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

2017-12-14
Thursday

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Extra 2b yuan put on HK bill for Pearl Delta bridge   Listenfacebook
The Transport Bureau says Hong Kong needs to pay an extra 2 billion yuan for the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. As Alex Price reports, it’s the latest in a string of problems and setbacks to plague the much-criticised mega project:
Parents want mandatory sex-crime checks   Listenfacebook
The government is being urged to make sex-crime record checks mandatory for jobs involving working with children. A voluntary scheme is already in place. But the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation says 70 percent of parents it recently surveyed want the requirements tightened up. And it says privacy concerns should not be used as an obstacle to this. The foundation's executive director, Michelle Tam, spoke to Priscilla Ng:
Killer banker awaiting decision on appeal   Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal will hand down a decision at a later date on whether to allow an appeal by Briton Rurik Jutting against his double murder conviction. The former banker is currently serving a life sentence for the brutal killing of two Indonesian women in a drink and drug-fuelled rampage which the trial judge described as "sickening in the extreme". Richard Pyne reports:
Carrie Lam in Beijing for first duty visit   Listenfacebook
Carrie Lam is in Beijing for her first duty visit since becoming Chief Executive. During the trip, she'll meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. But first on Thursday, she'll sign a deal with the National Development and Reform Commission to advance Hong Kong’s role in the Belt and Road initiative. RTHK’s Jimmy Choi is covering Lam's visit to the capital. Ian pooler asked him about her itinerary for the two-day trip:
US interest rates rise for third time in 2017   Listenfacebook
The US central bank, the Federal Reserve, is raising its main interest rate by a quarter of percentage point in a further step towards reversing policies put in place after the global financial crisis. That moves the Federal Funds rate up to between 1:25 and 1.5 percent. Professor Ho Lok-sang is the dean of business at Chu Hai College of Higher Education. He told Mike Weeks he welcomed the Fed’s gradual approach to normalizing US interest rates:
Brexit rebels inflict defeat on Theresa May   Listenfacebook
The UK government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by 12 MPs from Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party. In a blow to the British Prime Minister, MPs narrowly voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels. The government had argued this would jeopardise its chances of delivering a smooth departure from the European Union. Ian Pooler asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey what the vote actually means: