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‘Grave concerns remain despite West Rail site visit’ Listen
The Civic Party says a short site visit to the West Kowloon terminus for the future high-speed rail link to the mainland on Tuesday has failed to assuage its deep concerns about the project. Lawmakers say they still have grave doubts over the constitutionality of the entire arrangement of leasing out a mainland port area for customs clearance purposes, where mainland law will be enforced. They're also worried about possible security loopholes, and whether it'll be absolutely clear to all passengers whether they've entered this mainland-run area. Annemarie Evans asked Civic Party legislator councillor Tanya Chan that despite all these worries, if she found the site visit useful:
‘Arsenic-laced rice may be a health risk for children’ Listen
Baptist University researchers are warning that children who eat three bowls of rice a day or more, may be ingesting harmful levels of the carcinogen, inorganic arsenic. A study of rice samples taken from local retailers and wholesalers found that more than 20 contain excessive levels of the compound – according to European safety standards. However, all comply with local safety standards – which aren't as strict. Professor Jonathan Wong from the university's Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre told Jim Gould more about the study:
Syrian women exploited by men delivering aid: report Listen
Aid workers have been speaking out about how women in Syria have been sexually exploited by men delivering aid, on behalf of the United Nations and international charities. In a report called Voices from Syria 2018, it states: "Examples were given of women or girls marrying officials for a short period of time for 'sexual services' in order to receive meals; distributors asking for telephone numbers of women and girls; giving them lifts to their houses 'to take something in return'". But a British independent aid worker and researcher, Danielle Spencer, told Annemarie Evans that this was known about at least three years ago.