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Encouraging Social Enterprises; Stephen Hawking in Hong Kong; Right of Abode Protestors; The Diabetes Epidemic (16 Jun 2006)


This week in Legco, Sophie Leung asked what the government could do to encourage the setting up of "social enterprises", business organisations that trade in the marketplace to help the socially disadvantaged. While they may be profit-making, those social aims take priority.The scene when British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking arrived at Hong Kong airport this week was more reminiscent of a pop star's arrival than a scientist's. His every movement in Hong Kong was watched by enthusiastic admirers. The day before our broadcast he gave a lecture at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on the origin of the universe and how time can have a beginning. We look at what his visit means to many in Hong Kong. On Monday evening, traffic in Wan Chai came to a virtual standstill as four right-of-abode demonstrators threatened to jump from a pedestrian footbridge. The action took place during a protest involving around 50 participants. With us in the studio, Lina Chan from the Justice and Peace Commission of the HK Catholic Diocese, discusses whether they have a legitimate grievance or are just would-be queue-jumpers. Over the past twenty years, the number of people worldwide suffering from Type II diabetes has increased by 700%. Most of the increase is due to unhealthy lifestyles and increases in obesity. China and India have the greatest numbers of diabetics. Hong Kong, which has one of the highest percentages of diabetes sufferers in Asia, is fighting the battle too.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, June 16, 2006
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