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


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ESF schools to start reopening on Friday  Listenfacebook
A number of private and international schools reopened on Wednesday for the first time since before Chinese New Year as the threat of a new coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong recedes. ESF schools will start resuming classes on Friday. Dr Harry Brown, the principal of Renaissance College, under the English Schools Foundation, told Mike Weeks why they are running two days behind their competitors:
Surveys highlight growing pessimism in the job market  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s two leading pro-establishment parties, the DAB and the Federation of Trade Unions (FTU), have repeated their calls for unemployment subsidies after conducting separate labour market surveys. The DAB Party questioned nearly 1,000 people and found a third of them had lost their jobs and many of them fear for their future. The FTU spoke to more than 2,000 people, half of whom were unemployed. Janice Wong asked FTU lawmaker Alice Mak why her union group is pushing for unemployment subsidies again now:
Future of common law at centre of Law Society election  Listenfacebook
Solicitors will vote next week for five seats on the Law Society's governing council. How those seats are filled on the 20-member body is seen as especially important this year, with the society's president saying the city faces "its most difficult time", while liberal candidates see the election as part of the fight for the future of Hong Kong's common law system. Richard Pyne reports:
Defence of policing report fails to sway critics  Listenfacebook
Calls are growing for an independent inquiry of policing as the government tries to dismiss criticism of the report by the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) of the force's handling of last year's massive social unrest. On Wednesday, the Security Secretary, John Lee, called some of the accusations made against the IPCC and its findings unfair and biased. He urged the public to read through the watchdog's study to avoid being misled. But Amnesty International’s Hong Kong director Tam Man-kei insists the report leaves a lot to be desired. He told RTHK's Jim Gould it shows the need for an independent inquiry into the unrest.
Edward Yau wants ‘negligent’ RTHK staff disciplined  Listenfacebook
RTHK is facing more fallout from the controversy surrounding the satire programme, "Headliner", which has been suspended after it was ruled to have insulted and denigrated the police. The Commerce and Economic Development Secretary, Edward Yau, has now made it clear the public broadcaster must examine its management and governance moving forward. Candice Wong reports:
Trump says China responsible for ‘mass worldwide killing’  Listenfacebook
A day after a spokesman for China's top advisory body, the CPPCC, accused overseas politicians of trying to point the finger of blame at Beijing over Covid-19, President Donald Trump has made his strongest attack so far on China over its handling of the pandemic. Such outbursts have become a centrepiece of the US leader's bid for re-election in November, as Todd Harding reports:
Tsai Ing-wen says cross-straits relations at ‘historic turning point’  Listenfacebook
Beijing says it will never tolerate Taiwan's separation from China, and has again stressed the need to defend the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity. That came after President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated she won't accept the One Country, Two Systems arrangement for reunification as she was inaugurated on Wednesday for a second term as Taiwan's leader. Tsai insisted she's determined to maintain the status quo and is willing to engage in dialogue with Beijing to ensure long-term peace and stability. But China analyst Mark O'Neill told Annemarie Evans cross-strait ties will only deteriorate in the next four years:
Security shouldn’t take precedence over accessibility: Fernando Cheung  Listenfacebook
The government has blamed protesters for making the lives of disabled people harder. Security Secretary John Lee was responding to criticism that barriers set up by the police at some government buildings during protests have caused problems for the disabled. He told lawmakers that as much as the administration strives to offer unlimited access, it's the protesters who had inconvenienced the disabled. He said the barriers are needed to serve as "additional security facilities". Labour Party legislator Fernando Cheung, who used to represent the social-welfare sector, told Candice Wong he didn't buy Lee's argument: