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  1. Three student activists charged with violating the national security law were on Tuesday remanded in custody by the West Kowloon Court. Wong Yat-chin, the convenor of the group Student Politicism, and former members Chan Chi-sum and Jessica Chu are accused of conspiracy to incite subversion. Authorities alleged that the trio, aged between 18 and 20, committed the offence between last October and June this year. Principal magistrate Don So rejected bail applications from their lawyers. The case was adjourned until November 3, pending transfer to the District Court.
  2. Doctors in Hong Kong reported on Tuesday that a side-effect of the Covid-19 vaccines has led some people to believe they had cancer. The founder of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation, Dr Polly Cheung, said it’s because coronavirus vaccination could lead to enlarged lymph nodes, which might be mistaken as cancer in PET scans. Some people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 were reported to receive false positive results in subsequent PET scans, she said. The scan involves the injection of a radioactive substance into a person’s veins. The images produced on the scan would then show any abnormal areas. “I have a patient who’s on cancer surveillance so she had a PET scan. The scan showed a number of lymph nodes enlarged. She was so frightened and thought it might be cancer recurrence,” Cheung said. The doctor said a subsequent ultrasound showed the patient did not have cancer, and the size of her lymph nodes returned to normal a few weeks later. Cheung advised people to wait for at least a month after Covid-19 vaccination before undergoing a PET scan.
  3. Local property tycoons are extending the deadline for Hong Kong to meet a vaccination target in order for them to offer another flat for a lucky draw. Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Sino Group, and Chinese Estates Holdings had said a Kwun Tong flat worth HK$12 million would be up for grabs if at least five million residents got a first dose of Covid vaccine by September 30. With around 4.4 million jabbed so far, it seems unlikely that this target will be met, and so the deadline is being pushed back to November 30. The Centre for Health Protection reported one imported Covid-19 case on Tuesday, involving a man who flew in from France at the weekend.
  4. Ocean Park's Water World was packed with visitors on its official opening day Tuesday, with the theme park's chairman Lau Ming-wai expressing optimism that this would mark the first step to rejuvenate the cash-strapped attraction. The 55,000 square metre new facility featuring water slides and wave pools is capping the number of visitors at 4,500 – half of its maximum capacity – because of the pandemic. Lau said there has been a positive response to the attraction, with tickets already sold out for forthcoming public holidays. "For Hong Kong, I think we have all been stuck here for too long. The recreational options, the leisure options in Hong Kong I think most Hong Kong people have tried them all already. So to have a brand new, world class water park to open, I think should bring fun, should bring joy, should bring adventure to Hong Kong people whether they are kids or adults," he said. The Water World is Asia's first all-weather, year-round seaside water park and cost HK$4 billion to build. It was originally expected to open four years ago. One of the visitors called Stas said he was thrilled. "It's the official first day, especially when I waited for this to open since a few years ago, I just wanted to be the first one," he said. "It's frustrating to wait and not see any water world [in Hong Kong] because every time I had to go to Shenzhen or somewhere else, but since it's opened it's so exciting," he said. Another visitor, Jamie, who came with her husband, said they took a day off to enjoy the slides. "It was really, really fun," she said, adding it was all the more enjoyable to stay in the water under the Very Hot Weather Warning.
  5. The police have arrested a 64-year-old man for allegedly using social media to incite others to target government officials and judicial officers. The force said on Tuesday the suspect allegedly told someone who had expressed suicidal thoughts on social media to kill government officials and judicial officers as well in a post. Authorities said they later located the suicidal person who was not in any danger. The suspect, who's a hawker, was arrested in Fanling on Monday. Chief inspector Cheng Chak-yan from the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau said no names were mentioned in the post. "Though he did not specifically mention any government officials or judicial officers, we are not simply focusing on a particular post but we will view the whole context of the Facebook account or Facebook page, to collect evidence to establish the requisite intention to constitute the incitement offence," he said.
  6. Cartoon Carrie Lams and mooncakes were dished out to reporters at the chief executive's weekly press briefing on Tuesday, as the city's top local official wished all Hongkongers a happy Mid-Autumn Festival. The gift bags from the Chief Executive's Office boasted two Maxim's mooncakes, one a lava custard and the other of the traditional lotus paste variety. There was also a postcard showing a beaming cartoon Carrie standing outside what appeared to be Government House holding a lantern and a mooncake of her own, as children gallivanted around the lawn. "Happy Mid-Autumn Festival" – Carrie Lam, a message on the reverse of the postcard read.
  7. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that Hong Kong's revamped elections are part of a new democratic system that is better suited to Hong Kong, questioning whether it's too much to ask for a bit of loyalty from politicians. Critics have suggested the overhaul of the electoral system is aimed at shutting out opposition, but Lam said the only objective is to ensure that patriots rule Hong Kong. “No one said a patriot cannot run for elections if he or she has a different political stance or is rather critical of the SAR government,” she told the press at a weekly briefing. “Is it too harsh to require people who enter the political system and participate in the SAR’s governance to be loyal to the Basic Law and the SAR?” Lam was also asked what “democracy” means to her. "In a way, it's a democratic system that suits Hong Kong better, because there are still elections," said Lam. “A democratic system depends on the local circumstances, its constitutional arrangement and the development process. But we must not forget what we want to bring ultimately with democracy. We want it to benefit the people. I believe no one would promote a democratic system that works against the people’s interest,” she said. "Elect me and I'll make your life difficult – it doesn't work that way," she added. The CE said the test as to whether the new electoral system is a good one, and whether it meets the spirit of democracy, is whether it will improve governance, help solve people’s problems, help Hong Kong better integrate into national development and boost the city’s economy.
  8. Chief Executive Carrie Lam says there were "serious problems" with the vote counting for Sunday's Election Committee polls and officials must find out what went wrong to avoid a repeat of the issue. Fewer than 4,400 ballots were cast, but it took more than 14 hours for the results to come back – eight hours longer than planned. "We have to find out and resolve the problems, whether they were technical, manpower issues or a lack of training that caused officials to be unfamiliar with the procedures. We must find out," Lam said on Tuesday before her weekly Executive Council meeting. "These two days I have been very concerned why the problems arose and how to avoid them coming up again." Lam said she would ask the Electoral Affairs Commission and officials from the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau to find out what went wrong.
  9. The doctor in charge of a vaccination centre in Jordan said on Tuesday that he expected vaccination rates to pick up when everyone aged twelve and above is able to get a jab without a booking. From Wednesday, people can walk in to 21 community vaccination centres to get a jab without making an appointment online. The walk-in scheme had initially been restricted to older people. Speaking on RTHK's Hong Kong Today programme, Samuel Kwok said the capacity of his Kwun Chung centre was 2,000 vaccinations a day, but fewer than 1,000 people were turning up for inoculation. He told RTHK's Janice Wong that there had been a "decreasing trend" in recent weeks. He also said the government had approached him about the possibility of forming mobile vaccination outreach teams to make inoculation more convenient for elderly people who might have difficulty travelling. "The government is thinking about outreach programmes and our vaccination centre has been invited to think about forming teams, mobile vaccination units, to do outreach in estates, in shopping malls thing like that. "So we are thinking about that direction, trying to help people who don't really have to leave where they live to go to centres to have their jabs very, very nearby, so it's convenient to them." Kwok also said there was a need to offer more clear information on the safety of vaccines to elderly people to boost their low level of vaccination. "It's safe for everybody, irrespective of age, actually, so I think more explanation would be very useful," Kwok added.
  10. Education minister Kevin Yeung on Monday said the first school to resume whole-day face-to-face classes for all of its students will do so next week. He did not name the school, but it's one of two institutions that has applied for the full-day resumption of classes. As for the partial resumption of classes, Yeung said full-day lessons are being held for pupils of certain forms in five schools so far. The education chief said 29 schools have applied for the partial resumption of in-person classes. The government has said full-day classes can resume if students and teachers reach a vaccination rate of at least 70 percent. Meanwhile, Yeung said they were gathering admission figures at government schools as a routine procedure, and the numbers should be available next month. He said there may be changes in the number of students in the coming few years due to emigration or a falling birth rate. “Together we can see how to maintain stability in schools and at the same time protect students’ interests. Of course we also have to consider the overall impact on society, including how resources are allocated,” he said.

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