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Hong Kong’s competitiveness slipping  Listenfacebook
An academic says Hong Kong’s competiveness is slipping compared with other places. Professor Ho Lok-sang says the number of regional headquarters of companies in the territory declined for the first time last year. He also says young people’s communication ability, which is essential for Hong Kong’s service-oriented economy, is not good either. Professor Ho, who’s the head of Chu Hai College’s Department of Economics, authored the “Long-term Competitive Study” on behalf of the Savantas Policy Institute – a think tank led by New People’s Party chairwoman, Regina Ip. He tells Ben Tse that there are also other factors that are preventing the city from moving forward.
Press freedom situation still unsatisfactory  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists Association says the press freedom situation in the territory is still unsatisfactory despite its Press Freedom Index recording a slight improvement last year. A member of the association’s press freedom subcommittee, Mak Yin-ting, says there is still concern about self-censorship. She says the disappearance of staff members of Causeway Bay Books – a bookstore that sold titles critical of mainland leaders – has also seriously affected press freedom in the city. Mak speaks to Priscilla Ng.
Japan and China proceed to rugby quarterfinals  Listenfacebook
The pool stage of the Women's Sevens World Series Qualifier wrapped up on Thursday with Japan and China as the only Asian sides through to Friday’s quarterfinals. Hong Kong ended on a winning note, with victory over Belgium, but still fell short of reaching the next round, after one win and two defeats. Hong Kong coach, Anna Richards, says they were disappointed. She tells Ben Tse what she saw from the team on Thursday.