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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

2021-12-16
Thursday

Now playing: Legco 2021: New Territories South West
Selected audio segments:
Hundreds rescued from World Trade Centre fire  Listenfacebook
Authorities say they will inspect the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay to ensure fire safety measures are in place, after hundreds of people were trapped for hours in a blaze on Wednesday afternoon. It forced the evacuation of more than 1,200 people and 13 were sent to hospital. Firefighters say they were notified beforehand that the fire safety system at the lower floors of the building, which were under renovation, had been turned off. Frances Sit reports:
Smoke-filled stairwells 'unusual' in blaze  Listenfacebook
Structural engineer Ngai Hok-yan says it's unusual that smoke filled the stairwells during Wednesday's blaze at the World Trade Centre. He told Samantha Butler that as part of the building was under renovation, it's possible that fire doors to the staircases had been tampered with:
Hong Kong reports ninth Omicron case  Listenfacebook
Another case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant has been confirmed here. Health authorities say a woman who arrived recently from the United States is the latest person to come down with the highly infectious form of the virus. Violet Wong reports:
Expert fears Omicron will boost vaccine hesitancy  Listenfacebook
A professor of medicine who advises the government on Covid-19 says people should look at vaccines as a means of preventing serious illnesses, instead of focusing on whether they can stop coronavirus infections. He warned that continuing to do that would lead to a loss in confidence in vaccines. Maggie Ho reports:
Survey highlights stress caused by online learning  Listenfacebook
A survey by the Education University has found that 80 percent of parents of primary students it spoke to felt stressed, when supporting their children's online learning at home during the pandemic. It surveyed 2,630 principals, teachers, students and parents between February and November. Trevor Lee, an associate professor from the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, said all school principals reported not having a single day off since the pandemic began, while teachers were stressed by the frequency of communication needed with parents. He told Janice Wong that despite many schools resuming face-to-face classes since September, teachers and parents are still feeling the pressure from the disruption to learning caused by the pandemic:
Police purge SAR's internet of hackers  Listenfacebook
Police say they have completed a major operation aimed at what they described as "purifying the city's internet" following a sharp rise in online crime during the pandemic. The force says it identified 15 servers controlled by hackers and removed them, along with some 2,500 compromised devices. Jimmy Choi reports:
Reminder against casting blank votes  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, says police will work hard this Sunday, to prevent polling day terrorist attacks during the legislative council elections. He also reminded people that urging others to cast blank ballots or boycott Sunday's polls could breach the national security law. Damon Pang reports:
Legco 2021: New Territories South 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 South West geographical constituency:
Warning over free health checks  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has warned people to be careful of promotions offering free or cheap health checks. It says some companies lured customers into buying expensive and unnecessary treatments following the checks. Violet Wong reports:
Xmas hams may be too salty  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has issued a Christmas warning - not to eat too much processed ham or turkey. It tested 23 hams and seven turkey samples and found over 90 percent were high in salt. Carcinogenic preservatives, such as nitrate and nitrite, were found in all but one of the samples. But Chung Hau-yin of the Chinese University's school of life sciences says while processed meat can pose a health hazard, eating it in moderation is okay. But he told Kelly Yu that it would be better to consume fresh meat instead during the festive season:
Top court orders winding up of Next Digital  Listenfacebook
The High Court has granted the government's request to wind up Next Digital, the parent company of Apple Daily. Damon Pang reports:
Call to reform fee structure for arbitration cases  Listenfacebook
The Law Reform Commission has called for the lifting of a ban on outcome-related fee structures for arbitration cases "as soon as possible". That would allow clients to pay no or lower lawyer fees unless they win their disputes. Joanne Wong reports: