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3Novices:Patients transferred to Hong Kong private hospital amid flu crisis

Up to 48 public hospital patients will be transferred to the privately-run St Teresa’s Hospital from Wednesday in an unprecedented move to ease overcrowding as Hong Kong tackles a flu crisis.
With public wards inundated with flu patients, a medical expert on Tuesday called for longer-term solutions, saying the city needed more than double the existing number of doctors in emergency departments to meet overseas standards.
While 363 severe flu cases have been recorded so far this summer,…
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3Novices:Hong Kong legal challenge to lease arrangement ‘unlikely to succeed’

It will be “nearly impossible” to win a court challenge against the proposal to apply mainland laws to part of the West Kowloon terminus for the high-speed rail link, lawyers say after the justice secretary unveiled his plan on Tuesday to seek confirmation from the ultimate source of legality – the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.
Once the committee passes a decision to allow the Hong Kong government to lease a 105,000 sq m site to mainland authorities,…
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3Novices:Middlesex want Hong Kong’s Anshuman Rath but visa hitch may affect his English County chances

Middlesex want him and Anshuman Rath wants desperately to play for them but the Hong Kong player’s English County Cricket hopes have hit a visa snag.
The 19-year-old batting all-rounder has had an outstanding season with the Middlesex second XI and the county side are keen to sign him up as a full professional. However, United Kingdom visa rules are holding him back.
Rath is unable to convert his four-year student visa into residency and the club is prevented from recruiting him on a…
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3Novices:Model answer? Pros and cons of different solutions to Hong Kong’s express rail checkpoint issue

Several key ideas have been floated on the immigration and customs checkpoint arrangements for the high-speed rail link from Hong Kong to Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The mainland and Hong Kong governments have decided to adopt the Shenzhen Bay model, in which customs and immigration facilities for both authorities will be housed under the same roof. Here are details of the various options:
One station, two systems: how joint checkpoint will work for Hong Kong-mainland China high-speed rail line…
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3Novices:One station, two systems: how joint checkpoint will work for Hong Kong-mainland China high-speed rail line

To catch a train from the future station at West Kowloon for the new high-speed railway to the mainland, travellers will have to pass through two port areas straddling four levels of the building on route to the platform.

Under the arrangements for joint immigration and customs facilities with mainland authorities that were announced on Tuesday, travellers will have to abide by mainland laws within a designated 105,000 square metre area to be leased to the mainland for the creation of a port…
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3Novices:US may replace top Asia diplomat as North Korea crisis grows more urgent

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is reportedly considering replacing his top Asia diplomat with a former US Treasury Department official who has little experience in diplomacy and regional security matters as the North Korea nuclear missile crisis grows more serious.
The change comes amid new estimates that Pyongyang will be able to field a reliable, nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching North America as early as next year.
Olin Wethington, a former US…
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3Novices:Vaping and e-cigarettes in Hong Kong: a dangerous gateway or a safe tool for quitting smoking?

RTHK Radio 3 DJ Peter King puffs thoughtfully away as he recalls the exact date he kicked his half-century tobacco habit. “It was the 3rd of March, 2014. You never forget the day. It’s a week, then two weeks, then a month. Now, it’s been more than three years.”

Three months after he gave up smoking, King ate a ploughman’s lunch and noticed how creamy the cheese tasted. He hadn’t tasted anything that good since he was a child, he says.

“Another…
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