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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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Disqualified lawmakers charged with unlawful Legco assembly  Listenfacebook
Sixtus Leung has accused the CY Leung administration of political persecution after he and fellow Youngspiration politician, Yau Wai-ching, were charged with unlawful assembly inside the Legislative Council. The alleged offence took place before the oaths taken by the two lawmakers-elect were ruled invalid and they were thrown out of the legislature. The pair have also been charged with attempted forcible entry and will appear in Eastern Court on Friday. Damon Pang reports:
Trump tax cut proposal “should prompt” HK tax rethink  Listenfacebook
The Trump administration has proposed slashing US corporate tax to spur economic growth. The Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, joined White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn in unveiling the blueprint, which aims to cut the business tax rate from 35 to 15 percent. Economists say the tax plan will add trillions of dollars to the US deficit over the next decade. But Mnuchin says it will pay for itself "through growth, through deductions and closing loopholes". He billed it as the biggest tax cut" in history. Danny Kwan is a tax partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong. Mike Weeks asked him if the territory now also needs to cut its 16.5 percent corporate tax rate to stay competitive:
Auditor calls for greater effort at cruise terminal  Listenfacebook
It seems it has not been smooth sailing for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal since it opened in 2013. According to the auditor's latest value-for-money report, not only have fewer ships than expected berthed at the terminal - but passengers onboard them have spent less than forecast. Richard Pyne has the details:
Tai Po woman catches Zika  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has reported its first imported case of the Zika virus this year. The patient is a woman who recently visited South America. She went to Ecuador and Peru this month with three family members, who have shown no symptoms so far of the mosquito-borne disease, which has been linked to the birth of babies with tiny heads. Officials say the chances of a local outbreak are low, but they'll try to eradicate mosquitoes in Tai Po, near where the patient lives and the hospital where she is staying. Damon Pang reports:
Consumer Council welcomes heavy sentence for gross overcharging  Listenfacebook
Two pharmacy workers have been sentenced to months in a detention centre for charging a mainland tourist HK$50,000 for menthol drops they originally told her would cost just HK$60. The magistrate said a heavy sentence was needed to reflect the severity of the offence. The Chief Executive of the Consumer Council, Gilly Wong, told Jim Gould that she hopes it will send a strong signal to anyone thinking of engaging in such malpractice:
Kids in low-income districts more prone to injury  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong paediatricians and other experts have analysed nearly three-quarters of a million cases of children, aged up to 19, who were treated at the accident and emergency departments of public hospitals from 2001 and 2012. They found that there's a significant difference in injury rates among children of different districts, and also noted an increase in cases of falling and apparent abuse. Dr Patrick Ip is a professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the university's Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine. Ian Pooler asked him what the major causes of child injuries were in Hong Kong: