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Insufficient preparation puts marathon runners at risk: expert Listen
The death of a marathon runner four years ago has raised concerns over the health risks associated with long-distance running. Ng Cheuk-yue collapsed near the finishing line for the 10-kilometre Standard Chartered Marathon on the 25th of January 2015. He died a day later at Eastern Hospital. It was his first time taking part in the race and the 24-year-old suffered a heart attack. The inquest found that he died of natural causes. With this year's Hong Kong marathon just a little over a month away, AnneMarie Evans asked Associate Professor Lobo Louie from Baptist University's Department of Sport and Physical Education whether amateur runners still had enough time to make the necessary preparations for the event if they started now.
Cross-party support for improvements to CSSA scheme Listen
Several groups on Wednesday protested against the plan to raise the age limit for elderly welfare payments from 60 to 65. Around 100 people - including politicians, social workers, and the elderly - gathered outside government headquarters in Admiralty, accusing the administration of depriving the elderly of their basic rights. And at the Legislative Council, lawmakers debated a motion raised by Shiu Ka-chun of the social welfare sector to review and improve the CSSA scheme so that it can better meet the needs of the grassroots community. Lawmakers from across the political spectrum took the opportunity to once again express their discontent with the government's plan to raise the age eligibility for elderly CSSA payments, saying it's mean and harsh to the city's elderly population. RTHK's Priscilla Ng listened in to the debate, and Jim Gould asked her what lawmakers had to say about the change.
‘Nurses at public hospitals are treated like slaves’ Listen
The head of a nurses' association on Wednesday warned that staff at public hospitals are being exploited and treated like slaves. Joseph Lee, who is also a lawmaker, said hospitals are overflowing with patients during the winter flu season. He said this is leading to nurses being overworked, and the extra allowances available to them in no way make up for the increased burden. Lee told Wendy Wong that the Association of Hong Kong Nursing Staff will be holding a rally this Sunday to demand extra resources for public hospitals.