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


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Union campaigner calls tunnel-flood deaths unacceptable  Listenfacebook
The deaths of three workers in an industrial accident in Hung Hom on Monday have not only raised concerns about safety for those working underground, they've also put the welfare of contract workers under the spotlight. The three men were carrying out cabling work for a CLP contractor when the tunnel in which they were working was flooded with sewage. The power giant has offered their families some compensation, but they insist authorities investigate why their loved-ones were allowed to work in what they describe as a "terrible environment". Suzanne Wu is a campaigner for the Confederation of Trade Unions. She spoke to Mike Weeks about the industrial accident:
Liu Xiaobo now suffering from septic shock  Listenfacebook
China's critically ill Nobel peace laureate, Liu Xiaobo, is reportedly said to be suffering from a septic shock caused by a serious infection. That was revealed by doctors at the Shenyang hospital where he's being treated just a day after they announced that the reform campaigner was in critical condition. Altis Wong reports:
Excess teachers to be kept on for at least two more years  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has announced that a policy to allow excess teachers to keep their jobs will be extended for two years. The Education Bureau introduced the policy in 2013 to ensure teachers at government-subsidised secondary schools would not be fired despite a continuous drop in pupil numbers. Wendy Wong reports:
Cleaner-ship-fuel plan ‘should make big difference’ to HK’s air  Listenfacebook
The government will present plans to legislators next week to improve air quality by forcing vessels to use cleaner fuel while in Hong Kong waters. Ships will be banned from burning fuel with a sulphur content exceeding 0.5 percent by weight from 2019. The proposal will bring the SAR into line with national efforts to establish emission-control areas, specifically one in the Pearl River Delta. But Simon Ng, an independent consultant on air quality and transport issues, told Richard Pyne that there's room for Hong Kong to do even more:
Dyslexia & language disorder often overlap: Oxford expert  Listenfacebook
The problems of dyslexia and language disorder can affect a child at the same time. That's according to visiting child psychology experts from the University of Oxford, even though the two conditions have distinct differences. Professor Charles Hulme from the university’s department of education explained the difference between the two learning disorders to Hugh Chiverton: