A Montana backcountry guide has died after he was mauled by a large grizzly bear that was probably defending a nearby moose carcass just outside Yellowstone National Park, officials said Monday.
A Montana backcountry guide has died after he was mauled by a large grizzly bear that was probably defending a nearby moose carcass just outside Yellowstone National Park, officials said Monday.
The Ministry of Health will issue new guidelines on the use of face masks with acceptable bacterial filtration capacity, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended his "Fortress Australia" Covid-19 restrictions Tuesday, as experts warned that plans to keep the borders closed for another year will create a "hermit nation".
One of China's tallest skyscrapers was evacuated Tuesday after it began to shake, sending panicked shoppers scampering to safety in the southern city of Shenzhen.
Hong Kong’s leader has shot down her predecessor’s controversial push to build flats on the fringes of a country park and defended civil service workers against his accusations they lacked urgency in carrying out housing policy. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, speaking ahead of her weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, said there were numerous strategies for increasing land supply and her administration had adopted a long-term and sustainable one. “Some governments examined the feasibility of converting land use on a plot-by-plot basis, like ‘breaking rocks with a hammer’,” Lam said, referring to a 1950s practice of prisoners or low-income workers smashing up small rocks for large-scale construction projects.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. “But we believe we have to make long-term plans to find new land, instead of only changing the usage of particular pieces of land.” Former city leader Leung Chun-ying had criticised Lam’s administration in a wide-ranging interview on Monday, the latest in a string of critiques of government policy that have sparked speculation will make a bid for the city’s leadership again next March. Lam, who oversaw Hong Kong’s land policy as development chief from 2007 to 2012, was promoted to chief secretary after Leung won the chief executive election in March 2012. She was elected city leader five years later, months after Leung announced he would not seek a second term. Leung last week called on the government to revive his controversial proposal to construct public housing and non-profit-making homes for the elderly on the periphery, noting it was Lam’s government that had terminated his plan. Ex-Hong Kong leader has government on the defensive. Is he planning a comeback? Critics warned that Leung’s proposal should not come at the expense of established procedures. Asked to comment on the proposal, Lam on Tuesday said increasing land supply through rezoning risked upsetting residents. “Whenever you make changes in the use of land, some people who enjoyed the original use will oppose it or feel disappointed, regardless of whether it’s a huge country park or a small recreational space,” she said. Lam and Leung have adopted starkly different approaches to tackling Hong Kong’s land and housing shortage – a problem Beijing has described as a “deep-seated issue” and a root cause of 2019’s social unrest. During his tenure, Leung advocated allocating land on the periphery of country parks for housing, and identified hundreds of sites that could be rezoned for residential use, but which in many cases involved amending urban land use plans. After Lam took up the top job in 2017, she championed massive land-reclamation projects, including a controversial 1,700-hectare project that would create artificial islands to the east of Lantau Island for new towns and business districts. Highlighting her years of experience in land supply, Lam also said on Tuesday her administration would adopt “breakthrough” measures to reclaim private land for public purposes and was carefully supervising the work of Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po to increase land supply. “In the end, we have to look at the effectiveness [of policies], which can’t be measured overnight,” she said. “Conclusions based on simply looking at the amount of land supplied by a particular date will often be biased.” Hong Kong families face average wait of 5.8 years for public housing Sun Hung Kai Properties revealed last Friday it was willing to give up some land in Yuen Long that had lain idle for decades so the government could build public housing. Their offer came a day after authorities announced they planned to seize the lots. That site, combined with two others the government has threatened to strip from private owners accused of hoarding land, could accommodate as many as 1,600 flats. Leung, now vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said in another recent interview the government’s efficiency at implementing projects was undermined by the lack of a “do or die” attitude and sense of urgency among civil servants. “Everyone enjoys freedom of speech, especially the freedom to criticise the government,” Lam said. “The civil service and I have the breadth of mind to accept criticism.” But Lam, who noted the government already had dedicated departments specifically devoted to looking at internal efficiency, said the 177,000-strong civil service deserved the public’s support. “I cannot say our work is perfect. That’s why we always talk about reforms in the government to streamline procedure, structure and improve efficiency,” she said. “But Hong Kong, as a relatively complicated city, has operated normally every day – that’s because of the civil servants’ diligence and dedication. I hope you all can agree on that.” Meanwhile, Lam defended the Security Bureau’s move last Friday to freeze assets of jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying under powers granted by the national security law. The move had strengthened the city’s status as a global financial hub, instead of undermining it as portrayed by “some Western media”. “The secretary for security was using his power under the national security law,” she said. “This would reinforce our status as an international financial centre, as no one can use our financial system to endanger the security of the country and Hong Kong with political acts.”This article Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam dismisses predecessor’s land demands and defends long-term approach to solving city’s housing crisis first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 38 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Tuesday (18 May), taking the country's total case count to 61,651.
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Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying’s increasingly vocal stance on the city’s housing shortage and national security law has sparked speculation he plans to run for the top job again, but even if he is not, his rhetoric is putting pressure on the current administration to act. Should Leung decide to run in the chief executive elections next March, observers and politicians also said his unpopularity with the public and some business leaders was unlikely to be an obstacle, as the city’s current leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has also been seeking to rebuild her public image after the protests in 2019. They said regardless of whether Leung launches his own bid, or supports someone else, his proactive commentary on Lam’s policies would inevitably force the current administration to up its game, especially in areas such as safeguarding national security and solving the city’s land and housing shortage.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. “The current government must be pressured to out-compete Leung,” said Lau Siu-kai, vice-chairman of the semi-official Beijing think tank the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies. “If Leung wants to be the next leader, there’s also no question that he will want to establish himself as more progressive, courageous and intelligent [on policy issues] than the current chief executive.” Leung, a vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was Hong Kong’s chief executive from 2012 to 2017. Since Lam took office in July 2017, Leung has voiced his views on a number of government policies and used his Facebook page to criticise the opposition. In one social media post last year, he suggested education minister Kevin Yeung Yun-hung had not done well enough in handling teachers found to have been involved in the anti-government protests, and accused the minister of trying to “avoid his responsibilities”. Lam had avoided commenting on Leung’s remarks, but in January she distanced herself from a suggestion by Leung that the city’s next chief executive could be selected without an electoral process. Carrie Lam ‘most liberal-minded’ leader Hong Kong has ever had: top adviser Last Thursday, Leung went a step further by renewing his controversial proposal for the construction of public and subsidised housing on the periphery of country parks, noting that the current government, led by Lam, had terminated his plan. Lau said the country park plan showed that Leung and his supporters had started to target specific policies that Lam did not implement. Asked if Leung was too unpopular to govern Hong Kong again, Lau said he believed Beijing was more concerned about policy execution. “The central government wants seamless cooperation with the chief executive,” he said. “Beijing understands that the chief executive cannot have high popularity overnight if it wants to continue with a tough and strong policy direction on Hong Kong.” In 2012 and 2017, Leung and Lam were elected by the 1,200-member Election Committee. The committee consisted of four 300-member sectors, representing the city’s business, professional, social and political elites. Under a Beijing-decreed political overhaul to be implemented this year, the committee will become a 1,500-member body, with the addition of a 300-member sector dominated by Hong Kong delegates to the mainland’s legislature and other prominent bodies. Lau said while Leung struggled to secure support from the business and professional sectors in 2012, it would not be a problem for him to get enough nominations from each of the five sectors, should he consider a bid next year. “The business sector used to be dominated by the big conglomerates, now their influence will be diluted,” he said. Only Beijing holds power over Hong Kong chief executive election: CY Leung A pro-Beijing lawmaker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Leung was being more active than Lam and former leaders such as Tung Chee-hwa in commenting on public policy. “Last year, we could say he was just expressing his care about the city,” they said. “With his approach now, everyone knows what he’s doing.” Some pundits suggested Leung could be paving the way for someone else, such as Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, to launch a bid, but the lawmaker dismissed that. “If Leung was doing it for someone else, he or his supporters would make hints,” they said. “I’ve yet to see that, so I think Leung is doing it for himself.” Asked if Leung might struggle to secure support from the business sector, the lawmaker said Beijing’s endorsement and policy propriety was what counted. “If Beijing’s priority is to fix Hong Kong’s civil service and reform the education system, it may want someone who’s most familiar with how the bureaucracy works to be the leader,” they said, in a reference to Lam. “But if Beijing wants to narrow Hong Kong’s wealth gap and resolve the land and housing problems, it will need a strong leader who can execute policies without worrying about clashing with the developers and those with vested interests.” Are Hong Kong’s teachers radicalising youth? Claim draws war of words Chan Wai-keung, a political scientist at Polytechnic University, said he believed Beijing would like a tougher person to lead Hong Kong and execute the central government’s policies. “Under the prevailing political situation, maybe Beijing would think that Leung is a better choice than Lam,” he said. Hui Ching, research director of policy think tank the Hong Kong Zhi Ming Institute, also believed the central government would like to replace the current chief executive, but Chinese University political scientist Ivan Choy said it was too early to say. “Perhaps he [Leung] is just trying to expand the influence of his camp in the future chief executive election,” Choy said.More from South China Morning Post:Former Hong Kong leader CY Leung ups pressure on Chief Executive Carrie Lam over housing, city’s cultureEx-Hong Kong leader revives plan to build public flats at country park, fuelling rumours of run for top officeThis article Is former Hong Kong leader CY Leung making a comeback bid? Even if not, he still has the government on the back foot first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Following the government’s decision to push for the adaptation of electric vehicles (EVs) and phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles as part of the Green Plan 2030, a slew of measures will be implemented to drive this initiative. For starters, the Government has pledged to install 60,000 EV charging points nationwide by 2030. To incentivise people to switch to EVs, EV buyers will also be eligible for various rebates and incentives, including lower road tax and $0 Additional Registration Fee (ARF) for electric cars purchased from January 2022 to December 2023.
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An airport ground worker has been jailed for nearly three years for stealing more than HK$3 million (US$384,600) from a primary school friend who paid her to buy surgical masks at the start of the coronavirus epidemic in Hong Kong last year. Sit Man-ying, 33, a customer service officer of Hong Kong Airport Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, was jailed for 33 months after she pleaded guilty on Monday to five counts of theft totalling HK$3,321,726. She denied five alternative counts of fraud, which were left on court file. The District Court heard Sit had reached out to a schoolmate, Lam Hiu-ling, with whom she maintained loose contact, and claimed she had the means to source masks from Indonesia and Japan for sale.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Lam then contacted some potential buyers, including a friend and the Federation of Trade Unions, and placed five orders for 72,304 boxes of masks, from February 17 to 28, with deposits paid in cash. At the time Hong Kong was grappling with its first wave of Covid-19, and the authorities had urged the public to be cautious and mindful of scams amid the frenzied buying of masks across the city. Prosecutor Lawrence Hui said Sit had promised to deliver some of the masks at Kwai Chung Container Terminals on February 29, only to announce just an hour before the scheduled delivery time the order would be postponed until March 2 as the cargo had yet to arrive. Feeling suspicious, Lam reported the case to police and called Sit again, whereupon the defendant admitted it had been a scam but that she would not return the money. Upon arrest on March 7, Sit said she knew someone online, known as “Ray”, offering to sell surgical masks. So she asked around to see if anyone was interested, thinking it would be a chance to earn money. But she then learned the goods would not be delivered and gambled away the money out of greed, court heard. Airport worker accused of HK$3 million scam on surgical mask shopper denied bail Police subsequently seized HK$15,670 from her wallet and another HK$120,000 from her boyfriend’s home, which Sit confirmed were the remaining sums from the amount she stole. Investigators also contacted the so-called online acquaintance, by the name “Ray Ho” from Sit’s contact list, who said he declined Sit’s offer to purchase masks from her and that he did not respond when she asked to buy from him. Defence counsel Stephanie Ko Cho-wing said Sit was a loyal and hardworking service leader earning HK$18,000 a month to support her mother, who had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Sit also wrote to the court admitting her misdeeds and that she felt “deep remorse and shame”, and promised that she would not reoffend. But Ko confirmed that her client was unable to pay back the money because she had gambled most of it on online baccarat. District Judge Isaac Tam Sze-lok said: “It’s very convenient for the defendant to say she’s gambled away HK$3 million in a short period of time.” Ko said Sit had promised not to gamble again. “She has no means to,” the judge countered, “unless she borrows or cheats again.” “Well, of course not,” Ko replied.More from South China Morning Post:Hong Kong con artist jailed for 1½ years for duping 80 people out of HK$120,000 in mask scam amid Covid-19 pandemicMask scam in Hong Kong preying on coronavirus desperation cons seven people out of HK$3 millionScores of Hongkongers hit by mask scam on Facebook, hundreds more could be fraud victims since coronavirus outbreakCoronavirus: con artists swindle thousands of Hongkongers in face mask scams totalling HK$48 millionThis article Hong Kong woman jailed for nearly 3 years over HK$3 million surgical mask scam on schoolmate first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The Ministry of Education said on Tuesday (18 May) it would be suspending in-person private tuition and enrichment classes for students aged 18 and below from Wednesday to 13 June.