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‘Government needs new approach to planting trees’  Listenfacebook
A prominent tree expert is warning that the government appears set to repeat its past mistakes as it prepares to plant thousands of trees to replace those felled by super-typhoon Mangkhut last year. Jim Chi-yung from the Education University says many of the felled trees were only toppled because they were badly planted, in pits that are too small with poor-quality soil. Professor Jim told Annemarie Evans the government basically hasn't made any changes to the way it plants trees for 150 years:
Country parks make people healthier, happier: study  Listenfacebook
Now, perhaps it's not too surprising that a new study by the University of Hong Kong suggests that people who use the city's country parks are generally healthier and happier than those who don't. After all, hiking and other physical activity tends to be good for you. But researchers also found out the main reasons why people who don't regularly go to country parks, stay away. And it turns out there's a big social dimension – many people said they couldn't find anyone to go with them. The university's faculty of medicine, together with the Wyng Foundation, interviewed just over 1,000 people and compared their findings with previous territory-wide surveys from the 80s and 90s. Dr Felix Cheung led the research, and he told Richard Pyne about the findings:
Turkey opposition deals blow to Erdogan in Istanbul win  Listenfacebook
The opposition in Turkey is celebrating after a convincing win in the rerun of the mayoral election in Istanbul, which ended a quarter of a century rule of President Erdogan's pro-Islamist AK Party. In his victory speech, Ekrem Imamoglu said it wasn't his party but the whole of Istanbul and Turkey that won the election. Annemarie Evans asked Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, if the tide is turning for Erdogan: