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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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Sunflower Travel staff asked to take unpaid leave  Listenfacebook
One of Hong Kong's most prominent travel agencies has asked all its 300 staff to take unpaid leave from December. As Damon Pang reports, Sunflower says it can no longer afford to pay rent or staff costs:
Government urged to intervene over Cathay contracts   Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific Airways unions are urging the government to step in to convince the company to extend a deadline for employees to sign new contracts that will result in substantial pay cuts. The airline had offered a small financial incentive for workers to sign the new terms but that expired on Wednesday. Now staff have one more week to accept the new conditions or be sacked. The airline set the deadline after axing thousands of jobs in a major restructuring. Mike Weeks asked Amber Suen - a vice chairwoman of Cathay's Flight Attendants Union - how many staff had signed up ahead of the midnight deadline:
Unemployment tipped to top eight percent by year end  Listenfacebook
An associate director of the Baptist University's centre for human resources has warned that the mass layoffs at Cathay Pacific are just the tip of the iceberg. Dr Felix Yip said a survey by the university between July and September showed that 30 percent of firms had already cut staff, weeks before Hong Kong's flagship carrier announced its plan to axe 5,300 jobs in the city. He told Wendy Wong that with the global economy struggling, he expects many more firms to follow suit, pushing Hong Kong’s jobless rate above eight percent by the end of the year:
Liberals say 60 percent want travel health code   Listenfacebook
The Liberal Party says a majority of respondents to a telephone poll it conducted are in favour of introducing a health-code system to allow quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the mainland. The party's leader, Felix Chung, told Annemarie Evans more about the findings:
Health chief dismisses criticism over ‘illogical’ easing   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has gone a third day free of local coronavirus infections. Just two cases were reported on Wednesday, involving arrivals from Indonesia and India. Earlier, the Health Secretary Sophia Chan brushed aside criticism of the government's latest easing of anti-pandemic measures, insisting it was "not illogical" to allow groups of six to dine together while banning gatherings of more than four people outdoors. Here's Violet Wong:
Chinese medicine helping to speed covid recovery  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority (HA) is urging recovering Covid-19 patients to take advantage of its free Chinese medicine services. It says traditional medicine has shown good results in helping to clear up lingering coronavirus symptoms, such as insomnia and a decline in sense of smell. Nearly 3,000 people have been offered free rehabilitation sessions under the scheme introduced in late April, but so far just over 400 have taken part. Janice Wong asked the chief of the HA’s Chinese Medicine Department, Rowena Wong, if she was surprised by this low take up:
Former Studentlocalism head faces new secession charge   Listenfacebook
A former leader of Studentlocalism, Tony Chung, will appear in West Kowloon court on Thursday on charges of breaching the national security law over social media posts made since September. The pro-independence group announced in June that it was ceasing its activities in Hong Kong in light of the law that Beijing imposed here, but members overseas would continue their work. Todd Harding reports:
Top judge questions link between haircuts and prison discipline   Listenfacebook
The Chief Justice, Geoffrey Ma, has joined lawyers in a debate about how men in Hong Kong like to wear their hair. The unusual exchange came as former legislator Leung Kwok-hung again challenged the practice of haircuts for male prisoners in the SAR's top court. Damon Pang has the story:
Government dismisses fraud concerns over mainland voting plan   Listenfacebook
The government has dismissed concerns about corruption if residents living on the mainland are allowed to vote there in Hong Kong elections. It said the ICAC has the power to investigate suspected electoral fraud no matter where it takes place. Maggie Ho reports: