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Messages of support left on Hong Kong bus

Messages of support for pro-democracy campaigners have been left on a bus in Hong Kong.

Demonstrations are showing no sign of subsiding, as protesters set up supply stations with water bottles, food and face masks.

It comes after Hong Kong's leader warned that China was not going to reconsider its decision to limit voting reforms.

A man takes picture of a bus covered with messages of support at Mongkok shopping district. Credit: Reuters
A child wearing a yellow ribbon, a symbol of the 'Occupy Central' movement. Credit: Reuters
Messages of support are seen on a bus at Mongkok shopping district Credit: Reuters

Former Boris Johnson deputy defects to Ukip

Boris Johnson's former deputy mayor of London Richard Barnes has defected from the Conservatives to Ukip.

Barnes left London's General Assembly in 2012.

Announcing the move on the day of Johnson's speech to the Conservative Party conference, Barnes accused his former party of failing to "speak the language of normal people".

"There seems to be a detachment from ordinary people's lives in the Westminster Village," he told the Evening Standard.

Barnes served as deputy mayor between 2008 and 2012.


The FA confirm Hull City name change appeal

Hull fans are strongly opposed to any name change. Credit: PA

The Football Association has confirmed that Hull City will appeal the FA Council's decision to reject an application to change the Premier League club's name.

In a statement, the FA revealed that Hull City have "chosen to commence an arbitration under Rule K of the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association to challenge the decision of The FA Council."

Although FA rules state that any such challenges must remain confidential, they have decided to confirm the arbitration "in the interests of the supporters" and promised to make a further announcement once a decision has been reached.

In April 2014, the FA Council rejected an application from Hull City owner Assem Allam to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.

Thailand tourists 'to wear identification bands'

Tourists in Thailand may soon have to wear identification wristbands, the country's tourism minister has claimed, amid ongoing concerns over tourist safety.

It follows the murder of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller earlier this month.

Tourists carry their backpacks after arriving in Thailand. Credit: Reuters

Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said she had approached hotels with the idea of using wristbands to help identify tourists lost or in trouble.

"When tourists check-in to a hotel they will be given a wristband with a serial number that matches their ID and shows the contact details of the resort they are staying in so that if they're out partying late and, for example, get drunk or lost, they can be easily assisted," Kobkarn told Reuters.

She said "electronic tagging" may be the next step, while plans to use a "buddy system" - pairing tourists with a local minder - was also being discussed.

'Twice as hard' to get GP appointments under coalition

People over 50 are finding it twice as hard now to book a GP appointment as they did five years ago, Saga claims.

Saga says GPs are being asked to Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

One in five told the group they have to wait more than a week to see their GP, director of communications Paul Green said, citing a survey of 11,000 people.

He welcomed David Cameron's plans for seven-day GP services, but said: “GPs are constantly being asked to do more for less, and it is clear that we face an unprecedented crisis in our NHS and Social Care systems.

"I’m sure many people will want more than just promises, they will want the detail and reassurance about how this can actually be delivered,” he added.

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