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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

2018-07-20
Friday

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Cap on MPF contributions to go up   Listenfacebook
The HK$1,500 monthly cap on Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) contributions for both employers and employees could soon be increased. Sources told RTHK the administration plans to raise the amount in phases, to HK$2,400 a month. Jimmy Choi reports:
Wrong time to raise MPF cap: Liberal Party   Listenfacebook
The pro-business Liberal Party criticised plans for higher MPF contributions, saying the ongoing trade war between China and the US means this is not the right time. Party lawmaker Felix Chung urged the government not to raise the payment cap at least until it finalises its plan to stop companies from using their payments to workers’ MPF funds to make long-service and severance payments. Trade unions, though, gave a cautious welcome to the move. But veteran unionist and Labour Party co-founder Lee Cheuk-yan told RTHK's Maggie Ho that the government will have to ensure employers don't hold back on pay rises in light of the change:
Former CE’s fate hangs in the balance   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang should find out on Friday if he’s to remain a free man or be sent back to prison. The Court of Appeal is due to hand down its decision on whether to overturn the former Chief Executive's conviction and 20-month jail sentence for misconduct in public office. Tsang is currently out on bail, as Priscilla Ng reports:
Glass recycling scheme finally moves ahead   Listenfacebook
The government is finally pressing ahead with its glass recycling scheme, with a proposed charge of HK$1 per litre bottle for manufacturers and importers to take effect from next year. But firms that collect and reuse bottles to achieve an 80 percent reduction in waste would be exempt from the levy. Frances Sit reports:
Beach anti-plastic campaign welcomed   Listenfacebook
About 50 restaurants and fast-food kiosks on and near public beaches in Hong Kong pledged on Thursday to stop handing out plastic utensils this summer in response to the global campaign to try to stop plastic from filling our oceans. As part of the scheme, the beach eateries have agreed not to give out plastic straws and tableware - instead providing paper or re-usable ones. The Environment Secretary, Wong Kam-sing, called the scheme a good start, adding that officials plan to adopt a similar initiative in government canteens. Merrin Pearse is the chairman of the Living Islands Movement. Mike Weeks asked him if he agrees this is a good start:
Water said to be safe at new Kwai Fong estate   Listenfacebook
The government says water samples taken from a new public housing estate in Kwai Fong are well within international safety standards. Water tankers were sent to Kwai Tsui Estate on Thursday after the Democratic Party revealed that tests of tap water at several flats showed lead levels in excess of the WHO guidelines of 10 microgrammes per litre. But officials say those high readings may be due to fittings put in by tenants who've just moved in, as Robert Kemp reports:
15 minutes could make all the difference to teens   Listenfacebook
A study by the Chinese University shows that children and adolescents, who don't get enough sleep, have a bigger risk of developing heart disease and diabetes later in life. And the research team says schools should consider delaying classes by about 15 minutes in the morning as overseas examples have shown the big benefits of such a modest adjustment. Dr Kate Chan is one of the study’s researchers. Ian pooler asked her why it focused only on youngsters:
HK$3.8b collection donated to Museum of Art   Listenfacebook
The family of collector and philanthropist Ho Iu-kwong has donated more than HK$3.8 billion-worth of Chinese paintings and calligraphy to the Hong Kong Museum of Art. As Priscilla Ng reports, the collection will go on permanent display when the museum finally reopens at the end of next year: