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


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Rita Fan defends new election declaration rule   Listenfacebook
A top Hong Kong delegate to China's legislature says the right to stand in elections as promised in the Basic Law should not be absolute. Rita Fan says it should not override all other considerations, especially when it comes to people calling for independence. She says such advocates who want to run in September's Legislative Council elections would be contradicting themselves if they sign the nomination form because that would mean they support the Basic Law and its first article - that Hong Kong is an "inalienable" part of China. Damon Pang reports:
High Court to consider whether EAC has exceeded its powers   Listenfacebook
The High Court is to hold an urgent hearing on Wednesday to decide whether to allow a legal challenge of the new election rule requiring candidates for September's Legco polls to declare that Hong Kong is an integral part of China. The judicial review is being brought by localists and the League of Social Democrats just ahead of the close of election nominations on Friday. They say election officers have no right to screen candidates based on their political views. But are they right? Mike Weeks asked Professor Michael Davis - a constitutional law expert from the University of Hong Kong:
Change in attitude needed to ensure sustainable consumption   Listenfacebook
The government has launched a three-month public consultation on the sustainable consumption of biological resources. The Council for Sustainable Development has proposed introducing ‘eco-labels’ to help consumers identify products that are harvested sustainably. It warns that if attitudes don't change, more and more plant and animal species, habitats and resources will be put at risk. Professor Nora Tam is a member of the Council for Sustainable Development. Hugh Chiverton asked her to give some examples of the products that will be targeted:
Hillary Clinton nominated  Listenfacebook
Democrat Hillary Clinton has become the first woman in US history to be nominated for president by any major party. She reached the milestone in a roll call vote from all 50 states at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton will make her acceptance speech on Thursday. Everyone from US First Lady Michelle Obama to her defeated opponent in the battle for the nomination, Bernie Sanders, has urged the Democratic Party to unite around Clinton. But many of Sanders' supporters are angry because they feel the nomination was stolen from the senator. Glenn Shive is the executive director of the Hong Kong America Centre.Annemarie Evans asked him what he made of the Democratic convention:
Breastfeeding HK mothers need more nutrients   Listenfacebook
A survey by the Polytechnic University has found that breastfeeding Hong Kong mothers consume significantly less calcium, iron and iodine than recommended. The university questioned some 100 nursing mothers here, and found that roughly just one in ten met the daily nutritional levels suggested by the Chinese Nutrition Society. The university's Food Safety and Technology Research Centre says the problem seems to be the typical diet of Hong Kong people. RTHK’s Candice Wong spoke to Professor Wong Man-sau, the centre's deputy director: