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Newswrap
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Our main evening newscast. Weekdays 18:00 - 19:00.
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2019-02-12
Newswrap

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Link Reit rent-control bill ‘doomed to fail’  Listenfacebook
Political commentator Chung Kim-wah says a Legco bill aimed at setting a cap on the rent increases the Link Reit can make appears doomed to fail, after the Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed reservations about the move. The listed company has repeatedly come under fire for putting up rents at malls by public housing estates, effectively booting out some smaller shops. That prompted pro-government legislators Regina Ip and Alice Mak to consider moving a private member's bill to prevent large rent hikes. But Carrie Lam says while she understands their concerns, it's a very unusual move that could breach the rules of a free market economy. Dr Chung told Annemarie Evans he thinks Lam's in a difficult position:
‘Paint slip-up could affect heritage status for Sheung Wan staircase’  Listenfacebook
A conservationist is warning that an ill-advised decision by the Highways Department to put yellow anti-slip paint on a historic granite staircase in Sheung Wan could jeopardise its heritage grading. Officials have agreed to restore the steps on Shing Wong Street to their original condition just three months after the paint was applied. But Katty Law from the Central and Western Concern Group told Jim Gould that any damage done could have serious consequences:
US Congress nears compromise budget deal  Listenfacebook
US President Donald Trump pushed his politically explosive crusade to wall off the Mexican border at a rally in the frontier city of El Paso on Monday, as negotiators in Congress neared a compromise to avoid the issue paralysing government further. Negotiators in Washington said they had an agreement in principle that could satisfy President Trump's drive for increased border security. But it would provide less than US$1.4 billion for wall construction, far less than Trump has demanded. But if accepted, the deal would avert a second partial government shutdown this weekend. Annemarie Evans asked Glenn Shive, executive director of the Hong Kong America Center, if the tentative agreement is a win for Trump or the Democrats: