Hong Kong

Hong Kong prepares for new leader

The candidate will be chosen by a committee of mostly pro-Beijing electors, rather than a public vote, which pro-democracy campaigners have been fighting for.

Carrie Lam, deputy to the current leader, is China's choice for the role and is expected to win.

Ahead of the vote, around 1,000 people took to the streets to demand a greater say in who will lead Hong Kong.

Mrs Lam's main rival, former finance chief John Tsang, is the public's favourite, according to opinion polls.

The third candidate is retired judge Woo Kwok-hing.

Hong Kong goes crazy for 'hero' policeman

The man had climbed a 20-metre-high (65ft) crane at a construction site, and police were called to the scene.

Ifzal Zaffar, who is of Pakistani descent, duly climbed up too and addressed him in their shared language.

The man agreed to come down, and was taken to hospital.

Constable Zaffer, who also speaks fluent Cantonese, said he was simply following his training.

"I used the techniques we learned at the academy … I think he felt safer knowing that I could talk to him in his own language," he told Apple Daily.

Sri Lanka 'hunting' refugees who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong

Criminal investigators from Sri Lanka are believed to have visited Hong Kong looking for them, their lawyer said.

The Sri Lankan police have denied the allegations.

Law enforcement authorities from mainland China or other countries have no jurisdiction in Hong Kong.

The lawyer representing the men, Robert Tibbo, said that at least two officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Sri Lanka police visited Hong Kong in December looking for them.

At least 18 injured in fire on Hong Kong metro train

The victims have been transferred to local hospitals, although their conditions are not known, Hong Kong officials said.

A 60-year-old man has been arrested and accused of arson, Hong Kong police said at press conference Friday.

The man, whose last name is Cheung, was critically injured and told police he set the fire, authorities said.

Police said they believe the fire was an isolated incident carried out for personal reasons. There is no evidence it was terror-related, they said.

Russia beat Pukpuks 49-19

Russia captain and flanker Viktor Gresev was instrumental in the win with a hat trick of tries to his name.

The defending champions were out to a 21-0 lead after Gresev’s first two tries in the 12th and 19th minute.

The Pukpuks were on the board after 21 minutes of play when winger John Ephraim crossed over. An unsuccessful conversion brought the score to 21-5.

But Russia continued to pile on the points with more points to Anton Ryabov and Valery Tsnobiladze.

Barras set 201 for Hong Kong to chase

The Barras were in trouble early on in the match when openers Tony Ura (8) and Vani Vagi Morea (1) were dismissed.

Captain Assad Vala steadied the ship, top scoring with 70 runs. He was assisted along the way by Lega Siaka (22) and Sese Bau (40).

But after Vala’s dismissal, wickets continued to fall with the last four batsmen going for 28 runs. 

The Barras were all bowled out after 45.5 overs.

Nadeem Ahmed was his side’s top bowler, taking 4/50.

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Barras go down against Hong Kong

Hong Kong batted first and set a mammoth target of 269 for the Barras to chase for victory.

Barras started well knocking off Hong Kong openers cheaply off consecutive balls after deciding to bat, but a 78-run third-wicket stand from skipper  Babar Hayat and Nizakat Khan got them back on track to end the overs at  6 for 269.

Chad Soper was the Barras’ best bowler, finishing with 3/39.

Hong Kong shuts down as Typhoon Haima edges closer

The warning calls for tropical storm winds of 63 to 117 kph (39 to 73 mph) and advises residents to secure windows, reinforce them with shutters, and remain indoors. The No. 8 Storm Signal is expected to remain in force most of the day in Hong Kong.

So far, the Home Affairs Department has opened 20 temporary shelters in various districts, with a total of 59 people seeking refuge at the shelters. The stock exchange (HKEX) is also closed.

Barras to tour Hong Kong after Namibia

The event is part of the round robin league matches between the eight participating teams; Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Netherlands and Namibia. They are all vying for a chance to get into the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 and subsequently to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Hong Kong has named their squad yesterday for the upcoming match while Papua New Guinea Hebou Barramundis is looking to maintain their team against Namibia.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong barred from entering Thailand

Mr Wong, who became the face of the 2014 Hong Kong street protests, had been hoping to speak to Thai students.

But the 19-year-old was detained on arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport and then flown back to Hong Kong.

He said there had been "no explanation for his detention", but activists attributed the decision to intervention from Beijing.

Mr Wong was at the heart of the mass demonstrations against Beijing that brought parts of Hong Kong to a standstill in late 2014.