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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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Cost-overrun deal described as financial trickery  Listenfacebook
The Mass Transit Railway Corporation has reached an agreement with the government to cover the HK$19.6 billion in projected cost overruns for the Express Rail Link to Guangzhou. In a complex circular arrangement, the rail company will pay a special dividend of HK$19.5 billion to the government, which will in turn inject roughly the same amount of money into the much-delayed rail link. The deal still needs the approval of minority shareholders and lawmakers. Michael Tien is the chairman of the Legislative Council's transport panel. Ian Pooler asked the New People’s Party lawmaker if the agreement was a smoke and mirrors approach to get the necessary funding:
Country Park Appreciation Day set for Dec 13  Listenfacebook
A number of environmental concern groups have formed an alliance to protect Hong Kong’s country parks. And they have set December 13th as Country Parks Appreciation Day. The Save Our Country Parks Alliance says it is deeply concerned about recent calls to develop protected land to meet the SAR's housing needs. Lam Chiu-ying is a professor in Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University and a former Director of the Observatory. He is also a member of the alliance. Mike Weeks asked him about the plans for Country Parks Appreciation Day:
Mobile HIV testing to mark World AIDS Day  Listenfacebook
Starting on Tuesday, a mobile van will offer free and confidential HIV tests to the public. Aids Concern is running the HIV Testing Week to mark World Aids Day, on December 1st. Mike Weeks asked the group's chief executive, Andrew Chidgey, for more about the mobile tests: