Hong Kong’s first critical election under the Beijing-decreed electoral overhaul on Sunday (Sept 19) hit a major snag as a delay in vote counting overnight prompted candidates to demand answers on why it took over 10 hours for the full results when only 4,380 ballot papers had to be tallied. Electoral Affairs Commission chairman Barnabas Fung Wah apologised for the delay and admitted the process of delivering the ballot boxes and vote counting was “unsatisfactory”. “At this stage, I can say they were human errors or errors of judgement on whether the problem should be sort of raised to us or to be solved by the frontline staff,” Fung said at a press briefing at 6.15am on Monday. “We will look into the matter thoroughly. I think it may not be fair to pinpoint anyone in particular. I’ll ask you to wait for the election report.” At 6am on Monday, 12 hours after voting came to a close, results of only 10 out of 13 subsectors in the Election Committee which required competition had ... » Learn More about Hong Kong elections: Long delay in vote counting mars city’s first ‘patriots-only’ polls under Beijing overhaul
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a pitch to voters to stay the course with his Liberals as Canada looks to exit the pandemic MONTREAL - Canada's Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau and his main rival, rookie Conservative leader Erin O'Toole, made their final pitches to voters in key battlegrounds Sunday on the eve of snap elections as the two remain virtually tied in public opinion polls. Trudeau blitzed through electoral districts in the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia, while O'Toole focused on the vote-rich metropolis of Toronto and surrounding communities. "How are we going to put an end to this pandemic? What values are we going to bring to government? What direction are we going to give for our families, our businesses and our future? That is why we're in this election," Trudeau said at his first campaign stop of the day, his voice hoarse after 35 days on the trail. The 49-year-old has struggled to electrify his campaign for a third term, after ... » Learn More about Trudeau, O’Toole blitz key battlegrounds ahead of Canada’s Monday election
MONTREAL (Reuters) - The leaders of Canada's main political parties on Sunday kicked off the final day of campaigning ahead of Monday's election, with polls indicating that the Liberals of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold an edge. Trudeau, 49, called the vote two years early to seek public approval for his left-of-center government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and regain the majority in Parliament that he lost in 2019. He first took power in 2015. His initial healthy lead vanished amid voter unhappiness with the early call. Polls show that neither the Liberals nor their rival right-leaning Conservatives have anywhere near the 38% public support needed for a majority. Trudeau, whose government racked up record levels of debt to tackle the pandemic, intends to fly from one end of the country to the other on Sunday, covering some 2,800 miles (4,500 km), in a last-minute bid to rustle up votes. "We now get to pick the right direction for our country to keep moving ... » Learn More about Canada leaders kick off final day of campaign, polls suggest Trudeau has edge
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential daughter Sara Duterte devoted the last week of February and first week of March to parading her 13 senatorial candidates around the nation’s capital of Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Rizal and Cavite. It was part of Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) planned conquest of Luzon, the first destination of their 110-event campaign caravan. But what set the Greater Metro Manila rallies apart was how Inday Sara proved willing to endorse local candidates different from those of her father’s. In 5 cities, she showed her support for local candidates from the national parties which her party, HNP, had forged alliances with . These candidates were the rivals of Duterte’s own candidates, who were running under the banner of his party, PDP-Laban. San Juan City In San Juan City, Sara raised the hands of Janella Ejercito , granddaughter of Manila Mayor and former president Joseph Estrada. Ejercito is ... » Learn More about When Sara’s politics departs from her father’s: Boon or bane?
Wayne Cole (Reuters) Sydney, Australia ● Mon, September 20, 2021 2021-09-20 09:31 0 01551940782bf1aa405406f8610306cc 2 Business Asia,stocks,stock-market Free Asian shares eased and the dollar held firm on Monday ahead of a week graced with no less than a dozen central bank meetings, highlighted by the Federal Reserve, which is likely to take another step toward tapering. Holidays in Japan, China and South Korea made for a thin start, and politics added extra uncertainty with elections in Canada and Germany bookending the week. The fate of Chinese property giant Evergrande, and its US$300 billion in liabilities, is also in the balance with a bond interest payment due on Thursday. Concerns about the health of China's economy and Beijing's crackdown on tech firms continues to haunt the region with stocks in Hong Kong especially hard hit last week. Early Monday, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped another 0.2 percent, ... » Learn More about Asian stocks tense for Fed tapering news
AT A GLANCE: MANILA, Philippines – Anyone's experience of Malacañang begins with a pair of towering metal gates guarded by rifle-wielding, tight-lipped soldiers. If one is lucky enough to secure passage, the gates open to reveal a dazzlingly green lawn stretched out beside a driveway that curves around an immense balete tree, ultimate guardian of the Palace’s main entrance. Access to Malacañang, residence and office of the Philippine president, has always been granted to a select few, given the need to protect the head of state and the dignity of the presidency. Among those select few given access to the Palace are reporters accredited by government to cover the president. Such access is given in recognition of the fact that, as the highest elected official, the president, and everything he or she says and does, are matters of public interest. For much of the country’s history after the Marcos regime, this has been respected. ... » Learn More about From Cory to Rody: Presidents and their beef with Palace reporters
The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers. Here are the results from our last question… Last week, we asked you the following: We also provided the following context for the question: The context around this question comes from multiple messages and emails, although was suggested from a regular reader after they have reported trouble paying their water bill online for the past five months, being told that they have to go in-person during the Covid-19 pandemic to a store or office to do so and pay a ten baht extra fee. We also have had many messages about issues with online applications for 90-day check-in not working properly with Royal Thai Immigration. Finally, there have been multiple reports of problems with various applications tied into Covid-19 and Covid-related ... » Learn More about Reader Talkback results: Have you had any problems with any Thailand online applications or bill payments?
HEART IN THE RIGHT PLACE: Whether she was distributing cash aid to the poor or food packs to typhoon victims, then Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman “embraced human suffering and made it her own,” according to her former colleague, Bro. Armin Luistro. (File photo by GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE / Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — Despite being the smallest among the Cabinet members of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, Corazon Victoria Soliman, known to many as “Dinky,” easily stood out, and not just because of the bold streaks of color in her hair. As the secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Soliman was one of the few women who held a high-ranking post under the past administration. Although her stint in government was not without controversy, her friends and political allies said her work was deeply rooted in a commitment to uplifting the poor as a “social worker by heart.” Soliman passed away on Sunday morning ... » Learn More about Dinky Soliman, 68: ‘Small woman with a big heart’
INQUIRER.net stock photo MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday the detection of 12 additional Delta variant cases among latest samples of coronavirus cases that went through genome sequencing. This brings the total number of Delta variant cases in the country to 47, Alpha variant to 1,668, Beta to 1,827, and P.3 variant to 233. The number of Gamma variant cases remains at two. Of the 12 additional Delta variant cases, six have indicated addresses in Central Luzon, two in Calabarzon, one in Bicol Region, and three in Metro Manila. Aside from Delta variants, experts likewise found 187 new Alpha variant cases, 142 Beta variant cases, and 12 P.3 variant cases “All cases have been tagged as recovered but their outcomes are being validated by our regional and local health offices,” the DOH said in a statement. “With the detection of additional cases, it is crucial that we implement enhanced response immediately in the areas where these cases ... » Learn More about DOH reports 12 more local Delta variant cases; total now 47
This August 12, 2021, still image from a police bodycam released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah, shows Gabrielle Petito speaking with police as they responded to an altercation between Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie WASHINGTON - US law enforcement said Sunday a body found in a US national forest in Wyoming, where a search was underway for Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito, matches the description of the missing woman, whose disappearance has gripped the country. American authorities launched a massive search for 22-year-old Petito when her family filed a missing person report on September 11, after she mysteriously vanished during a road trip with her boyfriend. After a body was found in the main search area in Wyoming on Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the remains matched the description of Petito. "Earlier today human remains were discovered consistent with the description of Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito," said FBI agent Charles Jones in a press ... » Learn More about Body found matching description of US missing woman Petito: FBI