which was already providing 500 of them for incoming domestic workers and will be raising its rates by 8 per cent.
Tycoon Kadoorie to pay US$337m to raise stake in Peninsula hotel owner
The Kadoorie family is seeking to raise its stake in the operator of the Peninsula hotel chain in a US$337 million transaction, or almost double the market price. The deal is su...
Hong Kong’s birth rate on track to hit 24-year low, with schools to bear brunt
Educators are now calling for more government subsidies for kindergartens, warning there could be a wave of school closures otherwise.
Hong Kong welcomed 91,000 visitors last year, 97pc less than 2020
Hong Kong welcomed 91,000 visitors in 2021, a 97.4 percent drop year-on-year, with the number of leisure tourists remaining close to zero.
Some 300,000 free Covid rapid test kits to be distributed to residents
A total of 300,000 free Covid-19 rapid test kits will be distributed to residents in need across all 18 districts in the coming few weeks, the Home Affairs Department announced ...
TikTok stars who made more money than many of America’s top CEOs
Median pay for chief executives of S&P 500 companies was $13.4 million in 2020
Small flat size among issues raised about Hong Kong subsidised housing scheme
Housing Authority members note unsold batch of 500 shoebox flats under Green Form Subsidised Home Ownership Scheme, saying low take-up rate suggests such tiny homes do not meet ...
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