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Mathieson departure ‘a great loss’ for HKU Listen
The announcement that University of Hong Kong vice-chancellor Peter Mathieson will leave the post has been met with surprise and disappointment by his colleagues. Timothy O’Leary, a HKU council member who also heads the university’s school of humanities, said Professor Mathieson had been doing a very good job protecting the university at a time when some were concerned about the erosion of academic autonomy and freedom. He told Annemarie Evans that Professor Mathieson’s replacement should be someone who is equally committed to those values.
‘No excuse’ not to test toxicity of artificial pitches Listen
Democratic Party lawmaker Helena Wong is demanding the government investigate artificial turf at public parks, amid concern that these materials could contain excessive levels of cancer-causing substances and heavy metals. Three pitches in Kowloon have been found to pose a safety risk. Wong told Ben Tse that it seems the government doesn’t intend to test all the city’s pitches, but there are international standards it can and should be referring to.
Trump-Turnbull call throws refugee resettlement deal into question Listen
A phone call between US President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called into question a refugee resettlement deal. The Washington Post reported Trump called the conversation "the worst by far" of his calls with world leaders that day, and cut it short. Trump later tweeted that he would "study this dumb deal". The deal, struck with the Obama administration, would see up to 1,250 asylum seekers to Australia resettled in the US. RTHK correspondent Gerry Gannon told Annemarie Evans about how the news has been received in Australia.