Bodies of last Hong Kong balloon victims identified through DNA

Relatives of Hong Kong victims in the balloon explosion mourn at the site of the accident in Egypt's Luxor, March 2, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

The Government Laboratory received the body samples after 10pm on Saturday and announced confirmation of the victims' identities in Cairo at 5pm Hong Kong time yesterday - just hours after relatives paid a tearful pilgrimage to Luxor.

Monday, 4 March, 2013, 8:35am

Hong Kong forensic experts to examine bodies of Egypt balloon accident victims

Hong Kong immigration officers talk to the press before travelling to Egypt to assist the families of the victims in the hot-air balloon accident. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong’s forensic experts will soon examine the bodies of nine Hong Kong tourists who died in a hot-air balloon accident earlier this week.

The experts – including a forensic pathologist and a specialist in the identification of bodies – are part of a seven-member team who arrived in Egypt on Thursday to join another team of government officers to help the victim’s families.

28 Feb 2013 - 6:55pm

How to express and dress for success

Personal branding and professional image management have long been all the rage in the West. However, in Hong Kong, general awareness is still relatively low.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rust problem means ID cards are not so smart

More and more 'smart' identity cards are becoming dumb.

Rust and other problems may be affecting the performance of the smart chips, causing rejection by automated channels supposed to hurry people through the border.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Snakeheads cheat dozens out of their SAR passports

Nearly 70 Hong Kong SAR passports have been reported lost in recent months after people unwittingly handed them to suspected 'snakeheads', or human smugglers, according to an Immigration Department investigation.

The passports were handed over by people who had been persuaded that bargain travel packages or overseas business trips would be arranged for them.

20 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Identity card glitch spells double trouble

More than one million Chinese permanent residents are potentially in trouble because a faulty registration procedure two decades ago resulted in them being given duplicate identity card numbers, according to mainland media.

24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

SCOR model improves coffee company's efficiency

In terms of the diversity of its logistics needs, Tsit Wing Coffee is probably typical of many small and medium-sized enterprises operating in Hong Kong.

The company imports coffee beans from South America and Vietnam, tea from the mainland and Sri Lanka, and evaporated milk from Taiwan and Malaysia.

10 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Motorola deal to improve airport luggage handling

The Hong Kong International Airport is intensifying its use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology four years after introducing a HK$50 million pioneering electronic baggage-tracking system.

12 May 2009 - 12:00am

Open to abuse

The latest round of anti-government protests in Thailand caught many Hong Kong holidaymakers by surprise this Easter. According to reports, up to 8,000 Hongkongers were in Bangkok and Pattaya when the riots erupted at a regional leaders' meeting that included the Association of Southeast Asian Nations last weekend.

18 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Suspect arrested after bogus policeman robs sex workers

A man suspected of posing as a plain-clothes policeman to rob mainland prostitutes in Yau Ma Tei was arrested in a police ambush yesterday.

Police said the 21-year-old unemployed man, a Hong Kong resident of Pakistani descent, was wearing an earphone and carrying an air pistol and a fake police warrant card when caught.

20 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Wal-Mart to expand RFID use to improve inventory management

Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer, said it would expand the application of electronic product code (EPC) technology in its warehouses and stores to improve inventory management and boost sales.

EPC is a family of coding schemes created to replace the bar code, which has been widely used in enterprise supply chain management since 1974.

21 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Suppliers starting to enjoy benefits of technology

Developing better supply chain management, in which electronic product code (EPC) and radio frequency identification (RFID) play key roles, will improve the automatic identification of goods.

10 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Sichuan quota at university

Chinese University will admit 238 mainland students from 24 provinces and cities this year. More than 10 places will be reserved for students from Sichuan , where the May 12 earthquake disrupted the admission process.

Seventy in police bill protest

14 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

16 arrests crack HK$2m credit card scam

A credit card racket that cheated 15 banks out of HK$2 million in the past nine months was broken with the arrest of 16 people, including three core figures, police said yesterday.

Eight credit cards, six forged and stolen identity cards, bogus documents and about HK$30,000 in cash were seized when officers raided more than 20 locations on Monday.

9 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Helpful airport immigration officials typify fine civil service

I am writing to thank the Immigration Department of Hong Kong.

When I travelled to London on Christmas Eve, I arrived at the immigration counter at Hong Kong International Airport only to discover I did not have my identity card with me.

I had put all my Hong Kong club cards into my safe at home, and must have inadvertently placed my identity card among them.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am