Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:Janice Wong and Samantha Butler
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Police chief issues national security warning to HKU students Listen
The Commissioner of Police, Raymond Siu, said some University of Hong Kong students may have breached the national security law by thanking a man who stabbed a policeman before killing himself on July 1st. The comment came after national security police searched the University's campus on Friday. Damon Pang reports:
Analyst warns of risk of commemorating protest events Listen
Freelance journalist, Chris Yeung, has warned that people who commemorate key events from 2019’s anti-government protest movement could, in future, be arrested under the national security law. In the past, July 21st – when there was a mob attack on bystanders at Yuen Long MTR station – and August 31st – when police stormed the Prince Edward MTR station to make arrests – have been two dates that have been marked every year. Yeung, a former chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, said it could be dangerous for people to hold such commemoration events now. Janice Wong first asked him what does he make of the remarks by the police chief about the University of Hong Kong students.
US business advisory on HK ‘harsh’, but no surprise Listen
The foreign ministry has labeled new US sanctions on Chinese officials and Washington's updated business advisory on the city as "extremely rude" and "extremely unreasonable" bullying acts with "despicable intention". On Friday, the United States imposed sanctions on seven officials over Beijing's crackdown on opposition figures in Hong Kong, as well as - for the first time - issued a warning to businesses in the SAR. RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood told Samantha Butler that the “harsh” advisory did not promote good relations between the two sides.
Jobless rate to fall below six percent Listen
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong’s improving economic situation will further push down the unemployment rate. As Wendy Wong reports, the finance chief's comments mean the jobless rate will drop below six percent.
Govt studies how to boost elderly vaccine rate Listen
With only around 26 percent of Hong Kong's population fully-vaccinated against Covid-19, authorities are constantly looking at ways to boost this rate. Lotteries for the vaccinated - especially the offer of winning a luxury flat - have encouraged many citizens to sign up for a jab. But the low vaccination rate among elderly people is a cause for concern. The Secretary for the Civil Service, Patrick Nip, said the government was studying whether to allow some elderly people to get inoculated without having to make a booking. Damon Pang reports:
UK begins Covid ‘Freedom Day’ despite skyrocketing cases Listen
England is celebrating Freedom Day - that's when most coronavirus restrictions have been lifted. No more social distancing and surprisingly, no more masks. Controversially, it comes at a time when infection numbers are soaring because of the Delta variant. Around 50,000 people are testing positive with the virus every day - among the highest rate in the world. About 30 minutes before the restrictions were lifted, Janice Wong asked RTHK's UK correspondent Gavin Grey what the atmosphere was like.
Man takes out frustrations on parking meter Listen
Police have arrested a 45-year-old man over an incident in Tsim Sha Tsui, in which he allegedly ripped a parking meter from the metal pole it sits atop, before dumping it into a nearby alleyway. Natale Ching reports:
HK takes home best short film at Cannes Listen
The Hong Kong film “All The Crows In The World” has taken home the award for best short film at the prestigious Cannes film festival. Richard Pyne reports:
HK swim team keeps medal hopes afloat Listen
The Tokyo Olympics finally kicks off on Friday after a year-long delay because of the pandemic. The events take place without the presence of spectators due to Covid restrictions. Hong Kong has sent a team of over 40 athletes to compete in 13 of the sporting events. In the first of a five-part Olympic series, Wong Ying-tin meets Siobhan Haughey - considered the SAR's best medal hope - and teammate Ian Ho - who form part of Hong Kong's nine-strong contingent of swimmers.