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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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Shifting congestion feared after Central bypass opens   Listenfacebook
The new Central-Wan Chai Bypass faced its first rush-hour test Monday morning. On Sunday after the bypass opened, traffic built up around the Airport Express station to such a degree that police advised motorists to avoid the area. But the Transport Department said that was mainly due to taxis picking up and dropping off passengers near the Central exit of the highway. Chief Transport Officer Albert Ho told Janice Wong that traffic on Sunday was generally smooth:
Traffic around IFC expected to get worse   Listenfacebook
The managing director of the traffic and transport advisory firm, Trans-Consult Asia, Alok Jain, said Sunday’s congestion near the Airport Express station was no surprise. And he told Ian Pooler that the problem will probably get worse, although the police may initially stop that from happening:
Compromise shows government at fault over elderly welfare payment   Listenfacebook
The government remains intent on raising the age for elderly-welfare payments to 65 at the start of next month, despite prompting near unity in the Legislative Council last week in opposition to the plan. That forced the Chief Executive to put forward a compromise, under which a new equivalent allowance is being proposed for people aged 60 to 64, if they can prove they can't find work. But some are unhappy with that, and many believe the whole saga has been handled badly by Carrie Lam's administration. Paul Yip is a professor at the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration. Mike Weeks asked him for his assessment of the government’s compromise:
Lack of nurses putting patients’ lives as risk   Listenfacebook
More than 200 kindergartens and childcare centres will remain shut this week amid what officials describe as the extraordinary flu outbreak this winter, which has left a high number of under-fives in hospital. A two-year-old boy is in a critical condition with influenza A after being admitted with a fever and cough on Saturday. And all of this is raising pressure on public hospital staff, so much so that the head of Hong Kong's largest nursing union has warned patients' lives are being put at risk. At a protest over staffing levels on Sunday, Health Secretary Sophia Chan was booed after telling about 200 nurses and their supporters that she hoped for improvements in the long-term. Iris Yeung reports:
Chinese Opera centre opens in West Kowloon   Listenfacebook
The curtain has been raised on the Xiqu Centre, making it the first performing arts venue to officially open in the long-delayed West Kowloon Cultural District. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she hopes it will help promote Chinese Opera to the whole world. Candice Wong reports:
Tesla decision catches market by surprise   Listenfacebook
An announcement by Tesla that it will cut some 3,400 jobs sent its shares plummeting more than 10 percent last week. The decision was made by the company’s founder, Elon Musk, as the electric car maker struggles to turn a profit. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington-based International Economics correspondent, Barry Wood, why Musk's announcement seemed to catch investors by surprise: