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


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Activists and former lawmakers jailed over 2019 protest  Listenfacebook
Seven activists - including former lawmakers Leung Kwok-hung and Albert Ho - have been jailed for between 11 and 16 months for their roles in a banned protest in 2019. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the march, demanding a ban on masks be lifted, and an independent inquiry set up to examine the origins of the 2019 protest movement. Maggie Ho reports:
Police confirm 612 relief fund probe  Listenfacebook
Police have confirmed they're investigating a fund - that's been helping protesters involved in the social unrest that began in 2019 - for suspected national security breaches. As Damon Pang reports, the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund had earlier announced it would cease operation at the end of October:
Teenager arrested over alleged bomb plot  Listenfacebook
An 18-year-old student has become the seventh person charged with conspiracy to commit terrorist activities, over an alleged bomb plot involving a pro-independence group known as "Returning Valiant". The plot allegedly involved bombing public facilities such as courtrooms and railways. Violet Wong reports:
Cantopop singer’s concerts cancelled  Listenfacebook
Cantopop singer and activist, Denise Ho, says the Hong Kong Arts Centre has cancelled her venue booking for a series of upcoming performances, citing concerns about public safety. She says she's not happy with the decision and may take legal action. The Arts Centre apologised and said it considered "the contractual provisions, social conditions and the laws", but gave no further details. Frances Sit reports:
Senior citizens angry over failed applications  Listenfacebook
A group of elderly citizens say they've been short-changed after learning their applications for the $5,000 government spending vouchers had failed. After holding talks with officials, DAB lawmaker Horace Cheung said the government agreed to extend the deadline for submitting additional documents by two weeks to September 15. Wendy Wong reports:
E-voucher scheme praised, despite chaos  Listenfacebook
Despite the difficulties faced by some elderly people in applying for the electronic consumption vouchers, DAB lawmaker Holden Chow says he believes it was still the best method to distribute the money and help the local economy. He told Samantha Butler that the government should do more to help the elderly with the application process:
Beauty parlours unexpectedly shut  Listenfacebook
Two beauty salons and a massage parlour owned by Bonjour Beauty Limited have closed their doors unexpectedly. A notice was posted outside one of About Beauty's branches, saying it was closing until further notice as a result of company restructuring. The other two brands involved are Dr Pro-talk and Top Comfort. The Labour Department says it's following up on the matter. Democratic Party district councillor Ramon Yuen told Violet Wong he'd received over 100 inquiries from affected customers:
Health Secretary defends doctor plan  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Health, Sophia Chan, has dismissed allegations that a decision to further relax restrictions on bringing in non-resident specialist doctors was a political move. She insists the proposed change was the only way to ease a manpower shortage at public hospitals. But as Maggie Ho reports, not all doctors are convinced:
PolyU develops tourist contact-tracing app  Listenfacebook
Researchers at Polytechnic University say they've developed a contact-tracing app that uses Bluetooth technology and the global navigation satellite system to automatically record people’s movement and hopefully keep Covid-19 infections low when borders reopen. Joanne Wong reports:
PolyU says privacy was priority in app development  Listenfacebook
One of the researchers behind PolyU’s contact-tracing app says they took into account people’s privacy concerns. Professor Charles Wong from the university's Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics said the app collected information but would only give it out with the user’s permission and data would be deleted after 14 days. He began by telling Janice Wong about it worked:
Govt rules out more helper quarantine facilities  Listenfacebook
The government has ruled out setting aside more quarantine hotels for foreign domestic helpers, saying it needs to control the number coming in to the SAR. It comes after a deal was struck with Indonesia and the Philippines to allow in new helpers after flights were banned over the past four months. As Damon Pang reports, talks broke down over finding a second hotel for isolation purposes:
Summer break over for HK students  Listenfacebook
Students across Hong Kong have returned to classrooms after the summer break - even though those in local schools will be limited to half-days for now. As Kelly Yu reports, the government has mandated that 70 percent of the eligible school population must be vaccinated for full-day, in-person classes to resume: