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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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Cathay slashes nearly 6,000 jobs   Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific is to lay off 5,300 staff in Hong Kong and 600 elsewhere in the world as part of a major restructuring due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The plan includes the axing of the airline's Cathay Dragon brand. The job cuts were announced on Wednesday morning in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange. The layoffs will have a big impact on the city’s jobs market, which the government on Tuesday said showed slight signs of improvement last month. But Hong Kong’s unemployment rate still rose slightly to 6.4 percent in September. Cecil Wong reports:
Union chief worried CX cuts could prompt other firms to shed workers   Listenfacebook
Five pro-democracy candidates are seeking to become employee representatives on the body which advises the government on matters such as the minimum wage. These seats on the Labour Advisory Board have been dominated by pro-establishment union figures for years. But with their current term of membership set to expire later this year, opposition candidates are mounting a challenge. Janice Wong asked the chairwoman of the pro-democracy Confederation of Trade Unions, Carol Ng, why the camp had decided to run this time around:
Restrictions on tour groups, weddings to be eased from Friday   Listenfacebook
The government is to further relax social distancing measures, allowing local tour groups to resume and bigger weddings, as coronavirus infections tail off in Hong Kong. Priscilla Ng has the details:
Travel trade welcomes restart of local tours   Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Travel Industry Council, Jason Wong has welcomed the government's decision to allow local tours to resume. From Friday, licensed travel agencies will be allowed to run tour groups of not more than 30 people. Tour companies will have to record the personal information and contact details of people on them, check their temperatures and ensure they wear face masks at all times except when they are eating. Wong told Jim Gould it gives them a chance to make some money:
Relaxation ‘unlikely’ to make much difference to wedding industry   Listenfacebook
From Friday, 50 people will be allowed to attend weddings, instead of 20, as part of the government's relaxed social distancing measures. But some wedding companies said the move would do little to help the sector survive as food and drink will still be banned. Violet Wong talked to Felice Studio's director, Sandy Yung, about the new rules:
Exhibition industry warns of huge job losses without assistance   Listenfacebook
Companies producing booths and backdrops for exhibitions say they are facing catastrophe because of the pandemic. They also warn Hong Kong is going to lose talent if the government doesn't step in to save them quickly. Natale Ching reports:
Untraced coronavirus infection has health authorities concerned  Listenfacebook
For the first time in four days, Hong Kong confirmed a Covid-19 case of unknown source on Tuesday. There were also four imported infections. But as Vicky Wong reports, it's the case of a 32-year-old office worker that has health officials concerned:
Taxi trade pushes for HK$6 insurance surcharge  Listenfacebook
A taxi association says there could be an exodus of drivers if the government fails to rein in soaring insurance premiums. It issued the warning as the trade pushes for an extra HK$6 per ride to offset the increase. The president of the Taxi Dealers & Owners Association, Ng Kwan-sing, said some drivers have to pay up to HK$80,000 a year for insurance because of their advanced age, their older vehicles and because they don't have equipment like car cameras or SD cards. But he also said if the government approved the application for a HK$6-7 fare hike submitted in 2018, the trade wouldn't pursue the extra charge. Mike Weeks asked the chairman of the Taxi Council, Hung Wing-tat, if the HK$6 insurance surcharge is just a resubmission of the two-year-old fare-rise application:
CE defends Greater Bay Area voting plan  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has defended plans to allow people living on the mainland to cast ballots there in Hong Kong elections. But as she headed in to meet her cabinet on Tuesday, she refused to say if a public consultation on the idea would be held. Lam would only say that the people of Hong Kong and lawmakers could express their views before a bill is put to the Legislative Council:
Carrie Lam denies contradicting Xi Jinping over ‘Lantau Tomorrow’   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has rejected suggestions that her massive “Lantau Tomorrow Vision” reclamation project contradicts President Xi Jinping’s call to protect the environment. She said every jurisdiction has its unique circumstances. Richard Pyne reports: