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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:
Samantha Butler and Janice Wong

2021-04-08
Thursday

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Govt urged to scrap AstraZeneca order  Listenfacebook
Govt urged to scrap AstraZeneca order
Tuen Mun outbreak feared  Listenfacebook
Health officials have warned there could be silent transmission of the coronavirus in Tuen Mun, after two residents were confirmed with Covid-19 and a third tested preliminary positive. Authorities have ordered anyone who has been to the two buildings concerned to get tested for Covid-19. Wendy Wong reports:
Ban on Philippine flights ‘bad for both sides’  Listenfacebook
Agency bosses have suggested making vaccinations compulsory for domestic helpers before they fly in from the Philippines, as some experts call for a ban on all arrivals from the country. But Eman Villanueva from the Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body says a ban on Philippine flights would harm both employers and domestic workers. He spoke to Jim Gould:
Vaccine recruitment scheme kicks off  Listenfacebook
The travel industry has kicked off a recruitment drive for jobless or underemployed staff from the hard-hit sector to help with Hong Kong's vaccination programme. The government-funded, HK$150-million initiative will create up to 2,000 temporary customer service, or administrative jobs at community vaccination centres from May to September. Online applications opened on Wednesday. Ronald Wu, the secretary of Tourism Industry CVC Administrative Services, the group running the recruitment exercise, told Samantha Butler the response had been very positive so far:
Dance party organiser jailed for two months  Listenfacebook
A person who organised a dance party that contributed to one of the largest Covid-19 outbreaks in Hong Kong last November has been sentenced to two months in prison for violating anti-epidemic restrictions. The license holder of the venue was fined HK$48,000. Jimmy Choi reports:
Legislation considered over blank ballots  Listenfacebook
The government has clarified that it doesn't want to ban the casting of blank ballots in local elections, but that calls for others to do so may amount to electoral sabotage. Constitutional Affairs minister Erick Tsang says urging people not to vote at all may also be regarded as vote manipulation. Damon Pang reports:
Banning calls for blank ballots 'unreasonable'  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Democratic Party, Lo Kin-hei, says it's unreasonable for the government to consider outlawing calls for blank ballots, because invalid votes don't affect the result in local elections. The government has said it won't stop people casting blank ballots but may consider legislation against organised attempts to do so. Mr Lo told Janice Wong that the more the government discussed the issue, the more it would encourage people to cast blank votes:
UK grants asylum to Nathan Law  Listenfacebook
Former lawmaker Nathan Law says he's been granted political asylum in the UK, almost 10 months after he fled Hong Kong ahead of the imposition of the national security law last June. An arrest warrant was issued for Law, after he failed to attend a court hearing over a banned June the fourth vigil last year. Damon Pang reports:
Jimmy Lai, 2 ex-lawmakers face jail over rally  Listenfacebook
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, former lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan and former Democratic Party chairman Yeung Sum have pleaded guilty to taking part in an unauthorised assembly in 2019. They are expected to be sentenced on April 16th. Wendy Wong reports:
Andy Li remanded in custody amid tight security  Listenfacebook
National security suspect Andy Li has been remanded in custody after making his first court appearance since he was brought back to Hong Kong from the mainland last month. He was among 12 Hong Kong people who were intercepted by the Guangdong coastguard as they allegedly tried to flee to Taiwan by speedboat last summer. Timmy Sung reports:
Shot teenager sent to training centre  Listenfacebook
A 15-year-old boy who was shot by the police during the 2019 anti-government protests has been sent to a training centre after pleading guilty to rioting. His lawyer said the boy was remorseful and felt that he deserved to be hit. Jimmy Choi reports:
Concern over continued access to information  Listenfacebook
There's been a backlash from journalists' groups and unionists to government plans to restrict public access to the Company Registry. A government paper says the plan would allow "protected information" to be hidden from public view. Now, local media are citing government sources as saying the administration is turning its attention to the Land Registry. The Liber Research Community, an independent research group that looks into land supply, town planning and housing policy issues, is one group that makes use of the database. The group's Brian Wong told Richard Pyne how any restrictions on searches of the Land Registry would affect their work:
Education needed to keep countryside pristine  Listenfacebook
Hongkongers took to beaches, hiking trails, camping grounds and outlying islands in droves over the Easter and Ching Ming holiday but not everyone who enjoyed the countryside left it in the condition they found it. Photos shared online showed mounds of rubbish piled next to overflowing bins at scenic spots. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department says it collected over 190 tonnes of garbage from country parks and outlying islands over the holiday. Henry Lui, a senior conservation manager at the environmental group Green Power, told Richard Pyne that it was a big problem that needed to be addressed with education: