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News in a Nutshell – 31 March 2017

No time to read the news this week? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Just one minute with the Localiiz news roundup and you’ll have all you need to appear up-to-the-minute and worldly-wise when out and about this weekend – well, almost.


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Carrie On

Hong Kong’s first female chief executive- elect Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor urged Hong Kong to unite with her to heal the “serious divisiveness” in tackling “easier” issues of housing and education. Lam won with a decisive 777 votes – almost 200 more than her 580 nominations and more than double those of her closest rival, ex-financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah. Basically no one voted for the third guy.

More on this story:
Carrie Lam’s success depends on recognition of common interests – SCMP
Chief Exec-elect Carrie Lam chose to win by ‘perfect number’ 777 votes after reviewing problematic ballot – HKFP

Pass the Buck

Police arrested and charged nine Occupy leaders this week for allegedly committing public nuisances in the first major legal action against organisers behind the 2014 pro-democracy protest. It came just one day after former chief secretary Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor – who negotiated with student leaders – was elected as the SAR’s next chief executive. Classy.

Escalating

We’ve all seen the video of the escalator on Argyle Street going mental. Well, the plot has since thickened, as two technicians of a lift company were arrested this week in connection with the incident that injured 18 shoppers, including one seriously, in the popular Mong Kok mall Langham Place. The men, aged 22 and 52, were released on bail after being questioned for perverting the course of justice. They must report back to police next month.

Lapflop

Two laptops containing personal information of all registered voters in Hong Kong “went missing” at a back-up polling station for the chief executive election at AsiaWorld-Expo. One of the laptops contained the names of all 1,194 election committee members, while the other had encrypted data of names, addresses, and HKID card numbers of more than 3.7 million voters.

Meat Your Maker

The import ban on Brazilian meat and poultry products has been narrowed down to cover just the 21 meat plants under probe, the Centre for Food Safety announced last night. The ban was imposed last Tuesday after a tainted meat scandal in the South American country came to light. Authorities also ordered a recall of frozen and chilled meat and poultry from 21 Brazilian plants last Friday.

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