Burst pipe floods new South Horizons MTR station

South Horizons MTR station on the recently opened South Island Line was temporarily closed on Tuesday night after a burst water pipe caused it to flood.

Regular service resumed around 12.25am on Wednesday after the reopening of the station.

The flooding had prompted service on the South Island Line to terminate at Lei Tung station, with lower train frequencies.

Pictures circulated online by passengers showed ankle-deep water flooding the lobby and water raining down from the ceiling.

An MTR spokesman said water had leaked from the ceiling near exit B at South Horizons at about 8.45pm.

The station’s closure prompted the MTR to arrange alternative buses from Lei Tung station for passengers heading towards the South Horizons area – the last stop on the new South Island Line, which commenced services on December 28.

South Horizons resident Nick Tse said he went to catch the train from Wong Chuk Hang to the end of the line at about 9.50pm, but he was not alerted to the closure until he boarded the train.

He said he an announcement at Lei Tung station informed passengers of the alternative shuttle bus.

“There were not many people waiting for the buses. Only about 20 people on the one I took,” Tse said.

The Water Supplies Department said the private fresh water pipe which provides water to parts of South Horizons estate had been shut down by its workers.

In the meantime, two water trucks and eight tanks were sent to the affected areas.


70.2% satisfied with Abe-Trump talks, 19.5% dissatisfied: poll



A 70.2% majority of Japanese people are satisfied with recent talks between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump, while 19.5% said they are dissatisfied, according to a Kyodo News survey conducted Sunday and Monday.

The support rate for Abe’s cabinet stood at 61.7% in the nationwide survey, up 2.1 points from the previous survey conducted last month, against a disapproval rate of 27.2%.

Abe and Trump held their first official talks in Washington and in Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday and Saturday, where they confirmed plans to strengthen the bilateral alliance and to launch a high-level economic dialogue to cover trade, macroeconomic policy, as well as infrastructure and energy projects.

Trump did not criticize Japan over its sizable trade surplus with the United States, raise currency issues or attack Japan’s automobile trade during their summit in Washington on Friday, Japanese officials said, although prior to the summit, Trump had attacked Japan’s economic and monetary policies.

The latest survey found that 75.5% of the respondents did not understand why Trump issued an executive order that froze the U.S. refugee program and temporarily barred entry to nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, while 16.9% said they did.

On domestic matters, 69.5% said the way Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda had handled debate in the current Diet session over a contentious bill to criminalize conspiracy to commit terrorism was problematic. Only 14.1% said Kaneda’s handling of the matter was not problematic.

The justice minister has faced mounting criticism over his purported intention to suppress Diet debate on the bill.

He distributed and later retracted a rare statement to the media, which said discussions about the envisioned bill should be withheld for the time being and take place by a judicial affairs committee after the government officially submits it to parliament.


CIJA files complaint against Quebec imam who prayed for destruction of Jews

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), a non-partisan organization that serves as the advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada, issued on Monday, February 13, 2017 an official statement condemning the supplications for the destruction of the Jews that were recited in a Quebec mosque in 2014 and exposed by CIJnews last week.

In response, Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Co-Chair of CIJA-Québec, issued the following:

We condemn these explicit calls for the death of Jews in the strongest possible terms. Such hateful, violent rhetoric has no place in our democracy or in any religion. We have brought this to the attention of the police and are in the process of filing a formal complaint, as we believe these declarations may be a violation of the Criminal Code.

We urge government and civil society leaders of all faiths to join us in condemning these comments as abhorrent and unacceptable.

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