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Apology law will reduce civil litigations Listen
Senior Counsel Ronny Tong says the passing of the new apology law by legislators will help reduce the number of civil litigations. He says litigants would have the option to mediate and this would obviate the need to take cases to court. The new law makes it clear that saying "sorry" for something is not to be taken as an admission of fault or liability. Tong tells Annemarie Evans that the current trend of international jurisprudence is to promote mediation and the new legislation will help in this area.
Automobile Association welcomes e-payment service Listen
The Hong Kong Automobile Association has welcomed the e-payment service for drivers using the Shing Mun Tunnel that connects Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin. They will soon be able to pay the HK$5 toll with their Octopus or credit cards. The long-awaited e-payment service will be launched on July 23, on top of the current options of cash and Autotoll. The card readers will accept payments through Octopus, contactless credit cards from VISA, MasterCard and UnionPay. According to documents submitted to district councils, seven other government-owned tunnels and highways will begin accepting e-payments in phases later. Aberdeen Tunnel will be the second to have card readers installed at the end of September, followed by the Cross-Harbour Tunnel. The transport authorities plan to have all seven installed with card readers by July next year. The association’s CEO, Chacky Ip, told Ben Tse that apart from providing convenience for drivers, the e-payment system will also help promote safety near the toll booths of the tunnels.
Afghan school girls given go ahead to go to US for competition Listen
A group of Afghan school girls taking part in a robotics competition in the US have been granted visas to attend it, after their initial applications were denied. The news agency, Associated Press, says US President Donald Trump urged authorities to rethink their decision. A US travel ban is in place for six Muslim-majority countries, which does not include Afghanistan. Students from Gambia earlier also had their visa rejection overturned. The competition, organised by non-profit group First Global, will see teams from 164 countries compete in a series of robotic games. RTHK's Kabul correspondent, Jennifer Glasse, told Annemarie Evans that the girls are very happy.