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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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Former City Magazine editor barred from HK   Listenfacebook
A Taiwanese writer and human rights activist has been denied entry to Hong Kong. Chang Tieh-chi tweeted on Wednesday that immigration officers had barred him from entering the SAR, letting only his Hong Kong wife in. He said he had flown in to to take part in a forum in a personal capacity. Chang used to live in Hong Kong when he was chief editor of the long-running publication, City Magazine. Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki told RTHK his treatment has brought more harm to Hong Kong's international image and the One Country, Two Systems principle under which the SAR was established:
Four jailed for attack on Law  Listenfacebook
Four people have been jailed for three months each for attacking disqualified Demosisto lawmaker Nathan Law at the airport in January as he returned from Taiwan. He'd been attending a forum hosted by the New Power Party, which advocates for the island's independence, as well as universal human rights and civil and political liberties. Tom McAlinden reports:
Pan-dems delay debate on Legco rule changes   Listenfacebook
The much-anticipated debate on controversial changes to the rules of procedure of the Legislative Council never got off the ground on Wednesday. Pro-democracy lawmakers delayed the proceedings by constantly calling for quorum counts and making lengthy speeches on subsidiary legislation to the Trainee Solicitors Amendment Rules. The meeting will resume on Thursday. The opposition camp says the proposed rule changes will seriously undermine the legislature's role in monitoring the administration. But government backers say they are designed to curb filibustering. Given that, Mike Weeks asked the pro-democracy camp's convenor, Charles Mok, if the delaying tactics employed on Wednesday were not playing into their opponents’ hands:
Tutorial schools ‘damaging’ reading skills  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong primary students have slipped from first to third in an international study of reading literacy - with local educators warning that the performance of students is stagnating. The latest report, called the Progress In International Reading Literacy Study, ranks Hong Kong third out of 50 countries and regions, behind Russia and Singapore. The SAR came top of the rankings in the last survey in 2011. Professor Tse Shek-kam from the University of Hong Kong's Education Faculty helped analyse the data on reading collected here. Ian pooler asked him what might have contributed to Hong Kong’s drop in the rankings:
Students develop new rapid flu test   Listenfacebook
A group of Chinese University students has designed a test which they say can be further developed to rapidly detect strains of flu virus. The team leader, Andrew To, said tests for bird flu currently involve expensive machines in the laboratory and it often takes a day or more to obtain the result. He said the test they've designed could potentially tell exactly what strain the flu virus is within an hour. But he told Wendy Wong that it needs to be further refined and developed before it can be put to clinical use:
Oarsmen brave the Atlantic for spinal research   Listenfacebook
Former Hong Kong resident Peter Robinson and three of his friends are going to be spending Christmas in unusual fashion, in a small boat out in the middle of the Atlantic. And they are undertaking their unsupported bid to row across the ocean from Gran Canaria to Antigua, in the Caribbean, all in the name of charity. They are raising money for the mental health charity, Mind, and for spinal injury research, which has a very personal connection for Robinson stretching back to his days of playing youth rugby in Hong Kong. He spoke to Annemarie Evans from the Canary Islands, before the start of their row on December 12: