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In other news, the government plans to issue HK$175.5 billion worth of green bonds
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Mother of 2019 Taipei murder victim urges authorities to lobby Taiwan for visa
The mother of 19-year old murder victim Poon Hiu-wing held a press conference pleading authorities to deliver justice to Poon’s murderer—her boyfriend, Chan Tong-kai. Poon’s mother called on government officials to to persuade Taiwanese authorities to grant the murder suspect a visa so he can return to face trial.
Chan Tong-kai admitted to strangling Poon to death and folding her body into a suitcase before dumping it in the outskirts of New Taipei City in 2019. In response to the murder case, the Hong Kong government proposed a new bill allowing for extradition to Taiwan and mainland China, which in turn sparked waves of massive anti-government protests.
“The most important thing is for Hong Kong to discuss with Taiwan. If the Hong Kong government does not take the first step to contact Taiwan, how can [Chan] get the visa?” Poon’s mother said.
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Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 4 (imported)
Quarantine hotels filling up for December
Several of Hong Kong’s designated hotels for coronavirus quarantine are already fully booked for the first two weeks of December. A total of 40 hotels will provide about 11,500 rooms – a 15 per cent increase on the current level – for the period between December 1 and February 28.
Hong Kong government plans to issue HK$175.5 billion worth of green bonds
The government plans to issue HK$175.5 billion (US$22.5 billion) worth of green bonds over the next five years. Some of the bonds will be open to retail investors to allow the general public to “reap the benefits” of sustainable development.
“As an international finance centre, offshore yuan trading hub and international asset management centre, Hong Kong has the conditions and advantages to develop to become a leading green and sustainable financing hub in the region,”
— Secretary of Finance Paul Chan
To learn more about green finance, read Harbour Times’ article covering climate business expert Vivek Pathek’s thoughts on paving the way for a more sustainable society (written by yours truly)!
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The Underground: Legends
You don’t spend decades running a platform for live music without at least a few bands becoming big names. Featuring five of the biggest alternative local bands to have been incubated by the Underground, ‘Underground Legends’ on 23 Oct is going to be absolutely insane.
Wine and Dine Festival
The Hong Kong tourism board has announced that the Wine and Dine Festival will return with a “City Wine Walk” offer and last throughout next month. Participants can buy a tasting pass which will allow them to try wines and special menus at restaurants and bars in Kennedy Town, Central, Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui.
For more information visit the Hong Kong tourism board’s website!
Five Chinese University students have been jailed for nearly five years each after being convicted of rioting during the siege of the campus in November 2019. All defendants pleaded not guilty to their charges at the District Court on June 21, but were convicted after a trial by jury.
Hong Kong police have dismissed all but one police complaint by the Hong Kong Journalists Association during the 2019 anti-extradition bill protests. In the complaints, the HKJA accused the police of causing bodily harm to reporters during the demonstrations. The police categorised 26 out of 27 complaints as non-pursuable.
The Hong Kong Certified Institute for Public Accountants has banned accountant Mok Ching Ho for 4 years and fined him $80k. Mr Mok did 298 audits for 258 clients for HK$1.43m, and did little or no audit work on any of them.
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