Clashes break out between Hong Kong police and anti-extradition law protesters

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2019   •   1531

Courtesy : Reuters

HONG KONG — Riot police surrounded Hong Kong’s parliament early on Monday (June 10) after what had been a peaceful million-strong protest against an extradition bill descended into running clashes between police and protesters.

Several hundred riot police armed with batons, shields, tear gas guns and pepper sprays sealed off the Legislative Council as a similar number of protesters charged their lines shortly after midnight, Reuters witnesses said.

Police used batons and fired pepper sprays and water cannons at protesters, who still managed to close off part of a nearby road.

Several people on both sides appeared to be injured, and ambulances were called. Metal barriers were left twisted and torn in the clashes.

The Legislative Council is where debates will start on Wednesday (June 12) to pass a new government bill that will allow suspects wanted in mainland China to be sent across the border for trial.

Earlier on Sunday, hundreds of thousands had jammed Hong Kong’s streets to protest the bill in the biggest demonstration in years. Many said they feared it would put the city’s vaunted legal independence at risk. (REUTERS)

Hong Kong increases security for high speed rail stations with mainland links

UNTV News   •   January 29, 2020

Hong Kong increased security around high speed rail stations with links to mainland China on Wednesday (January 29) one day ahead of plans to close the station due to further fears of the coronavirus outbreak.

Bag checks were enforced at entrances and only passengers with valid documents and tickets were allowed to enter the station. Several brigades of riot police could be seen in and around the station. According to local media, Hung Hom rail station also enacted similar security measures.

Christopher Johns, a student from Chilean now studying in Beijing, arrived on one of the last trains from Guangzhou to Hong Kong. “It was the first train in the morning. I took the first one. Actually, I didn’t know it was going to be the last day, like the last trains today, I took it by luck,” he said.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam previously announced that high-speed rail services and ferries would be suspended from midnight on Thursday (January 30), and that the number of flights to mainland China would also be halved. Personal travel permits for mainland Chinese to the city would be suspended.

More than 100 people have so far died from the flu-like virus, which emerged in China’s central city of Wuhan in December. (Reuters)

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Cebu Pacific: Flights en route to China, HK, Macau can rebook, refund tickets

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 27, 2020

Cebu Pacific announced passengers with flights between China, Hong Kong and Macau booked on or before January 24, 2020 and travelling until February 29 may rebook their flights for free or refund their tickets in full.

In their Facebook post, Cebu Pacific said passengers can avail the following options:

● Rebook flights (new flight date within 30 days of original travel date);
● Refund tickets in full;
● Store the value of the ticket in a Travel Fund for future use

CebuPac Flight 5J111 passengers urged to seek medical advice for nCov infection

Marje Pelayo   •   January 24, 2020

picture made available on 17 July 2014 of a Cebu Pacific Air aircraft and rain clouds on the runway at Clark International Airport, once the US Air force base, near Angeles City, the Philippines, 26 June 2014. Cebu Pacific Air offers domestic and international destinations with its main base at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and hubs throughout the Philippines including Clark International Airport. EPA/BARBARA WALTON/FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Budget airline Cebu Pacific is calling on all passengers of Flight 5J111 from Hong Kong to Manila which arrived on Wednesday (January 22), to seek medical attention should they exhibit flu-like symptoms amid the outbreak of novel coronavirus (nCov).

In its advisory, the airline said it has been alerted by reports from Hong Kong media that four passengers aboard the said flight may have been exposed to a person infected by nCov.

The management, however, assured that “all passengers and the crew aboard the flight were screened by the Bureau of Quarantine upon arrival in Manila, and none of them were held for further observation.”

To verify, the airline is now coordinating with Hong Kong authorities regarding the media reports.

Nevertheless, CebuPac advises its passengers aboard the said flight to “immediately seek medical attention should they exhibit flu-like symptoms including runny nose, cough, sore throat or fever.”

“We have also disinfected the aircraft following our standard practice for all inbound international flights,” the airline assured.

“We are closely monitoring the spread of the Wuhan virus, and have precautionary measures in place for our flights,” the statement read further.

Meanwhile, airline passengers are urged to take the following precautionary measures and maintain good hygiene and strong immune system so as not to contract the virus.

• Frequent handwashing with soap and water
• Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Using a face mask
• Postponing air travel if feeling unwell. Health experts recommend travelers stay home a minimum of 24 hours after a fever subsides

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