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Whole of Fanling golf course should not be used for residential development: lawmaker Listen
Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan says the government should not use the whole of the 170-hectare Fanling golf course to build residential flats. She said its also an underestimation that the site could only generate 13,000 units. There are a similar number of flats in Taikoo Shing, even though the private housing complex covers only 21 hectares. The proposal on whether to turn the Fanling golf course into a residential plot is expected to be discussed at the government-commissioned Land Supply Task Force meeting on Tuesday. Chan spoke to Annemarie Evans.
Commercial building need to do more to provide accessibility for disabled Listen
A study on whether buildings in Wan Chai are disabled-friendly has found that one-in-five aren't of a 'satisfactory' standard in terms of accessibility. Wanchai District councillors teamed up with the Federation of Handicapped Youth to check how hard it is for disabled people to use building entrances, toilets and lifts in the area. A member of the federation’s Rehabilitative Affairs Subcommittee William Chu said accessibility for the disabled has improved at government buildings and facilities. He told Jim Gould commercial buildings still need to do more.
Shock in South Korea as former head of Samsung is set free Listen
The former head of one of the world biggest conglomerates -- South Korea's Samsung -- has been freed from prison after his sentence for corruption was reduced. A South Korean appeals court cut the original jail term for Lee Jae-yong in half, to two-and-a-half years, and suspended the sentence. The businessman had been in prison for a year. He was initially convicted of trying to influence the country's former president, Park Guen-hye, by bribing her friend. The judge ruled he'd played only a passive role. But other convictions were upheld, and Lee has been banned from leaving South Korea. RTHK’s South Korea correspondent Frank Smith told Annemarie Evans that the reaction in the country has been one of shock.
Visit by North Korean official to South is monumental: correspondent Listen
The head of the North Korean parliament will visit the South and attend the opening of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Friday. Kim Yong-nam who's also the North's ceremonial head of state will be the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the South. RTHK’s South Korea correspondent Frank Smith said Kim's visit is monumental.