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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

2021-04-15
Thursday

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Two women miscarry within days of BioNTech jab   Listenfacebook
Health officials are looking into the cases of two women who miscarried after receiving the BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. But as Timmy Sung reports, the authorities don't believe the miscarriages are related to the jabs:
Public hospital visits to be allowed from Wednesday   Listenfacebook
For the first time in five months, families with loved ones at one of eight public hospitals will be allowed to visit them. The Hospital Authority says it's calling up families to arrange the visits, which will begin on Wednesday. Violet Wong reports:
School investigated over breach of Covid restrictions   Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau is looking into whether Yew Chung International School in Kowloon Tong has violated anti-epidemic rules by extending half-day classes into the afternoon. Officials say the school had not asked permission to do so. Jimmy Choi reports:
Resumption of local tours under discussion  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau, says the government will consider allowing travel agencies to organise local tours again under certain conditions. He said talks with the trade about these have made progress. Yau was responding to a question in the Legislative Council from the tourism industry's representative, Yiu Si-wing, about a timetable for resuming inbound tours. The chairman of the Travel Industry Council, Jason Wong, explained to Natale Ching the conditions that are being discussed:
Vaccination ‘allows for normal life’  Listenfacebook
Debate is heating up over the government's so-called vaccine bubble programme, which will essentially ease pandemic restrictions for those who've been inoculated against Covid-19. The government is struggling to boost the city's vaccination rate and to provide incentives for people to get the jabs. But it's a different story in Israel, where well over half of its population have already been fully vaccinated. Ahuva Spieler, the Consul General of Israel in Hong Kong told Janice Wong how the vaccination programme in Israel is going and how incentives have helped:
Police recruitment takes big hit  Listenfacebook
The number of people applying to become a police constable has fallen by more than 40 percent over the past two years, since just before the anti-government protests erupted in 2019. That's according to government documents submitted to the Legislative Council. Robert Kemp has more:
Barista sentenced to 4.5 years for rioting and arson   Listenfacebook
The District Court has jailed a barista for four-and-a-half years for her involvement in an anti-government protest in Mong Kok a year and a half ago. The court heard she helped light a large fire on the street. Natale Ching reports:
Retired civil servant jailed for chanting slogans   Listenfacebook
A retired civil servant has been jailed for 40 days for chanting slogans at a protest last year. Timmy Sung reports:
Legal assistant remanded for alleged collusion with Jimmy Lai   Listenfacebook
A legal assistant charged under the national security law has been remanded in custody after West Kowloon court adjourned his hearing until early June. Jimmy Choi has more on that:
National security ‘needs‘ understanding and discipline   Listenfacebook
Thursday is "National Security Education Day" in Hong Kong. The event was set to be launched with an opening ceremony and a talk under the theme "protecting our homeland". Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government attaches great importance to the event, which is being held for the first time since the national security law came into effect here last year. Mike Weeks asked Witman Hung, a local delegate to the National People's Congress, how the average person can go about ‘protecting our homeland’:
Administration urged to step up election ‘propaganda’   Listenfacebook
Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Alice Mak is hopeful of a high voter turnout for December’s postponed Legislative Council elections. But she's urged the government to step up "propaganda" efforts to try to ensure this happens. She was speaking as the administration submitted its bill to change local election laws to the legislature, as Damon Pang reports:
HKJA questions government’s commitment to the 4th estate   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) has accused the government of undermining the role of the media as the fourth estate in its revamp of the SAR’s electoral system. It expressed deep regret over the tightening of rules for inspecting the voter register that will leave only part of a name accessible to journalists who've subscribed to the Government News and Media Information System. The HKJA also objects to the decision to exclude press groups from the expanded election committee tasked with picking lawmakers and the chief executive. Its chairman, Chris Yeung, spoke to Joanne Wong:
Regina Ip suggests closing down RTHK TV   Listenfacebook
New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip says the government should avoid giving people the impression that it is suppressing press freedom with new editorial controls at RTHK. She said it would be better to just shut down the public broadcaster's television services altogether. Jimmy Choi reports:
MTR to delay start to some services on May 2  Listenfacebook
The first MTR services on the West Rail and Ma On Shan lines on Sunday, May 2 will depart two hours later than normal, at 7:30am. The MTR Corporation says that's to allow it to carry out tests on the merging of the lines later this year. Timmy Sung has the details: