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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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UK on standby for further terror attacks   Listenfacebook
The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of "critical". That means the belief is that a further attack may be imminent and that military personnel will be deployed to protect key sites. The move came after investigators were unable to rule out whether Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi acted alone. He killed 22 people and injured 59 when he blew himself in the foyer of Manchester Arena just after a concert by the US pop star Ariana Grande on Monday night. Ian Pooler asked UK correspondent Peter Anderson for more details about the suspect:
Questions still unanswered over UGL   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive has railed against a move by the pan-democrats to impeach him over the UGL saga, saying he's already answered questions about the HK$50 million he received from the Australian firm around the time he took office in 2012, but failed to declare. CY Leung said anyone who still has questions should look at his responses on the UGL payment in detail over the past two and a half years. But Hong Kong University legal scholar Eric Cheung disputes this. He told Jim Gould the Chief Executive has not answered his questions about whether he provided services to UGL while in office:
Safety of cross-Pearl bridge under investigation   Listenfacebook
Engineer Albert Lai, from the Professional Commons thinktank, says the revelation that government contractors may have faked concrete test results for the massive project to link Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macau raises serious questions about the safety of the bridge. The ICAC has arrested 21 people in connection with the scandal. The Development Secretary, Eric Ma, said on Tuesday that officials are now trying to determine if the bridge is structurally safe. He said if the use of substandard concrete on the bridge project is widespread, there will be "serious follow-up actions" - though he did not elaborate. But Lai told Richard Pyne that serious remedial measures may be needed if substandard materials are found to be have been used:
Uber arrests no solution to unregulated hire-car services   Listenfacebook
Police arrested 21 Uber drivers on Tuesday in the latest crackdown on the ride-hailing giant. They're accused of doing business without a hire-car permit and third-party insurance. This has again put the spotlight on the future of Uber in Hong Kong. Kwok Ka-ki is the vice-chairman of the Legislative Council's transport panel. He has urged the government to regulate car-booking services. Ian Pooler asked him what response he’s received so far:
Government urged to appeal gay civil-servant ruling   Listenfacebook
Five pro-government lawmakers and conservative family groups are urging the government to appeal against a landmark court case that granted spousal benefits to a gay civil servant who married abroad. The High Court ruled that the man's husband should be entitled to the same benefits as the spouses of his heterosexual colleagues. But the group says the verdict goes against Hong Kong's marriage laws. Junius Ho is one of lawmakers. Mike Weeks asked him how the court ruling goes against Hong Kong’s marriage law: