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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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‘King of the New Territories’ dies   Listenfacebook
Powerful rural leader Lau Wong-fat has died at the age of 80. His son, Kenneth, said his father passed away at home peacefully on Sunday surrounded by his family. In a brief statement, he said arrangements for the funeral would be announced later. Lau had for decades served as a powerbroker between indigenous New Territories villagers and the government, both before and after the handover. But this often involved protecting what critics described as an old boys' network of vested interests, which still denies women their rights, and enabled Lau to become a very wealthy landowner in the process. Maggie Ho looks back at his life:
Trust is key to solving XRL clearance arrangements   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s former Transport Secretary, Anthony Cheung, says the controversy surrounding the co-located border-crossing arrangements for the Express Rail Link is more a matter of trust than of legal problems. The government is expected to unveil plans for mainland immigration and customs checkpoints at the West Kowloon Terminus on Tuesday. Maggie Ho reports:

Government ‘taking advantage’ of vacated Legco seats  Listenfacebook
The plan for co-located border clearance at the West Kowloon Terminus of the Express Rail Link, leaked last week, was widely criticised by the pro-democracy camp. But the expulsion of four opposition lawmakers this month will make it easier for the government to get whatever is put forward passed by the Legislative Council. But what will this do to the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam's attempted rapprochement with the pan-democrats? Professor Michael Davis is a Hong Kong constitutional law expert. Mike Weeks asked him if the government is running roughshod over Hong Kong autonomy with its plans for the West Kowloon station:
Health Secretary says summer flu outbreak is stabalising  Listenfacebook
Public hospitals are buckling under pressure caused by a surge in summer flu cases. Since May, more than 200 people, mostly elderly, have died of complications caused a flu virus which experts say may have mutated to make vaccines used in the past two years ineffective. They also warn that the summer flu season may last a few more weeks. Sophia Chan is the Secretary for Health. Ian pooler asked her for an update on the number of people affected by the flu:
Trump officials give conflicting views on sanctions bill  Listenfacebook
The White House has sought to put on a brave face, after Congress reached a bipartisan agreement on laws that would sharply limit President Trump's ability to lift sanctions against Russia. Speaking on ABC News the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, insisted the administration was behind the bill. But the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, gave a different view to Huckerbee, saying the President hasn't made up his mind yet whether or not to sign the bill. So will Trump sign it? Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood:
Limited English books still attract crowds  Listenfacebook
The Observatory has defended the decision to issue the Number 8 Storm signal on Sunday morning - effectively shutting down the city - as a small tropical storm passed quickly over the most eastern part of Hong Kong with little impact. But more than 330 flights were delayed, and seven cancelled. Major tourist attractions also shut down temporarily, including the Hong Kong Book Fair. It has attracted hundreds of thousands of people over the past week, hunting for literary gold. And while most of the books on sale at the fair were Chinese, there were plenty of English-language titles on offer as well. RTHK’s Candice Wong spoke to some of the bookworms who'd gone along to hunt for books in English, to see if they'd found what they were looking for: