Hong Kong Today
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Jail terms for Yuen Long attackers Listen
It's been just over two years since a mob of men, dressed in white t-shirts to distinguish themselves from black-clad anti-government protesters at that time, indiscriminately attacked bystanders and MTR passengers in Yuen Long. Armed with bamboo sticks and steel rods, they attacked men, women, children and the elderly, injuring around 45 people. Now, the District Court has handed jail terms to seven of those attackers. One was given seven years behind bars, the longest term the court could hand down. Frances Sit reports:
Five arrested by security police over children’s book Listen
National security police have arrested five members of the General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists. It involves allegations of the union inciting hatred towards the SAR government because of three children's books featuring sheep. Priscilla Ng explains:
Bail denied for former Apple Daily execs Listen
West Kowloon Magistracy has denied bail to four former Apple Daily senior executives charged with violating the national security law. The national security judge said there was insufficient proof to believe the defendants wouldn't commit further acts against national security. The pro-democracy paper shut down last month after other senior executives were arrested and the paper's assets frozen. Damon Pang reports.
Govt urged to improve interpreting services Listen
The Ombudsman has urged the administration to set up a central database of foreign-language interpreters that all government departments can use, to ensure people who cannot speak either Chinese or English can enjoy equal access to public services. Wendy Wong reports:
No new cases after overnight Tuen Mun lockdown ends Listen
No new coronavirus cases have been found after a residential building was locked down overnight for Covid-19 testing. 300 residents were tested at Handsome Court in Tuen Mun. The lockdown was lifted at 6:40am on Friday and came after a woman tested preliminary positive for a mutant strain. Steve Dunthorne reports:
China dismisses WHO study into Covid origins Listen
China has dismissed plans by the World Health Organisation for the second phase of a study into the origins of Covid-19, which would include the theory that the virus might have leaked from a mainland laboratory. Wendy Wong reports.
HK’s Nepalese community lends a helping hand Listen
For the past six weeks, a Hong Kong initiative has been working to get badly-needed medical supplies to Nepal, which has been hard-hit by the pandemic. It included a road trip of 3,000 kilometres to get 450 oxygen cylinders from Shandong province to Nepal. Ex-Gurkha and Hong Kong businessman Yem Gurung, together with philanthropists Sean and Mary Hotung, paid for the cylinders. The Chairman of the Hong Kong Ex-Servicemen’s Association Albert Lam, along with volunteers, have also been preparing air cargoes of medical supplies, part of a wider initiative with the Hotungs to raise cash for supplies and get medical donations of facemasks and other goods. AnneMarie Evans talks to Yem Gurung about the operation:
HK fencing team takes a stab at Olympic glory Listen
Hong Kong will be represented at the fencing competitions at the Tokyo Games by a record high eight athletes - bringing a blend of youth and experience to the city's Olympic team. Former world number one, Vivian Kong, is a genuine medal contender. After a year-long delay due to the coronavirus, the long-awaited Games finally opens at 7pm, Hong Kong time, on Friday night. Second-time Olympian fencer, Cheung Ka-long, is one of the city's flag-bearers. In our final feature before the Olympics kicks off, Wong Yin-ting speaks with members of the Fencing team on how they’re hoping to perform on the world’s biggest stage.