Hong Kong

Runways an issue for airline

Acting chief executive officer of PNG’s national airline, Gary Seddon, outlined this in his presentation at the inaugural PNG-Asia Investment Conference in Hong Kong.

“In the region, for example, we are limited by runways,” he told attendees in session six of the final day of conference at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel.

“As the citizens of our country demand greater access to air travel, we have an increased demand for larger and more heavy aircraft. And this puts an increased strain on runways.

The value of overseas conferences

It is not just about what people talk about during the conference, as part of the program, said the president of the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Anthony Smare, on the final day of the inaugural PNG-Asia Investment Conference in Hong Kong.

Speaking to PNG media a few hours before yesterday afternoon’s closing of the event, Smare alluded to ‘accessibility’ when PNG conferences are hosted overseas. In this case, in Hong Kong, the gateway to Asia.  

First PNG-Asia Investment Conference starts

The theme of the two-day event is “Partnership for Prosperity”.

The President of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Anthony Smare, will start off the event with welcome remarks.

This will be followed by keynote addresses from Prime Minister James Marape and the acting Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the HKSAR, Li Yongsheng.

Covid: Hong Kong's hospitals overwhelmed amid spike in cases

The government has admitted it is struggling to contain the fifth wave of infections, fuelled by Omicron. But it has ruled out a city-wide lockdown.

A record 4,285 new cases were reported on Wednesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the local leaders to take "all necessary measures", in a rare intervention.

The comments may signal tighter controls in China's special administrative region, which pursues a zero Covid policy - but without the strict mass testing and lockdowns seen in mainland China.

Hong Kong reports biggest one-day rise in cases

At a Sunday press conference, Ms Lam said there had been more than 100 new infections, and announced new restrictions to contain the spread.

She described the situation as "really critical" and said there was "no sign" it was coming under control.

Non-essential civil servants must work from home and testing will increase.

The chief executive promised that authorities would carry out 10,000 tests a day, and also made wearing face masks compulsory in indoor public spaces. Face coverings were already mandatory on public transport.

More students arrive from China

Forty-nine students transited through Hong Kong while four came through Narita in Japan.

It was reported that the students were thoroughly screened and their supplementary health declaration entry forms were collected for further surveillance by the rapid response and surveillance team.

This newsroom was told that all these students were quarantined in China before being released.

However, it is understood the students will be kept in Port Moresby within the 14-day incubation surveillance period.

Hong Kong police and protesters fight running battles

Protesters blocked roads and paralysed train services at peak times on a day of action across the city.

More than 200 flights were cancelled as the protests entered their ninth week.

Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, has pledged to restore law and order, rejecting calls for her resignation.

Initially the demonstrations, which began on 9 June, focused on a controversial extradition law, which would have allowed the transfer of suspects to mainland China. However, the protests have now become a wider challenge to Beijing's authority.

Hong Kong extradition: Protest mounts as controversial bill debated

Early on Wednesday protesters, some wearing face masks and helmets, blocked key roads around government buildings.

Police in riot gear responded by using pepper spray on protesters to disperse them and said they were prepared to use force.

The Legislative Council is set to debate the bill within hours.

Despite widespread opposition the government has said it will continue to push for extradition. A final vote is expected on 20 June where the pro-Beijing Legislative Council (LegCo) is expected to pass the bill.

Hong Kong pledges support to PNG

These were made known in a brief closed-door bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, November 19th.

 On behalf of Hong Kong’s Premier, Lam told Prime Minister O’Neill that Hong Kong is happy to share its experiences with PNG in various aspects as far as capacity building is concerned.

“We look forward to seeing you again in future meetings or when you next visit Hong Kong.”

PNG Barras defeat HK in opening match

Batting first, hosts Hong Kong were bowled out for only 145 in the 42nd over by an impressive Hebou PNG Barramundis' bowling attack. Charles Amini Jnr led the way for the Barramundis, picking up 4/33 off 9.3 overs while Norman Vanua (3/28) and Damien Ravu (1/23) picked up three and one wicket respectively.

Raag Kapur (38) and Aizaz Khan (31) were the only Hong Kong batsmen to register scores beyond 30 runs.