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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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US concerned that mainland rule of law risks have spread to HK   Listenfacebook
Beijing's Foreign Ministry has hit out at reports that the US is planning to warn American businesses of renewed risks of operating here because of the national security law. The Financial Times said Washington would warn companies that rule-of-law concerns seen on the mainland are now spilling over into the SAR. The ministry accused the United States of interfering in China's internal affairs. Asked about the reports, US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, had this to say:
Ex-AmCham head plays down security law business risks   Listenfacebook
The Financial Times said the US government will issue its warning this week. It says US firms face threats, including Beijing's ability to gain access to data that foreign companies store in Hong Kong, as well as its anti-sanctions law. This allows China to impose sanctions against individuals or entities involved in making or implementing discriminatory measures against its citizens or entities. Jim Thompson is the chairman of Crown Worldwide and a former chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce. He played down the reports, telling Anne-Marie Evans he doesn't see any major risks facing companies doing business here:
National Security books given to kindergartens   Listenfacebook
The government is distributing a book about the national security law to kindergartens, saying this can help staff educate children about the legislation. Frances Sit reports:
Trio charged over alleged bomb plot   Listenfacebook
Police have charged three more people with conspiracy to commit terrorist activities over the alleged bombing campaign uncovered last week. The case involves the little-known, self-proclaimed revolutionary group, “Returning Valiant”, as Damon Pang reports:
Judge set to impose heavy sentences on Yuen Long attackers   Listenfacebook
A judge says he's considering heavy sentences for seven men convicted over the violent mob attack on anti-government protesters and other passengers at Yuen Long Station nearly two years ago. The District Court judge described the violence - in which at least 45 people were battered bloody - as indiscriminate. As Frances Sit reports, he also said the assailants seemed to have lost their minds:
HKU disowns students’ union over dropped sympathy motion   Listenfacebook
The University of Hong Kong says it no longer recognises its students' union. It issued the statement just hours after the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, demanded action against the union's leaders for passing a motion last week "appreciating the sacrifice" of a man who stabbed a policeman in Causeway Bay on July 1 before killing himself. Priscilla Ng reports:
CE: Don’t be too harsh on hotpot trio   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the controversy surrounding three senior officials – who flouted anti-pandemic restrictions to enjoy a free hotpot meal at a luxurious private club – should be laid to rest. She said people shouldn't be "too harsh" on the trio, as Wendy Wong reports:
Passport declaration ‘shouldn’t scare’ candidates away   Listenfacebook
New People's Party chairman Regina Ip says she doesn’t understand why those who want to be members of the Election Committee (EC) should be upset about having to say whether they hold foreign passports. The Chief Executive said on Tuesday that EC candidates have to declare whether they or their spouses have British National (Overseas) or other foreign passports, or if they have another nationality. Ip and other lawmakers and local delegates to the national parliament and advisory bodies – who sit on the EC - have been receiving their declaration forms. She told Mike Weeks she doesn’t think the requirement will scare people off joining the committee:
Russian flight crew may have infected airport worker   Listenfacebook
The Centre for Health Protection says an airport worker, who came down with a highly-infectious strain of Covid-19 last week, may have caught the virus from the crew of a flight from Russia. Wendy Wong reports:
‘Just a matter of time until people need Covid booster jabs’   Listenfacebook
The president of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists, William Chui, is urging the government to discuss buying extra Covid vaccines from manufacturers, so people can have booster shots as soon as possible. Timmy Sung reports:
Microplastics found in eight mountain streams   Listenfacebook
Greenpeace has found microplastics in half of the eight popular countryside streams it investigated. It called the findings "surprising" as the mountain water courses are not near housing or industry, and therefore should be clear of pollutants. Two streams off Tai Mo Shan had the highest levels of microplastics. Greenpeace campaigner Leanne Tam spoke to Natale Ching about the findings:
People urged to avoid Boston lobster because of threat to whales   Listenfacebook
WWF-Hong Kong has launched its latest Seafood Guide, calling on people to consume sustainable fish and other marine creatures that have less of an impact on the environment. The conservation group classifies different seafood into three categories: “Green-Recommended”, “Yellow-Think Twice” and “Red-Avoid”. And this year, Boston lobster has joined items such as shark fin and eels in the "Red-Avoid" category. Michelle Wong from WWF's Hong Kong's ocean division, told Janice Wong why: