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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 Samantha Butler

2021-12-15
Wednesday

Now playing: Legco 2021: New Territories North West
Selected audio segments:
HK records eighth Omicron case  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has confirmed the city's eighth Omicron case. It was one of five imported cases on Tuesday. The 50-year-old man arrived from Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya on a flight via Qatar last Friday. Meanwhile, the mainland has reported its second case of Omicron, after one was found in the northern city of Tianjin on Monday. The second case was found in the city of Guangzhou, leading authorities to place an area there under lockdown, after a 67-year-old man was infected. Wendy Wong reports:
Boosters for BioNTech recipients  Listenfacebook
As the world races to try to contain Omicron, the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says she's instructed officials to expand the Covid booster programme to cover people who took the BioNTech vaccine. Maggie Ho reports:
Expert says no need to panic over Omicron  Listenfacebook
A microbiologist from the University of Hong Kong says the Omicron cases cropping up in Hong Kong and Guangdong should not affect plans to reopen the border with the mainland, unless the variant starts spreading in the community. Dr Siddharth Sridhar told Annemarie Evans there was no need to panic:
Govt slams British report on Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The SAR government says it “strongly opposes” what it calls “unfounded allegations” levelled at it by Britain, in its latest Six-monthly Report on the city. The report said the mainland and Hong Kong authorities were using the national security law to curtail opposition, free press and civil society in the city. Priscilla Ng reports:
CE: Nanjing lesson is for schools to decide  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says an RTHK programme on the Nanjing Massacre was in the public domain, and education officials had a duty to tell teachers it was available. But speaking during her weekly briefing on Tuesday, Lam said it was up to schools to decide whether or not to use the footage. A primary school in Tuen Mun said it offered students counselling after some were reportedly traumatized by the images of the 1937 massacre. Maggie Ho reports:
Police link weapons haul to Legco elections  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested 10 people after finding a haul of weapons stashed in several residences and warehouses. Police described some of the weapons as very dangerous and said the find could be linked to this Sunday’s Legco elections. Frances Sit reports:
CE welcomes free bus rides for Legco poll  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says public transport companies have volunteered to providing free rides on Sunday, as part of their corporate social responsibility to encourage people to vote in the Legco elections. She conceded that most voters probably didn't need transport to get to their local polling station. Damon Pang reports:
Election official hopes for fast results  Listenfacebook
An election official says vote-count supervisors have been told not to be too strict about rules and procedures so they can get the results of Sunday's Legco polls out fast. He also confirmed who can - and can't - wear yellow face masks on the day. The colour yellow was linked to the protest movement in Hong Kong. Wendy Wong reports:
Legco 2021: New Territories North West  Listenfacebook
The first Legislative Council elections following Beijing’s revamp of Hong Kong’s electoral system take place on Sunday. 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 New Territories North West geographical constituency:
Green groups want Northern wetlands plan  Listenfacebook
Green groups have urged the government to come up with a comprehensive conservation policy for the protection of wetlands under the Northern Metropolis Development Strategy. The Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the plan in her Policy Address in October. It envisages transforming the northern part of Hong Kong into a major innovation and technology hub. At the time, she said efforts would be put into ecological conservation, such as resuming private fishponds and other wetlands in the vicinity. But Cheng Luk-ki, director of Green Power, told Vanessa Cheng that details of the conservation policy had yet to be released:
Schools need more support for non-Chinese kids  Listenfacebook
A minorities' rights group says schools don't know how to use government funding to support children who are learning Chinese as a second-language. It follows a report by the Audit Commission that found such funding for ethnic minorities was under-utilised by schools. Hong Kong Unison's chief executive, Phyllis Cheung, urged the government to give guidance to schools on how to use the funds, such as boosting support at home so families are kept inform of their children's progress. The group made a series of recommendations after studying language policies in Finland, Canada and Germany. Cheung told Samantha Butler why these three countries were chosen as a comparison:
Companies expect to boost staff numbers  Listenfacebook
A survey has found many employers want to hire more staff next year as the economy improves. Manpower Group interviewed more than 500 employers in Hong Kong. 56 percent said they expected to increase payrolls, with the hospitality and IT sectors seeing the best hiring sentiment. A senior vice president at the firm, Lancy Chui, told Wendy Wong, people could also expect pay rises:
HSBC announces coal-exit strategy  Listenfacebook
HSBC has set out its long-awaited policy on financing thermal coal, and says it expects all of its clients to have a plan to exit the fossil fuel by the end of 2023. Sean Kennedy reports: