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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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Depletion of Lotteries Fund a major concern for elderly care   Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Elderly Commission, Lam Ching-choi, has warned that the expected depletion of the Lotteries Fund will delay the provision of services, such as care homes, for Hong Kong's rapidly ageing population. The fund's main source of income is the Mark Six. But the welfare secretary Law Chi-kwong says it could run out of money, because the Jockey Club lottery was halted for over six months because of the coronavirus. Lam, who's also an Executive Councillor, says the government needs to come up with new ways to fund social projects. He spoke to Candice Wong:
Travellers awaiting Covid-19 results to be kept at Tsing Yi hotel   Listenfacebook
The government says the Rambler Garden Hotel in Tsing Yi will be used to house inbound travellers who have to wait more than one day to get their test results for the coronavirus. The announcement came as just two new local infections were confirmed on Sunday. Candice Wong reports:
Policy address expected to reflect China’s new five-year plan  Listenfacebook
Two senior officials say Hong Kong needs to speed up its integration with the mainland. In making the calls, both Financial Secretary Paul Chan and Chief Secretary Mathew Cheung referred to President Xi Jinping's speech in Shenzhen last week. Chan said the SAR needs to lock itself into the right path by developing alongside "brother cities" in the Greater Bay Area. Cheung wrote about the need to integrate Hong Kong's youth into China's development. Mike Weeks asked China specialist Professor Willy Lam if it was any surprise to hear top Hong Kong officials parroting the president's speech at a celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone:
CY Leung denies breaching privacy laws by naming teachers   Listenfacebook
Former Chief Executive CY Leung has defended his move to publish the personal information of 18 teachers being prosecuted for protest-related offences on his Facebook page. He said students should be protected from being radicalised. Jimmy Choi reports:
Concerns raised over retelling of ‘The Hong Kong Story’  Listenfacebook
How history is written topped the concerns of visitors to "The Hong Kong Story" exhibition at the Museum of History as it opened for the last time on Sunday before a major revamp. RTHK's Wong Yin-ting went along for a look:
Childcare, cooking and cleaning stressing out working women   Listenfacebook
A survey of working women suggests their need to adhere to stereotypical gender roles at home remains a major source of stress. It found that some 30 percent of those questioned take prescribed medication due to the pressure. Jimmy Choi reports:
China hits back at the US by restricting sensitive exports   Listenfacebook
Beijing has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports to protect national security. It adds to policy tools that it could wield against the US as tensions, especially in technology, continue to rise. Richard Pyne reports.
New US coronavirus relief unlikely until after November’s election   Listenfacebook
The US Senate will vote on Wednesday on a US$300 billion Republican coronavirus relief bill that is less than a sixth of what the Democrats have demanded. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the vote on what's been dubbed the "skinny" relief bill would follow a standalone vote on additional Paycheck Protection Program funds on Tuesday. The pared down relief bill was rejected by Democrats in September. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if it will fare any better this time around: