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


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Fears rise over Delta wave as second case confirmed   Listenfacebook
A woman who worked with the 27-year-old airport ground crew, confirmed last week as Hong Kong's first case of the more-infectious Delta variant of Covid-19, has also come down with the virus. Health officials said she hadn't been vaccinated. Block 10 of Tai Po Centre, where she lives, was locked down on Sunday night for testing, but no new infections were found. Five more imported cases were also confirmed on Sunday, as Brian Mok reports:
Former Apple Daily columnist seized at the airport  Listenfacebook
The police are reported to have detained another former senior journalist with the Apple Daily newspaper on suspicion of breaching the national security law. The man was arrested at the airport as he tried to leave Hong Kong. Todd Harding has the details:
Stand News suspends reader sponsorship   Listenfacebook
Another popular pro-democracy media organisation, Stand News, has announced it will stop receiving monthly sponsorship from readers, saying what it called speech crimes have arrived in Hong Kong. As Damon Pang reports, six of the web media company's eight directors have also resigned:
Personal security ‘should be’ as important as national security   Listenfacebook
New Chief Secretary John Lee will take over as acting Chief Executive on Monday on just his fourth day in the job. He'll be filling in while Carrie Lam leads a big delegation to Beijing for the start of celebrations for next month's centenary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. Lee was appointed Chief Secretary on Friday to replace Matthew Cheung, while Chris Tang stepped down as police chief to take over as Secretary for Security. Some have questioned whether the promotion of the former police officers to two of Hong Kong's most important positions confirms the transformation of the SAR over the past 12 months into a police state. But pro-Beijing lawmaker Alice Mak said if that is the case, there's nothing wrong with it. Mike Weeks asked Professor Michael Davis, a now US-based Hong Kong constitutional law expert, if he agreed:
Aberdeen typhoon shelter fire under investigation  Listenfacebook
The fire department is investigating the cause of a blaze in the Aberdeen South boat shelter that spread to around 30 vessels in the early hours of Sunday morning. Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen in the sky while several fire boats fought the blaze for hours. Sean Kennedy reports:
Caregivers working an average of 96 hours a week   Listenfacebook
A social welfare organisation has expressed alarm at the findings of its new study, which suggests carers are spending nearly 1.5 times longer than the average worker to look after their loved ones. The Hong Kong Council of Social Service wants the government to employ domestic helpers to give home carers some relief. Damon Pang reports:
Discrimination against ethnic home hunters remains prevalent   Listenfacebook
A study by the Society for Community Organisation (Soco) has found many ethnic minority families still face discrimination when renting flats. The grassroots concern group interviewed 120 such families, most of them households with four or more people. It found more than 110 were rejected by landlords or real estate agents when trying to rent a home. Soco community organiser Joey Cheung said many families ended up renting subdivided units and living in poor conditions. She spoke to Frances Sit:
New Tuen Ma line gets mixed reaction   Listenfacebook
Rail enthusiasts woke up in the early hours of Sunday to catch a ride on the first train operating on the MTR's new Tuen Ma Line. But not everyone was excited: some people said the bus was more convenient, while minibus operators complained of a steep drop in business. Frances Sit reports:
Peak Tram warns of higher fares after upgrade  Listenfacebook
The Peak Tram says the costly overhaul of Hong Kong's iconic funicular railway is likely to mean higher fares when the work is completed by the end of this year. At a temporary closing ceremony on Sunday, it bid farewell to the fifth generation of its trams, which will now be replaced and its track system upgraded. Damon Pang reports:
Many Miami buildings under threat from rising sea levels   Listenfacebook
Authorities in Florida say nine people are now confirmed to have died in Thursday's apartment block collapse in Surfside, in Miami. They say four more bodies were found in the rubble on Sunday, and that another person had died in hospital. That still leaves some 150 people unaccounted for but the mayor of Surfside says rescuers won't give up. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if there’s really any hope of finding more survivors: