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Pan-dems vow spirited fight against rushed rules debate Listen
Pan-democratic lawmakers are promising to put up a fight on Wednesday if Legco President Andrew Leung agrees to hold a joint debate on wide-ranging proposals to change the council's rules and procedures. The pro-government camp is looking to clamp down on filibustering, while the pan-democrats say they've put forward proposals that would enhance efficiency. But while the pan-dems want to debate each proposal one by one, their pro-government colleagues favour lumping them all together in a joint debate. Civic Party legislator Dennis Kwok says it's obvious that their rivals want the entire debate to be over by Christmas – well before a key by-election in March that's likely to add more pan-democrats to the council. He spoke with Annemarie Evans:
Tonnes of rubbish picked up from local beaches Listen
The environmental group the Green Council has called for greater efforts to reduce waste at source, after large amounts of glass, plastic and styrofoam were collected locally this year as part of the International Coastal Cleanup campaign. About 2,700 volunteers took part in the annual beach and coastline cleanup between September and November -- collecting more than three tonnes of marine rubbish. About 40 percent of that figure was disposable items. A project officer at the Green Council, Isaac Ho, gave Jim Gould more details about what sort of rubbish they found: