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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 Samantha Butler

2021-08-12
Thursday

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PTU faces renewed state media vitriol  Listenfacebook
State media has renewed its attack on the Professional Teachers' Union, a day after the union announced it would disband following accusations it had 'poisoned' children and incited them to violence. Xinhua News Agency said in a new commentary that the PTU shouldn't get away with any law-breaking and should be investigated by the authorities, adding that it only had itself to blame for its predicament. Frances Sit reports:
Journalist and trade unions vow to keep going  Listenfacebook
The abrupt disbandment of the PTU has raised questions about whether other unions may be under threat. Both the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Confederation of Trade Unions insist they'll continue their work to serve their sectors as long as possible, despite what they see as a worsening political climate. Damon Pang reports:
Graduates petition HKU over campus ban  Listenfacebook
More than a thousand University of Hong Kong graduates have signed a petition demanding the university revoke a campus ban on students who attended a controversial union meeting. At that meeting, students had passed a motion expressing sadness over a man who killed himself after he'd stabbed a police officer. Jimmy Choi reports:
Warm reception for expanded elderly jabs  Listenfacebook
There's been a positive response to new arrangements that allow people aged 60 and above to get vaccinated against Covid-19 without having to make a booking at a community vaccination centre. The walk-in scheme was expanded on Wednesday, reducing the eligible age from 70 to 60. Violet Wong reports:
Quota filled on first day of walk-in scheme  Listenfacebook
The head of a vaccination centre says he hopes a scheme that allows people to receive Covid jabs without making a booking can be further expanded. Samuel Kwok, the medical director of the clinic at Kwun Chung Sports Centre in Jordan, said all 200 walk-in slots were filled on Wednesday, after the government dropped the eligible age from 70 to 60. He said the number of regular bookings had gone down in recent weeks. Kwok told Janice Wong the walk-in service was more convenient for elderly, less tech-savvy people:
Vaccine allergy clinic receives much-needed support  Listenfacebook
Public hospitals are pitching in to help, after a clinic - that checks if people with allergies should get the Covid-19 vaccine - was inundated with so many cases that some of those on the waiting list would have to wait until 2029. A Hospital Authority spokesperson said so far, around 98 percent of people with a history of allergies were eventually confirmed to be suitable for inoculation. Frances Sit reports:
Former school staffer arrested for stealing tuition fees  Listenfacebook
Police have confirmed the arrest of a former employee of a school in Tsim Sha Tsui, who's suspected of embezzling almost $600,000 in school funds. In a statement, Mount Kelly confirmed it found out about the alleged theft by the employee following an internal investigation, and reported the case to police in July; it fired him in the same month. Timmy Sung reports:
Canada condemns 11 year sentence for Spavor  Listenfacebook
A mainland court has sentenced Canadian businessman Michael Spavor to 11 years for spying, a sentence that was swiftly condemned by the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, as "unacceptable and unjust". Canada says it'll appeal against the sentence. Jimmy Choi reports:
Cathay sees $7.5 billion loss amid Delta fears  Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific says it suffered a $7.56-billion loss in the first half of this year, blaming the emergence of new Covid-19 variants which led to the tightening of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in Hong Kong and its key markets. But the losses were 23 percent lower compared to the same period last year. Timmy Sung reports:
Outlook for Cathay cut amid disappointing results  Listenfacebook
A transportation analyst for Bocom International, Hanbo Xu, isn't impressed with Cathay's results. She told Joanne Wong she was cutting her outlook for the airline given the uncertainty from the Delta variant:
Fears expressed over HK’s elite athletes programme  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's record-breaking success in the Olympics has led to a surge in calls for the authorities to pump more resources into sports development. This includes possibly expanding the elite training system to cover a wider variety of sports. But the chairman of the Sports Institute, Lam Tai-fai, has poured cold water on the suggestion, saying this could have an unintended effect of compromising the quality of training. Damon Pang reports:
Exhibitors fear being starved of sales at Food Expo  Listenfacebook
Exhibitors at the Food Expo say they will adapt to a ban on sample tastings at this year's event, but are expecting sales to suffer. The annual event opened its doors on Thursday and runs until Monday. Wong Yin-ting reports: