the waiting list

the waiting list

ATV World News (2014/04/18)

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News Summary 1. District councillor Christine Fong (方國珊) has accused the government of scare tactics in its bid to expand the city's rubbish tips and build a controversial incinerator on an island. Fong argues that the dump can manage to take in rubbish for a few more years. 2. Democratic Party lawmaker Wu Chi-wai (胡志偉) says the government's claim that people on the waiting list for public housing can move into a flat after three years is untrue and a "play with words". At the same time, Tourism Commissioner Philip Yung (容偉雄) has defended the government's Mega Events Fund after it came under fire in the latest audit report. 3. The health chief has warned people travelling to the Middle East to be vigilant following more cases of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (中東呼吸系統綜合症) surfaced in Asia. / Three people have tested positive for dengue fever after travelling abroad. 4. A replica of a controversial statue has been unveiled in the city's first "museum" dedicated to the 1989 crackdown on students in Tiananmen Square. But the owners of the building where the exhibition is being set up are trying to shut it down even before it opens. 5. A Beijing court has jailed four activists for up to three-and-a-half years for their role in small anti-corruption protests, in the latest crackdown on dissent. Their lawyers slammed the sentences as too heavy, insisting the real reason for the convictions was that they had pressed for government officials to disclose their assets. 6. Twenty-eight people have now been confirmed dead while 268 are still missing after Wednesday's ferry disaster in South Korea and authorities are arresting the captain. In an unexpected twist to the tragedy, a vice-principal from the school where many of the students were passengers is believed to have committed suicide after he was rescued. 7. Tributes have been pouring in for Nobel prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez who died at the age of 87 following a bout of pneumonia. / Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who was caught on camera smoking crack last year, has kicked off his re-election campaign. 8. Health authorities are warning holidaymakers going to the mainland to avoid wet markets and farms so they don't catch the H7N9 bird flu virus. The warning comes as tens of thousands of travellers head abroad for the Easter break.