Consultation on RTHK's role
A consultation on the future of public service broadcasting would also address the issue of RTHK's future, secretary for commerce and economic development Frederick Ma Si-hang said yesterday. The consultation document will be published before the end of the year, but will not give a concrete timetable on the way forward. A review panel has recommended an independent public broadcaster be set up, but that it not be based on RTHK.
41 convictions in a month for breaching pollution laws
Forty-one convictions were recorded last month for breaches of anti-pollution legislation. Twenty-six were under the Air Pollution Control Ordinance, seven under the Noise Control Ordinance, six under the Waste Disposal Ordinance, and one each under the Water Pollution Control Ordinance and the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance respectively. The heaviest fine imposed last month was HK$40,000, levelled against a company which used powered mechanical equipment without a valid construction noise permit.