Monthly Archives: October 2014

Hong Kong protesters watched government and student protest leaders formally discuss the issue surrounding Hong Kong’s upcoming election candidates. The failure of the talks to break a deadlock had many protesters set a schedule for more protest to push for greater democracy in the financial hub.

The Hong Kong protests nearing its first month, has widened the gap between the protesters and the government. The government has labelled the Hong Kong protest activities as illegal. They also went to say the protester’s demands for open nominations were impossible under the laws of the former British colony.

Some protest leaders had called to march to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying to protest directly outside his house and ask him to step down. They also thought of expanding their movement to different places to lobby against the government to face and answer their demands.

While Hong Kong has the full right to assume universal suffrage under the “one country, two systems” rule under the Chinese, Beijing is concerned that allowing Hong Kong to have democracy will other groups in mainland China to imitate such demands.

Meanwhile, the protests were rarely violent as protesters were respectful of authorities. Student protesters said they had yet to decide to engage in further talks with the government. Yvonne Leung, one of the student leaders, said that the government did not give a concrete reply and just elaborated on some processes that people do not need to know.

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 3,300 people has been killed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as the virus continues to spread.

The WHO said that 3,338 in total had died of confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola on September 28. Around 7,148 cases have been reported in the area alone. The disease remains isolated in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. They also confirmed that Guinea’s situation had stabilised, yet the situation is growing worse in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

In America, a patient arriving in Texas from Liberia had shown symptoms of the disease by September 28. The patient is currently being treated and monitored at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

While he is not the first to be treated for Ebola in the United States, he is the first to develop the symptoms while inside th country. The US has launched an intensive medical and public-health effort for the patient and is looking to quarantine people who the patient had come in contact with.

Health workers are the common foreign national victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the WHO is increasingly becoming concerned. About 377 health workers have been infected as of September 28 with 216 casualties.

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