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Public housing applicants gets suspended sentence for false declaration

Posted on 05 March 2024 No comments


The Choi Hung Estate is one of the most photographed public rental housing 

A local resident was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment, suspended for a year, after being found to have made a false declaration in his application for public  rental housing.

According to the Housing Department, the applicant stated in his application that he was married when he was in fact already in the process of obtaining a divorce.


He was prosecuted for knowingly making a false statement in his application, contrary to Section 26(1)(c) of the Housing Ordinance, to which he pleaded not guilty. A two-day trial at Kwun Tong Magistracy led to his conviction.

In sentencing, the magistrate considered the gravity of the offence and a report on the suitability of imposing an order for community service, and decided on a suspended sentence.


The HD said in a statement that is spares no effort in combatting false declarations made in applications for public rental housing, which are offered to low-income earners at very affordable rates.

Anyone convicted of making such false declarations are liable to prosecution and upon conviction, to a maximum sentence of six months’ imprisonment and $50,000 fine.

Only the best (and very expensive expats) for Singapore

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Singapore's employment hub by the Jubilee bridge (Singapore govt photo)

Singapore has upped the ante for attracting the best expatriate executives and professionals from abroad.

In a government statement issued Monday, the Singapore government announced that starting next year, foreign executives must be paid no less than S$5,600 ($4,170 or P233,649) a month – up from the current S$5,000 – to qualify for the so-called employment passes typically granted to high-paid professionals.

Those in the financial sector will have to be paid more, their qualifying salary will be raised to S$6,200 from S$5,500.


Singapore’s manpower ministry said the move is meant to “ensure that EP (employment pass) holders are of high quality, and to maintain a level playing field for locals”.

The Southeast Asian financial hub has displaced many cities in the region, including Hong Kong, as the favorite location for foreign firms to base their regional headquarters.

But like its neighbors, Singapore has to allay fears of local workers that their employment opportunities will be hampered if foreigners are allowed to get in easily


As of June last year, there were 197,300 foreigners on employment passes in Singapore, out of a total foreign workforce of about 1.5 million. The country has a population of 5.9 million.

Since the pandemic hit in 2020, the minimum salary for expatriate executives has been raised three times, with the latest, of S$4,500 to S$5,000, taking effect only in September last year.

Unique Philippine jewels showcased in HK Intl Jewelry show

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CG Germie Usudan (left) admires some of the Filipino artisans' unique creations 

Members of the Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association proudly shared their eye-catching works at the recently concluded 40th Hong Kong International Jewellery Show which was held from Feb 29 to Mar 4 at the Convention and Exhibition Center in Wan Chai.

Those who joined the prestigious show were Jevan Jewelry, Bijoux By Lori Hermoso, V.Y. Domingo Jewellers Incorporated, Kit Silver Jewellery, and Ricel’s Jewellery – all from the Meycauyan group led by its chair, Cecilia Ramos.


Their participation was made possible by the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre in Hong Kong (PTIC-Hong Kong), which is under the Philippine Consulate General. ConsulGeneral Germinia Aguilar-Usudan was among those who graced the exhibit launch.

Among those displayed by the Filipino exhibitors were export-quality pieces in gold and silver, antique-inspired setting, gem sets and lots of pearls, including the country’s world-famous South Sea pearls.


Until the pandemic struck, the Jewellery Show used to be held annually by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council  (HKTDC) and attracts around 4,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries.

This year, the “two shows, two venues” format for the exhibit was restored for the first time since the pandemic.

The Jewellery Show 2024 was held concurrently with HKTDC’s 10th Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show at the AsiaWorld-Expo.

Eat healthy and exercise more to avoid obesity!

Posted on 04 March 2024 No comments


More than a third of people in HK are centrally obese

The Department of Health marked World Obesity Day today, March 4, by appealing to the public to develop a healthy lifestyle to avoid becoming obese.

The statement came with statistics from the Population Health Survey done in 2020-2022 which showed that 32.6 percent or nearly a third of people in Hong Kong aged between 15 and 84 are obese. That means, those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 25.

About a quarter, or  22 percent, are overweight while 37.8 percent are classified as centrally obese, or those with an excess accumulation of fat in the mid-section or abdominal area.


Men with waistlines of 90 cm and above, and women with a girth of 80 cm or more are considered centrally obese.

The DH warned, "Obesity is a major risk factor for a number of chronic diseases, including hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cancer, musculoskeletal disorders and sleep apnoea."

The survey conducted by the DH also showed the unhealthy lifestyle and eating habits of many people in Hong Kong.


About a quarter of persons aged 18 or above did not do enough physical activities, and a whopping 98 percent of people aged 15 and above had inadequate intake (i.e. an average of less than five servings) of fruit and vegetables per day.

To address this problem, the DH’s Student Health Service provides free annual health assessment service for eligible primary and secondary school students.

Through this service, it was determined that for the school year 2022-2023, 19.5 percent of primary school students were overweight, and 20.5 percent for those in secondary school.

World Obesity Day has been observed every March 4 since 2020 to encourage and support practical actions that will help people will help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight and reverse the global obesity crisis.

This year’s theme of "Let's Talk About Obesity And...", is aimed at getting more people to acknowledge and talk about the growing problem of obesity all over the world.

OFW Karatedos show skills, win medals in tournament

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Sensei Rosanto Roldan of ShINto Ryu shows his skills to judges to win the Best Kata Player award

The SKCI-HK team emerged champion in the closely contested Filipino Karatedo Hong Kong (FKA-HK) 7th Tournament held on Feb 11, 2024 at Sun Yat Sen Sports Centre in Sai Ying Pun.

SKCI-HK, led by its Sensei Butch Verceles, amassed 10 gold medals,12 silvers anf eight bronzes to edge two other teams which also won 10 golds as their individual karatedos excelled in four categories, from novice to instructor.


Emerging as first runner-up was Combat, led by Sensei Robert Rebalde, whuch won 12 golds, seven silvers and five bronzes.

Second runner-up was Kaiaido led by Kyoshi Tony Morona, with 10 golds, four silvers and two bronzes.

The tournament saw members of 13 karate teams showing their best in Kata (form) and Kumite (sparring): Houken, led by Sensei Ernesto Veloria; Combat by Sensei Robert Rebalde, SKCI-HK, ked by Sensei Butch Verceles; King Lion, led by Shihan Joemar Agujetas; Firewall, led by Sensei Jonacs Nacorda; Bakmari, led by Shihan Myrna Cabael; Eagle Comando, led by Shihan Jimmy Opalec Jr.; Wado, led by Sensei Jayson Cacayorin; Kaiaido, led by Kyoshi Tony Morona; GASMAA, led by Shihan Arman Dano; Comando, led by Sensei Leoniza Dolendo; Shodokai, led by Sensei Rudy Accad; and Roukan, led by, led by Sensei Franz Suarez.


The guest speaker was Assistant Labor Attache Antonio R. Villafuerte, who expressed government support for OFW activities such as this.

In a message, one of the tournament organizers, Ace Daniel Castillo, congratulated all the winners and the teams who participated.

He also thanked the sponsors: “Your support played a key role in the success of our event, and we appreciate your participation and generosity.”

The FKA-HK (Filipino Karatedo Association Hong Kong) was founded as Yudanshakai SKCI in 2016 and was renamed in 2018 as the Filipino Shotokan Karatedo Association HK.

In 2022, it adopted its present name to allow other karate styles such as Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu and Shorin Ryu to join the tournament it has been organizing for the last seven years.

Its officers are President Butch Verceles of  SKCI-HK, Vice President Joemar Agujetas of  King Lion, Officiating Committee Chairman  Robert Rebalde of Combat and former FKA-HK president and current Adviser Ernesto Veloria of Houken.

 “The FKA-HK's aim is to build unity among the Filipinos, giving them the ability to conquer their fears and opportunity to display their skills and talent through their Kata and Kumite and most importantly to develop sportsmanship – to stay humble when winning and accept defeat when losing,” Castillo said.

CHP warns of global spread of measles

Posted on 03 March 2024 No comments
Telltale signs of measles are rashes all over the body (CDC photo)

The Centre for Health Protection has issued a warning against measles, after a 22-year-old local man who had visited Malaysia, was diagnosed with the viral disease.

But earlier, two other measles cases were detected in Hong Kong, and both patients, an 11-month-old baby boy and a three-year-old boy, had not been out of the city during the incubation period.

The CHP warned that there has a been surge in measles infection lately, with more than 300,000 cases being reported globally last year, up a massive 80 percent from 2022.

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Low vaccination rate in Asian and European countries after the pandemic appear to account for the upsurge in measles cases.

One of those grappling with a surge in cases is the United Kingdom, which lost the measles-free status it acquired in 2017 only two years later, just before the pandemic.

Last month, the UK Health Security Agency declared that the country is in the midst of a measles emergency after hundreds of children had contracted measles, especially in the West Midlands.


Officials fear the outbreak could spread to other towns and cities unless urgent action is taken to boost the vaccination rate.

To keep the measles at bay, officials have sent letters to parents of unvaccinated children to urge them to go for the shots.

Currently, only about 85% of susceptible children under 16 years old are vaccinated, when a 95% coverage is needed to guard against the disease.


HK’s CHP is also urging people who have not been infected or jabbed to get inoculated, whatever their age. It is also advising parents with kids under one who are not due for the first dose of the vaccine to  avoid travelling to places where there are outbreaks.

Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease capable of causing epidemics. It remains as one of the leading causes of death among children globally.

The measles virus infects the respiratory tract, then spreads throughout the body. Symptoms include high fever, runny rose and a rash all over the body. 


Immunisation has dramatically reduced the incidence of measles worldwide, but frequent outbreaks continue, especially in Europe and Asia.

Illegal worker jailed 22 months

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The defendant was arrested on the same day that 24 Vietnamese  illegal immigrants were deported

A Vietnamese man holding a recognizance form was jailed for 22 months and two months after trial at Shatin Court on Thursday, on a charge of illegal work.

The 45-year-old defendant was arrested during a raid by Immigration officers on a restaurant in Tai Po in November last year. 

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When his identity was checked, he produced a recognisance form which prohibits him from taking employment. Further investigation revealed that he was a non-refoulement claimant.

The Immigration Ordinance expressly prohibits any person who is the subject of a removal or deportation order, an overstayer or one who was refused permission to land, from taking any employment, whether paid or unpaid, or setting up, or joining a business.


Offenders face a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to three years’ imprisonment.

Meanwhile, 22 persons were arrested in the latest anti-illegal work operations conducted by Immigration officers for four consecutive days, from Feb 26 to 29.


Those arrested comprised 15 suspected illegal workers aged 18 to 55; four suspected employers aged 29 to 52;  one suspected aider and abettor aged 34, and two overstayers aged 40.

Except for the female overstayers, those arrested were found during a series of raids on 45 locations across several districts, including a dance studio, industrial buildings, premises under renovation, restaurants and retail shops.


Among the workers, three women were found to possess forged Hong Kong identity cards.

The overstayers were arrested during a raid on 25 premises in Wan Chai.

HK in another cold snap

Posted on 02 March 2024 No comments


Time to get bundled up again, with temperatures dropping to single digits over the weekend

Cold days are back in Hong Kong, with temperatures dropping in the urban areas to as low as nine degrees Friday night and early Saturday morning. It will be even colder in the New Territories.

On Sunday, the mercury will rise slightly to between 14 and 19 degrees, before gradually rising to above 20 degrees for the rest of the week.

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The Observatory issued the cold weather warning on Thursday afternoon, and reminded the public to keep warm and take care of the elderlies and those with chronic medical conditions.

The return of the cold weather in Hong Kong is said to be due to the influence of the northeast monsoon and a broad band of rain and clouds.



The monsoon is forecast to be gradually replaced by a relatively humid southerly airstream on Monday and Tuesday, when the temperatures are expected to rise  to between 23 and 26 degrees at mid-day.

But another surge of the northeast monsoon is expected to affect Guangdong in the middle and latter parts of next week, bringing back cooler weather.

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