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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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Public warned against October 1 protests   Listenfacebook
The public has been warned not to join any protests on National Day after an appeal board upheld a police ban on a march on Hong Kong Island on Thursday. Organisers had hoped to stage the first legal demonstration in the city in months, but the board agreed it would pose a health risk. Frances Sit reports:
Trumpet teacher jailed for throwing petrol bombs   Listenfacebook
A teenager has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison for hurling petrol bombs at Kwai Chung Police Station. Candice Wong reports:
Chu Hoi-dick refuses to serve in ‘Beijing appointed’ Legco   Listenfacebook
Pro-democracy legislators are expected to announce on Tuesday whether they'll stay on in the council for an extra year. Beijing extended the current term, after Carrie Lam's government postponed elections due this month by at least a year. Fifteen lawmakers say their decision on whether or not to serve in the stop-gap Legislative Council will depend on the result of a poll that's just been carried out. But two members of the opposition camp, Chu Hoi-dick and Ray Chan, have already informed council officials that they're leaving. They said they wouldn't serve in a legislature "appointed by Beijing". Janice Wong asked Chu why he didn’t wait for the result of the opinion poll:
More pandemic relief approved after 16 hours of debate   Listenfacebook
The third round of pandemic relief has been approved by Legco's Finance Committee. But lawmakers from across the political divide criticised the administration for favouring businesses while doing little to help the unemployed before eventually agreeing to the HK$24 billion package. Steve Dunthorne reports:
Vital paper recycling project set back by at least two years   Listenfacebook
Questions are being asked about whether the government properly handled the tendering process for the construction of a paper recycling and manufacturing plant in Tuen Mun, after the plan reportedly fell through. The Environmental Protection Department awarded a 20-year lease to a firm to build the plant two years ago. But it’s been reported that the government will now lease the two-hectare site through open tender for the development of a recycled paper pulp mill. The executive director of The Green Earth, Edwin Lau, told Mike Weeks this will set the important project back at least two years:
Government plays down concerns over meeting housing target  Listenfacebook
A luxury residential plot on The Peak which failed to sell two years ago has been included in the administration's land-sale programme for the next quarter. As Candice Wong reports, the government is playing down concerns that its full-year housing target may not be met:
Realtor says low land supply keeping property prices high  Listenfacebook
The managing director of a real estate investment firm says the government seems to be trying to shore up property prices by again restricting land sales. Peter Churchouse, of Portwood Capital, was commenting on the land-sale programme for the next quarter. It was unveiled on Monday and provides sites for some 2,780 private flats to be built, along with a prime Central harbourfront plot for commercial development. That leaves the government needing to find land for 5,500 flats in the final quarter if it's to reach its goal of 12,900 private units by the end of this fiscal year. But Churchouse told Jim Gould that was a very modest target in the first place:
Union accuses RTHK of caving into pressure over reporter’s probation   Listenfacebook
RTHK's staff union is demanding the public broadcaster withdraw its decision to extend the probationary period for TV reporter Nabela Qoser. It says management have linked the move to a recent Civil Service memo reminding bosses to consider an employee's temperament, personal characteristics and conduct when it comes to assessment reports. Joanne Wong has more:
Move to cut job fees for Indonesian maids raises concerns   Listenfacebook
An association of domestic worker agencies says it's concerned that helpers from Indonesia might just up and leave employers they don't like, when they no longer have to pay fees to secure jobs here. The Indonesian government is hoping to ease the financial burden on domestic workers, but the association warns that will mean Hong Kong families having to pick up at least part of the tab. Wendy Wong has the details: