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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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Typhoon Higos skirts Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
Tropical storm Higos was upgraded to a typhoon early on Wednesday as its maximum winds intensified to 130 kilometres an hour, prompting the Hong Kong Observatory to issue the increasing gale or storm signal, No. 9, for six hours. In the early hours of the morning the storm moved to within 80 kilometres of Hong Kong, before tracking slowly away to cross the coast of Guangdong, near Zhuhai. Winds of over 100 kilometres an hour were recorded on Cheung Chau Island early on Wednesday, but Typhoon Higos brought only minor damage to Hong Kong. Francis Sit reports:
Justice Secretary moves to halt prosecution of policeman   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, has started proceedings to end a private prosecution against a police officer who shot a student in the stomach in Sai Wan Ho during last year's unrest. Democratic Party legislator Ted Hui initiated the case, using money raised through crowdfunding. In June, a magistrate decided to summon the officer to face charges of shooting with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, discharging ammunition with reckless disregard for the safety of others, and dealing with arms in a manner likely to injure or endanger safety. But Hui says the justice secretary has now told the court she wants the summons to be withdrawn. He told Candice Wong the move is being taken for political reasons:
Coronavirus infections continue to fall   Listenfacebook
The number of new Covid-19 infections dropped to 36 on Tuesday. But two more patients - aged 95 and 64 - succumbed to the virus, raising Hong Kong’s death toll to 71. The new cases included another worker at the company at the centre of a major outbreak at the Kwai Tsing container terminals, as Violet Wong reports:
New relief measures and supermarket discounts in the pipeline  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says social distancing rules will have to remain in place for a while, despite calls from the catering industry for the evening ban on eating in restaurants to be relaxed. But she announced that a new round of relief measures is being put together to help businesses hard hit by the pandemic. Maggie Ho reports:
Liberal Party chief calls for help for the unemployed  Listenfacebook
The leader of the pro-business Liberal Party, Felix Chung, has joined unions from across the political divide in calling on the government to give its next round of pandemic financial support directly to the public rather than employers. Chung said it's time for the government to start handing out unemployment allowances to the jobless rather than continuing to give money to companies under its Employment Support Scheme. He told Annemarie Evans that people are getting desperate:
Unions say Employment Support Scheme no longer working  Listenfacebook
The pro-establishment Federation of Trade Unions is calling for a HK$10,000 per worker subsidy for hard-hit industries, such as catering and tourism as the government considers new pandemic relief. The pro-democracy Confederation of Trade Unions says the administration should repeat the HK$10,000 handout it gave to all permanent residents earlier this year. Its chairwoman Carol Ng says they also want a subsidy, capped at HK$16,000 for the unemployed and those on unpaid leave. Mike Weeks asked Ng for her reaction to the support unions are receiving from the leader of the pro-business Liberal Party on the need for unemployment benefits:
Opposition faced with tough choices over stop-gap Legco   Listenfacebook
Rifts remain within the pro-democracy camp about whether or not they should join the extended Legislative Council session now that the next elections are 12 months away, if not longer. People Power's Ray Chan along with Council Front's Chu Hoi-dick argue that lawmakers haven't been given a mandate to serve for an extra year. But traditional pan-democrats want to stay on. Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung spoke with Janice Wong. She asked him whether taking their seats in the council would seem strange, given that pan-democrats have called the extension unconstitutional:
Warning sounded over raising butterflies at home  Listenfacebook
The Covid-19 pandemic is not only affecting people, it’s also having an inadvertent impact on Hong Kong’s ecology. Environmentalists have raised concerns about a growing trend among parents, eager to keep their children entertained, of buying caterpillars to raise butterflies at home. The CEO of the Environmental Association, Yau Wing-kwong, spoke to Priscilla Ng about the problem: