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Activist loses court challenge over waste dumping  Listenfacebook
An environmental activist has failed in a bid to challenge the Director of Environmental Protection's decision to allow construction waste to be dumped on private land in Pui O, near areas of rich biodiversity and natural beauty. Christian Masset had argued that the director has discretion under the Waste Disposal Ordinance not to give approval to forms that are required to be filled out by the landowner. He argued that the director could withhold their approval after considering environmental concerns. The High Court however sided with the government that no such discretion exists, and the director was obliged to approve the forms once he was satisfied the statutory requirements have been met. Ben Tse asked lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick what he made of the court’s ruling:
Scholarship programmes could boost overall development  Listenfacebook
A new research group says it is crucial for governments and philanthropists to sponsor more scholarship programmes if they wish to boost overall development. A recent study by the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society found that a single scholarship can, on average, enhance 26 lives, including the individual's family, friends, and people in the community. Priscilla Ng asked the centre's director of research, Mehvesh Ahmed, how she conducted the study and came up with the figure:
Trump administration planning to pay Mexico to deal with illegal immigration  Listenfacebook
U.S. President Donald Trump has been demanding that Mexico pay for a vast border wall -- something that the country has repeatedly refused. But in an about-face, the Trump administration is now planning to pay Mexico in order to beef up its campaign against illegal immigration. In a recent notice to Congress, the White House said it plans to take US$20 million in foreign assistance funds and use it to help Mexico pay for plane and bus fares, to deport as many as 17,000 unauthorised immigrants. The proposal came amid a report that the number of detained migrant children in the U.S. have spiked to the highest ever on record, reaching 12,800 this month. The Director of the Hong Kong American Center, Glenn Shive, spoke to Priscilla Ng: