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Singapore & Hong Kong travel bubble opens, but there’s a catch…

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Quarantine-free travel between two of the world’s financial centres is now set in stone.

The long awaited Hong Kong and Singapore travel bubble will start on May 26.

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) said that the travel bubble will have a cautious start. 

There will be one flight a day from each city to begin with, and only 200 travellers per aircraft.

From June 10 it will increase to two flights a day.

In order to jump on a flight, travellers from Hong Kong must have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine at least 14 days before they board.

The announcement also carries some rules for both sides, passengers can’t have visited any other places two weeks before departure.

Negative Covid-19 test results must also be collected within 72 hours of flying.

“I am happy that Hong Kong got the Covid-19 situation under control. It has been a long few months, but the conditions are now ripe again to relaunch the ATB (air travel bubble). Both sides will need to stay very vigilant in the next one month, so that we can launch the first flights smoothly.”

SINGAPORE Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said

For those departing Singapore, passengers must install Hong Kong’s LeaveHomeSafe app on their mobile devices prior to leaving the city for Hong Kong.

The two countries have been working on the creation of a travel bubble for some time now – but Covid outbreaks have prevented an earlier start date.

“With gradual stabilisation of the fourth wave of epidemic in Hong Kong, we have been engaging in active discussion with Singapore on the relaunch of ATB” Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward Yau, said in a statement.

“The two governments have reached consensus on the latest arrangements and will put in place more stringent public health protocols in response to the latest epidemic development.

“Our goal remains striking a right balance between public health and travel convenience so that the public will feel assured while providing certainty.”

 

Singapore Airlines’ air travel bubble flight schedule to and from Hong Kong:

SOURCE: SINGAPORE AIRLINES

 

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Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker charged with stalking John Barilaro

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A 21-year-old producer for YouTube comedian Friendlyjordies arrested and charged by police.

Kristo Langker has been accused of stalking and intimidating NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

The arrest comes after the Deputy Premier launched legal action against Mr Shanks who labelled a series of “vile and racist” videos accusing Mr Barilaro of corruption.

Kristo Langker, was arrested at a Dulwich Hill home at about 5pm on June 4, following investigations by NSW Police’s Fixated Persons Investigation Unit.

Mr. Langker was charged with two counts of stalking and intimidation with an intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm.

Mr. Langker was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Newtown Local Court on June 24.

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Report finds nations are spending big on nuclear weapons

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A new report has found an increase in nations expanding or renewing their nuclear arsenals.

The nine-nuclear armed states totalled over 13 thousands nukes at the start of this year.

But researchers say the reduction of nuclear arsenals since the Cold War is “levelling out”.

The report found nuclear weapons deployed with operational forces increased to nearly 4,000.

Meanwhile, the number of nuclear weapons deployed with operational forces increased from 3,720 to 3,825, the report said.

The nine nuclear-armed states the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea held an estimated 13,080 nuclear weapons at the start of 2021, The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in its annual report released on June 14.

That number represents a slight decrease from an estimated 13,400 weapons in possession of these states at the beginning of 2020.

Of these, some 2,000 were kept in a “kept in a state of high operational alert,” meaning for launch in a matter of minutes.

The report also found global nuclear spending is around $137,000 dollars per minute.

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“Shocking discovery” rocking the white house

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House Nancy Pelosi says the Trump administration’s move to seize data from two Democrats goes “even beyond Richard Nixon”.

This follows the New York Times reporting that Trump officials have subpoenaed Apple for the data of accounts belonging to Democrats who sit on the House Intelligence Committee.

This is in response to the administration wanting to get to the bottom of who previously leaked classified information.

However, Nancy Pelosi believes “it is about undermining the rule of law”.

“What the administration did, the Justice Department, the leadership of the former President goes even beyond Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon had an enemies list. This is about undermining the rule of law,” Pelosi told CNN.

“How could it be that there could be an investigation of members of the other branch of government and the press and the rest, too, and the attorneys general did not know? So who are these people? And are they still in the Justice Department?

she said.

“This is just out of the question, no matter who’s president, whatever party, this cannot be the way it goes.”

“It’s a shocking discovery”

“This does go beyond Richard Nixon,” Wolpe says.

Swalwell told Don Lemon that the officials and relatives “were targeted punitively — not for any reason in law, but because Donald Trump identified Chairman Schiff and members of the committee as an enemy.”

Wolpe says that this has not happened before, the people are determined to get to the bottom of it.

“It shows the corruption of justice under President Trump, as he went after and tried to undermine his political enemies.”

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