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Government should review plastic bag levy: green group Listen
A green group says the government should review its policy for shops to charge HK$0.50 for giving out each plastic bag. The Executive Director of Greeners Action, Angus Ho, says the policy has been working since it was introduced several years ago, but it seems more and more people are now willing to pay the levy. Ho’s suggestion came after the operators of two drug stores were convicted by Kwun Tong Court for giving customers plastic bags without charging them the mandated HK$0.50. The stores were fined HK$6,000 and HK$10,000 respectively. This came just after new data from the Census and Statistics Department showed that the number of plastic bags imported into Hong Kong surged to an eight-year high of 58 million kilogrammes last year. Ho tells Annemarie Evans that he was quite shocked by the number.
Agreement signed to allow university students to study and attend sports training full-time Listen
The Hong Kong Sports Institute says an agreement it has signed with the Chinese University will allow its students to study its degree programmes as well as train full-time for medals. The institute's Chief Executive, Trisha Leahy, says parents often feel that sports training might affect their children’s studies. She says the agreement would allow 20 elite athletes at the university to finish their studies within eight years instead of four for most of the other students. Leahy tells Ben Tse how the whole idea came about.
Rex Tillerson to meet Turkish president Listen
The American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will visit Turkey on Thursday amid deteriorating relations between the two NATO allies. He'll meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior officials for talks that will centre on the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. RTHK's Ankara correspondent, Laura Pitel, tells Annemarie Evans that the meeting could be quite tense.