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


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Over 300 in HK already on Beijing’s wanted list   Listenfacebook
A former deputy minister of public security Chen Zhimin says Beijing already has a list of hundreds of criminal suspects it wants to extradite from Hong Kong. Chen also dismissed concerns that planned changes to the SAR's laws on fugitives would affect Hong Kong’s business sector. Maggie Ho reports:
Coroner urged to investigate teacher’s suicide   Listenfacebook
The Professional Teachers' Union (PTU) has called on the Coroner's Court to investigate the suicide of a teacher at a Tin Shui Wai school last week. The teacher jumped to her death from the school after reportedly coming under severe work-related stress and bullying by the principal. The case has raised questions about the management of schools and the way authorities handle complaints. The Secretary for Education, Kevin Yeung, has admitted that his bureau did receive an anonymous complaint from one of the teachers at the school last year. Ian Pooler asked the president of the PTU, Fung Wai-wah, if giving schools wide autonomy under the school-based management mechanism was creating problems:
Thousands to benefit from subsidised drug additions   Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority has announced that 19 drugs, not previously subsidised, will be added to its prescription list. That means from next month, patients only have to pay nominal fees for them, as Wendy Wong reports:
Boeing’s 737 MAX grounded worldwide   Listenfacebook
The US President, Donald Trump, has grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. American regulators had been resisting calls to ground the jets in the wake of Sunday's deadly crash involving the airliner in Ethiopia, which came five months after a 737 MAX came down in similar fashion while taking off from Jakarta. The US decision came after Canada joined most other countries around the world in banning the jets from their airspace. Hong Kong aviation authorities also made a U-turn on the Boeing jets on Wednesday, announcing they wouldn't be allowed to fly into Chek Lap Kok. The Civil Aviation Department had earlier said it was adopting a wait-and-see approach in the wake of the crash near Addis Ababa. Cathay Pacific's Chief Executive Rupert Hogg told RTHK he fully supported the CAD's decision. He was speaking to Jim Gould about Cathay’s 2018 results, which saw the airline recover from a loss of over HK$1.2 billion in 2017 to post a more than HK$2.3 billion gain:
HK Express ‘once in a life time opportunity’ for Cathay   Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific remained tight-lipped on Wednesday about its negotiations to buy low-cost carrier, Hong Kong Express, as it confirmed it returned to profit last year. Brendan Sobie, chief analyst at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, says it will never have a better opportunity to grab a stake in the low-cost market. He told Janice Wong that competition for Hong Kong’s flagship carrier will continue to come from the mainland in the year ahead:
Theresa May suffers another humiliation over no-deal Brexit vote   Listenfacebook
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has suffered a further reverse in parliament, after MPs voted symbolically to remove the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union without a formal agreement. The motion does not change the law that stipulates the UK leaves on March 29, but it paves the way for a request to the EU to delay Brexit. The rejection of a no-deal Brexit was expected but the vote to reject a no-deal Brexit-ever went against the government's wishes and meant members of May's Conservative Party and four members of her cabinet defied the whip. Ian Pooler asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey if this was indicative of the poor state of discipline within the UK's ruling party: