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FTU hopeful of a government u-turn on elderly welfare  Listenfacebook
The Federation of Trade Unions says it's still hoping to convince the government to reconsider its unpopular decision to raise the age bar for people who are eligible for elderly welfare payments. The government's planning to raise the minimum age for the payments – which are around HK$1,000 more per month – from 60 to 65 in February. FTU lawmaker Alice Mak told Annemarie Evans the government is wrong to claim that the measure has Legco's approval even though it was passed as part of last year's budget:
Govt proposes HK’s first all-autotoll tunnel at Tseung Kwan O  Listenfacebook
The government is asking Legco to approve an extra HK$330 million to set up automated toll booths at a new tunnel being built between Tseung Kwan O and Lam Tin. It would be the first tunnel in Hong Kong to only have automated toll collection. There won't be any manned booths because there's no space for them. The Tseung Kwan O - Lam Tin Tunnel is being built to take the pressure off the tunnel between Tseung Kwan O and Kwun Tong. Construction is expected to be completed in 2021. The Transport Department is proposing a flat-fee of HK$3 for all vehicles, just like the existing tunnel. Transport consultant Alok Jain, the managing director of Trans-Consult Asia, told Jim Gould he thinks the all-autotoll arrangement is the right step forward:
Former Nissan boss ‘treated harshly’ in Japanese prison  Listenfacebook
The wife of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has said he is suffering under "harsh treatment" in a Japanese jail, where he has been detained for nearly two months. In a letter to Human Rights Watch, Carole Ghosn described constant interrogations and appealed for action. Ghosn's arrest for financial misconduct shocked the auto industry. His detention, which is likely to continue for months, has drawn criticism of Japan's justice system. Annemarie Evans asked our correspondent in Tokyo, Julian Ryall, if Ghosn's alleged treatment was the norm in Japanese jails: