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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler


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New pathway to UK citizenship for Hong Kongers  Listenfacebook
Britain has revealed more details of a new visa scheme that will give Hong Kong people with British National (overseas) status a path to citizenship. It has revealed that people will not need a BN(O) passport to apply. Britain's consul in Hong Kong, Andrew Heyn, said the new National Security Law marked a clear erosion of the rights and freedoms for people here, and the UK visa was part of Britain's commitment to the people of Hong Kong. Natale Ching reports:
Mother of Taiwan murder victim offers to mediate suspect's return  Listenfacebook
The mother of Poon Hiu-wing - who was murdered in Taiwan - is offering herself as a go-between for discussions over the surrender of the suspect Chan Tong-kai. Taiwan and Hong Kong have been arguing over his return to Taiwan to face justice, as there is no official prisoner transfer agreement between the two sides. Timmy Sung reports:
Mainland tycoon to fight for Cathay Dragon routes  Listenfacebook
Following Wednesday's shock news that Cathay Pacific group will axe its regional airline, Cathay Dragon, and lay off almost a quarter of its workforce, the mainland tycoon behind Greater Bay Airlines, Bill Wong, says he will fight for the routes previously flown by Cathay Dragon and may even hire former staff. He is awaiting approval for his license to operate in Hong Kong. Timmy Sung reports.
Unionists say remaining CX staff face hefty pay cuts  Listenfacebook
A union leader says Cathay Pacific staff who managed to keep their jobs for now have been told they need to take pay cuts of up to 36 percent. Damon Pang reports:
Mass lay offs could push HK jobless rate to 7%  Listenfacebook
A scholar says more mass lay-offs by the end of the year could push Hong Kong's unemployment rate to seven percent, or 0.6 percentage points higher than the current level. Simon Lee, from The Chinese University's business school, expects more businesses to sack staff in November, when the government's wage subsidy scheme comes to an end. Firms cannot get the money if they cut jobs. But Lee told Damon Pang that companies would likely need to downscale their operations:
Nepal Airlines banned over Covid-19 cases  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong health authorities say they suspect a new local Covid-19 case with no known source has emerged in the city even though the patient recently traveled abroad. Meanwhile, Nepal Airlines has been banned from flying here for two weeks after nine people who arrived on the same flight tested positive for coronavirus. Wendy Wong reports:
Legco urged to investigate filibustering lawmakers for NSL breaches  Listenfacebook
Pro-Beijing legislator, Alice Mak, has urged officials to look into whether pro-democracy lawmakers have violated the national security law with their filibustering in the Legislative Council. Wendy Wong reports:
Magistrate cleared over political bias claims  Listenfacebook
The judiciary has cleared magistrate Kelly Shui of allegations that she was politically biased towards an anti-government protester whom she sentenced to probation in May. Maggie Ho reports:
Chan Ho-tin's defence urges court to dismiss police testimony  Listenfacebook
Chan Ho-tin's police assault trial has come to an end at West Kowloon Court. The defence says the prosecution failed to prove that the former convenor of the banned Hong Kong National Party was the person who allegedly slapped an officer's helmet. Natale Ching reports:
Junius Ho labels 'killing' remarks a misunderstanding  Listenfacebook
Pro-Beijing lawmaker and lawyer Junius Ho has criticised the UK's Solicitors Regulation Authority for prosecuting him over remarks he made in 2017 about killing Hong Kong independence advocates "without mercy". He is facing a hearing by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in London on December 15th to 18th, after the watchdog said his remarks could be perceived as inciting violence against opponents and could cause offence. But Ho told Frances Sit it was all a misunderstanding:
Goldman pays billions to end Malaysian scandal  Listenfacebook
The investment bank Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay nearly US$3 billion to end a probe of its role in the 1MDB corruption scandal. Marty Mosby, a bank research analyst at Vining Sparks gave Carolyn Wright the background to the case: