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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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Concerns grow over new surge in Covid-19  Listenfacebook
Concerns about a new wave of coronavirus infections are mounting after nine local Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Wednesday. They include clusters linked to pharmacies and a care home, as Wendy Wong reports:
Government urged to consider reinstating anti-pandemic measures   Listenfacebook
Government health advisers are warning that the coming days will be crucial in attempts to stem another wave of coronavirus cases. They say the recent rise in infections with no clear source has given cause for real concern. Steve Dunthorne has the details:
HKU refuses to comment on report of pandemic expert’s departure  Listenfacebook
A top health professor says a reported decision by the University of Hong Kong not to renew the contract of renowned pandemic expert Keiji Fukuda will have an impact on the city and its battle with Covid-19, if it’s true. The University has refused to confirm or deny the report. It said it doesn't comment on individual cases, but contract decisions are based on academic achievement, and a person's nationality is not a factor. Vicky Wong reports:
Under-fire magistrate’s rulings published   Listenfacebook
The Judiciary has taken the unusual step of publishing a number of judgments by a magistrate who has been strongly criticised by pro-establishment figures over his handling of protest-related cases. Seven judgments made by Stanley Ho between June and August were added to the Legal Reference System on Wednesday. He has been moved to an administrative role with the High Court. Legal sector lawmaker Dennis Kwok says the move appears to be aimed at those who criticise judgements without reading them:
Criticism continues over teacher’s de-registration   Listenfacebook
The Education Secretary, Kevin Yeung, has denied claims that the government's investigation of a teacher struck off over the use of pro-independence material was lax. But others continue to decry the move. Frances Sit reports:
CY Leung steps up pressure on Kowloon Tong school   Listenfacebook
Former Chief Executive CY Leung has called on the Alliance Primary School in Kowloon Tong, or parents of pupils there, to disclose the name of the teacher struck off. Tom McAlinden has the details:
Independence of schools threatened by move against teacher   Listenfacebook
An education activist says the pro-Beijing camp is preparing dossiers to push for other teachers to be struck off for discussing last year's anti-government protests or pro-independence material in class. Isaac Cheng, who leads a student concern group called Education Breakthrough, believes this week’s de-registering of a primary school teacher is just the start . He spoke with Janice Wong about his concerns:
Education needed to improve political gender balance  Listenfacebook
A study commissioned by Hong Kong's equality watchdog suggests many people in Hong Kong are unaware they harbour deep-rooted gender stereotypes. After noting the comparatively small number of women in the Legislative Council and district councils, the Equal Opportunities Commission looked into public perceptions of female political leaders and the obstacles they face. The commission’s Dr Ferrick Chu told Annemarie Evans that the under-representation of women in local politics is all too obvious:
‘Double-ageing’ set to become a key quality of life issue   Listenfacebook
By the year 2064, around a third of Hong Kong’s population is projected to be older than 65, with a fifth aged over 85. Experts warn that this age profile, coupled with ageing buildings, will be a major impediment to maintaining quality of life in this vertical city. They say innovative solutions are needed to diversify the use of building space to promote intergeneration co-living and interaction, to improve the well-being of both the old and the young. Polytechnic University’s Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation organised a symposium on the issue on Wednesday. The institute's director, Ling Kar-kan spoke with Mike Weeks about the problems it presents: