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Lawmaker urges government to intervene over rail link's ticket saga  Listenfacebook
Four months before the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou is scheduled to open, the MTR says it still hasn't cut a deal to ensure that passengers can buy tickets here -- to all destinations on the mainland's high-speed rail network. And even if they manage to come to an agreement, the railway said it has no idea how high ticket surcharges will be if mainland operators are allowed to sell tickets directly in Hong Kong. For now, local passengers can just buy tickets for trips that either start or end in Hong Kong. Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien told Jim Gould that the Hong Kong government should intervene to resolve the issue:
Top court's decision on prison visitors welcomed  Listenfacebook
The Court of Final Appeal has quashed the convictions of two people who provided a visiting service for prisoners on remand, and brought them things like food and newspapers. Thomas Wan and Guan Qiaoyong were convicted in 2013 of conspiracy to defraud officers of the Correctional Services Department by dishonestly claiming they were “friends” of prisoners at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre. But the five-judge panel at the Court of Final Appeal unanimously ruled that a wider definition should be given to the word “friends” and that it should not only mean "personal acquaintances", but people who wish to provide inmates with moral or material benefit. Richard Tsoi from the Society for Community Organisation told Annemarie Evans that he welcomes the judgment:
Bombs attacks not seen for years: risk analyst  Listenfacebook
For the second time in two days in Indonesia, a mother and father have included their children in suicide bomb attacks in the port city of Surabaya. The latest blast occurred outside a police station. Keith Loveard, senior risk analyst with Concord Consulting in Jakarta, told Annemarie Evans that these kinds of bombings haven’t been seen in Indonesia for years: