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

2018-02-08
Thursday

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HK children go on early holiday to combat flu   Listenfacebook
Kindergartens, nurseries and primary schools closed on Thursday for an early Lunar New Year holiday, to help prevent the spread of influenza. Health authorities announced the shutdown the day before, saying such institutions have accounted for the majority of flu outbreaks during this winter's flu peak. Candice Wong reports:
Flu outbreak ‘not an emergency’ yet   Listenfacebook
The government has come under fire from some parents and others for not giving sufficient warning of the school flu closure. Others are urging Carrie Lam’s administration to send vaccination teams into schools in future to try to head off flu peaks. Despite the rapid shutdown of schools, government adviser and Hong Kong University microbiologist Professor Yuen Kwok-yung told Mike Weeks the winter flu outbreak is not yet an emergency:
No support for reintroducing BCA   Listenfacebook
Pro-establishment legislators have joined pan-democrats in signing a petition demanding that the controversial Basic Competency Assessment for primary three students be dropped again this year. Last week, the Chief Executive said the tests in English, Chinese and maths might go ahead, despite the misgivings of many parents and teachers. Damon Pang reports:
Big data analysis helping in development of HIV vaccine   Listenfacebook
Researchers at the University of Science and Technology have turned to big data analysis to help counter HIV. There's no effective vaccine for the deadly virus, but there's been some success in using antibodies to neutralise some of the disease's mutations. Scientists at HKUST and MIT in the United States used a computational framework to get a clearer picture of a crucial protein of HIV. This could be used to help design vaccines to tackle the virus. Ian Pooler asked HKUST professor, Matthew McKay, what magnitude of numbers they’ve been crunching: