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

2020-12-30
Wednesday

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Covid threshold halved for compulsory building testing  Listenfacebook
The government has lowered the threshold for compulsory testing at buildings hit by Covid-19 to better fight the spread of the virus. Mandatory testing orders will now be issued if two unlinked cases are detected in the same building, down from the current four. Cecil Wong reports:
Nurses say ‘stingy managers’ a threat to new PPE guidelines  Listenfacebook
A nurses' association has expressed concerns that new guidelines for hospital staff to use more protective equipment to minimise the risk of catching the coronavirus may not be implemented properly. It warns that middle-managers can be stingy in doling out equipment, as Joanne Wong reports:
Second ‘N-nothing’ scheme to rollout in New Year  Listenfacebook
Some 137,000 low-income households will be able to apply for the second round of a one-off living subsidy from next Monday. Large families, ineligible for government welfare, stand to receive more than $15,000 from the $1.4 billion scheme. Violet Wong reports:
Most of Hong Kong 12 set for sentencing on Wednesday   Listenfacebook
The European Union is putting pressure on China over its human rights record as the two sides gear up to agree a trade and investment deal after years of painstaking negotiations. The EU has demanded Beijing release citizen journalist Zhang Zhan and the 12 Hong Kong activists held just across the border for the past four months. A court in Shenzhen is expected to sentence ten of the 12 young Hongkongers for illegally crossing the border on Wednesday morning. Vicky Wong reports:
Judge says Jimmy Lai has arguable defence for national security charge  Listenfacebook
A High Court judge has set out his reasons for granting bail last week to Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai. Justice Alex Lee says the media tycoon has an arguable defence against the charge of foreign collusion to endanger national security. He said the apparent requests for foreign interference set out in the charge appeared to be nothing more than "comments and criticisms". Jimmy Choi has more:
Writing on the wall for security suspect   Listenfacebook
A national security suspect has been accused of advocating Hong Kong independence while in detention at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre. Prison staff say words suspected of advocating Hong Kong independence were written on the wall of his cell. Candice Wong reports:
Teenage activist gets four months for snatching flag  Listenfacebook
Activist Tony Chung has been sentenced to four months in prison for unlawful assembly and desecrating the national flag. Timmy Sung reports:
2020: the government regains control   Listenfacebook
Looking back at this extraordinary year, Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on our lives and the economy, but the pandemic, and the social distancing measures the government imposed in response to it, also helped put an end to the often violent anti-government protests that ravaged Hong Kong last year. Some critics believe this was no accident. But it wasn't the only way the authorities both here and in Beijing found to rein in different groups of people who may be too unruly for their liking. Our reporter Damon Pang takes a closer look:
Bishop Hill cistern wins reprieve   Listenfacebook
The government has concluded that a century-old underground reservoir in Sham Shui Po that was to be demolished should instead be preserved, a day after a public pressure campaign prompted the authorities to suspend work at the site. Natale Ching reports:
iAm Smart app to include vaccination record  Listenfacebook
The government says an app it's just launched can give users their Covid-19 test results, and keep track of their coronavirus inoculations. But those aren't its only functions. Here's Violet Wong:
‘BU FactCheck’ launched to fight fake news   Listenfacebook
A new fact-checking service has been launched by Baptist University to fight fake news and misinformation. But how will it work and how effective will it be? Dr Stephanie Tsang, an assistant professor at the university's school of communication, is one of those managing the service. Hugh Chiverton asked her why the service was launched:
PTU demands explanation over notice to quit training centre  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's largest teachers' union is demanding to know why the government has abruptly terminated a contract for one of its training centres in Tseung Kwan O. The Professional Teachers' Union says the landlord, Link Reit, has given it the required three months' notice to vacate the facility on instruction from the Land's Department. But it noted that there was almost two years left on the lease and complained that officials gave no explanation as to why it wants the centre currently used for training and leisure activities back. The union's vice president, Ip Kin-yuen, told Candice Wong it's very unusual: