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On Monday's Backchat, electronic road pricing. A survey of drivers and non-drivers suggests that a charge of around $200 each time motorists drive into Central business district. The scheme aims to reduce traffic congestion, and it covers 14 streets including Murray Road, Garden Road on its eastern side, Hollywood Road and Lower Albert Road. But 77 percent of respondents also thought the fee should be proportionate to the length of time vehicles stay in the charging zone, as some vehicles hang around, blocking streets. Another issue was whether some vehicles should be exempted from paying, like taxis, public transport, resident's cars and delivery vehicles. Should it change with the time of day? What fee would you suggest?
After 9.20, the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan.
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20/05/2019 - 8:30- 9:20 Electronic Road Pricing
Alok Jain, Managing Director of Trans-consult Asia
Hung Wing-tat, Chairman, Hong Kong Taxi Council; and Fellow, Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies
Timothy Hau, Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong
Jeremy Young, Central and Western District Councillor, Liberal Party
KY Leung, Former President, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong
20/05/2019 - 9:20-9:30 Taiwan’s legalization of same-sex marriage
On Friday's Backchat, the PLA on the waterfront. A Pro-democracy activist is launching a judicial review of the government's decision to zone a stretch of the Central harbourfront for use by the People's Liberation Army. The government approved the rezoning of the site for military use at the end of January. While the dock will be administered by the PLA and covered by Garrison Law, SAR officials say the public will be allowed to enter the area when it is not in use. The activist says the decision goes against the public interest and accuses the administration of breaking an earlier promise it made to keep the promenade solely for public use. He said the Town Planning Board was wrong when it originally rezoned the dock back in 2014, and so was the government when it approved the plans earlier this year. But the Security Secretary John Lee has defended the need for a military dock in Central, saying military attacks can happen at anytime and the authorities therefore need to be on the alert. Is there a substantial need for a military site along the harbourfront to protect against possible attacks? Why has the prominent site been unused for so long? Is it another political issue at heart?
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After 9.20, the world's first image of black hole.
12/04/2019 - 8:30- 9:20 PLA on the Harbourfront
12/04/2019 - 9:20- 9:30 World’s First Image of Black Hole