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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:
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks

2021-03-24
Wednesday

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Doctor thrown out of coronavirus vaccination campaign  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have stopped a private clinic from inoculating people against Covid-19 after reports emerged that the doctor there was recommending people take the BioNTech vaccine rather than the one made by Sinovac
Vaccination scheme to be extended to all when stocks allow   Listenfacebook
Just four new local coronavirus infections were confirmed on Tuesday, only one of which couldn’t be traced. The positive news came after Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government would expand its Covid vaccination programme to those under 30 when conditions are right. She said at the moment around a million people have been left out of the scheme. Vicky Wong reports:
CE pledges to look at easing 21-day quarantine for arrivals  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s three-week quarantine requirement for inbound travelers may be eased. The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has promised to look into the matter, pointing out that it’s taking a huge physical and psychological toll on people. But not everyone thinks it’s the right time to do ease quarantine, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Fourfold rise is sentencing reviews as courts deal with protesters   Listenfacebook
Government applications for reviews of sentence rose more than 300 percent last year as large numbers of people accused of offences during the anti-government protests of 2019 and 2020 were processed by the courts. The Secretary of Justice, Teresa Cheng, said her department sought reviews of 17 sentences last year, all but one of which were cases connected to the unrest. She said her department has a role to play in ensuring the courts impose “appropriate penalties”. Vicky Wong reports:
Au Nok-hin jailed on sentence review  Listenfacebook
Former lawmaker Au Nok-hin has been re-sentenced to nine weeks in prison for assaulting two policemen with a loudhailer following an appeal by the Department of Justice against the community service order he was originally given. Frances Sit reports:
Former Democratic Party vice-chair denied bail   Listenfacebook
The High Court has rejected a bail application by former Democratic Party lawmaker Andrew Wan in a national security case. Maggie Ho reports:
Yuen Long suspect says he only came out for dinner  Listenfacebook
One of the defendants on trial over the Yuen Long mob attack in 2019 has denied involvement in the savage beatings at the town’s station and elsewhere that left at least 45 people injured. Ng Wai-nam told the District Court that he was only in the area to eat dinner and wasn’t carrying any weapons when he arrived. Damon Pang reports:
Lam tells lawmakers not to rush on electoral overhaul   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the government will ensure the Legislative Council has as much time as possible to implement Beijing’s changes to Hong Kong’s electoral systems. Lam said she expects lawmakers to scrutinise the necessary legal amendments properly and doesn’t want them to rush the job. Maggie Ho reports:
GBA ‘offers better’ tech job opportunities for HK graduates  Listenfacebook
The government has been trying to attract young people to go and work across the border. Under its latest Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme, more than 30 companies are offering jobs for up to 2,000 local graduates. Some young people who attended a two-day job expo in Mong Kok were certainly excited about the scheme, saying there are “only pros, no cons” with working on the mainland. But are young Hong Kong people generally interested in such opportunities? Mike Weeks asked Nixie Lam, a member of the government’s Youth Development Commission:
Climate change making typhoons more unpredictable  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Observatory has warned that the typhoon season will start in June this year or even earlier with five to eight tropical cyclones likely to affect the city. That’s slightly more than usual. But the observatory’s director, Cheng Cho-ming, says climate change is making it increasingly difficult to make long-range predictions of typhoons and their intensity as well as other extreme weather events like torrential rain or drought. He spoke to Natale Ching:
China stands with Russia in the face of western unity  Listenfacebook
China and Russia have put on a united front against what they see as foreign interference in their affairs. That came after Beijing was hit with coordinated western sanctions over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Priscilla Ng reports: