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Marine Department criticised for turning a blind eye to mooring space subletting Listen
The Ombudsman on Tuesday strongly criticised the Marine Department for failing to stop the subletting of vessel mooring spaces. The watchdog said it is shocking that many boat owners and yacht clubs have been allowed to make huge profits out of public resources. Jim Gould asked Paul Zimmerman, from Designing Hong Kong, what he thought of the subletting of mooring spaces, and of the Ombudsman's remarks.
Annual student health checks are potentially very useful: expert Listen
The Ombudsman on Tuesday also said the Department of Health has to stop ignoring persistently low attendance rates for a health programme it runs for school children. The Department of Health spends HK$200 million a year running 12 “student health service centres” to assess the physical and psychological condition of primary and secondary school children. But an Ombudsman investigation found that each year more than 200,000 students fail to show up for their annual health screening. Annemarie Evans asked Dr Sherry Chan from the University of Hong Kong's Department of Psychiatry, just how useful these annual student health checks are.
‘Brexit vote will make for dull TV viewing’ Listen
Britain and the European Union on Monday agreed legally-binding changes to their Brexit deal, in a last-ditch attempt to salvage it ahead of another crucial vote in the UK parliament on Tuesday. Prime Minister Theresa May met in Strasbourg with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss the backstop, which is a policy to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's London correspondent, Gavin Grey whether or not he thought enough MPs would change their vote this time around.