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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 lawmaker cleared to run again   Listenfacebook
Ousted lawmaker Edward Yiu has been cleared to run in the March 11th Legislative Council by-election in Kowloon West. His candidacy was confirmed less than an hour before the nomination period ended on Monday afternoon. There had been fears that he would not be allowed to run because of his disqualification from the council last year over the way he took his oath. But while Yiu got the go ahead to stand, Demosisto's Agnes Chow didn't, and there's been more fallout from that controversial decision last weekend. The legal sector's representatives on the Election Committee issued a joint statement criticising the electoral authorities. The 30 members said the decision to bar Chow was unlawful and unconstitutional. Wendy Wong reports:
Advice on banning Agnes Chow came from Teresa Cheng   Listenfacebook
The scandal-hit Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, has revealed that electoral officials made their decision to bar Agnes Chow from the by-elections based on legal advice that came from her. But Cheng insists neither she nor Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the decision to exclude Chow from the by-elections, as Maggie Ho reports:
Justice Secretary apologises again for illegal structures   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, has been grilled at special Legislative Council panel meeting about the illegal improvements found at two of her homes. Cheng again apologised for the scandal and the way she's handled it. Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung was at the meeting. Ian Pooler asked him if he accepted Cheng’s apology:
Zen unhappy with Vatican bridge building with Beijing  Listenfacebook
The former head of the Catholic church in Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, has revealed that he opposed the Vatican's recent efforts to build bridges with Beijing, especially its move to offer tantamount recognition to the Central Government's control over the church in China. Sean Kennedy has the details:
No clues on when XRL will break even   Listenfacebook
Transport Secretary Frank Chan says he's confident that the Express Rail Link will be financially healthy by the end of its 50 year life cycle. But he didn't say when the project is likely to pay off the nearly HK$85 billion poured into it. Jimmy Choi reports:
Environmental injustice study could lead to healthier lives   Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong researchers say air pollution-induced environmental injustice is very evident in the SAR. That’s after they found that areas of Hong Kong with high concentrations of fine respirable particulates - or PM 2.5 - are also areas with the highest levels of social deprivation. The researchers say their study highlights the need for more integrated, location-based environmental policies to address this problem. Professor Victor Li is the director of the HKU-Cambridge Clean Energy and Environmental Research Platform which led the study. Mike Weeks asked him if he was at all surprised by the finding that Hong Kong’s poorest are exposed to the greatest air pollution: