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Dining restrictions in restaurants and bars to ease from Oct 6

Posted on 02 October 2022 No comments

By The SUN

 

More people will be allowed to sit together in restaurants and bars, but live shows are banned

In response to appeals from the catering industry for the easing of rules pertaining to people eating and drinking together in restaurants and bars, the government issued late on Friday guidelines raising the maximum number of diners per group in such places.

Starting on Thursday, Oct. 6, the maximum number of people who may eat together in restaurants or gather in party rooms, karaokes, swimming pools and other designated premises will be increased to 12 from the current eight.

Those who can sit together in bars will go up to six from the current four.

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For banquets, the maximum number of people who will be allowed to gather in one place has been doubled to 240 from the present 120.

The government also allowed the resumption of trips-to-nowhere trips on cruise ships, which were halted at the start of the fifth wave of the pandemic earlier this year.

However, live performances are still prohibited in these venues. Also, the requirement for banquet guests, as well as patrons of bars, pubs and nightclubs to undergo a rapid antigen test within 24 hours before entry will remain.

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Opening hours will be kept to up to midnight for restaurants and 2am for bars and pubs. The allowed capacity for most of the venues, including cinemas, theaters and churches will be kept at 85 percent.

The vaccine pass scheme where the minimum age requirement was lowered to five from today, will also continue. This means those on red or amber code will still be prevented from entering high-risk places such as eateries, libraries, swimming pools.

The government said the rules prohibiting group gatherings in public places will be kept, meaning only up to four people are still allowed to gather together outdoors. They should also keep on their masks, unless performing strenuous exercises.

According to the government statement, the Covid-19 situation has recently subsided, with positive cases dropping from a high of 11,000 in early September to between 3,000 and 4,000 in recent days.

Earlier, the government allowed people, especially caregivers, to store up to eight vaccination QR codes in their LeaveHomeSafe app so they can easily accompany young children and elderly people aged 65 who have vaccine passes, to enter designated premises.

Children aged 5 to 11 should have two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, or are within three months of receiving their first jab, to qualify for the vaccine pass.

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As for those aged 12 and above, they now must receive their third dose within five months, instead of six months, to continue using their vaccine pass.

Details of the amended regulations may be found here: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202209/30/P2022093000818.htm

Meanwhile, health authorities reported 3,907 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday, 226 of them imported.

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Six deaths involving Covid patients were also recorded.

More than 1,600 patients are receiving treatment in public hospitals, including 11 who are under intensive care.

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2 Pilipina, itinali ng 3 magnanakaw kasama ng employer

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Napapaligiran ng mataas na bakod ang ninakawang bahay sa 4 Essex Crescent Road

Hanggang ngayon ay pinaghahanap pa ng mga pulis ang apat na lalaki na nanloob sa isang bahay sa Kowloon Tong at itinali ang dalawang Pilipinang domestic helper at kanilang lalaking amo bago tumakas, dala ang cash na RMB1 million.

Kinilala ng mga pulis ang may-ari ng bahay sa No 4 Essex Crescent Road, Kowloon Tong, bilang “Fung,” 44 na taong gulang. Ang kanyang dalawang domestic helper na parehong Pilipina ay edad 26 at 29.

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Ayon pa sa mga pulis, nakatakas ang mga nanloob na apat na lalaki na naka hood,  gwantes, at itim na t-shirt na pawang nasa 1.8 metro ang taas, at kasalukuyan pa ring pinaghahanap.

Wala ni isang nasaktan sa tatlo katao na itinali nila.

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Batay sa report ng pulis, tumawag sa kanila ang biktima bandang 1:02 ng umaga ng Sabado, at sinabing pinasok sila ng tatlong magnanakaw at tinangay ang tatlong safe sa bahay na may lamang RMB1 million at mga alahas.

Tumakas ang tatlo sakay ng isang kotse.

Ayon naman sa ibang balita, habang patakas ang mga magnanakaw ay nagawang tanggalin ng isa sa mga Pilipina ang kanyang tali, at sinubukan pang habulin ang tatlong lalaki, nguni’t bigla silang sumakay sa kotse at umalis sa direksyon ng Waterloo Road.

Sumunod na tinanggal ng Pilipina ang mga tali ng kanyang amo at kapwa domestic helper. Noon na nagawang tumawag sa pulis ni Fung.

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Ayon pa sa kwento, kasalukuyang nasa sala pa ng bahay si Fung at isang Pilipina samantalang nasa kuwarto na ang pangalawang Pilipina at natutulog nang bigla silang pasukin ng mga magnanakaw.

Nang dumating ang mga pulis sa bahay ay nakita nila ang isang lalagyan ng kutsilyo na ginamit ng mga magnanakaw. Tiningnan din nila ang mga CCTV sa lugar para sa pagkilanlan ng mga suspek.

Bumalik muli ang mga pulis bandang alas 9 ng umaga para mag imbestiga sa bahay at sa mga katabing lugar.

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Nilista ng mga pulis ang kaso bilang “burglary” o panloloob na may gamit na pwersa.

Samantala, ayon sa isa pang balita, bandang 5 ng umaga ay may nagtangka din daw pumasok sa isang kalapit na bahay sa No 2, Rutland Quadrant, pero nabigo. Ang tatlong magnanakaw ay nakatalon na sa pader ng bahay nguni’t nabigong pasukin ito.

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2nd consumption voucher for qualified residents disbursed today

Posted on 01 October 2022 No comments

By The SUN

 

The consumption voucher sceheme is pandemic relief aid for qualified residents

The government disbursed today, Oct 1, the second installment in this year’s Consumption Voucher Scheme, under which qualified residents are to get a total of $5,000 in cash vouchers.

This is the second consecutive year that $5,000 in consumption vouchers are being handed out to eligible persons, comprising permanent residents and newcomers, in Hong Kong, to help ease the financial burden wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

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In 2020, all permanent residents aged 18 and above, were each given $10,000 cash, deposited in their designated personal bank accounts.

Under the expanded coverage this year, about 6.36 million residents qualified for the scheme, and each received $2,000 spending vouchers in August.

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For the second round, they will get either $3,000 or $2,000, depending on which e-wallets they chose to receive them.

Those who opted to get the cash vouchers through AlipayHK, BoC Pay, HSBC’s PayMe, Tap & Go and WeChat Pay HK received the second tranche of $3,000 in full today.

Those who signed up for the scheme through Octopus will get $2,000 with the remaining $1,000 being dispensed with later this year.

If their “cumulative eligible spending” using Octopus has reached $4,000 by the end of November, they could collect the balance by Dec 16 at the earliest. Otherwise they have until March 31 next year to reach the spending amount to collect the voucher by April 16 at the latest.

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Those who are getting the second voucher through the other five e-wallets should use up the total amount of $5,000 on or before Feb 28, 2023, or they will expire.

The entitled persons who had applied for the spending vouchers earlier, received SMS mobile app push notifications earlier today informing them that they could start collecting their second voucher.

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The public may browse the apps and websites or call the following hotlines of the relevant SVF operators to enquire about how to use the vouchers, the value of the vouchers disbursed, unspent/available balance and expiry dates, etc.

 
    
AlipayHK2245 3201
     BoC Pay
3988 1822
     Octopus
2969 5588
     Payme from HSBC
2996 7288
     Tap & Go
2888 0000
     WeChat Pay HK
3929 1666
 
The public may visit the Scheme website (www.consumptionvoucher.gov.hk) or call the hotline 18 5000 for enquiries if they have any questions about the Scheme.

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Nag-aplay ng 2 HKID card, ligtas sa kulong

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Marami ang nahuhuling may pangalawang HKID magmula nang ilabas ang SMART ID card 

Nakaiwas sa kulong nitong Biyernes si A. T. Agustin, 46 taong gulang, matapos niyang aminin na kumuha siya ng pangalawang HKID card nang bumalik sa Hong Kong noong 2016.

Pinatawan siya ni Magistrate David Cheung ng dalawang buwang pagkabilanggo, na suspendido ng dalawang taon, na ang ibig sabihin ay hindi siya ikukulong kung hindi na siya muling lalabag sa batas sa loob ng itinakdang panahon.

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Pero pinagmulta siya ng $1,000.

Ayon sa mahistrado, seryoso ang ginawang pagtatago ni Agustin sa una niyang HKID at pagkuha niya ng pangalawa dahil may kaakibat itong panganib sa lipunan.

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Nguni’t isinaalang-alang daw niya ang ipinakita nitong pagsisisi sa ginawa, ang kanyang malinis na record, at ang patuloy na pagpapatrabaho sa kanya ng kanyang employer, na sumama pa sa korte para ipakita ang kanyang suporta.

Ayon sa tinanggap na salaysay ni Agustin, una siyang nagtrabaho sa Hong Kong noong 1997, gamit ang tunay niyang pangalan, pero pinatanda ang kanyang edad.

Hindi ito ang unang kaso na ganito ang pangyayari, dahil maraming mga employment agency ang nagpapalit ng edad ng mga ipinapasok nilang mga domestic worker dati para ipakita sa employer na kaya na ng mga ito ang makipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa.

Nang bumalik si Agustin noong 2016 ay ginamit naman niya ang pangalang G. F.Tabangin, at tinama na ang edad. 

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Nabisto lang ang ginawa niyang pagsisinungaling nang mag-aplay siya ng Smart HKID nitong Abril.

Inaresto si Agustin, at kinasuhan ng pagsisinungaling sa Immigration officer at pagkuha ng pangalawang HKID card.

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Pero sa kanyang pagharap sa korte ay nagkasundo ang magkabilang panig na ibasura na ang unang kaso at aaminin na ni Agustin na sinadya niyang kumuha ng pangalawang HKID card na labag sa batas.

Matapos ng kanyang pag-amin ay hiniling ng abugado ni Agustin na patawan siya ng sentensya na walang kulong dahil may trabaho pa siya, at sinusuportahan ang pamilya niya sa Pilipinas.

Kasal daw ito sa isang magsasaka sa Pilipinas, at wala silang anak.

Nagsisisi daw ito sa ginawang kasalanan at humiling na bigyan siya ng isa pang pagkakataon.

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10 arrested in operations against illegal work

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Immigration officers with some of those they arrested in anti-illegal work operations.

Six people were arrested this week for working illegally and four more for employing them, as the Immigration Department continued its crackdown on illegal employment with raids on 55 establishments.

Immigration announced the results of its operations as it reminded employers not to defy the law by employing illegal workers. “The ImmD will continue to take resolute enforcement action to combat such offenses,” it said.

The arrests were made during a series of territory-wide anti-illegal worker operations codenamed "Lightshadow" and "Twilight" for four days, from September 26 to September 29.

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Immigration Task Force officers raided garbage collection depots, massage parlors, premises under renovation, a recycling yard, restaurants, retail shops, salons, a warehouse and a wet market.

Of the suspected illegal workers, two were men and four women, aged 36 to 63. Among them, one man was a holder of a recognizance form, which prohibits him from taking any employment. In addition, one woman was found in possession of a forged Hong Kong identity card.

Also arrested for employing them were two men and two women, aged 39 to 64.

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An Immigration statement said it is illegal if the work , whether paid or unpaid, is done by any visitor, an illegal immigrant, an overstayer or one covered by a condition of stay, such as a foreign domestic helper.

“Offenders are liable to prosecution and upon conviction face a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to two years' imprisonment,” it said. “Aiders and abettors are also liable to prosecution and penalties.”

“Under the prevailing laws, it is an offence to use or possess a forged Hong Kong identity card or a Hong Kong identity card related to another person. Offenders are liable to prosecution and upon conviction face a maximum fine of $100,000 and up to 10 years' imprisonment," it added.

Employing people not lawfully employable is also punishable under the Immigration Ordinance, with the maximum penalty significantly increased from a fine of $350,000 and three years' imprisonment to a fine of $500,000 and 10 years' imprisonment to reflect the gravity of such offenses.

The director, manager, secretary, partner, etc, of the company concerned may also bear criminal liability. The High Court has laid down sentencing guidelines that the employer of an illegal worker should be given an immediate custodial sentence.

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“… employers must take all practicable steps to determine whether a person is lawfully employable prior to employment,” Immigration said.

“Apart from inspecting a prospective employee's identity card, the employer has the explicit duty to make enquiries regarding the person and ensure that the answers would not cast any reasonable doubt concerning the lawful employability of the person. The court will not accept failure to do so as a defence in proceedings. It is also an offense if an employer fails to inspect the job seeker's valid travel document if the job seeker does not have a Hong Kong permanent identity card.

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“Offenders are liable upon conviction to a maximum fine of $150,000 and to imprisonment for one year.”

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Labi ng namatay na Pilipinang DH, isasailalim sa Covid-19 test

Posted on 30 September 2022 No comments

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Kasalukuyang nasa Victoria Mortuary ang labi ng yumao

Nakatakdang suriin para sa Covid-19 ang bangkay ng 46 taong gulang na Pilipina na nakitang patay sa kanyang kama sa bahay ng kanyang employer sa Causeway Bay noong Miyerkules, bandang 7:40 ng umaga.

Ito ay ayon sa dalawang kaibigan ng yumao na kinilala siya bilang si Gessile P. Perya, na taga Bulacan at apat na taon nang nagtatrabaho sa Hong Kong.

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Nagpunta diumano ang dalawa sa Victoria Public Mortuary sa Kennedy Town nitong Huwebes para opisyal na kilalanin ang bangkay, at ayon sa mga pulis na nakausap nila ay isasailalim ang labi sa Covid-19 test. Kung positibo ang resulta ay ike-cremate ito sa Hong Kong.

Pero kung negatibo ang resulta ay isasailalim sa autopsy ang bangkay para malaman ang sanhi ng kanyang pagkamatay bago ito ipauwi sa Pilipinas.

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Nakita si Perya na wala ng buhay ng anak ng kanyang employer sa bahay nila sa Greenfield Mansion, Kingston Street, Causeway Bay. Ayon sa mga pulis, wala silang nakitang kaduda-duda sa nangyari.

Ayon naman sa ulat sa Mission for Migrant Workers ng isa sa mga kaibigan ni Perya, nakita diumano ang katawan ng yumao na nakahiga sa kama ang kalahating katawan, at ang bandang ibaba ay nasa sahig, na parang gusto nitong tumayo pero hindi na kinaya.

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Wala naman silang alam na dating sakit nito.

Ayon naman kay Consul Paul Saret, pinuno ng Assistance to Nationals section ng Konsulado, wala pa silang gaanong impormasyon tungkol sa nangyari dahil maysakit ang employer nito, pero nakatakdang bumisita sa kanila ang anak nito sa Linggo.

Pero patuloy daw ang pakikipag-ugnayan nila sa mga pulis at mga kaanak ng biktima tungkol sa kaso.

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