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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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Pandemic intensifies problems faced by domestic workers   Listenfacebook
According to the latest report by the Mission for Migrant Workers, problems facing foreign domestic workers, such as unsuitable accommodation and long hours, have intensified during the coronavirus pandemic. It's calling on the government to formulate guidelines on suitable accommodation for helpers. Johannie Tong, a community organiser for the mission, told Vicky Wong more about the report:
Suspended jail term for reporter retracted  Listenfacebook
A judge has retracted a suspended prison sentence of a reporter for resisting a police officer shortly after handing down her decision. The magistrate made the about-face in Kowloon City Court after realising the jail term for the offence could not be suspended. Frances Sit reports:
Beijing plays down Taishan nuclear problem as a ‘common’ issue   Listenfacebook
Mainland authorities say damaged fuel rods led to a gas build-up at the Taishan nuclear plant in Guangdong Province. They also again insisted there was no radioactive leak into the environment. Vicky Wong has more:
Recovered Covid patient tests weakly positive in Macau   Listenfacebook
A government fund to compensate people who suffer severe side effects from Covid vaccines has so far paid out HK$450,000 to three people. They include a patient who suffered a severe allergic reaction, one with facial paralysis, and another who was hospitalised after vaccination. As of last week, the government had received 74 applications to the fund and around 60 others were still being processed. This was revealed as the Centre for Health Protection said it had been informed by its counterpart in Macau that a teenager who recovered from coronavirus in Hong Kong had now tested positive for the disease in the neighbouring SAR. Wendy Wong reports:
Macau ‘likely’ following Beijing’s orders on Taiwan office   Listenfacebook
Macau says it's closing its representative office in Taiwan, following in the footsteps of Hong Kong, which shut its office in Taipei last month. Mike Weeks asked Professor Eilo Yu, from Macau University's department of government and public administration, what prompted the move:
More vigorous opposition to foreign forces promised in HK  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry's top representative in Hong Kong says Beijing will oppose what it calls external interference in the SAR more vigorously going forward. He warned that any attempt to thwart China's development is doomed to fail. Damon Pang has that story:
Carrie Lam praises CCP’s handling of Covid-19   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has told a forum to mark next month’s centenary of the Chinese Communist Party that it has demonstrated “great leadership skills” in combating the coronavirus pandemic. As Priscilla Ng reports, she said China is the first major economy in the world to rein in the spread of the virus:
EOC says Gay Games remarks highlight need for discrimination laws   Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Ricky Chu, says recent remarks from some lawmakers about the Gay Games prove that the city needs to legislate against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Wendy Wong reports:
Review of legal aid to be completed around October   Listenfacebook
Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung says the government is reviewing whether legal aid applicants should be allowed to pick their own lawyers, or whether an existing cap should be lowered to prevent some of them from taking up too many legal aid cases. Here's Violet Wong:
‘Loot boxes’ slammed for encouraging youth gambling   Listenfacebook
Lawmakers are urging the government to regulate the online games industry. They say "loot box" lucky draws, which are very popular on the mainland, could foster gambling habits among youngsters. Timmy Sung reports: