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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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More illegal work found at 2nd Teresa Cheng property   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's embattled Justice Secretary, Teresa Cheng, confirmed early Monday that more illegal alterations have been found at a second property she owns. She issued a statement just after midnight saying that Buildings Department inspectors had found three unauthorised changes to the home in the south of Hong Kong Island. She said they were there when she bought it. Cheng first revealed there might be problems at other property she owned on Sunday during a radio programme, in which she also sought to explain her refusal to face lawmakers at a meeting on Monday. Candice Wong reports:
Cheng’s radio appearance only ‘deepens suspicions’   Listenfacebook
Political analyst and freelance journalist Chris Yeung says the Justice Secretary’s latest revelations and radio appearance have only deepened doubts about her credibility with regard to the illegal alterations of the property she owns. He says despite apologising several times, Teresa Cheng still failed to give a full and reasonable explanation of the extensive work done on her Tuen Mun home. Yeung told Mike Weeks he was surprised by Cheng’s appearance on Commercial Radio on Sunday:
Justice Secretary says co-location legislation can be challenged   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice says Hong Kong courts will be able to challenge legislation brought in to allow mainland officials to enforce national laws at the West Kowloon Express Rail Link. Teresa Cheng made the comment in spite of warnings from senior Beijing legal figures that the SAR is in no position to question the arrangements approved by China's top parliamentary body. Tom McAlinden has the details:
Cathay drops to 12th in safety ranking   Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific says it stands by its safety standards after it lost its top spot in an international index of airline safety. In fact, Cathay has nosedived to 12th place, as Sean Kennedy reports:
Merkel closer to forging a new coalition   Listenfacebook
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has welcomed the decision of the centre-left Social Democratic Party to enter into formal talks with her conservative bloc about renewing a coalition government. The decision opens a path to ending the political uncertainty that's existed in Germany since September's inconclusive elections. But Merkel cautioned that a huge amount of work still remains to be done. RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent Barry Wood is a frequent visitor to Germany. Mike Weeks asked him if Merkel will now be heaving a sigh of relief:
English immersion has big benefits for underprivileged children   Listenfacebook
It's been claimed for a good while now that English standards among young Hong Kong people leave a lot to be desired. Some say there's been a sharp drop in English competency levels in recent years. Whether that's true or not, an organisation called Summerbridge has been doing its bit to keep standards up, offering English immersion programmes for underprivileged secondary school students. It says more than 4,500 young people have benefited from the programme over the past 25 years. Shirley Man is the group's executive director. Ian Pooler asked her if young people who’ve joined her programme have been helped: