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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:
Janice Wong and Cecil Wong

2021-08-02
Monday

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Residents flock to get HK$2,000 e-voucher  Listenfacebook
People across Hong Kong flocked to MTR stations and convenience stores on Sunday to receive the first HK$2,000 installment of the government’s spending voucher scheme. The funds have been disbursed to around 5.5 million people. The initiative is designed to boost retail spending, but as Jimmy Choi reports, some businesses aren't so sure that all this extra cash will amount to much:
Restaurant sector eyes boost from consumption scheme  Listenfacebook
Many industries that have been hit hard by the effects of the Covid pandemic will be battling for their share of the government’s consumption voucher programme, including the catering sector – which is pushing out a variety of special offers and discounts to lure in more customers. The chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants, Simon Wong, is expecting a major windfall from the government initiative. He told Natale Ching he expects people to spend billions on dining out:
Soco calls for free dental check-ups for elderly poor  Listenfacebook
A grassroots organisation has called on the authorities to provide free dental check-ups for senior citizens, saying many underprivileged people simply can't afford to go to a dentist even if they're suffering from serious toothaches. As Violet Wong reports, the Society for Community Organisation (Soco) says prevention is better – and cheaper – than cure:
Residents urged to avoid non-essential travel amid Delta fears  Listenfacebook
Health authorities are warning people to continue avoiding non-essential travel outside Hong Kong, as the number of Delta variant cases continues to rattle the globe. Meanwhile, Hong Kong reported three new imported Covid-19 cases on Sunday -- including two patients who were fully vaccinated. Natale Ching reports:
‘Groundwork for Olympics success laid years ago’  Listenfacebook
The Commissioner for Sports, Yeung Tak-keung, says no one should be surprised at Hong Kong's unprecedented success at the Olympics. With one gold and two silver medals won in Tokyo, the SAR doubled its overall medal tally in one go. But Sports Commissioner Yeung Tak-keung says the seeds of this success were planted years ago, when authorities pumped more resources into promoting sports and training elite athletes here. He told Cecil Wong he expects even more support for local sports to come in future:
Mental toughness the secret behind Haughey success  Listenfacebook
Last week, swimming sensation Siobhan Haughey became the SAR's only multiple Olympic medallist, winning silver in the 200 metres, and the 100 metres freestyle races. Before Haughey, no Hong Kong swimmer had ever made it to the finals of any Olympics swimming event. Many are still in awe over her achievement. One of her former coaches, Colman Wong, said he was very happy for Haughey, and told Janice Wong what the secret is behind her success:
Proposed China IPOs ‘up in the air’ as US tightens controls  Listenfacebook
China's market regulator is calling for closer communication with Washington in an attempt to ease tensions after the United States tightened controls on mainland companies listing shares on Wall Street. The US Securities and Exchange Commission had said Chinese companies looking to go public in the US will be subject to stricter disclosures. The China Securities Regulatory Commission responded by saying both sides would enhance communication and cooperation. RTHK’s Washington correspondent Barry Wood told Cecil Wong that despite these soothing words, many proposed IPOs from Chinese firms are likely to stay “up in the air” and not go forward amid the uncertainty: