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Platforms offer cash, iPhones to lure consumers in HK$5,000 e-voucher scheme
Rival payment platforms chosen for e-voucher scheme unveil a raft of new offers, including additional digital money and iPhone giveaways.
South China airport cancels flights after COVID case
The airport in China's southern city of Shenzhen cancelled hundreds of flights and tightened entry controls Saturday after a restaurant employee tested positive for the Delta coronavirus variant.
It's not just Delta -- other coronavirus variants worry scientists, also
Coronavirus variants are what keep Dr. Scott Lindquist, an epidemiologist for Washington state, up at night.
BioNTech shots have stronger antibody response than Sinovac, Hong Kong study shows
People who are vaccinated against COVID-19 with BioNTech's (22UAy.DE) vaccine were found to have "substantially higher" levels of antibodies than those who received Sinovac's jab, the South China Morning Post reported on Saturday, citing...
Hainan faces an uphill struggle to catch Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai
The island’s transformation into global trade hub is far from assured, not least because of its chequered past as a base for exiles and smugglers. It is not known for efficiency or being business friendly. Nor for its nightlife, writes W...
Hong Kong’s intellectually disabled spend less time outdoors amid pandemic: study
Findings are part of Chinese University survey done in 19 countries on carers, with 269 of them from city.
Ireland wants a 'compromise' on Biden's 15% global tax plan
Ireland, known for its low tax rates, wants a compromise over global taxation, the country's finance minister told CNBC.
Hong Kong sees three new imported cases, zero local infections for 11 days in a row
Health authorities on Friday reported three imported coronavirus cases, marking the eleventh consecutive day of zero local infections.
Inside the elite UK tech event attended by the rich and famous
Hundreds of the biggest names in European tech rubbed shoulders with politicians and wealthy investors on the lawns of the Soho Farmhouse private members club in rural England at what was one of the first major tech events to happen in o...
Housing development in country parks likely to face resistance, says former director of lands
Former director of lands Patrick Lau Lai-chiu said now is not a good time to bring back up the plan of having country parks developed for housing purposes, which is likely to face resistance.
Delta COVID Variant Becoming Globally Dominant, Says Top WHO Scientist
WHO officials said Africa remains an area of concern, even though it accounts for only around 5% of new global infections and 2% of deaths.
UN Chief Antonio Guterres Sworn In For Second Term, Vows To Learn From Pandemic
In office since 2017, Antonio Guterres promised to act independently of member states and organizations during the swearing-in ceremony.
Hong Kong, Macau set to discuss lifting of border restrictions
Hong Kong and Macau officials are set to meet and discuss how to resume cross-border commuting, after Hong Kong has seen zero untraceable local infections for 12 days in a row.
Delta Variant Represents Almost 90% Of New Moscow Covid Cases
A total of 9,056 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, with Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin saying that the highly infectious Delta variant first identified in India represented almost 90 percent of new cases.
WhatsApp is where real political power lies in Britain
Dominic Cummings, former chief adviser to the UK prime minister, has this week published private WhatsApp messages with Boris Johnson. The chat shows how the messaging app, that is fully transparent to foreign powers in real time, domina...
sign of the times as pandemic nurses bridge language gap
A nurse at Hong Kong Infection Control Center at North Lantau Hospital said she had to resort to body language to communicate with Covid-19 patients who spoke neither Cantonese nor English.
No guarantee Hong Kong landlords won’t pocket housing allowance cash: officials
Trial scheme, which will give monthly allowances to 90,000 households who have waited years for public housing, to start next month, but officials say there is nothing to stop landlords raising rents to benefit from handouts.
Britain considers easing Covid-19 international travel restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens
The UK is considering easing travel restrictions for fully-vaccinated Britons, Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman said, adding that the government strives for a balanced decision to not discriminate against anyone.
Hong Kong business chambers announce HK$35 million in vaccination giveaways
Among the new prizes being offered up are luxury cars, business class plane tickets, jewellery and shopping vouchers.
Bubble tea chain seeks up to US$656 million in Hong Kong IPO
Chinese bubble tea chain Nayuki Holdings Ltd is seeking to raise as much as HK$5.09 billion (US$656 million) in a Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO), the latest company to test a rebound in investor appetite for listings in the Asia...
Blockchain offers Hong Kong a chance for financial innovation, experts say
Blockchain could lower barriers to entry in Hong Kong’s important financial industry and help it catch up in innovation as it further integrates into the Greater Bay Area.
Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and More Come Out To Celebrate June Ambrose’s Glamorous 50th Birthday
The legendary costume designer and creative director of Puma turned her milestone birthday into 30 days worth of celebration.
3 Covid-19 vaccine takers in Hong Kong receive payouts over side effects
With more than 3 million doses of vaccines having been administered since February, the Food and Health Bureau said it had received 74 applications for compensation as of June 10.
How many deaths are acceptable in ‘zero-Covid-19’ economies?
Through lockdowns and border closures, many Asia-Pacific territories have kept deaths below a typical flu season, but now face scientific and philosophical considerations over the value of a human life.
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