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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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Police defend their record after second armed robbery in 24 hours   Listenfacebook
Police are hunting for six armed robbers who ransacked a jewellery shop in Yau Ma Tei. The masked men stormed the shop on Shanghai Street, just after noon on Monday, smashing display cases with a sledgehammer and threatening staff with knives before making off with gold ornaments. It was just the latest in a spate of robberies and thefts in recent months as police resources have been redirected to deal with the anti-government protests. But the force says it's not to blame, as Timmy Sung reports:
Police appeal for a positive spin on use of the term ‘cockroach’   Listenfacebook
A police public-relations officer has defended the force's widespread use of the word "cockroach" to refer to anti-government protesters and others that get in their way. He called on people to look at the word in a positive way, saying the insect is "full of vitality". Damon Pang has that story:
Christmas appeal for an independent inquiry   Listenfacebook
The head of Hong Kong's Catholic Church, Cardinal John Tong, has once again urged Carrie Lam's administration to set up an independent inquiry into the policing of the anti-government protests. He said this would help rebuild trust in society and pave the way for reconciliation. In his Christmas message, the cardinal also appealed to people to stop all violent acts, to allow for a cooling-off period and deep reflection on the past half year of unprecedented turmoil:
No move afoot for mask-ban interpretation: Tam Yiu-chung   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's sole member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, Tam Yiu-chung, says there's no move under-way to interpret the Basic Law to end a legal tussle over the SAR's mask ban. He made the comment at the start of six-day meeting of the NPCSC in Beijing. Tom McAlinden reports:
Thousands rally against crackdown on protester-support fund   Listenfacebook
Several thousand people took part in a rally in Central on Monday night in support of Spark Alliance. Four members of the protester-support fund were arrested last week for alleged money laundering. The organisers of the protest called the police action a clear suppression of those supporting the anti-government movement. They also warned that international companies that "don't obey Beijing's orders" would be targeted in future, as Damon Pang reports:
HK$50 million ‘eco-tours’ scheme hailed as a win for all   Listenfacebook
The government is to hand out HK$50 million to the struggling tourism industry, to encourage it to organise what it describes as "eco-tours" to country parks and other rural areas. It's intended to help it weather the current recession. Travel agencies will be able to get HK$100 for each Hong Kong person who signs up for such tours, with the total subsidy capped at HK$50,000 per company. The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau, says they'll be required to provide transport, tour guides and food for their customers, who would be asked to be friendly to the environment, by doing things such as taking away their own rubbish. The Travel Industry Council described the initiative as a win-win for both tour operators and the general public. But is it really? Mike Weeks asked Dr Lawal Marafa, an associate professor at the Chinese University's Department of Geography and Resource Management:
Child care still the biggest problem for poor women   Listenfacebook
The plight of underprivileged women is again in the spotlight, after a survey by the Society for Community Organisation showed many of them have difficulty landing a job and live well below the poverty line. Sze Lai-shan is a community organiser with Soco. Ian Pooler asked her what assistance these women need: