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


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Fears of Covid-19 outbreak among maids  Listenfacebook
Health authorities are calling on people who took on a new foreign domestic helper recently to find out if their maid spent time at a boarding house in Mong Kok. At least one helper who stayed there tested positive for Covid-19. A total of 62 new infections were reported on Wednesday. Joanne Wong reports:
Request for new helpers to stay with future employers  Listenfacebook
There are calls to allow helpers to move in with their new employers before their work visas are issued, after recent cases of maids becoming infected with Covid-19 while staying in boarding houses. Wendy Wong reports:
Cross-border coach firms suffer amid pandemic closures  Listenfacebook
Transport-sector lawmaker Frankie Yick says anti-epidemic subsidies for cross-border coach companies have run out. He says the firms want more help from the government at least until the end of the year, when it’s hoped a coronavirus vaccine will be ready and business can start resuming. The companies are on the brink of financial ruin with almost all of Hong Kong's border crossings closed since February because of the pandemic. Yick told Samantha Butler that the bus firms have been suffering since anti-government protests broke out more than a year ago:
Coroner urges govt to crackdown on poor care homes  Listenfacebook
A coroner has urged the government to compile a blacklist of substandard elderly care homes, and prosecute any that violate regulations, instead of just warning them. The call was made at the end of an inquest into the death of a care home resident who appeared to have been abused by staff. Maggie Ho reports:
Preventing abuse from positions of trust  Listenfacebook
Children's rights advocates are calling for policy and legislative reforms in Hong Kong, to better prevent sexual abuse by mentors at schools or other institutions. Since 2011, employers have been able to use the Sexual Conviction Record Check scheme when hiring people for positions involving working with children but the scheme is voluntary and only applies to newly-hired staff. Billy Wong, an executive secretary of the Committee on Children’s Rights, told Janice Wong she was worried about recent court cases which appeared to show a trend in children being abused by people they trusted:
Hopes for greater protection for those in subdivided units  Listenfacebook
A concern group says it is hopeful that long-awaited protection for those living in subdivided housing is just around the corner, with a report by a government-appointed task force expected to be released before the middle of next year. Richard Pyne reports:
Lawyers debate decision to extend Legco term  Listenfacebook
Local lawyers have sparred over Beijing's decision to extend the current Legislative Council term "for at least a year". Legal scholar Eric Cheung says the decision is unconstitutional, but pro-government figures counter that it is pragmatic and constitutionally sound. Damon Pang reports:
Police accused of lying in court  Listenfacebook
A district councillor and her assistant have been acquitted of assaulting a police officer during an anti-government protest last year. The magistrate said two officers had told lie after lie while giving evidence in court. Timmy Sung reports:
Indoor incense can impair the elderly  Listenfacebook
Researchers at The Chinese University are warning that burning incense indoors can impair cognitive functions in elderly people. They say they gave brain scans and cognitive tests to hundreds of people during a three-year study, and those who were regularly exposed to incense smoke performed worse than those who were not. Dr Adrian Wong, Research Assistant Professor from the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, told Jimmy Choi that pollutants emitted from incense smoke could be harmful to the brain:
Cathay posts record billion-dollar loss  Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific has posted a record HK$9.87 billion first-half loss, as the airline revealed the extent of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its business. The loss was in line with the forecast Cathay flagged last month, with revenue nearly halved to HK$27.7 billion. Passenger services have been slashed as governments imposed stringent travel restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19, and the airline's chairman says he expects it will take longer than previously thought for travel demand to return to normal levels. Will Horton, an independent aviation analyst, told Jim Gould that Cathay will face stiff challenges once restrictions are eventually lifted: