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Education bureau criticised for not doing enough over contaminated water in schools Listen
The lawmaker representing the education sector in the Legislative Council, Ip Kin-yuen, has criticised the government for not doing enough to help schools to address the problem of lead-contamination in their tap water. This came after water samples taken at two schools in Sham Shui Po and Shek Kip Mei showed the level of lead in their tap water was above the standard considered safe by the World Health Organization. The Secretary for Education Eddie Ng said some public schools built in 2005 or after will have water filters installed. But Ip tells Annemarie Evans that Ng should try to find out which schools have unsafe tap water.
Official plays down accusations of collusion over Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront revitalisation plan Listen
Urban planning activist, John Batten, says he believes something strange is going on over the plan to revitalise the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. This came after officials played down accusations that the government was colluding with New World Development (NWD) in carrying out the plan. But opponents said the plan will actually extend NWD’s role in managing the area. It now manages the waterfront, and its contract with the government is due to expire in nine years. But if the revitalisation plan goes ahead, NWD would be granted the right to operate the area for another 20 years. The Deputy Director of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Louis Ng, reiterated that arrangements would be put in place to ensure NWD will not be able to profit from the plan. But Batten tells Jim Gould that he has doubts.
Mainland authorities arrest 12 over Tianjin blast Listen
The mainland has formally detained a dozen people over huge explosions in the city of Tianjin this month that killed at least 139 people. The chairman, vice-chairman and three deputy general managers of Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics, which owned the warehouse that blew up, were among those who were "criminally detained", the Xinhua News Agency said on Thursday. News of the detentions came a day after the Communist Party sacked the head of the mainland's work safety regulator and a former vice mayor of Tianjin for suspected corruption, but without making an explicit link to the deadly chemical blasts. Annemarie Evans asked China analyst Mark O’Niell what will happen to those who were arrested.