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

2021-08-31
Tuesday

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Employers call for helpers to quarantine at Penny’s Bay  Listenfacebook
An employers group is calling on the government to allow the use of the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre for incoming foreign domestic helpers. Eight domestic helpers are expected to arrive on Tuesday - the first foreign maids to come to Hong Kong since flights were banned from the Philippines and Indonesia in April and June. The Silka Tsuen Wan hotel is the only one set aside for helpers to complete their 21 days’ quarantine – meaning around 280 rooms are available for their use. Penny’s Bay has 3,500 units. Betty Yung, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Employers of Domestic Helpers Association, told Samantha Butler more facilities should be made available:
Rise in myopia amid pandemic restrictions  Listenfacebook
Researchers at the Chinese University say the pandemic has led to an increase in the number of schoolchildren developing short-sightedness, with many spending too much time in front of a screen and not enough time outdoors. Kelly Yu reports:
Schools urged to provide more outdoor activities  Listenfacebook
A researcher from the Chinese University has called on schools to include more outdoor activities in their curriculum to better protect children’s eyesight. Jason Yam, an associate professor of the university's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences told Janice Wong more about its recent study of myopia in children:
Expert warns against public venues’ ban  Listenfacebook
Respiratory medicine expert Leung Chi-chiu has warned against barring unvaccinated people from public venues as a means to boost the city’s vaccination rate. Leung says this could lead to a backlash and even put elderly people and chronically ill patients at higher health risks. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Three more charged over ‘seditious’ sheep story  Listenfacebook
Three more members of a speech therapists' union have been charged and remanded over children's books featuring talking sheep that prosecutors say are seditious. As Frances Sit reports, the magistrate said he denied the defendants bail after taking into account the provisions of the national security law:
Union expresses concern over Vitasoy demands  Listenfacebook
A union group has expressed concern over reports that beverage maker Vitasoy is asking its staff to declare any links they and their relatives have with various organisations. As Violet Wong reports, the Confederation of Trade Unions questioned whether the move had anything to do with an incident in July involving a Vitasoy worker who killed himself after stabbing a policeman:
Former councillor fined over gathering ban  Listenfacebook
Eastern Court has imposed a $10,000 fine on former district councillor Cheng Lai-king, after she pleaded guilty to breaching a ban on public gatherings. Jimmy Choi reports:
Mainland bans written exams for youngsters  Listenfacebook
Mainland authorities have banned written exams for six- and seven-year-olds as part of sweeping education reform to try to relieve the pressure faced by students. Priscilla Ng reports:
Gameover for extended gaming on the mainland  Listenfacebook
Beijing has moved to severely limit the time people under the age of 18 can spend playing video games. Wong Yin-ting reports:
US pulls out last troops from Afghanistan  Listenfacebook
The US military has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan after a mission lasting nearly 20 years. It came about an hour after the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution calling on the Taliban to ensure safe passage for people still trying to leave Afghanistan. The council had been hoping to present a united international response to the crisis, but China and Russia abstained from the vote. Samantha Butler asked RTHK’s UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, whether the UN resolution would make any difference: