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Government has failed to alleviate poverty among the elderly: Fernando Cheung  Listenfacebook
Government figures on Monday showed that the number of people living in poverty has reached a nine-year high. The Commission on Poverty said 1.37 million people were living in poverty last year. That's 25-thousand more than the year before. The overall poverty rate in 2017 edged up to 20.1 percent, from 19.9 percent the year before. The poverty line, calculated as half of the average monthly household income, is set at HK$4,000 for one person, HK$9,800 for a two-person household, or HK$15,000 dollars for a three-person household. The number of elderly living in poverty has dropped slightly. But the figure for children went up by one percent, despite having gone down continuously in the past seven years. AnneMarie Evans asked Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung what he thought about the number of people living in poverty reaching a 9-year high
Fred Ma should use his contract extension to get his job done: Tanya Chan  Listenfacebook
The government has renewed the contract of the MTRC’s chairman Frederick Ma for six months. His current three-year term expires by the end of this year. Sources say the contract renewal will allow Ma to deal with the aftermath of the Shatin-to-Central rail link such as an ongoing inquiry into the scandal-hit line and a government-appointed expert group looking into the construction of the Hung Hom station. He is also expected to help identify the railway giant's next CEO. Lincoln Leong has decided to retire early amid a top management reshuffle. Ma has offered his resignation twice, but it was turned down both times. Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan told Jim Gould Ma should use his extra time in the job wisely
Republicans win Florida Senate seat after recount  Listenfacebook
One of the closest races of the US mid-term elections - the contest for a Senate seat in Florida – was won by the Republican, Rick Scott on Sunday. A manual recount put him 10,000 votes ahead of his Democratic Party opponent, Bill Nelson, 12 days after voting took place. Nelson congratulated his rival and appealed for politicians on both sides to work together. AnneMarie Evans asked Glenn Shive, the executive director of the Hong Kong America Center, for his reaction to the result