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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

2022-04-26
Tuesday

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Finance industry calls for roadmap for reopening  Listenfacebook
Representatives of the fund management industry say continuing travel restrictions are chipping away at Hong Kong's competitiveness as an international financial centre. As Frank Yung reports, they have urged the government to provide a roadmap for a full reopening as soon as possible:
Calls grow to ease Covid travel curbs  Listenfacebook
Other business groups are also pressing the government to further relax restrictions on people arriving in Hong Kong. Officials have been urged to consider shortening the seven-day hotel quarantine period, or even scrapping the requirement altogether. Frances Sit reports:
Vaccine chief grilled in Legco over fifth wave  Listenfacebook
Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip has admitted government services were unable to keep up with demand as the fifth wave of the pandemic gripped Hong Kong. But he told lawmakers that three-quarters of the civil service had been involved in fighting the Omicron-driven surge in infections, and that improvements would be made. Violet Wong reports:
Daily Covid cases hover around 400  Listenfacebook
Health officials reported 431 new Covid cases on Monday - similar to Sunday's figure – as well as the deaths of a further 18 patients. 16 cases were imported, as Mike Weeks reports:
Penalties increased for subsidy cheats  Listenfacebook
Companies can start applying for the new round of government employment subsidies from Friday. Labour minister Law Chi-kwong hopes the scheme will bolster business confidence and boost the job market. Timmy Sung reports:
160,000 employers expected to apply for ESS  Listenfacebook
The government says it expects around 160,000 employers to apply for the latest round of pandemic wage subsidies, under its employment support scheme. It opens for applications on Friday. The head of the government's Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, Doris Ho, says tougher penalties are in place to ensure the money goes to workers and that companies maintain or increase their headcount. She spoke to Samantha Butler:
Mindfulness training helps isolated seniors  Listenfacebook
Researchers from a number of local and overseas education institutions, including the Education University, may have found a way to improve the mental well-being of the elderly during the pandemic. In a recent study, they recruited 120 low-income senior citizens who live alone and taught them how to find peace and joy in their daily lives through practising mindfulness and behavioural activation. The Education University's Dr Jessica Jiang told Violet Wong that participants felt less lonely and stressed just one month into the exercise:
Occupy co-founder pleads guilty to illegal spending  Listenfacebook
The co-founder of the Occupy movement, Benny Tai, has pleaded guilty to illegal election spending in the run-up to the 2016 Legco polls. Sentencing was adjourned to next month. Jimmy Choi reports:
Ex-National Front member loses appeal bid  Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal has refused to hear a bid by a former member of the now-disbanded Hong Kong National Front to have his jail sentence reduced for possessing explosives with intent to endanger life or property. Frank Yung reports:
New deputy police commissioner announced  Listenfacebook
The police have announced that senior assistant commissioner, Chow Yat-ming, will be promoted to deputy commissioner in charge of management. The 49-year-old will replace retiring incumbent, Kwok Yam-shu, on Thursday, as Timmy Sung reports:
FCC suspends Human Rights Press Awards  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club has announced it will suspend this year’s Human Rights Press Awards, citing "significant areas of uncertainty". But the decision has met strong opposition from some members of the FCC, as Maggie Ho reports:
Electric public buses hit the road  Listenfacebook
Sixteen electric buses operated by KMB hit the roads on Monday, plying the No.6 route between Lai Chi Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui. The initial batch of vehicles are single-deckers, but KMB says it has bought 52 electric double-decker buses that will arrive in the coming year. William Yu, CEO of the World Green Organisation, welcomed what he said was a global trend of switching to electric vehicles. He told Janice Wong that the bus firms could consider how to use renewable energy at their depots to charge the fleet:
Panicked Beijing residents stockpile food  Listenfacebook
Health authorities in Shanghai say the city's Covid-19 reproduction number has fallen to one, indicating the outbreak in the city is now stable, as deaths continue to rise. The news came as Beijing began mass testing for the virus, triggering fears of lockdowns. Kenny Hodgart reports: