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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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Zhang downplays concerns over freedoms in HK   Listenfacebook
The head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Zhang Xiaoming, has tried to play down concerns over the move to ban the Hong Kong National Party and to kick out a British journalist who refused to accede to Beijing's demand not to host a talk by the pro-independence group's leader, Chan Ho-tin. He's reported to have said the decisions do not mean freedoms in Hong Kong have been curtailed. Jimmy Choi reports:
Senior police officer jailed for corruption   Listenfacebook
The former head of police anti-triad operations on Hong Kong Island has been jailed for corruption. Disgraced superintendent Ng Wai-hon was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for accepting over HK$570,000 dollars in bribes in return for tip-offs about upcoming raids and other police information. Timmy Sung reports:
Mega bridge will last for 120 years: designer   Listenfacebook
The chief designer of the bridge to Zhuhai and Macau has played down safety and environmental concerns over the Pearl Delta crossing ahead of its official opening next week. Reports say President Xi Jinping will be on hand for Tuesday's ceremony in Zhuhai. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Government urged to ban single-use plastics   Listenfacebook
Greenpeace is urging Hong Kong restaurants and fast-food chains to stop using plastic cutlery and containers, after finding they accounted for the majority of the 17.5 million pieces of plastic waste that enter the ocean from the Shing Mun River each year. The environmental group arrived at the figure after eight days of field research in August. On average, it says 56 pieces of plastic flow out of the river in Sha Tin every second, and that the amount almost doubles when it rains. Chan Hall-sion is a Greenpeace campaigner. Mike Weeks asked her how they estimated the amount of plastic that was coming down the river:
More support needed for elderly caregivers   Listenfacebook
A study for the Council of Social Service has highlighted the hardships facing caregivers for the elderly. Many of them said they were under tremendous pressure and don't receive enough support. Dr Vivian Lou is director of the University of Hong Kong's Sau Po Centre of Ageing, which carried out the study. Ian Pooler asked her about the difficulties faced by caregivers on a daily basis:
30-somethings first in line for smart IDs   Listenfacebook
People born in 1985 and 1986 will be the first age group to receive the new smart identity cards from late December, when the Immigration Department launches a four-year process to replace all existing ID cards. But those who fail to make efforts to get their new cards in time could face a HK$5,000 fine. Timmy Sung reports: