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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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Investigation likely to further delay Shatin-to-Central link   Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation submitted a report to the government on Monday on ways to check the construction of the Hung Hom platform of the Shatin-to-Central rail line. It includes the possibility of cracking open concrete in the station to see whether its structural integrity has been compromised by shoddy steel reinforcing work, which could put back the opening of the long-delayed line by six more months. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Lee Cheuk-yan by-election candidacy ‘at risk’   Listenfacebook
The nomination period for the West Kowloon by-election closed on Monday. But election officials had still not endorsed the bids of three of the prospective candidates, including former lawmaker and Labour Party stalwart Lee Cheuk-yan. The other two yet to be approved are Ng Dick-hay, an IT professional who lost in the Hong Kong Island by-election earlier this year, and Judy Tzeng who says she's a housewife. Both submitted their applications just ahead of the deadline. Two others have been confirmed as candidates. They are Yan Chan, an independent who has the backing of the pro-establishment camp, and former lawmaker Frederick Fung. Mike Weeks asked Polytechnic University political commentator Chung Kim-wah if there are any problems with Lee’s candidacy:
Government urged to plug loopholes over online resale of tickets   Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council says ticket-reselling platforms are essentially acting as scalpers and it's urging the government to improve regulation of such on-line sales for concerts and sports events. The watchdog issued the appeal after looking into the operations of three popular ticket platforms, which it accused of inflating demand. Wendy Wong reports:
Landmark Chinese opera venue to open in January   Listenfacebook
A building that's tipped to be a landmark in the West Kowloon Cultural District - the Xiqu Centre - will have its grand opening on the 20th of January. This was announced at a press conference on Monday that was attended by many Chinese opera stars. Duncan Pescod is the CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Ian Pooler asked him how he’s feeling now that the opening date has finally been announced:
Assad regime accused of carrying out over 100 chemical attacks   Listenfacebook
The Syrian regime ratified the international Chemical Weapons Convention five years ago, pledging to stop using such weapons against its enemies. This came after an attack on several suburbs of the capital Damascus that involved the nerve agent Sarin, which left hundreds of people dead. The horrific pictures of victims convulsing in agony shocked the world. But an investigation by the BBC has unearthed evidence that suggests the government of Bashar al-Assad has since used chemical weapons at least 106 times against its Syrian opponents. Paul Rogers is a Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK. Annemarie Evans asked him what he made of the investigation: