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‘Fatal accident underlines need for building safety’ Listen
A mainland tourist died on Monday after being hit by a window that fell from the 16th floor of a hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. The 24-year-old woman from Guangdong had only just arrived in Hong Kong. A cleaner at The Mira hotel on Nathan Road has been arrested. Vincent Ho, building policy panel chairman of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, says the tragic incident re-enforces the need to tighten up measures to ensure buildings are safe. He told Cecil Wong that the problem with the window may have been hidden, as windows at the hotel were rarely opened by guests.
Economist forecasts infrastructure ‘boom’ in 2019 Listen
China may have released new figures showing that its GDP expanded at its slowest rate in three decades in 2018, but an economist is confident that increased infrastructure spending will help prop up the economy this year. China's economy grew just 6.6 percent last year, with growth in the final three months slowing to 6.4 percent – the lowest since the global financial crisis a decade ago. The slowdown was widely expected as a trade dispute with the United Stated started to bite. Despite the lacklustre data, the Chief China Economist of ING Wholesale Banking, Iris Pang, told Altis Wong that analysts who expect only doom and gloom for 2019 are off the mark:
Filipino Muslims vote on autonomy Listen
Voting is underway in the southern Philippines in a referendum on whether to create a new Muslim autonomous region in the volatile Mindanao region. Two cities are voting first, and other areas will vote on February 6. RTHK's Philippines correspondent Alan Robles told Jim Gould that this plebiscite is being seen as helping to rectify years of injustice against the country's Muslim minority: