China to pilot digital exit-entry permit to HK, Macau

China will issue smart cards to gradually replace the current paper permits for those commuting between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macau, the Ministry of Public Security of China announced on Monday.

The ministry plans to pilot the new permit in Guangdong, a province in south China adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau, and local police agencies will accept applications for the e-permit starting May 20.

Similar to an e-passport, the new permit has an integrated circuit chip containing personal information, fingerprints and entry endorsement of the card holder, according to the ministry.

The mainland and Hong Kong and Macau have witnessed closer exchanges and a rising number of visits in recent years.

In 2013, visitor arrivals from the mainland to Hong Kong increased by 16.8 percent year on year to about 40.5 million, while arrivals from the mainland to Macau increased by 10 percent year on year to more than 18.63 million.

The e-permit, which enables holders to use e-Channel service with fingerprint verification, is expected to improve efficiency in issuing documents and official inspection at the checkpoints, the ministry said in a statement.

The e-permit’s period of validity for citizens 16 years old or above will be extended from the current five years to ten. For those under 16, the permit will still be valid for five years. As special administrative regions of China, Hong Kong and Macau have maintained their own border controls after they were returned to the motherland in 1997 and 1999, respectively.

The current paper permit was put into use on Jan. 1, 2002.(macaunews),english/

Video shows laughter at female-on-male violence


When a man attacks a woman in public people defend her but when the tables are turned, people simply laugh.

That’s the disturbing finding of a public experiment conducted in a London park filmed for an advertisement about domestic violence against men.

The video, created by DareLondon for the Mankind Initiative, shows how shocked and angry onlookers quickly intervene when the male actor fakes a violent assault on his ‘girlfriend’ – also an actor.

But when they change roles the public’s reaction – caught on three hidden cameras – is entirely different.

Onlookers can be seen laughing as the woman physically abuses and belittles her partner in full view of dozens of people.

The video has been viewed over a million times on YouTube and is generating discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #ViolenceIsViolence.

While the majority of family violence victims in Australia are women, domestic abuse against men is more common than often thought.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures from December show 33.3 percent of people abused by their current partner are men.

Greg Andresen, senior researcher with male domestic abuse support group One-In-Three, said the video highlights two assumptions male abuse victims face: that they are probably at fault and that they should “man up” and take it.

“Even when the tables are turned people assume that he’s the abuser and she’s probably just getting her own back,” Andresen told ninemsn. “It’s a sort of ‘you go girl’ attitude.”

He also believes people do not rush to help the man because men are “big and tough” and are never going to be seriously hurt.

“The evidence shows that when men are in an abusive relationship women are more likely to compensate by using weapons such as knives, guns or pouring boiling water over their partners,” he said.

“Violence happens to men too and people should never think of violence as a joke.”


Loh points to power from mainland in open market

Loh points to power from mainland in open market

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Should Hong Kong decide to open up the electricity market, the third supplier will most likely come from the mainland, Undersecretary for the Environment Christine Loh Kung-wai said yesterday.

Speaking to lawmakers who asked whether the government plans to liberalize the electricity sector, Loh pointed out that it would be difficult for a third party to build a power plant in Hong Kong from scratch.

However, she said the public will be consulted separately on the liberalization of the sector soon. The public is currently being consulted on the future fuel mix to be used to generate power.

Environment secretary Wong Kam-sing was switched on by the possibility of buying power from the mainland, saying it opened the door to liberalization as the agreement between the government and CLP and Hongkong Electric will expire in 2018.


But People Power lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip said the government is merely trying to allow mainland power companies to enter the market.