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Leung Kwok-hung’s CE bid complicates matters for pan-dems, says analyst Listen
A political analyst says lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung’s decision to seek nominations to contest the upcoming Chief Executive race will split pan-democratic members of the election committee. Chung Kim-wah, assistant professor at the Polytechnic University’s Department of Social Sciences, told Annemarie Evans that it will be more difficult for pan-democrats to decide who they should nominate for the election.
Aviation officials must come clean on collision alerts, says lawmaker Listen
Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam says the aviation officials need to clarify if there are problems with the airport’s new air traffic control system plane collision alert system. A report by the Factwire news agency said the system failed to alert controllers on at least six occasions over the Lunar New Year about planes flying too close to each other. These incidents weren’t mentioned in the Civil Aviation Department’s recent statements about the systems performance over the holiday. Tam told Jim Gould he wanted to know if the system was at fault or if controllers weren’t properly trained to use it.
US education secretary sworn in by narrowest of margins Listen
US President Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary Betsy DeVos has been confirmed by the narrowest possible margin, in a Senate vote that underlined the country’s deep political divisions. The White House and Senate Republicans expressed their dismay the nomination had faced so much opposition from Democrats, who say DeVos is unqualified for the post. Glenn Shive, the executive director of the Hong Kong America Centre, told Annemarie Evans that this is also a fight over how the education system is run in the country.