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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

2021-06-16
Wednesday

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Nuclear gas leak ‘worrying but not a major threat’  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Hong Kong Nuclear Society says it's very unlikely that the city has been exposed to radiation from the Taishan nuclear power station. Luk Bing-lam was speaking to RTHK after Chief Executive Carrie Lam admitted on Tuesday that her government is highly concerned about reports of a potential gas build-up at the plant, about 130 kilometres west of Hong Kong. But the nuclear engineering expert at City University told Annemarie Evans that the operators of the Taishan power station - China's CGN and Framatome of France - could be more transparent about what has happened:
Officials criticised over lack of information on Taishan gas leak  Listenfacebook
Beijing says no abnormality in radiation levels have been detected around the Taishan nuclear power station. A Foreign Ministry spokesman also insisted that its “safety is guaranteed.” But the Founder of The Green Earth, Edwin Lau, says the Hong Kong government needs to improve public communication about potentially serious nuclear incidents, like the reported gas build up at the Guangdong plant. He told Janice Wong that people need to be reassured that any problems are under control:
Lawmakers slammed over ‘regrettable’ Gay Games remarks   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has hit out at some legislators for what she sees as their "divisive" comments about next year’s Gay Games in Hong Kong. She said the aim of the event is to promote inclusiveness and diversity and that help will be given to the organisers to rent government venues for the games. Richard Pyne has the details:
Government urged to provide more help with Gay Games venues   Listenfacebook
The chief executive of the Pink Alliance, Jerome Yau, welcomed the Chief Executive's comments on the Gay Games. But he told Annemarie Evans Carrie Lam's administration could do more to help facilitate the event:
Frozen crocodile ribs ‘unlikely’ to be source of Covid infection  Listenfacebook
Epidemiologist Benjamin Cowling is skeptical that a 17-year-old girl contracted a mutant strain of Covid-19 from contaminated food packaging. On Tuesday, health authorities said a sample of frozen crocodile spare ribs from Thailand in the girl's freezer had tested positive for the virus. The teenager came down with the disease earlier this month. But Cowling, from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health, told Mike Weeks packaging is not a major route of transmission for coronavirus:
Patience called for over jabs in Shenzhen  Listenfacebook
The chief executive of the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital, Lo Chung-mau, has reassured Hong Kong people living in the neighbouring city that there are sufficient supplies of Covid vaccine in Shenzhen. As Maggie Ho reports, he said people who find it difficult to book a shot just need to be patient:
Lam says no pressure from Beijing for action against HK Alliance  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says she is not under pressure from Beijing's liaison office to take action against the organisers of the June 4 vigils, even though the director of the office has suggested the group are "enemies" of Hong Kong. Damon Pang reports:
31-year-old convicted of rioting near Poly U siege  Listenfacebook
A product designer has been found guilty of rioting in Hung Hom in 2019, at a time when hundreds of protesters were surrounded by the police at the nearby Polytechnic University. Frances Sit reports:
Activists fined for doling out white ribbons  Listenfacebook
The police have dished out fines to several activists for violating social distancing rules, after a group of them distributed white ribbons to commemorate an anti-government protester who fell to his death from the Pacific Place shopping mall two years ago. Frances Sit reports:
Government seeks to allay fears over national security film censors  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam insists that Hong Kong will become a "cultural hub", despite the introduction of new rules requiring films to be censored to protect national security. She also revealed that the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development will meet with creative industry representatives to try to address their concerns over the new rules. Maggie Ho has that story: