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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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HK looks to double Olympic medal haul on Friday  Listenfacebook
All eyes in Hong Kong are again on Tokyo as the SAR's Olympians look to continue their record-breaking games haul on Friday morning in the pool and on the badminton court. The team has already made history by winning a gold and silver medal at the Olympics, and will be looking to double the tally. Damon Pang looks ahead to the action:
Starry Lee defends DAB member over Olympic T-shirt row   Listenfacebook
DAB leader Starry Lee says a member of her party was justified in questioning the patriotism of a member of Hong Kong's Olympic team who wore a black T-shirt emblazoned with his name and "Hong Kong, China" on the back in a match at the Tokyo Games at the weekend. The badminton player won that game, though lost the next after the outcry over his shirt. But Lee claimed a professional athlete would not have been affected by the controversy. Here's Wendy Wong:
Sentencing set for HK’s first national security case   Listenfacebook
The first person found guilty under Hong Kong's national security law, Tong Ying Kit, will be sentenced on Friday afternoon. In mitigation of Thursday, his lawyer told the High Court that the only effect his client's stunt had on the general public was to make them applaud him. He also appealed for leniency, saying Tong should not be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. Timmy Sung reports:
Activist accused of using slogans to incite government hatred   Listenfacebook
Prosecutors have alleged that pro-democracy activist Tam Tak-chi used popular slogans from the 2019 protests - such as "liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" and "five demands, not one less" - to incite hatred and contempt of the governments both here and in Beijing. With more on the opening of his sedition trial, here's Frances Sit:
Beijing steps up efforts to fight Delta variant   Listenfacebook
Authorities on the mainland are stepping up efforts to try to stamp out outbreaks of the highly-contagious Delta variant of Covid-19. They appear to have started in Nanjing, where a number of airport workers tested positive for the virus last Tuesday. Since then, more than 170 cases have been identified in the city and surrounding Jiangsu, while infections have spread to at least four other provinces and the capital. Hundreds of thousands of residents of Nanjing have been locked down, with widespread testing going on there and elsewhere. China analyst Mark O'Neill told Ben Tse Beijing is treating this with great seriousness:
Appointment free jabs begin for the elderly   Listenfacebook
There were queues outside some of Hong Kong's Covid vaccination centres on Thursday as elderly people lined up to take advantage of a new walk-in scheme aimed at boosting inoculation rates. Wendy Wong reports:
‘Gloomy’ outlook for HK fertility as marriage age rises   Listenfacebook
New data shows that the median age of women getting married in Hong Kong has risen above 30 for the first time since the Census and Statistics Department began recording such figures three decades ago. In its annual report, the department provided the latest information about marriage, fertility and family conditions. The report says the average age of women getting married was 30.4 in 2020 - up from 29.9 the year before - while the average age of men tying the knot rose 0.3 years to 31.9. Paul Yip, the Chair Professor of Population Health at the University of Hong Kong, described the statistics as “gloomy.” Mike Weeks asked him if the 30-plus marriage age for woman was particularly significant:
HK’s biggest teacher’s group withdraws from HK Alliance   Listenfacebook
The Professional Teachers' Union has become the latest pro-democracy group to withdraw from the alliance that organised the candlelight vigils in Victoria Park in remembrance of those killed in the brutal suppression of the Tiananmen democracy movement on June 4, 1989. Priscilla Ng reports:
Two arrested over TVB boycott campaign  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested two men over an alleged on-line boycott campaign targeting a local media group. The company has not been named, although TVB says it was the focus of the campaign. Officers said this involved pressuring firms to pull their ads. One of the suspects is also alleged to have called on people to attack staff from the outlet, as Damon Pang reports:
‘Government right’ to investigate Next Digital   Listenfacebook
A business professor says it's appropriate for the government to invoke rarely used powers under the Companies Ordinance to investigate Next Digital. As Wendy Wong reports, the Baptist University academic says a lot of questions surrounding the financial affairs of the media company remain unanswered: