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Proposed child custody laws a ‘paradigm shift’ to children’s rights Listen
The Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights has welcomed the “essence” of reforms to existing child custody laws, describing it as a “paradigm shift” from parents’ rights to children’s rights and their best interests. The committee’s vice chairwoman, Priscilla Lui, said these rights have not been properly addressed in the past. Lui told Annemarie Evans that the government needs to back the proposed changes to the law with additional special resources and support.
Lawmaker warns of risk over city’s declining English standards Listen
Accountancy sector lawmaker Kenneth Leung, one of the councillors who expressed concerns about the city’s level of English proficiency at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, says he disagrees with the education secretary’s assertion that local students’ level of English remains high. Leung said that other countries’ English proficiency is improving, but the standard here was stagnating. He told Jim Gould that Hong Kong would lose out to its regional neighbours if the situation didn’t improve.
The Economist says 2016 will be year of “woes, women and wins” Listen
Those three words are how The Economist has summed up what it expects to see in 2016, in a special issue looking at the year ahead. The magazine’s executive editor, Daniel Franklin, explained to Annemarie Evans why those three words would define the next 12 months.