Lam says PR firms declined to help restore Hong Kong image

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the firms told the government that “the time is not right.” (File/AP)
Updated 17 September 2019

Lam says PR firms declined to help restore Hong Kong image

  • Violence flared anew over the weekend after an unapproved march descended into familiar chaos
  • Lam said the city’s downgrade this week by credit ratings agency Moody’s was “disappointing”

HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says the government asked international public relations firms to help restore the city’s reputation, battered by months of pro-democracy protests, but was rejected.
Lam said Tuesday the firms told the government that “the time is not right” as the violence and unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory showed no signs of ending. She didn’t give details on the firms and when they were approached.
Violence flared anew over the weekend after an unapproved march descended into familiar chaos.
Lam said the city’s downgrade this week by credit ratings agency Moody’s was “disappointing.” It was the second agency to do so after Fitch Rating.
Also, a subway train derailed during Tuesday morning rush hour. The rail operator is investigating the cause. No injuries were immediately reported.


Sudan summons Ethiopian envoy over suspected cross-border attack

Updated 30 May 2020

Sudan summons Ethiopian envoy over suspected cross-border attack

  • Thursday’s attack targeted a camp in the eastern city of Al-Qadarif

KHARTOUM: Sudan summoned the Ethiopian Chargé d’Affaires on Saturday over a border attack by suspected Ethiopian militias that killed and wounded several Sudanese army personnel and civilians, it said in a statement.
Thursday’s attack targeted a camp in the eastern city of Al-Qadarif, the official SUNA news agency said.
A Sudanese military spokesman blamed militias “supported by Ethiopia” for the attack, according to SUNA.
There was no immediate comment from Addis Adaba.
Some Ethiopian groups have used farmland in the Sudanese al Fashqa border region for decades. The former Sudanese government of deposed veteran leader Omar Al-Bashir turned a blind eye, but the current transitional authorities in Khartoum are trying to expel the groups.
Sudan’s foreign ministry statement said the attack killed and wounded “a number of officers and personnel of the armed forces and Sudanese citizens, including children.” No other details were given.
The attack happened while Khartoum was preparing for a meeting of a high-level joint committee on border issues, the statement said.