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Govt urged to help the needy switch to digital TV  Listenfacebook
An academic is urging the government to make sure that poor families and elderly people who've yet to switch from analogue to digital TV won't be left behind when the plug is pulled on analogue services in December next year. The government had originally planned to go fully digital as early as 2012, but repeatedly delayed its plans. Now, officials say it's time to make the change, citing the rising popularity of digital TVs. The government says the 180,000-odd households that still watch analogue TV will be given a subsidy to help them make the switch. Grace Leung, a lecturer at Chinese University's School of Journalism and Communication, told Jim Gould they'll also need help installing the new TVs or set-top boxes:
‘Construction firms need to stamp out corrupt tea-money’  Listenfacebook
The ICAC has warned recruiters in the construction industry against collecting commission or so-called ‘tea money’ from workers, saying such ‘unspoken rules’ amount to corruption. The graftbuster has revealed an increase in complaints over recruiters extorting cash from workers for job referrals – from 12 in 2016 to 31 last year. The ICAC says some workers paid HK$250 a day to the recruiters, fearing they would lose their jobs if they didn't. Veteran trade unionist Lee Cheuk-yan told Annemarie Evans that construction firms should take action to stamp out the practice:
Australian PM seeks to block medical help for asylum seekers  Listenfacebook
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison is campaigning to block a bill that would let sick asylum seekers in offshore centres get treatment in the country. Australia has sent asylum seekers who arrive by boat to detention centres on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus. Its tough immigration policy has been repeatedly criticised. Annemarie Evans asked our Australia correspondent Gerry Gannon for the political background to the latest developments: