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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

2022-05-03
Tuesday

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Sole CE candidate plans rally two days before vote  Listenfacebook
The sole contender in the upcoming Chief Executive election, John Lee, is to hold an election rally on Friday - two days before the 1,500-strong election committee votes. Timmy Sung reports:
'John Lee's results-oriented approach spot on'  Listenfacebook
Independent China strategist, Andrew Leung, says John Lee will need capable ministers in order to make achievements within his first 100 days in office. Leung says John Lee's results-oriented approach is "spot on" but questions how he will achieve it. In his election manifesto, unveiled on Friday, the CE hopeful said he would use KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, to monitor his results. Leung welcomed this approach but told Janice Wong that the CE candidate faced challenges in overcoming what he called a 'silo' or rigid mentality within the civil service:
NSL case against 47 activists dubbed a 'nightmare'  Listenfacebook
Executive Councillor and senior counsel Ronny Tong has described the national security case involving 47 former opposition figures as "a procedural nightmare". He was responding to concerns raised by High Court judge Esther Toh, who noted "the long delay in the proceeding being brought to trial" as she rejected the bail application of one of the defendants, Gary Fan, last week. Tong told Damon Pang that there were realistic procedural difficulties in a complicated trial involving so many defendants:
HK reports 283 new Covid infections  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s daily Covid caseload has fallen below the 300 mark for the first time in almost three months. But health officials warn more infections may be uncovered as all kindergartens and secondary schools resume face-to-face classes from Tuesday. Frank Yung reports:
More childcare support needed for grassroots mums  Listenfacebook
A survey done by the Society for Community Organisation has found that many mothers from grassroots families were forced to stop working to look after their kids at home, as face-to-face classes were suspended in January, and child care centres scaled back their services amid the pandemic. Vanessa Cheng reports:
SoCo highlights low vaccine rate for children  Listenfacebook
SoCo's deputy director, Sze Lai-shan, says the government should consider a childcare subsidy for grassroots mothers struggling to find childcare for their children during the pandemic. Sze says the group interviewed 200 mothers and almost all of them said they were under high stress when dealing with their children's emotions and following up on their homework. Sze told Vanessa Cheng that the government should prioritise these working mothers as they cannot afford domestic helpers:
CUHK search for volunteers to test Covid drug  Listenfacebook
The Chinese University of Hong Kong is hoping to recruit 2,000 adults from around the world, who have recently become infected with Covid-19, to test a new oral drug. The anti-viral drug would be an alternative to two other drugs currently available in Hong Kong from Merck and Pfizer. Dr Andrea Luk is leading the study and told Samantha Butler they hoped to understand the drug's effectiveness in preventing Covid symptoms from worsening:
Medical schools recognised on merit, not location  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Health, Sophia Chan, says the standard of overseas medical schools is the government's main focus when it decides whether their graduates will be eligible to apply to practise in Hong Kong. She said the location of a medical school was not part of the consideration. This comes after the medical-sector lawmaker expressed disappointment that the current list did not include any mainland institutions. Kelly Yu reports:
Woman arrested over electronics smuggling case  Listenfacebook
Customs officials say they foiled an attempt to smuggle electronic goods worth $160 million in to the mainland using a river trade vessel. Timmy Sung reports:
New China Covid cases found outside quarantine zones  Listenfacebook
Authorities in the commercial capital of Shanghai have reported 58 new Covid cases outside quarantine areas, while the capital, Beijing is pressing on with the testing of millions. Aaron Tam reports:
US rate hike looms  Listenfacebook
A late-afternoon turnaround led by technology stocks left major indexes moderately higher on Wall Street on Monday, following a brutal April in which widespread tech sell-offs dragged down major benchmarks. Investors are skittish and stocks have been under pressure in recent weeks. With inflation at record highs and wages rising, the central bank is expected to increase the benchmark lending rate at its meeting on Wednesday. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler there was expected to be up to a 50 basis points rise: