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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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Benefit to Jimmy Lai from alleged security offences questioned  Listenfacebook
Activist-investor David Webb says prosecutors will need to show in court how Jimmy Lai - the founder of the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper - benefitted financially from alleged national security offences. He was speaking to RTHK after the jailed tycoon's shares in the paper's owner, Next Digital, were frozen last Friday under the security law. The government said it could take action if there was “reasonable grounds” to suspect that people charged under the Beijing-drafted law held “offence-related property”. But Webb, a Next Digital shareholder, told Jim Gould it may have difficulty arguing its case, given the company’s reliance on Lai's financial backing:
Activists plead guilty over National Day rally   Listenfacebook
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai was among ten prominent pro-democracy campaigners who pleaded guilty on Monday to organising an unauthorised protest on Hong Kong Island on October 1, 2019. They'll be sentenced later this month. Priscilla Ng has the details:
Travel bubble deflates again   Listenfacebook
Singapore, along with Japan, Malaysia, Italy, the Netherlands, Argentina and Kenya are to be placed on the government's Group B high-pandemic-risk category this Friday, putting paid to the travel bubble with the Lion City that was supposed to open this week. Officials confirmed on Monday that it had been postponed again, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Lessons ‘should be learned’ from Covid surge in Taiwan   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong people arriving from Singapore and the six others countries to be designated Group B on Friday will need to undergo quaratine for 21 days, or two weeks if fully vaccinated. But infectious disease expert Leung Chi-chiu says people returning from Taiwan should also now be isolated for three weeks, even if they are fully vaccinated. He was speaking after the island reported 333 domestically-transmitted infections on Monday - the highest daily tally so far. Maggie Ho reports:
Construction industry welcomes on-site vaccination plan   Listenfacebook
The government is expected to start providing outreach Covid-19 vaccination for construction workers at the end of this month. Richard Pyne has the details:
Government defends planned threshold for doxxing convictions   Listenfacebook
Lawmakers say the threshold to convict doxxers under proposed legal amendments is too high and prosecutors shouldn't have to prove that a victim had been intimidated or suffered psychological harm. But the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs disagrees, as Violet Wong reports:
Petrol bomb-carrying cabbie given four years   Listenfacebook
A taxi driver has been sentenced to four years in jail for transporting more than 40 petrol bombs during anti-government protests in October 2019. Natale Ching reports:
Appeal over rioting conviction to be heard  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's top court has agreed to hear an appeal by a man convicted of rioting over clashes in Mong Kok in 2016. Jimmy Choi has more:
New Catholic Church leader appointed for Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The Pope has named Father Stephen Chow as the new leader of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong to replace Cardinal John Tong. Chow is a member of the Society of Jesus and the provincial superior of the Jesuit Chinese Province. The 62-year-old will take office at the end of the year. Theologian Kung Lap-yan, an associate professor at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College of the Chinese University, gave Mike Weeks his thoughts on the Vatican’s reason for the choice:
HK Disneyland reports record loss  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Disneyland has reported a record net loss of HK$2.7 billion for the last fiscal year. It said this was due to frequent shut downs and dwindling tourist numbers amid the pandemic. But as Wendy Wong reports, the theme park says there's no plans yet to lay off staff, raise ticket prices or seek funding from the government:
Warning sounded on kids’ crayons and paints  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has warned parents that more than half of the children’s art supplies it tested leach toxic metals. It said when these are taken in excessive quantities, they can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, or even chronic disease. Frances Sit reports:
Last holdout faces eviction from Yue Man Square  Listenfacebook
The last shop standing in Kwun Tong's Yue Man Square - a decades-old fruit juice shop - will be evicted on Tuesday to make way for a major redevelopment project. The elderly owner of the shop told RTHK that she's been holding the fort since her husband died and insists on staying put until the very last minute. She spoke to Vanessa Cheung: