The Latest Protesters sorry for HK airport disruptions


HONG KONG — The Latest on Hong Kong pro-democracy protests (all times local):3:30 p.m.Protesters in Hong Kong are apologizing to the public after they disrupted flights for two consecutive days at one of the busiest airports in the world.They also said Wednesday that they were sorry that some demonstrators became “easily agitated and overreacted.”On two separate occasions at the airport Tuesday, protesters surrounded and held captive two men from mainland China whom they believed to be spies. One man is a reporter for the Global Times, a state-run Chinese newspaper, and the identity of the other man remains unclear.More than 300 flights were cancelled Tuesday and Monday out of the Hong Kong airport after thousands of pro-democracy protesters packed into the main terminal. Operations were returning to normal Wednesday.___8:30 a.m.Check-in counters have reopened at Hong Kong’s airport after being shut during protests the previous day.About three dozen protesters remained camped out in the arrivals area Wednesday morning. Flights appeared to be operating normally.The airport closed check-in for remaining flights late Tuesday afternoon as protesters swarmed the terminal and blocked access to immigration for departing passengers.More than 100 flights were cancelled on the fifth consecutive day protesters occupied the airport. Airlines had still been trying to clear a backlog of more than 200 flights from Monday.The airport disruptions escalated a summer of demonstrations aimed at what many Hong Kong residents see as an increasing erosion of the freedoms they were promised in 1997 when Communist Party-ruled mainland China took over what had been a British colony.The Associated Press read more

ESB says electricity restored after power cuts affect parts of south Dublin


first_imgESB Networks tweeted to say its crews were working hard and hoped to have power restored in time for the 6.1 news…But they did even better than that as they tweeted a short time ago to say that power has been restored in the affected areas:Meanwhile, the outages in Dublin 4 didn’t appear to affect the FAI Cup Final at the Aviva Stadium where Sligo secured a dramatic victory over Drogheda.First published 4.50pm As it happened: Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers, FAI Cup final This map from the ESB Networks website shows a cluster of power cuts in the south Dublin area.Updated 5.44pm THE ESB HAS said that power has been resorted to parts of south Dublin affected by outages earlier today.Parts of Dublin 2 and Dublin 4 were affected by electricity outages with users taking to Twitter:last_img read more