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Government urged to take lead to protect elderly consumers  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council says Hong Kong is lagging behind advanced countries when it comes to protecting elderly consumers. The chairman of its publicity and community relations committee, Clement Chan, said there are measures in place in those countries that offer protection to the elderly, should they run into consumer-related problems. He said the government should take the lead to rectify the problem. Chan's comments came after a survey by the council of elderly people found many of them were taken advantage of. He spoke to Priscilla Ng:
SOCO welcomes transitional housing plan  Listenfacebook
Community group SOCO has welcomed a government plan to convert three industrial buildings in East Kowloon into transitional housing for those currently waiting for public flats. The plan was revealed by the Federation of Public Housing Estates after a meeting with Housing Secretary, Frank Chan, on Wednesday. It quoted Chan as saying that landlords of the buildings have agreed to the conversions, which could provide up to 500 transitional housing units measuring around 400 square-feet each. The flats will mainly cater for three-to-four member households, and the monthly rent is expected to range from HK$3,000 to HK$4,000. Priscilla Ng asked SOCO's community organiser, Angela Lui, what she made of the initiative:
Think tank calls for replacement of toll booths  Listenfacebook
A think thank says Hong Kong should do away with all its toll booths and let motorists pay for their road use via new smart technology. The Hong Kong Policy Research Institute said introducing automatic electronic payments would lead to an economic boost of tens of millions of dollars a year, because of the time drivers will save by not having to slow down at the toll plazas. Transport expert, Hung Wing-tat, carried out a study on the issue for the think tank. He told Ben Tse how the new system differs from the current auto-toll booths:
Britain condemns Russia over alleged cyber attacks  Listenfacebook
Britain's Defence Minister, Gavin Williamson, has condemned Russia as a "pariah state" after London accused Kremlin spies of mounting a campaign of alleged cyber attacks on civilian bodies around the world. Cyber experts from the U.K. have identified operatives from Russia's GRU military intelligence as being behind a string of high-profile incidents, including an attempted hack on the World Anti-Doping Agency in Switzerland last year. Williamson said Moscow's "reckless and indiscriminate" attacks had left it isolated in the international community. RTHK’s Russian correspondent, Fred Weir, told Priscilla Ng that nothing that was said was new: