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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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Shock as largest teachers’ union disbands  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's largest teachers union says it's disbanding amid "radical" changes in the political and social environment. The 48-year-old Professional Teachers' Union has almost 100,000 members. The government had earlier severed ties with the body after it came under attack from mainland state media. Frances Sit reports:
Analyst says PTU became too politicised  Listenfacebook
The head of an education concern group says he’s surprised at the disbandment of the Professional Teachers Union, but it had become too politicised over the years. Mervyn Cheung from the Education Policy Concern Organisation said the move should not affect the day-to-day work of teachers. He told Samantha Butler there was still room for outspoken unions in Hong Kong as long as they didn’t spread anti-government sentiment:
Academic warns of more civic groups disbanding  Listenfacebook
Political academic Ivan Choy expressed surprise over the PTU's disbandment, saying he thought the union's quitting of various organisations could buy it more time. Choy, a senior lecturer in public administration at the Chinese University and a PTU member, told Frances Sit that the demise of such a large union could lead to more civic groups dissolving:
CE supports adoption of anti-sanctions law  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she’s quite certain “external forces, foreign governments and western media” will use the introduction of the mainland’s anti-sanctions law in Hong Kong to weaken people’s confidence in the city, which is why she believes the law should be enacted through local legislation. She told reporters such an arrangement would allow the government to better explain the law. Vicky Wong reports:
Olympics fever sees boost in sports spending  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced a raft of measures to boost sports development. She also dismissed suggestions that the government’s support for local athletes would be a fleeting phase following Hong Kong's outstanding performance at the Tokyo Olympics. As Maggie Ho reports, Lam also criticised those calling for a boycott of the Beijing winter Olympics:
Call for stable salaries and retirement plan for athletes  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Vincent Cheng, who's a board member of the Sports Institute, says he hopes the government will come up with a long-term roadmap for sports development in the city. He said policies the government could consider adopting include providing more stable salaries for athletes, building hostels for them and providing a more stable environment in which young athletes can train. He also told Natale Ching there should be more support for retired athletes to return to education or the workforce:
Expert calls for review of elite sports system  Listenfacebook
A social sciences lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Lee Chun-wing, says there's still room for improvement over the city's sports development. One example he cited was for a review of the existing elite system which only puts an emphasis on sports in which Hongkongers have won medals. He spoke to Joanne Wong:
Expanded walk-in scheme for jabs begins  Listenfacebook
The operator of a Covid-19 vaccination centre says he hopes the take-up rate for walk-in slots will rise on Wednesday, when the scheme is expanded to cover people aged 60 and over. Previously, only seniors aged 70 and over could get a jab without having to make a booking, and the centre's operator said only around half the walk-in slots had been taken up at his facility so far. Richard Pyne reports:
Canadian drug smuggler loses appeal  Listenfacebook
Canadian Robert Schellenberg has lost his appeal in a court in Liaoning province to have his death penalty overturned for drug smuggling. Reacting to the verdict, Canadian diplomats said they remained concerned about what they called China's arbitrary use of capital punishment. As Priscilla Ng reports, verdicts are also expected soon for two other Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, for alleged espionage:
Fashion brands failing over sustainable practices  Listenfacebook
WWF-Hong Kong says more fashion brands should use sustainable cotton in their clothing, after finding that few had delivered on their promises to switch. The green group studied 39 local and international brands, and found just a third sold clothing made from sustainable cotton. Climate activist Greta Thunberg has condemned the fashion trade over what she called its "huge contribution" to climate change. WWF-Hong Kong's head of corporate and community sustainability, Karen Ho, told Janice Wong what the problems were with using traditional cotton:
More severe weather ahead for HK  Listenfacebook
A former assistant director of the Hong Kong Observatory has warned that Hong Kong and the greater Guangdong region may suffer from two severe droughts this century as a result of climate change. Leung Wing-mo's comment comes after a United Nations’ panel on climate change issued a "code red for humanity", saying in its latest report that the world was moving dangerously close to runaway warming. Leung told Wong Yin-ting that the SAR could also expect more powerful typhoons:
Beachgoers urged to avoid black sand  Listenfacebook
An ecology expert is calling on people not to touch the black sand found on Lung Mei's artificial beach in Tai Po, which just opened in June, saying it could contain harmful bacteria. Billy Hau, principal lecturer from the University of Hong Kong's School of Biological Sciences, made the call after environmental groups raised concerns about possible pollution on the beach. Hau says it's natural for what he called an anoxic layer, or black sand, to form around gentle shores, such as Lung Mei, where there's not much wave action. But as he explained to Jimmy Choi, it could contain harmful substances: