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

2017-05-29
Monday

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Report says new ATMS requires regular reboots   Listenfacebook
Air traffic controllers have reportedly been forced to resort to regularly rebooting their workstations at the airport to prevent the new air traffic management system from slowing down or crashing. That's according to Factwire News Agency, which also says that glitches continued after the new system was upgraded in March. Maggie Ho reports :
Beijing set to tighten controls on HK 20 years after the handover   Listenfacebook
The head of the National People's Congress and the top official responsible for Hong Kong, Zhang Dejiang, has given a clear hint that the coming anniversary of the handover is likely to mark a watershed in Beijing's handling of the SAR. In a speech just over a month ahead of the 20-year mark, Zhang told Hong Kong it must enact national security laws. But he also revealed that Beijing would soon hand down details about consolidating its sovereignty in the SAR, including its power over the chief executive and other officials based on their allegiance to the nation. Professor Willy Lam is a China specialist from the Chinese University. Mike Weeks asked him for his assessment of Zhang’s speech:
Low march turnout ‘no indication’ for June 4 vigil   Listenfacebook
Turnout at the annual pre-June 4 demonstration to commemorate those killed in the brutal suppression of the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Beijing and elsewhere in China appears to have been the lowest in almost a decade. Organisers said only about a thousand people took part in Sunday’s march from Wanchai to Beijing's Liaison Office in Western, while police put the figure at around half that number. Lee Cheuk-yan is the secretary of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, which organises the march and the annual June 4 candlelight vigil. Ian Pooler asked him if he was disappointed by the turnout this year:
Trump visit prompts call for Europe to control its own destiny   Listenfacebook
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned fellow conservatives that Europe can no longer completely rely on the US and UK following the election of President Trump and Brexit. Speaking after what she had earlier described as a very difficult and unsatisfactory G7 summit, Merkel said Europeans had to take their destiny into their own hands. So is this just an expression of the German leader's frustration over Trump's refusal to commit to the Paris climate deal at the G7 meeting in Sicily, or does it reflect a deeper new reality in relations with the US? Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent Barry Wood:
BA disruptions continue   Listenfacebook
Passengers with British Airways experienced a second day of chaos and disruption on Sunday, after a major IT failure caused cancellations and flight delays around the world. Some passengers have been forced to sleep on the floor at Heathrow - London's main airport - where more than a third of BA flights have been cancelled. The airline’s services to and from Hong Kong have so not been to badly affected. Ian Pooler asked UK correspondent Gavin Grey how passengers had been at Heathrow and other UK airports over the weekend: