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Fund set up for jailed pro-democracy activists Listen
An independent fund has been set up to support 16 pro-democracy activists recently jailed for unlawful assembly offences. The fund already has HK$2.5 million that was raised when tens of thousands of people staged a rally last month in support of those who were jailed. The activists, including Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, will each be given HK$10,000 a month. On top of that, the fund will also cover their legal fees, as well as visit expenses of the activists' families. The fund's trustees include former lawmaker Margaret Ng, scholars To Yiu-ming and Hui Po-keung, as well as pop singer Denise Ho. Ng told Annemarie Evans about the scope of the fund.
Failure to keep Observation Wheel turing will tarnish Hong Kong's image Listen
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau, has urged the former and future operators of the Observation Wheel in Central to ensure a smooth transition. The Ferris wheel stopped running after the former operator, Swiss AEX, lost out to TECL in a tender for the rights to continue operating. But Yau sidestepped questions on whether Hong Kong's reputation would be tarnished by a possible shutdown of the attraction that could last months. A member of the Harbourfront Commission, Ivan Ho, says he believes the city's image would indeed be tarnished - if no deal is reached to keep the Observation Wheel turning. He says the situation has turned what he called "quite tricky". Ho tells Jim Gould that the matter also involves complicated commercial issues.
North Korea wants to deter United States Listen
RTHK's correspondent in Seoul, Frank Smith, says North Korea is developing weapons like the hydrogen bomb because it wants to deter the United States from launching an attack against it. He says Pyongyang views American policy towards it as aggressive. Smith tells Annemarie Evans that additional economic sanctions against North Korea are not going to solve the problem.