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


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Government seeks to overturn Jimmy Lai’s acquittal   Listenfacebook
The Department of Justice has lodged an appeal against the acquittal two weeks ago of Apple Daily founder, Jimmy Lai, of charges of criminal intimidation of a reporter from a rival newspaper. Tom McAlinden has the details:
People Power vice-chair denied bail for second time   Listenfacebook
People Power's Tam Tak-chi has again been denied bail as he awaits trial on charges of uttering seditious words. The pro-democracy activist is alleged to have shouted anti-government slogans intended to sow discord among the public. Timmy Sung reports:
Hard hat first to be convicted of rioting over 2019 protests   Listenfacebook
A construction worker has become the first person to be found guilty of rioting in connection with last year's massive anti-government unrest. Shum Hiu-lun, who's 26, attacked an officer during a siege of police headquarters. Jimmy Choi reports:
School plays it safe over coronavirus case  Listenfacebook
Nine new coronavirus cases were reported on Thursday, six of them local. The source of infection for three is unknown, including a female employee of a restaurant in Mong Kok. At the same time, parents of children at a primary school in Tuen Mun are being asked whether they want them to return for face-to-face classes next week. A girl at the school was confirmed to have Covid-19 on Wednesday. Priscilla Ng reports:
HKASA says no covid cases have come from pools or beaches  Listenfacebook
Ocean Park, bars and swimming pools reopened on Friday for the first time since coronavirus infections started surging again in Hong Kong in early July. But beaches remained closed. Pools can only operate at half of their capacity, with groups of swimmers capped at four people. They are also required to wear masks when they are not in the water. Janice Wong spoke to the President of the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association, Ronnie Wong. She asked him first how the closure of pools had affected members of the association:
Economist warns of steeper job losses ahead  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's jobless rate held steady last month despite business shut downs amid the third surge in coronavirus infections. Government figures put the unemployment rate in the three months ending in August at 6.1 percent, unchanged from the month before. But the underemployment rate rose from 3.5 to 3.8 percent. The jobless rate among consumption and tourism-related workers was up to almost 11 percent. Economist Andy Kwan, from the ACE Centre for Business and Economic Research, says the figures show the government's job support scheme has worked. But he told Joanne Wong that the worst is still to come:
Woman jailed for 12 years over money laundering scam  Listenfacebook
The High Court has jailed a businesswoman for 12 years after she pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering involving more than HK$100 million. Damon Pang reports:
Green Earth welcomes new paper recycling scheme:   Listenfacebook
The government hopes its new programme to use contractors to collect waste paper will help improve the local recycling industry and support the so-called "circular economy". Seventeen contractors will start collecting waste paper across the city on Friday for processing before exporting it for recycling. For the first six months, they will be guaranteed a minimum price of HK$0.7 per kilo for the processed paper. The executive director of Green Earth, Edwin Lau , told Mike Weeks such government support is necessary the for Hong Kong’s recycling industry:
Beijing defends Xinjiang ‘training programmes’   Listenfacebook
Beijing has vigorously defended its labour practices in the mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang, amid intense international criticism about forced detention and forced labour. Richard Pyne has details: