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Secretary for Security John Lee today said he respects the court decision on the Junior Police Officers' Association's appeal to ban the disclosure of voters' details, adding that society should face the issue of doxxing seriously, as it could affect anyone. Mr Lee made the remarks to reporters who had asked about the court’s dismissal of the association's application yesterday to bar election authorities from publicly disclosing voters' personal details. “The problem of revealing people's personal particulars without consent, especially when there may be evil motives, such as trying to intimidate a particular person so as not to say something or do something, I think society should face this issue seriously because it can affect every one of us, whatever your background is, whatever your political stand is.” Mr Lee said that as far as he understood, the Privacy Commissioner has been examining how the relevant issues can be tackled in a more effective way, such as whether there is any need for new legislative powers for the commissioner to carry out his duties more effectively. “What is also important is that the public should know that without a person's consent; if somebody exposes a person's personal particulars with intent of causing that person harm or making himself some gains, that is a criminal offence liable to a five-year imprisonment.” Regarding suggestions that some defendants facing charges related to the anti-extradition protests were attacked by Police during their arrest and detention in police stations, the security chief said each of these cases will be investigated by the Complaints Against Police Office thoroughly and impartially. The investigation result will be reported to the Independent Police Complaints Council, he said, and that time should be given to probe the complaints. Mr Lee added that it is important for the those who made the allegations to come out to state their case, adding that there have been a lot of allegations made by many people who never come up to give their side of the case to Police.
posted on Apr 09, 2020 12:00 am
At 9 p.m. at the Hong Kong Observatory : Air temperature : 21 degrees Celsius Relative Humidity : 77 per cent The air temperatures at other places were: Hong Kong Observatory21 degrees ; King's Park20 degrees ; Wong Chuk Hang21 degrees ; Ta Kwu Ling20 degrees ; Lau Fau Shan20 degrees ; Tai Po21 degrees ; Sha Tin21 degrees ; Tuen Mun21 degrees ; Tseung Kwan O18 degrees ; Sai Kung20 degrees ; Cheung Chau19 degrees ; Chek Lap Kok22 degrees ; Tsing Yi22 degrees ; Shek Kong21 degrees ; Tsuen Wan Ho Koon18 degrees ; Tsuen Wan Shing Mun Valley20 degrees ; Hong Kong Park20 degrees ; Shau Kei Wan21 degrees ; Kowloon City20 degrees ; Happy Valley20 degrees ; Wong Tai Sin21 degrees ; Stanley21 degrees ; Kwun Tong20 degrees ; Sham Shui Po21 degrees ; Kai Tak Runway Park21 degrees ; Yuen Long Park21 degrees ; Tai Mei Tuk19 degrees .
posted on Apr 09, 2020 9:02 pm
Communicable Diseases Watch Volume 17, Number 7, Week 13 - 14 (March 22 - April 4, 2020)
posted on Apr 09, 2020 12:00 am
From 1 through 29 February 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 18 additional cases of MERS-CoV infection, including five associated deaths. The cases were reported from Riyadh (seven cases), Hafer Albatin (two cases), Najran (two cases), Eastern (two cases), Aljouf (one case), Makkah (one case), Hail (one case), Taif (one case) and Jeddah (one case) regions. Among reported cases of MERS-CoV infection, majority (16 cases) were male, and only two cases were female. The age of reported cases ranged from 34 to 81 years. No cases were reported among healthcare workers. The link below provides details of the 18 reported cases.
posted on Apr 08, 2020 8:00 am
Roughly 15 million people are displaced every year by climate and weather related disasters. This year much of that displacement will take place against the backdrop of a pandemic.This live stream will explore how the coronavirus pandemic collides with current patterns of climate-linked migration and displacement, and what this new situation means for....Date: 16 Apr 2020
posted on Apr 09, 2020 8:36 pm
By Sophie Hares, UNDRR – Americas and the CaribbeanMenaced by increasingly violent hurricanes, Caribbean countries face an enormous bill to better protect themselves disasters and need to weave a web of financing options to help insulate against shocks, said speakers at a regional conference. Boosting lackluster economic growth, ramping up insurance and disaster funds, and embracing the private sector would help bolster countries which needed to invest more in resilience, said speakers at the Comprehensive Disaster Management Conference (CDM11) in Sint Maarten. "Budgeting for disaster should be a must for us all," said Silveria Jacobs, prime minister of Sint Maarten, which was ravaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017. A common disaster fund and a joint insurance plan to protect the small businesses that drive local economies could help the region, she told the conference, organized by the Caribbean Disasters and Emergency Agency (CDEMA). "Government cannot definitely not go it alone… Business resilience drives the economy which ensures that islands can bounce back even faster," said Jacobs, who urged more investment in resilient infrastructure. With many countries heavily indebted, creating layers of risk financing was key if countries are to limit the economic impact of disasters, which could also include flooding, drought, tsunamis and seismic activity, said speakers. Risk financing layers should include funds shaved from national budgets, paired with fast-paying parametric insurance and access to lines of credit, said Ming Zhang, World Bank regional practice manager for urban and disaster risk management. While new insurance products could help protect livelihoods and the fishing industry in the event of disasters, there was more scope to expand insurance to include households and small businesses, said Zhang in an interview. "You cannot set up a contingency fund to address a Category 5 hurricane," said Zhang, who estimates disasters cost the Caribbean 1 percent of its gross domestic product each year. "You need a risk financing strategy… each country should look at different layers and different contingencies, insurance and other mechanisms." While countries such as St. Lucia and Grenada were looking to set up disaster funds bolstered by lines of credit, there needs to be more focus on how money was being spent in the region to better prepare for disasters, he said. More advanced recovery planning was needed to make sure emergency shelters and supplies were available, while strengthening homes and infrastructure could help reduce economic impact down the track, he said. "In the midst of borrowing for public investment, governments need to ensure that these funds are certainly being spent to ensure resilience," said Ronald Jackson, CDEMA executive director, said in an interview. "That's one area that will drive down exposure and be a lower cost to government when these events occur." NO SILVER BULLET Emergency cash payments to small businesses, farmers and the most vulnerable after hurricanes in Barbados and Dominica helped stimulate the local economies and get people back on their feet, said speakers. But countries needed to ensure adequate systems were in place to disperse social protection payments to make sure they reach the right people as quickly as possible, they added. "No single financial instrument is the solution, we have to adopt a risk layering approach," Nicholas Grainger, programme associate at the World Food Programme, told the conference. Given the private sector shells out for up to 85 percent of all investment and absorbs the lion's share of disaster losses, businesses should be closer involved in trying to driving down risk and promoting economic resilience, said speakers. "It's very clear that reducing disaster risk cannot be done by one actor or sector alone," Nahuel Arenas, Deputy Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean, told the conference. "Resilient investment is about integrating risk through business practices and investment decisions." The UNDRR-backed business network, known as The Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies or ARISE, is growing quickly in the Caribbean where companies are increasingly aware that disaster risk reduction (DRR) makes sound business sense, said speakers. Jeffrey Beckles, chief executive of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, said the private sector wanted a greater role in DRR given it was a major employer and driver of growth. It also has a lot to lose. Businesses suffered some 90 percent of the massive losses in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian in September, he added. "We bring to the table the ability to look further down the road than any single administration," Beckles told the conference. "We bring to the table a much deeper, wider capacity for casting a longer-term strategy for resiliency and prospects for our country's stability," Developing the digital and blue economies, while finding ways to expand the benefits of industries such as tourism could help bolster the region's economy and ultimately make households more resilient, said speakers. "Resilient people build resilient lives, and resilient communities and economies," said Sint Maarten's Jacobs. Related links https://www.cdema.org/cdm11/ https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/caribbean https://cdema.org/ https://www.wfp.org/ https://www.thebahamaschamber.com/
posted on Jan 03, 2020 7:00 am
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