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No breakthrough in discussions over MPF offsetting mechanism Listen
An employer representative on the Labour Advisory Board, Ho Sai-chu, says nothing was decided during a meeting on Monday with the Labour Secretary on finding a way to scrap the MPF offsetting mechanism. Reports have said the government's proposal would keep severance pay packages to two-thirds of a month's salary for each year of service. But the cap would be lowered from HK$390,000 to HK$200,000 - a level suggested by the Labour Secretary Law Chi-Kwong before he took up his post. Ho told Annemarie Evans that the two sides just exchanged ideas on the matter during the meeting.
Circuit boards found at Tai Po beach Listen
An environmental group says it's found more than 1,000 circuit boards on a beach in Tai Po. The beach is near Ting Kok, a village that was flooded because of heavy rain last week. The Environmental Association said many similar circuit boards were dumped there by a factory 18 years ago. The association's chief secretary, Yau Wing-kwong, said he thinks the circuit boards that were found at the beach had been buried at the beach and came to the surface after last week's heavy rain washed away the sand. He spoke to Priscilla Ng.
Journalists and staff from Turkish opposition newspaper go on trial Listen
Seventeen journalists and staff from the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet have gone on trial in Istanbul, charged with aiding terrorist organisations. If found guilty, they could face up to 43 years in jail. The arrest of the group has caused an international outcry. Press freedom campaigners say Turkey has more than 150 journalists in jail -- the highest in the world. The government puts the figure at two. RTHK's correspondent in Ankara, Laura Pitel, spoke to Annemarie Evans about the trial.