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


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EU leaders express "grave concern" over security law  Listenfacebook
The European Union and China have held what has been described as an "intense" online video conference over topics, including the future of Hong Kong, the coronavirus, and trade. It seems to have had such an impact that China refused to take part in a news conference afterwards. At the conference, the EU warned China it would face "very negative consequences" if it pressed ahead with a new security law for Hong Kong, stepping up pressure on Beijing over the controversial legislation. Carolyn Wright reports:
Pan-dems say no basis for CE to choose judges  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, has played down fears that the city's judicial independence will take a blow, after it was revealed the Chief Executive would have the power to choose judges to hear national security cases. Violet Wong reports:
Albert Chen says new law sends "very important message"  Listenfacebook
Basic Law Committee member Albert Chen says Beijing's national security law for Hong Kong looks likely to be rather “mild”. He says it shows respect for One Country Two Systems, Hong Kong’s rule of law, human rights protections, and the judiciary. Maggie Ho reports:
Rubbish levy again sidelined  Listenfacebook
A plan to charge people to throw away their rubbish is not going to be brought in anytime soon, after lawmakers ended their discussions on the move. A green group says both the government and lawmakers should be blamed for failing to get the bill through the legislature. Wendy Wong reports:
Expert concerned over spike in imported Covid-19 cases  Listenfacebook
An infectious disease specialist says he's concerned about the sharp increase in imported coronavirus cases. Hong Kong recorded its biggest daily increase in more than two months, with 30 people testing positive; 29 arrived from Pakistan and the other was a man under home quarantine after arriving from the Philippines. Dr Joseph Tsang told Samantha Butler that the government should step up testing of staff at quarantine centres and the airport to ensure there are no local transmissions:
Teenager left humiliated by police search  Listenfacebook
A teenage girl has spoken publicly about her treatment at the hands of police after being arrested at an anti-government rally, claiming she was sexually assaulted and humiliated. The 17-year-old says she wanted to tell her story to stand in solidarity with others who have experienced something similar. Priscilla Ng reports:
EOC urges further support for ethnic minority youths  Listenfacebook
A member of advocacy group, Unison, says it's devastating for many ethnic minority students to miss out on jobs because of a lack of Chinese-language proficiency. Payal Biswas, a youth development officer with the group, was commenting after the Equal Opportunities Commission identified several obstacles for such youths when trying to make the transition from school to the workplace. Biswas said the government provided funding to schools to accept ethnic minority students but proper guidance was missing on how to use this money. She told Janice Wong that a tailor-made curriculum to teach Chinese as a second language was important:
Private hospital biggest receiver of pandemic support  Listenfacebook
A private hospital is the biggest recipient in the first round of wage subsidies to help local businesses - and the jobs they provide - survive the pandemic. The government is covering half the salary of hundreds of thousands of workers. Candice Wong reports:
No plans to increase airport levy  Listenfacebook
Transport officials say they have no plans to increase the airport construction levy on passengers - which is being used to finance the third-runway project - despite a collapse in passenger numbers due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Timmy Sung reports:
Punters race to place bets at Jockey Club centres  Listenfacebook
Almost all of the Jockey Club's off-course betting centres have re-opened, after being shut for three months due to the pandemic. Horse racing bets are being taken on non-race days - but there is no gambling allowed on football and the Mark Six is still suspended. There are measures in place to prevent coronavirus infections. Natale Ching visited one centre in Mong Kok to see how the punters were getting on:
DAB party warns of peeping-tom black spots  Listenfacebook
The DAB says women who breastfeed at a baby care room in a Causeway Bay shopping mall risk falling victim to perverts who take pictures of them without them knowing. The room in Windsor House is included on the party's latest list of black spots for explicit photography. DAB lawmaker Elizabeth Quat told Joanne Wong what's wrong with the facility: