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Education Bureau took too long to deal with problems at school: lawmaker Listen
Education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen says the Education Bureau took a long time to deal with the problems being faced by a Tuen Mun primary school. The Hing Tak School had been accused of exaggerating student numbers. Schools face cutbacks or even closure if student numbers decline. The school's headmistress, Chan Cheung-ping, was dismissed on Friday. Ip says he doesn't feel her dismissal was unfair as she had been given many chances to explain herself, but chose not to. He told Jim Gould that he doesn't think other schools are also involved inflating student numbers.
More people expected to make sacrifices for democracy Listen
Former student leader, Yvonne Leung, says she expects more people to make sacrifices for achieving democracy in Hong Kong. She says the jailing of three prominent young pro-democracy activists on Thursday for storming Civic Square just prior to the start of the 2014 Occupy protests, will only strengthen people's resolve to change the current political system. Leung, who is also a former core member of the Federation of Students, says the six to eight month jail sentences meted out to the three – Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow - were beyond her expectation. She spoke to Annemarie Evans.
Foreign Affairs office’s accusation unwarranted Listen
Legal sector lawmaker Dennis Kwok says that it was completely unnecessary and unwarranted for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' office in Hong Kong to accuse Lee Cheuk-yan of interfering with the city's judicial independence. Lee, a veteran democrat and former lawmaker, had posted a statement by the Chairman of the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio had stated that the jailing of three young pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow for between six and eight months for storming Civic Square just prior to the start of the 2014 Occupy protests, showed that Hong Kong's autonomy was eroding. Kwok told Annemarie Evans that the criticism from the office was the same old rhetoric that was not even worthy of comment.
Security stepped-up across Spain Listen
Spain is reeling from separate terrorist attacks that happened within hours of each other. In the first and more serious assault, at least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured in Barcelona after a van was driven into the crowds at speed along the famous pedestrianised area, Las Ramblas. Police later shot and killed five people carrying bomb belts in the seaside resort of Cambrils. Reports say a car had plowed into a police vehicle and civilians in Cambrils. Six people were injured. Officers also say those killed in the shootout were connected to the van attack in Barcelona. RTHK's UK correspondent, Peter Anderson, told Annemarie Evans that security has been stepped-up across Spain.
Hong Kong scores first points in Rugby World Cup Listen
At the women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland, Hong Kong have scored their first points of the tournament - but it wasn't enough to prevent a third successive defeat. Wales beat the Hong Kong side 39-15, with Natasha Olson-Thorne and Chong Ka-yan scoring for Hong Kong in their final pool game. The SAR team will face Spain next Tuesday in one of the 9th place semi-finals. The Hong Kong coach, Jo Hull, told Jim Gould that the Hong Kong team feels encouraged by scoring the points.