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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure extending the validity of Philippine passports from five to 10 years, except for those of minors which would only have a five-year validity. Republic Act No. 10928, however, allows the Department of Foreign Affairs to limit the validity of some passports to less than 10 years “whenever in...

August 28, 2017
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THE Hong Kong Observatory has lowered the storm warning signal to T3 as Pakhar's winds continued to weaken, its latest advisory said. "Under the influence of Pakhar's rainbands, occasional gale force winds will still prevail over the southwestern part of Hong Kong at first," the Observatory said. The strong wind signal no.3, it added, would r...

August 27, 2017
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THE Observatory has hoisted the T8 warning signal at 5:30 a.m as severe tropical storm Pakhar continues to move closer to Hong Kong. "At 6 a.m., Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar was centred about 120 kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong (near 21.3 degrees north 113.9 degrees east) and is forecast to move northwest at about 30 kilometres per hour ...

August 26, 2017
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THE Observatory issued Signal no. 1 as Tropical Cyclone Pakhar moves faster toward the coast of Guandong, its latest bulletin said. Hongkongers have been urged to complete clearing and recovery works following the destruction of Severe Typhoon Hato earlier this week. Pakhar is estimated to be within 800 kilometers of the city. "Local winds...

August 26, 2017
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ANOTHER storm may hit Hong Kong. In an 11:30 a.m. update, the Hong Kong Observatory said Tropical Cyclone Pakhar is forecast to move into the northern part of the South China Sea and strengthen tomorrow. "It will move closer to the south China coast and bring squally showers and thunderstorms to the region afterwards," the Observatory said. ...

August 25, 2017
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TYPHOON Hato has made landfall over Zhuhai this afternoon after wreaking havoc to Hong Kong earlier today. The Hong Kong Observatory downgraded the storm warning signal to T8 at 2:10 p.m. The Observatory issued the T10 signal, the strongest storm warning, at 9:10 a.m. It was the first time in five years that the Observatory issued the stronge...

August 23, 2017
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THE Hong Kong Observatory issued the storm warning signal no. 10 at 9:10 a.m., its latest bulletin said. "In the coming few hours, Hato will be closest to the territory, skirting about 50 kilometres to the south of Hong Kong," the HKO said. "When the local winds strengthen further, the Observatory will consider issuing a higher signal," it ad...

August 23, 2017
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Classes and work are suspended this morning after the Hong Kong Observatory issued the Storm Signal no. 8 before 6 a.m. today. "This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometres per hour or more are expected from the northeast quarter," the HKO said in its latest bulletin. Typhoon Hato is expected to make landfall at around 100 kilometr...

August 22, 2017
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The Hong Kong Observatory has issued Strong Wind Signal No. 3,  its latest bulletin said. Gusts reaching 90 kilometers per hour or above may continue to affect Hong Kong, the HKO said. "According to the present forecast track, Hato is expected to be closest to Hong Kong tomorrow morning (Wednesday) and may skirt within 100 kilometres south o...

August 22, 2017
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A group of Philippine-based recruiters made an arrangement with the Department of Foreign Affairs to allow would-be overseas Filipino workers to skip the online scheduling to get their new passports. Alfredo Palmiery, president of the Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines (SHARP), told Hong Kong News the new recrui...

August 22, 2017
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