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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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Doubts cast over security chief’s foreign training claim   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security says the administration believes some of the people involved in the seven months of anti-government protests received training overseas on how to stoke the unrest. But the only evidence he gave for this suspicion was some on-line media reports. Timmy Sung has the details:
Pepper spray and arrests at Tseung Kwan O memorial   Listenfacebook
At least two people have been arrested after clashes broke out between police and protesters who attended a memorial for a University of Science and Technology student in Tseung Kwan O. Some 100 people had gathered in the district on Wednesday night to pay tribute to Alex Chow, who fell to his death from a car park there during a police clearance operation two months ago. Altis Wong has the details:
US lawmakers press for action on HK rights and democracy act   Listenfacebook
The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China has called on the White House to fully enact the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. In its annual report, it strongly criticised what it called the "continuing erosion" of Hong Kong's autonomy. It also stepped up calls for sanctions on key Beijing officials over human rights abuses. The Hong Kong government responded by saying foreign legislatures should stay out of the SAR’s affairs. Steve Dunthorne has the details:
No plans for Wuhan travel alert   Listenfacebook
Eight more people were placed in isolation in public hospitals on Wednesday over fears they've been infected by the unidentified pneumonia that's broken out in Wuhan. That brings the total number of suspected cases in Hong Kong to 38. Twenty-one patients have already been discharged. Despite the growing number of suspected cases, the government says there are no plans to issue a travel alert for the Hubei capital, as Candice Wong reports:
Doctors warn Wuhan pneumonia could be spread by private clinics   Listenfacebook
The head of the Hong Kong Doctors Union has called on the government to set up reporting stations at public hospitals for people who've recently returned from Wuhan with symptoms related to the mystery pneumonia in the Hubei capital. Dr Henry Yeung says they should be encouraged to seek medical help directly at public hospitals because this would help prevent the spread of the disease at private clinics, which are often very small and crowded. Under changes being made to the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance, health authorities will be given the power to isolate any person suspected to have the Wuhan disease, and private doctors will have to report suspected cases. Ian Pooler asked Yeung how this differed from other notifiable diseases:
2019: the hottest year yet for Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
Last year was Hong Kong's warmest on record - with the annual average temperature about 1.5 degrees higher than what was considered normal between 1961 and 1990. The annual average maximum temperature of 27.1 degrees and the annual average minimum temperature of 22.6 degrees were the highest since records began in 1884. The number of so-called "Hot Nights" - where temperatures topped 28 degrees - also hit a new high, while there was just one "Cold Day" in 2019, a new low. Richard Pyne asked Ewan Windebank, a 17-year-old student leader of Climate Action Hong Kong, whether this all underlines the urgent need to tackle climate change:
Centaline founder less pessimistic about economic outlook   Listenfacebook
The founder of Centaline Property, Shih Wing-ching, says the economic downturn and the unresolved political unrest will continue to have a negative impact on Hong Kong’s economy in 2020, but overall he expects the SAR to be in a better position this year than in 2019. He says this is because of the phase one trade deal to be signed by the US and China next Monday. He also expects a cooling in the often violent anti-government protests. But Shih told Janice Wong that he expects property prices to fall within a 10 percent range in 2020 because of the recession gripping Hong Kong: