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Large increase in endangered species smuggling cases  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Customs have reported a dramatic increase in the number of smuggling cases involving endangered species in the first eight months of this year. Officers handled more than 500 cases - an increase of 80 per cent. The number of people arrested more than doubled to 370. The weight of the endangered species seized more than tripled to 170 tonnes. The Chief Executive Officer of WildAid, Peter Knights, spoke to Jim Gould:
Former official calls for national security law  Listenfacebook
A former assistant director of Social Welfare, Rachel Cartland, is calling for national security legislation to prevent the government from using a range of different ad-hoc measures against political figures. She said it was essential to put in place a set of clear and justifiable rules so that people know exactly what they can or cannot do. Annemarie Evans asked her why she feels now is the right time to start consulting the public on national security legislation:
Speedboats ferry stranded passengers from Kansai airport  Listenfacebook
A fleet of speedboats have been ferrying thousands of stranded passengers from Kansai International Airport near Osaka which was cut off by a powerful typhoon that hit Japan on Tuesday. The airport lost its link to the mainland when high waves and strong winds drove a tanker into a bridge. The storm has claimed at least 10 lives. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK’s Tokyo correspondent Julian Ryall, and asked him about the latest developments: