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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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Apple Daily calls for release of some funds to pay staff   Listenfacebook
Apple Daily says it’s asking the government to release part of its assets frozen after last week’s massive police raid on the pro-democracy newspaper so it can pay wages. The company says it only has enough cash left to run the paper for several more weeks, as Frances Sit reports:
Apple Daily raid ‘a warning against interference’ in HK affairs   Listenfacebook
Thursday's raid on Apple Daily came shortly after the Foreign Ministry's top representative here, Liu Guangyuan, said Beijing would more vigorously oppose foreign forces in Hong Kong. Mike Weeks asked China specialist, Professor Willy Lam, if it was just a coincidence that the two events happened so close together:
Human rights front won’t make application for July 1 march  Listenfacebook
For the first time in 18 years, the organiser of the July 1 march will not be holding a rally on the anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. It’s also been revealed that the Civil Human Rights Front has stopped operating since its convenor, Figo Chan, was jailed in May for his role in an unauthorised protest held on October 1, 2019. Joanne Wong reports:
Pandemic drives surge in money laundering  Listenfacebook
Police say organised crime has capitalised on the hardships caused by the pandemic-driven recession to step up money laundering activities in Hong Kong. As Wendy Wong reports, this has led to a significant jump this year in the number of people investigated over the use of their bank accounts:
Inoculation and re-opening border ‘only way out’ for HK economy   Listenfacebook
The head of the General Chamber of Commerce has warned that the economic downturn may continue in Hong Kong unless it can reopen its borders soon. He said this will only be possible if enough people are vaccinated against Covid-19. Frances Sit reports:
Spending vouchers speed up use of digital payments   Listenfacebook
On Friday the government announced that the first of its planned vouchers for adult residents will be dished out from the start of August. While people can get up to HK$5,000, the money will be doled out in installments spread over a few months. Liberal Party leader Felix Chung told Janice Wong this strategy should benefit the local economy:
Just one Taiwan staff member left in its Hong Kong office  Listenfacebook
Taiwan says it will be "adjusting" the services provided by its Hong Kong office from Monday, with all but one staff member having left the SAR. But it says an "essential operation" will be maintained. Timmy Sung has the details:
WWF pushes for end to horse shoe crab sales  Listenfacebook
WWF Hong Kong has launched a campaign to stop horse shoe crabs being sold here, saying their survival is seriously threatened in local waters. The green group made the call after publishing a study that found more than half of the 1,000 people questioned had never heard of the ancient arthropods. Of those who had, around two-thirds had seen them on sale in seafood markets or restaurants. The survey also found that a majority of people, when told horse shoes crabs are a protected species, would not patronise establishments selling them. Of the nearly 100 seafood restaurants and markets visited in the study between September and March this year, just seven were found to be selling or displaying the crabs. Lydia Pang, WWF Hong Kong’s manager for ocean conservation, spoke to RTHK's Vicky Wong:
New Hung Hom platform gets mixed reviews  Listenfacebook
A new platform has been opened at Hung Hom Station for the soon-to-be-operating Tuen-Ma MTR line. Some train users complained it took them longer to switch from East Rail to West Rail, but others said direction signs were clear and easy to follow. Joanne Wong has more:
Biden ‘faces big challenge’ over any Iran nuclear deal  Listenfacebook
Delegates at talks in Vienna on reviving the international deal on Iran's nuclear programme say they've made progress. Tehran's chief nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araq-chi, says his country and the six world powers involved have moved closer to reviving the 2015 nuclear deal from which US President Donald Trump withdrew. The US was not officially part of the talks but RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Mike Weeks it did play a significant role: