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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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Police seize millions in donations to protesters   Listenfacebook
Police have frozen HK$70 million in donations that they claim could have been spent on paying young people to join the anti-government protests. On Thursday, they also arrested four members of Spark Alliance HK, which has been raising money for protesters, on suspicion of money laundering. Jimmy Choi reports:
Spark Alliance action ‘doesn’t seem’ to amount to money laundering   Listenfacebook
Spark Alliance HK has been collecting donations for the past half year purportedly to help pay for the legal costs of people charged during the unprecedented anti-government unrest, as well as the medical fees of those injured during protests. But during their operation against the group, police seized HK$130,000 in cash and found receipts for supermarket coupons worth HK$165,000. Acting senior superintendent Chan Wai-kei said the force suspects the donations could have been used to pay young people to take part in protests. Ian Pooler asked Duncan Ho - a barrister from the Progressive Lawyers' Group - what exactly constitutes money laundering:
PTU says private posts used to create ‘white terror’ among teachers   Listenfacebook
The Professional Teachers' Union has accused the government of creating "white terror" by taking "premature" action over alleged misconduct by teachers. Hong Kong's largest teachers' organisation noted that some of the complaints on which officials had acted consisted of screen shots of messages sent anonymously. Damon Pang has the details:
Xi lauds Carrie Lam for second time in a week   Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has praised Carrie Lam for her courage and reaffirmed his full support for the Chief Executive, who has come under fire from even the pro-Beijing camp here recently over her failure to end the unprecedented turmoil in Hong Kong. This came during their second meeting in a week, this time in Macau on the eve of celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover. Jimmy Choi has more:
Macau SAR urged to maintain harmony as it turns 20   Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping will attend ceremonies to mark two decades since the establishment of the Macau SAR on Friday. On Thursday, he praised the gambling mecca for its education policies and urged schools to continue teaching children about China's long history and culture. As Priscilla Ng reports, he also urged people there to maintain stability and harmony:
Free-thinking out at top Shanghai university   Listenfacebook
Controversy has erupted over the revisions a leading mainland university has made to its charter, to remove a reference to “free thinking" and add a new stress on adhering to the leadership of the ruling Communist Party, Marxism and socialist theories of education. Priscilla Ng has more on that:
Diet, exercise and bad habits blamed for early onset of breast cancer   Listenfacebook
A study has found that breast cancer patients in Hong Kong develop the disease at a younger age than those overseas. A comparison of patient data found that the median age of women diagnosed with breast cancer here is 57, five years younger than in the United States. Seventeen percent of Hong Kong patients are diagnosed with the disease when they are between 20 and 40 years old. That compares with just 10 percent in the US. Janice Wong asked oncology professor Winnie Yeo why women in Hong Kong come down with breast cancer at a younger age than elsewhere: