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

2021-12-09
Thursday

Now playing: Legco 2021: Kowloon West
Selected audio segments:
Luxury hampers lead to bribery claims  Listenfacebook
The Immigration Department says it's looking into claims that two officers received festive hampers from an executive at mainland property giant, Evergrande. This follows media reports that suggested the pair could have breached anti-bribery rules by accepting them. Timmy Sung reports:
Man convicted over biting off councillor's ear  Listenfacebook
A man, who bit the ear off a district councillor two years ago, has been found guilty by a High Court jury of all four charges he faced. He'll be sentenced in February. The incident happened during an anti-government protest in Tai Koo Shing. Jimmy Choi reports:
Education minister says no one fears security law  Listenfacebook
The Education Secretary Kevin Yeung says no one in their right mind worries about Hong Kong's national security law, and those who are concerned about crossing over a red line are just worrying for nothing. Wendy Wong reports:
Housing supply target stays the same  Listenfacebook
The government has kept its housing supply target for the next decade unchanged at 430,000 flats. The Secretary for Housing Frank Chan insists the figure is based on estimated market demand, even though the wait for public housing stands at a record high. Joanne Wong reports:
Subsidised flats won't ease housing problem  Listenfacebook
The founder and chief executive of Centaline Property has welcomed a plan by New World Development to sell 300 of its flats at half their market price to eligible first-time homebuyers. But Shih Wing Ching said the plan wouldn't solve the current housing crisis. New World unveiled what it described as Hong Kong's first subsidised private housing project on Monday. Downpayments for the flats on offer in New Territories West will be as low as five percent of their value, with special mortgage arrangements also offered. Shih told Vicky Wong that solving the chronic shortage of housing depended on the government finding enough land to develop homes:
Outside workers needed for 'Metropolis' plan  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says workers will have to be brought in from outside Hong Kong if the mega development projects she has proposed are to be realised. Damon Pang reports:
Pandemic hits people's incomes  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Christian Service says almost half of some 600 people it surveyed between September and October suffered a drop in income amid the pandemic. Among them, around 40 percent had to take out loans to make ends meet.The NGO's service development officer, Christine Tam, says the government should relax the application criteria for its Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, or CSSA scheme, to make it easier for those in financial trouble to get government help. She also told Kelly Yu that in the long run, authorities should set up an unemployment support fund to address people's plight:
Study reinforces efficacy of BioNTech vaccine  Listenfacebook
A study by the Chinese University has found that the BioNTech vaccine produces more antibodies against Covid-19 than the Sinovac jab, but both are effective in preventing serious illness. Maggie Ho reports:
Restaurant chain welcomes mandatory Covid app use  Listenfacebook
Starting from Thursday, the government's Covid location recording app - LeaveHomeSafe - will be made mandatory at a number of specified premises, including gyms, cinemas and restaurants. Despite concern that some half-a-million people in Hong Kong don't have a smart phone, so far, only elderly people aged 65 or above, and under-16s are exempt from using the app. But the use of the app was welcomed by the owner of the Grappa's restaurant chain, James Robertson, who said it was more convenient and accurate for staff, rather than having people write their contact details down on paper:
More than 22,000 register to vote at border  Listenfacebook
The government says it has received a total of 22,130 registrations from Hong Kong people living on the mainland who intend to vote in the Legislative Council elections on December 19. Priscilla Ng reports:
Legco 2021: Kowloon West  Listenfacebook
The first Legislative Council elections following Beijing’s revamp of Hong Kong’s electoral system take place on December 19. Voters will choose a new legislature consisting of 90 lawmakers - 20 of whom will be elected by people living in 10 geographical constituencies. In a special series, RTHK is meeting Legco candidates from around Hong Kong. This time, we feature those in the Kowloon West geographical constituency:
Kaisa trading halted, Evergrande woes continue  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong stock exchange says trading in shares of Shenzhen-based property developer, Kaisa Group Holdings, have been suspended pending the release of "an announcement containing inside information". The embattled developer has been snowed under by debt issues, as it struggled to make repayments recently. At the same time, holders of bonds issued by another cash-strapped mainland developer, Evergrande, are reporting that they haven't received interest payments - at the end of a 30-day grace period that expired on Monday. The company said last week there was no guarantee that it would have sufficient funds. Portwood Capital's Peter Churchouse says he expects Beijing to step in to restructure Evergrande. He also told Joanne Wong he believed Evergrande wouldn't exist in the next year or so:
Dozens mark 80th anniversary of Japanese invasion  Listenfacebook
Wednesday marked the 80th anniversary of the Imperial Japanese military invasion of Hong Kong which led to the 17-day Battle of Hong Kong to defend the territory's 1.6 million people. Thousands were killed in the ensuing fighting. Annemarie Evans joined the commemorations at City Hall:
UK tightens Covid measures amid party furore  Listenfacebook
Omicron has led to the British government setting out new coronavirus restrictions. With over 500 confirmed cases of the variant in Britain, the prime minister Boris Johnson called for people in England to work from home if they can, wear face masks in public and show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter venues with large crowds. The new measures were announced at the end of a tumultuous day for the British government amid widespread public fury over reports of a Christmas party at 10 Downing Street in December last year, in the middle of a strict lockdown. RTHK’s UK correspondent Peter Anderson told Samantha Butler that the furore over the alleged party was given Johnson a headache:
'Nothing resolved in Biden-Putin talks'  Listenfacebook
The Kremlin says presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden set out their opposing views during their virtual summit on Tuesday. While the US has been warning of economic consequences if Russia invades its neighbour Ukraine, the Russian leader is demanding security guarantees ruling out any eastward expansion of Nato. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK's Moscow Correspondent Fred Weir. She asked him for his thoughts about the summit talks: