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Government urged to set up office to handle community-project proposals  Listenfacebook
A non-profit making foundation that promotes the use of public spaces in Hong Kong has suggested the government form a designated office to handle community-project proposals for its short-term tenancy sites. The recommendation came from the foundation known as "Very Hong Kong”. It promotes arts, culture and heritage. The co-founder of the foundation, Margaret Brooke, pointed out that there have been no successful applications for more than 800 sites the government put up for short-term use at nominal prices since last November. She spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Vape association "shocked"   Listenfacebook
The controversy over vaping is refusing to go away after the Chief Executive Carrie Lam proposed a total ban on e-cigarettes in her policy address last week. The Asian Vape Association said it was “shocked” by the decision, adding research showed vaping was 95 percent less harmful than traditional tobacco. Its chairman Nav Lalji said that in order to help people quit smoking, e-cigarettes should only be regulated. He said this would enable a balance to be struck between public health and consumer choices. Lalji spoke to Ben Tse:
Trump denies covering up for Saudi Arabia  Listenfacebook
US President Donald Trump has denied covering up for Saudi Arabia over the suspected murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But he also said Washington would not walk away from its ally. A pro-government Turkish newspaper has pointed a finger at a Saudi security official close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the disappearance of Khashoggi after he stepped inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul more than two weeks ago. Neither Turkey nor the United States have publicly confirmed he is dead or said that Riyadh was to blame. Annemarie Evans asked the executive director of the Hong Kong America Center Glenn Shive if he thought the whole incident would be covered up: