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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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Yuen Long care home residents evacuated   Listenfacebook
Elderly residents have been evacuated from a Yuen Long care home, reportedly after a woman staying there tested preliminary positive for Covid-19. Steve Dunthorne has more:
CE says deal should be struck soon on quarantine exemption  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong people who live in Macau or on the mainland may soon be exempt from a 14-day mandatory quarantine when they return to the SAR. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government is now in the final stages of ironing out an agreement with the two authorities on the strategy to help resume the movement of people in the region. Priscilla Ng reports:
Team sports and religious assemblies given go ahead for Friday  Listenfacebook
The government says religious gatherings can resume from Friday, as it continues to gradually roll back social distancing measures. A cap on the number of people who can participate in team sports will also be lifted, as Tom McAlinden reports:
Most of the opposition opts to stay in stop-gap Legco  Listenfacebook
Almost all pro-democracy lawmakers have decided to stay on in the Legislative Council for the extra year arranged by Beijing. That's despite there being no clear consensus on whether they should stay or go in a public opinion poll on the matter. Frances Sit has the details:
Wu Chi-wai says it’s important to have opposition in Legco   Listenfacebook
After an inconclusive public opinion poll, most opposition lawmakers decided on Tuesday to stay on in the Legislative Council until elections postponed by the government can be held next September. The poll was commissioned by the Democratic Party to decide what the camp should do. It surveyed some 2,500 people last week. Around 47 percent said lawmakers should stay, and around 46 percent said they should leave the council. Chu Hoi-dick, from the Land Justice League, and People Power's Ray Chan confirmed on Monday that they wouldn't continue to serve, saying they didn't want to be part of a Beijing-appointed legislature. The Civic Party's Tanya Chan also decided to quit both Legco and her party for personal reason. The decision of the rest to remain has drawn something of a backlash on-line Mike Weeks asked the opposition camp's new convenor, Democratic Party leader Wu Chi-wai, what he made of that:
Three arrested as warning issued over October 1 protests  Listenfacebook
The police have arrested three men over social media messages that allegedly urged people to mark National Day by protesting and attacking officers. The force says the two 19-year-old students and a 30-year-old man are suspected of using social media platforms, including Telegram, to encourage arson, public nuisance and illegal assembly. The arrests came after Beijing's liaison office issued a warning on Tuesday to anyone encouraging demonstrations on National Day. It also condemned calls for the release of the 12 Hong Kong residents, detained in Shenzhen as they apparently tried to flee to Taiwan, describing this as an absurd demand. Candice Wong reports:
‘Global search’ launched for new cultural district authority head   Listenfacebook
The still-being-built West Kowloon Cultural District Authority is once again looking for a new CEO. This follows the surprise announcement that it's agreed to part company with current head Duncan Pescod by mutual consent eight months early. Pescod will be leaving on November 28, as Wendy Wong reports:
Economist urges government to invest in job creation projects  Listenfacebook
A Chinese University economist estimates that Hong Kong will lose 11 percent of its real GDP this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Professor Lawrence Lau says that's on top of the 3.7 percent hit the economy took last year because of the social unrest. But he says the SAR could return to growth early next year as long as Covid-19 is kept under control, there's no more unrest, and most importantly the government is willing to spend more. Lau, who's a former chairman of the Hong Kong arm of the sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation, suggested a few projects it could invest in to create jobs:
On-line time threatening students’ vision   Listenfacebook
A Polytechnic University study has found that students spent an average of almost 10 hours a day glued to electronic screens during the first round of coronavirus class suspensions between February and May. And researchers from its School of Optometry warn that this risks children developing serious eye problems. Janice Wong asked one of them, Dr Dennis Tse, how old the students surveyed were: