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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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Christmas aid package for Covid-hit businesses  Listenfacebook
The government has pledged to give another HK$5.5 billion to businesses most affected by the anti-pandemic restrictions. Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung says firms forced to close amid the latest wave of infections will be the focus of the Christmas aid package. Damon Pang reports:
Coronavirus relief package ‘will’ save thousands of jobs   Listenfacebook
An organisation representing bars and nightclubs has welcomed the new government relief package, saying officials finally seem to understand the difficulties social distancing measures are causing. As Steve Dunthorne reports, the Hong Kong Bar and Club Association said its members would have faced "extinction" without government support:
Wellington Street spa customers told to take Covid test   Listenfacebook
People who visited the Glow Salon in Central on or after December 8 have been ordered to undergo testing for Covid-19, after four hair stylists and a customer there came down with the virus. At the same time, the coroner has been asked to investigate the possible death from coronavirus of a middle-aged woman, believed to be police and national education champion Leticia Lee. Wendy Wong has more:
HKRU happy to see rugby sevens postponed  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Rugby Union has welcomed the postponement of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament from April to November next year as uncertainty continues over Covid-19. The event, now set to take place from November 5-7, will be the final leg of the 2020-21 Sevens World Series. The chief executive of the Hong Kong Rugby Union, Robbie McRobbie, spoke to Atom Cheung:
Microbiologist calls for confidence in mainland vaccines  Listenfacebook
Prominent microbiologist Ho Pak-leung says he's not worried about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines developed in China as long as they are approved by mainland health authorities. The first batch of a million doses from Sinovac is expected to be administered in Hong Kong next month, provided the vaccine passes Phase-3 clinical trials. Here's Timmy Sung:
No evidence found of widespread government mask resales  Listenfacebook
An investigation by the Ombudsman has found no evidence that face masks made for government departments have been systematically resold on the open market. The nine-month probe followed a few reports early this year that masks were being misused by public staff. Candice Wong reports:
Law Reform Commission urges outcome-related arbitration fees   Listenfacebook
The Law Reform Commission has proposed that lawyers be allowed to start charging success fees in arbitration cases. As Joanne Wong reports, it says this is essential for Hong Kong to compete with other jurisdictions as an international arbitration centre:
Misdirection of jury claim in yoga ball murder case appeal   Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal has been told that a trial judge misdirected the jury before it found a former Chinese University professor guilty of murdering his wife and daughter using a yoga ball filled with toxic gas five years ago. Jimmy Choi has more:
Hundreds of HK children allergic to fish   Listenfacebook
Research by the Chinese University's medical school has found that grass carp is more likely than other fish species to cause allergies in children. They also identified a new allergen from a kind of protein in grass carp. One of the research team, Dr Agnes Leung, a clinical lecturer in paediatrics at the university, told Mike Weeks that fish tops the list of childhood food allergies in Asia:
Legco goes virtual  Listenfacebook
The Legislative Council has held an unprecedented virtual meeting amid the coronavirus pandemic, potentially paving the way for more formal sessions to be held online. Damon Pang reports:
Operation Santa Claus: Wofoo Enterprises  Listenfacebook
During the Covid-19 pandemic, it has not been unusual for people to stock up on food or products to keep the virus at bay. But one NGO, Wofoo Enterprises, is warning that such actions may lead to unhealthy hoarding. So with the help of money raised through Operation Santa Claus – the annual charity drive jointly organized by RTHK and the SCMP - Wofoo Enterprises is launching “Simple Living”, a project designed to help educate the public about the problems of stockpiling and offer professional assistance to those suffering from hoarding disorder. Michael Ma, who is in charge of the project, told Janice Wong that contrary to popular belief, compulsive hoarding affects both young and old: