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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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831 anniversary marked by more arrests   Listenfacebook
Police arrested about a dozen people in Mong Kok on Monday night as large crowds gathered to mark one year since riot squad officers stormed Prince Edward station chasing anti-government protesters down escalators and beating passengers on trains. At least 10 people were injured that night. As Richard Pyne reports, the arrests came after police warned people marking the anniversary that they were violating social distancing rules and could be in violation of the national security law:
Man believed to have died during station storming turns up in UK  Listenfacebook
At least 10 people were injured when riot police stormed Prince Edward station in pursuit of anti-government protesters on August 31, 2019. But a man who was rumoured to have died that night has turned up in Britain. He says he recently fled there, as Wendy Wong reports:
Classes in schools set to resume in just over three weeks   Listenfacebook
Children will start going back to their classrooms in phases from September 23, as the latest Covid-19 outbreak eases. The Education Bureau announced plans for the resumption of face-to-face teaching in half-day sessions on Monday. But the new academic year will begin online on Tuesday. Frances Sit reports:
Govt. urged to help students struggling to get online as classes resume   Listenfacebook
The DAB says it supports the government's decision to start allowing students back into schools in just over three weeks from now. It says the arrangement will allow new starters to learn about the school environment, and older students to catch up with their studies. Education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen gave Janice Wong his views on the government's plan:
Coronavirus cases drop to single digits just ahead of mass testing  Listenfacebook
Just nine new Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Monday, the lowest daily figure in a week. Seven were locally acquired, most of them from a known source. The Centre for Health Protection hopes this trend will continue, and that citywide testing for the virus, which begins on Tuesday, will help. Wendy Wong has more:
Tai Po councillors protest location of covid test centres   Listenfacebook
The government says registration for the citywide Covid-19 tests has been running smoothly, with more than 550,000 people having signed up on the eve of the start of the scheme. The Secretary for the Civil Service, Patrick Nip, said people appear keen to take part. But a group of Tai Po district councilors staged a protest outside one of the sample collection centres on Monday. They say five of the test stations in the district are too close to residential areas. Councillor Richard Chan was one of those demonstrating outside Tai Po Hui Sports Centre. He told Sammy Heung that it's the wrong place for coronavirus tests to be carried out:
Baptist University to test new track-and-trace app  Listenfacebook
Researchers from Baptist University have developed a Covid-19 alert system to warn people if they've been in contact with a confirmed patient. They say people's privacy will be well protected as all information will be stored on the user’s own smartphone. The system will now be tested at the university, and if all goes well, it could be rolled out across the city. Mike Weeks asked Professor Xu Jianliang, associate head of the Department of Computer Science at Baptist University, how the system works:
Inaction on waste charging sees food recycling fail in Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
The Environmental Protection Department says a food waste recycling plant at its EcoPark in Tuen Mun stopped ioperations in July after failing to meet the recycling targets specified in its lease. The department says South China Reborn Resources had rented the site on a 20-year-lease in 2013, promising to handle some 33,000 tonnes of kitchen waste a year. Professor Jonathan Wong is an expert in waste management at Baptist University. He told Jimmy Choi the food waste recycling industry has been struggling due to high operational costs and a lack of government support: