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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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Concerns raised over potential teacher exodus   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's biggest teaching union says the city may soon face a shortage of experienced teachers. That's after a survey by the Professional Teachers' Union (PTU) indicated that as many as 40 percent of teachers want to leave education. Some 1,100 secondary, primary and kindergarten teachers took part, with 19 percent saying they were making plans to resign or retire early, while 21 percent said they intended to quit but have yet to make concrete plans. Many cited political pressure as a major reason for this. The chairman of the PTU, Fung Wai-wah, told Jimmy Choi that many of those who want to leave are middle-ranking teachers with 20 to 30 years of experience:
‘Vaccine bubble’ incentives fall flat, survey finds   Listenfacebook
For the second day running no new local Covid-19 infections were reported on Sunday. There was just one imported case, from Argentina. But the number of people who've been vaccinated here also remains relatively low, with just under 1.07 million having received at least one jab since the inoculation programme was launched two and a half months ago. A recent survey found that the government’s “vaccine bubble” initiative, to relax social distancing rules for those who’ve been inoculated, has had little impact. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Epidemiologist says HK risks being left behind unless more get jabs  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong professor Benjamin Cowling, the co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, says he is disappointed with the low level of trust in vaccinations here and urged the government to consider greater incentives. He told Mike Weeks many people remain worried about potential side-effects:
Helpers thanked for submitting to mandatory testing  Listenfacebook
The government has thanked Hong Kong's foreign domestic workers for complying with its order for them to get tested for coronavirus ahead of Sunday's deadline. It said nearly 340,000 helpers had been screened for the virus since the start of the month, while 40,000 have received two vaccinations and are exempt. Few were seen queuing at testing centres on Sunday in stark contrast with last weekend. As Damon Pang reports, the order, seen by some as discriminatory, was made to try to halt the spread of coronavirus variants:
Mother’s Day brings in HK$350 million for restaurants   Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants & Related Trades, Simon Wong, says while Mother’s Day provided a welcome boost for business over the weekend, takings were still down on last year. He told Janice Wong he remains concerned for the outlook as many restaurants are still unable to take full advantage of the relaxed pandemic rules despite an increase in inoculated staff:
Mainland mothers call for right to work   Listenfacebook
A group of single mothers from the mainland are calling on the government to let them work here, saying they have been left destitute because they have not been able to cross the border to work during the pandemic. Violet Wong reports:
Terminus2049 volunteers face hearing in Beijing  Listenfacebook
Two men, detained last year for backing up articles from the internet that Chinese authorities consider sensitive, are expected to be brought before a court in Beijing on Tuesday. Among the reports they republished on the internet were articles on the doctor who tried to alert China and the world to the outbreak of Covid-19 in Wuhan at the end of 2019. Violet Wong has more:
Pipeline attack brings cybersecurity into focus in the US  Listenfacebook
America's Colonial Pipeline Company was forced to shut down its entire network after a ransomware attack on Saturday. It runs the largest fuel pipeline system in the US, shipping gasoline and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast of Texas to some 50 million consumers on the East Coast through nearly 9,000 kilometres of pipeline. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, how serious an issue this is for the Biden administration: