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News in a Nutshell

No time to read the news this week? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Just one minute with the Localiiz news roundup and you’ll have all you need to appear up-to-the-minute and worldly-wise when out and about this weekend – well, almost.


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Debatable

The three contenders in the totally not already decided Chief Executive race debated in the last election forum, before next Sunday’s poll of the 1,194-strong Election Committee, in a two-and half- hour event at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Just over 500 committee members bothered attending. Other edge-of-your-seat highlights from the weeks CE race news include Lam berating Tsang for having a “clean desk”. Non-stop action.
More on this story:

Pro-establishment no-shows at Hong Kong CE race debate caused Lam to feel the heat – SCMP
As it happened: Hong Kong leadership candidates take part in final debate of election campaign – SCMP

Rubbish

Families will have to pay about $36 to $52 a month when the Government’s waste charging scheme is introduced in the second half of 2019 at the earliest. Penalty’s of $1,500 will also be introduced for people who use the wrong bags. The scheme will work differently for residential and commercial users with residential buildings and village houses using a kind of scummy ‘by the bag’ mechanism, where residents will be charged based on the number of used pre-paid garbage bags. It might not seem like a big deal, but is another policy that is inherently punitive in nature and financially lucrative for the Government ever a positive thing? Just a thought.

Farey Tale

In a response to public outrage to the MTR’s consistent fare increases since 2010, despite the monopoly’s ridiculously high profits, the MTR corp will offer a three percent rebate, for at least six months out of year, for the next six years. Basically, there will be a few cents off of your train journeys, and in about six years time, it’ll all equate to a reasonable saving, unless you spend an inordinate amount of time riding the train as many of us do in Hong Kong.

More than meats the eye

The city banned all meat and poultry imports from Brazil this week amid a growing rotten-meat crisis in the South American country. Wellcome, ParknShop and AEON removed Brazilian meat from their shelves and fast-food chain Fairwood stopped offering char siu roast pork. The crisis was triggered by a huge federal police operation that found that meat-packers had been selling rotten and substandard produce for years.

I can’t get no…

The results of a poll by The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Sex Education Association were released this week. It turns out only 30 percent of participants professed themselves to be “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their sex life while 70 percent rated it as “average, unsatisfactory, or extremely unsatisfactory.” Explains why people are so grumpy on the MTR in the mornings.

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