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


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Unvaccinated, untested visitors face campus ban  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology wants to ban students, staff and visitors from its premises if they fail to comply with its Covid-19 vaccination and testing requirements. From September 1, any regular visitors to campus will need an electronic pass to prove they've had a jab, or are tested for Covid every two weeks. Children under 12 are exempt. It comes after the government last week announced that civil servants need to get inoculated or pay for their own fortnightly testing. Richard Pyne reports:
Walk-in jabs scheme expanded  Listenfacebook
In an effort to boost the vaccination rate in the city, from Wednesday the government will allow people aged 60 and above to walk-in for a jab without having to make a booking. The walk-in service was previously available for those aged 70 and above, and almost 18,000 seniors have taken advantage of the service since it was introduced at the end of July. About 40 percent of the SAR's population has had both vaccine doses. Timmy Sung reports:
Mainland officials sacked over failure to curb Covid  Listenfacebook
More than 30 mainland officials have been fired or punished over accusations they failed to respond properly to the latest surge of the coronavirus there. Priscilla Ng reports:
NSW lockdown expanded amid Delta fears  Listenfacebook
Australia's Victoria state has reported a slight rise in new Covid-19 cases, raising the prospect of an extended lockdown in Melbourne as officials battle to contain a Delta strain outbreak. State officials reported 20 new cases, up from 11 a day earlier. 15 of the cases were in the community while infectious. Health officials have said the number of people who are in public while infectious needs to be close to zero before lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne are lifted. RTHK’s Australia correspondent Gerry Gannon gave Samantha Butler an update on the situation around the country:
Groups scramble for a seat on HK’s most influential committee  Listenfacebook
Election Committee hopefuls say they want to ensure patriots govern Hong Kong, and seek a stable and prosperous society for businesses to operate in. Groups have been submitting their nomination forms in the hope of securing a seat in one of Hong Kong's most influential committees, comprising 1,500 members, who'll nominate Chief Executive and Legco candidates, and elect the CE. Richard Pyne reports:
Groups step up calls for e-cigarette ban  Listenfacebook
Ten education associations and school councils have urged legislators to urgently pass a bill to ban e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. A proposed bill looking at regulating the trade has been stuck in the legislature, but there is a concerted effort to try and pass it before the current term ends in October. Dion Chen chairs one of the education bodies - the Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council. He told Janice Wong that some studies showed children younger than 10 had tried vaping products and he believed the pandemic had increased the take-up of the habit:
More complaints over government’s e-voucher scheme  Listenfacebook
Since the government launched its electronic voucher scheme to encourage people to spend money in the local economy, the Consumer Council has been receiving numerous complaints over it, such as unnecessary charges being added on top of people's e-payments. Under the scheme, residents can get up to $5,000 to spend in the community, to help local businesses hurt by the pandemic. They come in the form of electronic spending vouchers. Now the Consumer Council says it's received complaints that some stores are issuing refunds to people in the form of coupons to spend in their shops. As Damon Pang reports, the watchdog is urging businesses to refund people directly to their e-payment accounts:
Govt urged to invest in lower-profile sports  Listenfacebook
The government has been urged to use the momentum galvanised by the SAR’s best games ever in the Tokyo Olympics to develop lower-profile sports. As Damon Pang reports, there are also calls to expand the elite athlete training system, but the Sports Commissioner said the government has to listen to views from stakeholders first:
Ocean Park’s Water World to make a splash in September  Listenfacebook
Hongkongers starved of holiday destinations will soon be able to visit a new waterpark in the city. Ocean Park has announced that its all-weather Water World will open its doors on September 21. And as a precautionary measure against Covid-19, it's urging visitors to wear a mask whenever they leave the water and move around the facility. Kelly Yu reports:
Tourism expert convinced Water World won’t be a damp squib  Listenfacebook
A tourism professor says ticket prices for the new Water World should be attractive for locals who are itching to try something new. Attendance at Ocean Park’s newest attraction will be capped at 4,500 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tickets will cost at least $320 for adults, and $225 for children during the initial opening period. Professor Brian King from the Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management told Annemarie Evans that pandemic weary locals should be keen to visit: