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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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Beijing tells Bar Association its chair could drag it ‘into the abyss’   Listenfacebook
Beijing’s liaison office is putting pressure on the Hong Kong Bar Association to remove its chairman Paul Harris. It accused him of abandoning his professional ethics by speaking out against the prison sentences handed down to media tycoon Jimmy Lai and other activists earlier this month. Joanne Wong has the story:
Care fears may be behind suspected murder-suicide   Listenfacebook
Police say a man found hanging in his North Point flat on Saturday may have killed his unwell wife before committing suicide because he was worried that he could no longer take care of her. They say family members had never reached out for help because they thought everything was 'normal'. Timmy Sung reports:
Community urged to rally around the elderly  Listenfacebook
The director of the University of Hong Kong's Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, Professor Paul Yip, has urged the community to help provide more support for the elderly. He says the pandemic has left many people, particularly the elderly, more isolated than ever. He was speaking after what's thought to be a murder-suicide, involving a couple in North Point said to be in ill-health. Yip told Joanne Wong that social and medical workers as well as families could provide greater support to help avoid such tragedies by identifying potential problems:
FS warns recovery could be derailed by low vaccination rate  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, says he expects a ‘significant’ turnaround in the economy, which shrank by an unprecedented 6.1 percent last year. But he also warned that Hong Kong's low inoculation rate may put that rebound at risk. Timmy Sung reports:
Two more Covid cases linked to Tseung Kwan O estate  Listenfacebook
Health authorities confirmed two new local Covid-19 infections on Sunday, both connected to a previous infection at an apartment block in Hang Hau. Officials also confirmed four imported cases, three from Indonesia and one from the Philippines. Joanne Wong reports:
Ocean Park not banking on return of outside visitors   Listenfacebook
The government may be trumpeting the imminent reopening of borders through ‘travel bubbles’ and other quarantine-free travel schemes, but Ocean Park chairman Lau Ming-wai says the cash-strapped attraction will keep its focus on local customers over the next year or two. Damon Pang reports:
Plastic waste blamed for surge in dolphin deaths   Listenfacebook
The Ocean Park Conservation Foundation is urging people to stop using single-use plastics and to properly dispose of all their rubbish to help save Chinese White dolphins in local waters. Its chairwoman, Judy Chen, made the call a day after a dead dolphin was found at Tong Fuk beach on Lantau at the weekend, the third such case in a week. Dolphin deaths in local waters have surged over the past year or two. Chen told Joanne Wong more about the causes of recent fatalities:
Beijing ‘could be mulling’ an alternative to the Oscars  Listenfacebook
For the first time in more than 50 years the Oscars weren't shown live on Monday on free-to-air television in Hong Kong. TVB made the decision not to air the awards despite the SAR achieving an Academy Award nomination for “Better Days" - a powerful youth drama set on the mainland. The film is directed by Hong Kong-born Derek Tsang, son of Eric Tsang, who's now TVB’s deputy general manager. Last month, Beijing is understood to have issued instructions to all mainland media not to broadcast the Oscars ceremony live and to play down its significance. It objects to the nomination of Anders Hammer’s “Do Not Split,” a short documentary about the anti-government protests in Hong Kong. China specialist, Professor Willy Lam, told Mike Weeks that the move came as no surprise:
Jobs ‘the big question’ for Biden’s climate change ambitions   Listenfacebook
The US President, Joe Biden, has committed his country to halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. He made the pledge at an online Earth Day summit last week. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, how Biden plans to achieve the ambitious target: