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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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Police arrest 15 over August surge in Next Digital shares  Listenfacebook
The Securities and Futures Commission has declined to comment after police detained 15 people over the large fluctuations in Next Digital share price following last month's high-profile arrest of its founder, Jimmy Lai. They are suspected of conspiring to defraud other stock punters, although it's unclear if they all know each other. Timmy Sung reports:
SFC urged to clarify whether it’s involved in Next Digital case   Listenfacebook
A former director of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, David Webb, says the Securities and Futures Commission should say whether it's been assisting the police over the Next Digital stock-trading case. The chief superintendent of the police's narcotics bureau, Chung Wing-man, spoke on Thursday about the conspiracy to defraud. She said some of the 15 suspects knew each other, and that they made 13,000 transactions in three days. Chung said that created the impression that Next shares were in high demand and that the group gained more than HK$38 million in total. Annemarie Evans asked activist investor Webb what he made of the arrests:
DAB urges Carrie Lam to patch things up with HK people   Listenfacebook
The DAB has urged the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, to mend fences with the people of Hong Kong. The pro-Beijing party says the policies of Lam's government in the past few years show that officials are out of touch. Jimmy Choi reports:
LKF Group chairman says bars could reopen next Friday  Listenfacebook
More anti-epidemic measures have been relaxed after just five new local Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Thursday, including two more identified through the government's mass testing programme. The easing means people can now gather publicly and eat in restaurants in groups of up to four. Most sports facilities apart from swimming pools are open again, along with mahjong parlours and video games arcades. But bars, night clubs and karaoke lounges remain firmly shuttered, at least for now. Mike Weeks asked Allan Zeman - the chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Group - if he was expecting a busy Friday night:
Ocean Park warns it may have to close next year  Listenfacebook
Ocean Park is warning that it's been hit so hard by the effects of the pandemic that it may have to close down next summer, despite getting a HK$5.4 billion lifeline from the government earlier this year. The theme park says it's only been allowed to open for some 50 days so far in 2020, and often not at full capacity. Damon Pang reports:
Volunteers recruited for HKU nasal vaccine trials   Listenfacebook
A hundred local volunteers are being recruited to take part in the first human trials in Hong Kong for a coronavirus vaccine. The nasal vaccine, jointly developed by the University of Hong Kong and several mainland institutions, is the first to get the green light for clinical tests from the central authorities. The university's chair of infectious diseases, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, is hopeful it'll prove more effective than injected vaccines being developed elsewhere. Wendy Wong has the details:
Suicide experts urge people to prepare for harder times ahead   Listenfacebook
Suicide prevention experts from the University of Hong Kong say people here appear to be faring better than they had expected under the impact of Covid-19 and the aftermath of last year's protests. The Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention says there's been no significant rise in suicides in the first eight months of this year. The centre's director, Professsor Paul Yip, told Frances Sit he thinks Hong Kong people have become more resilient over the past 12 months
Dozens queue in rain for subsidised flats   Listenfacebook
Dozens of people hoping to buy subsidised flats ignored appeals to make their applications online and instead showed up outside the Housing Authority's Lok Fu office early on Thursday morning, many getting drenched by rain in the process. As Wendy Wong reports, the enthusiastic response came at the start of a month-long application process for 7,000 subsidised flats in the New Territories and Kowloon:
Hong Kong sees a hydro-farming boom  Listenfacebook
As one of the most densely-populated cities in the world, you wouldn't think there's been much in the way of agricultural development recently in Hong Kong. But that's not the case, with hydroponic farming enjoying something of a boom. RTHK's Violet Wong reports:
Global wildlife slumps 68 percent since 1970   Listenfacebook
The conservation group, WWF, has warned that humans are destroying nature at a rate never seen before. Global populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians have fallen by more than two-thirds in the past 50 years. The authors describe the decline as catastrophic and blame the burning of forests and the destruction of other natural habitats, as well as over-fishing.. But they say it's not too late if urgent action is taken that goes beyond traditional conservation efforts. Janice Wong asked Gloria Lai, a senior conservation officer from WWF-Hong Kong, just how bad the situation is:
Row over internal trade bill threatens UK-EU trade deal   Listenfacebook
Britain has said it will not withdraw controversial legislation that the European Commission has told it to scrap by the end of the month. Senior minister Michael Gove told the commission’s Vice-President, Maros Sefkovic, that the internal trade bill was not designed to shirk Britain's commitments on Northern Ireland. The European Union is now threatening to take legal action. London-based correspondent, Peter Anderson, gave Mike Weeks the latest on the dispute: