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Oxfam HK ‘badly tarnished’ by UK scandal  Listenfacebook
Oxfam Hong Kong says a prostitution scandal engulfing its UK affiliate has 'badly tarnished' its own reputation, and is calling on donors to give it a chance to prove the value of its poverty relief and humanitarian work. The local charity says it's already lost 700 regular donors since reports emerged early this month that employees of Oxfam Great Britain paid sex workers while on an aid mission in Haiti. Oxfam Hong Kong's director-general Trini Leung says her organisation has stopped granting money to projects managed by the UK group until it meets tighter standards on staff behaviour and stricter policies against sexual misconduct. She told Annemarie Evans the charities are, legally, completely separate entities:
'Spend surplus on real needs, not handouts'  Listenfacebook
Accountancy sector lawmaker Kenneth Leung is urging the government to spend its budget surplus on Hong Kong's long-term needs instead of blowing it on ineffective cash handouts. Financial Secretary Paul Chan is expected to announce a surplus of HK$150 billion or more when he delivers his budget next week, and some lawmakers have been telling him to hand out HK$6,000 to all residents. But Leung says more fundamental needs, like healthcare and housing, should be addressed instead:
Trump backs ban on controversy gun accessory  Listenfacebook
Faced with an outpouring of grief and anger over a deadly school shooting in Florida, US President Donald Trump threw his support behind moves to ban "bump stocks" – an accessory that can turn a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic one. Trump also said school safety was a "top priority" for his administration. Glenn Shive, the executive director of the Hong Kong America Center, spoke to Annemarie Evans about the role that survivors of last week's mass shooting have been playing in the debate on gun control in the US: