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Police arrested 31 men and two women, aged 13 to 74, during public processions in Yuen Long today. Five Police officers were injured.

 

They were arrested for offences including possession of weapons, assaulting Police, obstructing Police, fighting, disorder and indecent assault.

 

Some participants disputed with bystanders, threw objects, and blocked traffic.

 

After repeated warnings, Police used pepper spray and batons to stop the violence.

 

Police condemned the unlawful behaviour and more arrests are pending as investigations continue.

Sino-French private equity firm Cathay Capital Private Equity has acquired global advertising management platform Smart AdServer, according to a company announcement. The transaction value is not disclosed, but media reports have put the number at €37 million (US$41 million). After the completion of the acquisition, Smart AdServer will become an independent company. Since September 2007, […]

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Beijing-based O2O (online-to-offline) platform for automotive after sales service Yikuaixiu.com has received US$12 million series A financing from Chinese venture firm Lightspeed China Partners, according to Chinese media reports. The company says it will use the proceeds to expand its offerings and to build more offline stores in major cities in China. Launched in June […]

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Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen has rejected a call by US lawmakers who are urging their government to ensure Hong Kong’s autonomy before granting trade and economic privileges to the city.

 

Mr Yuen said today such move cannot help Hong Kong's push for democracy.

 

Constitutional development is an internal affair of China and Hong Kong, he said, adding he hopes other countries respect this position and refrain from interfering.

The Labour Department has reminded employers of foreign domestic helpers not to abuse or exploit their workers.

 

The warning came today after an employer was jailed six years for assault and intimidation, non-payment of wages, non-granting of statutory holidays and rest days, and failure to take out employees' compensation insurance.

 

She was also fined and ordered to pay outstanding wages.

 

It said employers are criminally liable for their failure to pay wages or grant holidays or rest days to their employees as required by the Employment Ordinance, or take out employees' compensation insurance policies.

 

The department urged any worker to contact it if they felt they were being deprived of their statutory or contractual employment rights and benefits.

 

The department has boosted publicity to educate foreign domestic helpers on personal safety and seeking redress through government channels.

The 2017 universal suffrage proposal is not the endgame for improving Hong Kong's electoral freedoms, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen says.

 

Speaking to the press after attending a District Council meeting today, he said when universal suffrage in electing the Chief Executive in 2017 is implemented, there will be room for improvement.

 

Although he cannot say which particular area can be amended at the moment, if the constitutional reform measure is adopted in 2017 the Chief Executive selection method can be improved according to Hong Kong’s situation and its experience with the new format.

 

He said he hopes legislators support the reform for the benefit of the public.

The Office of the Licensing Authority is taking enforcement action against seven unlicensed guesthouses.

 

The office stepped up enforcement action against unlicensed guesthouses during the Lunar New Year holiday.

 

Since February 14, the office has made surprise inspections, sent undercover officers in as tourists and worked with other departments to crack down on illicit guesthouses throughout the city.

 

Of the 169 premises inspected, enforcement action is being taken against seven.

 

Over the past five years, the number of inspections of suspected unlicensed premises has increased from 2,678 in 2010 to 13,153 in 2014, reflecting the office's determination to curb unlicensed guesthouse operation.

Asian private equity firm Baring Private Equity Asia has reached final closing of its sixth fund, the Baring Asia Private Equity Fund VI, at a hard cap of US$3.988 billion, according to a company announcement. The fund reached its first closing of US$3.3 billion last year within four months of launching. The latest fund will […]

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Police are investigating a murder-suicide case in Ngau Tau Kok in which a 68-year-old man and his one-year-old grandson died today.

 

Police received report at about 12.45pm that a man and a boy fell from a height at Choi Yee House, Choi Tak Estate.

 

Police found the pair lying unconscious on the podium and on the ground outside the building.

 

They were later certified dead at United Christian Hospital.

Police are investigating a murder-suicide case in Ngau Tau Kok in which a 68-year-old man and his one-year-old grandson died today.

 

Police received report at about 12.45pm that a man and a boy fell from a height at Choi Yee House, Choi Tak Estate.

 

Police found the pair lying unconscious on the podium and on the ground outside the building.

 

They were later certified dead at United Christian Hospital.

Police have arrested a bus driver after a woman died in a traffic accident in Cheung Sha Wan today.

 

The 74-year-old victim was reportedly knocked down by a bus exiting Mei Foo Bus Terminus on Cheung Sha Wan Road just before midday.

 

She was sent to Princess Margaret Hospital where she later died.

 

The 61-year-old driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death.

 

Witnesses should call Police on 2733 5200. 

Police have arrested a bus driver after a woman died in a traffic accident in Cheung Sha Wan today.

 

The 74-year-old victim was reportedly knocked down by a bus exiting Mei Foo Bus Terminus on Cheung Sha Wan Road just before midday.

 

She was sent to Princess Margaret Hospital where she later died.

 

The 61-year-old driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death.

 

Witnesses should call Police on 2733 5200. 

Director of Fire Services Lai Man-hin has expressed profound sadness at the passing of former Director of Fire Services Tsang Kwong-yu, and offered deepest condolences to his family on behalf of department colleagues.

 

Mr Tsang had served the department for 37 years. He joined the Government as an Assistant Station Officer in March 1964. He was promoted to Chief Fire Officer in July 1992 and to Deputy Director of Fire Services in October 1995. He was appointed Director of Fire Services in November 1998 and retired in January 2001. 

 

He had rendered significant contribution to the advancement of fire services and fire engineering over the years, the department said, adding that it has also offered any assistance necessary to Mr Tsang's family.

Police today urged people to call 999 in emergencies only, as misuse delays the handling of genuine emergencies and endangers the lives of people at risk.

 

Police Regional Command & Control Centres received more than 2.32 million calls last year, of which only 55.5% were genuine. The rest were nuisance calls or misdialled.

 

People are advised to seek assistance from police stations as officers can promptly handle most crime reports and non-emergency requests.

 

Click here or use the Hong Kong Police Mobile Application for station contact numbers. 

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A 53-year-old taxi driver died in a traffic accident in Tsing Yi today.

 

At about 5pm, the taxi was travelling along Lantau Link towards Kowloon. When it approached Ma Wan, the driver reportedly lost control of the car, and it rammed into the roadside barrier, then hit a private car.

 

The driver was sent to Yan Chai Hospital, where he later died.

 

Witnesses should call Police on 3661 1300.

The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department seized about 60 kilograms of smuggled worked ivory at the Chek Lap Kok Air Mail Centre on Lantau Island on February 10 and 16.

 

Quarantine detector dogs helped the officers to find the ivory inside 12 parcels from Nigeria.

 

The investigation continues.

 

Any person found guilty of trading in endangered species for commercial purposes is liable to a $5 million fine and two years in prison.

Police, Immigration and Labour Department officers have arrested 17 illegal workers and their employers at Lunar New Year fairs and parallel trade hotspots in North District.

 

Officers searched the Lunar New Year Fairs in Victoria Park, Morse Park, Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O, Sha Tin, Tai Po and Sheung Shui yesterday.

 

Five illegal workers and their four employers were arrested.

 

In the past two days, officers also searched locations in Lok Ma Chau and Sheung Shui, and arrested eight Mainlanders involved in parallel trade activities for breaching their conditions of stay.

Immigration and Police officers have arrested seven people for illegal work offences at the Lunar New Year fairs in Victoria Park and Fa Hui Park.

 

Officers raided 10 stalls yesterday and arrested three women aged 37 to 50.

 

Three men and one woman, aged 18 to 61, were arrested for employing the illegal workers.

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen will study the court ruling on the Lamma ferry tragedy to consider whether an appeal should be lodged.

 

The coxswains of both vessels were jailed for their roles in the 2012 collision in which 39 people were killed. After the ruling, several of the victims' relatives expressed concern over the sentences imposed.

 

Mr Yuen told reporters today he cannot comment on the sentences as the Government has yet to decide on whether to lodge an appeal.

 

He also noted the Director of Public Prosecutions will decide on whether to press charges against any government officials involved in the incident by the end of this month.