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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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Next Digital wants orderly liquidation  Listenfacebook
Defunct newspaper Apple Daily's parent company has announced that all its directors have resigned. Next Digital says it hopes for an orderly liquidation in which staff and creditors' payments can be authorised. The newspaper closed down in June after several executives and senior staff were detained in a national security probe. Joanne Wong reports:
Alliance refuses police demand for information  Listenfacebook
The group that used to stage the annual June 4 candlelight vigil says it won't cooperate with a request from the national security police to hand over financial and operational information. As Damon Pang reports, the Security Bureau and the police are both warning of follow-up action against those who fail to comply with the legal requirement:
Covid tests ordered in Mid-Levels, Tai Wai  Listenfacebook
Health officials have ordered compulsory Covid-19 tests for some residents in Mid-levels and Tai Wai, after two people who live there came down with the virus following a trip to Kyrgyzstan. The pair were among eight new imported coronavirus cases confirmed on Sunday as Violet Wong reports:
Govt accused of segregation  Listenfacebook
A migrant workers' group says the government's decision to quarantine domestic helpers at one hotel, and a government facility, amounts to segregation. As Joanne Wong reports, the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body says it's more reasonable for designated hotels to be assigned to all travellers from high-risk areas:
Finance chief apologises for e-voucher fiasco  Listenfacebook
Financial secretary Paul Chan has apologised for the government's handling of applications for its consumption vouchers scheme, conceding that it caused problems for many elderly citizens who were unable to properly complete the forms. As Priscilla Ng reports, Chan says three more service centres will come into operation from on Monday to make lives easier for people who need to submit additional information.
Call for patriots to run HK's education sector  Listenfacebook
A Beijing official has called for patriots to run Hong Kong's education sector, saying this is the only way to "restore order" to the system. As Damon Pang reports, the liaison office representative also accused Hong Kong youngsters of being obsessed with western values, such as democracy and freedom, while they know nothing about their own country.
China wary over investing in Afghanistan  Listenfacebook
Following last week's withdrawal of US forces and its allies from Afghanistan, the new Taliban rulers have indicated their fledgling government is strengthening ties with China. A Taliban spokesman has said China has pledged to keep its embassy in Afghanistan open and "beef up" relations in the war-torn country. China specialist Mark O'Neill told Janice Wong that while the mainland has been one of the few countries to welcome the Taliban leadership, it will be cautious over investing in Afghanistan’s economy:
Brazil beef ban could push up prices  Listenfacebook
A catering-sector representative has warned that Brazil's decision to ban beef exports to China could see prices here spike by at least 30 percent. Brazil is the biggest source of beef in the SAR and it announced the ban after detecting two cases of mad cow disease at separate processing plants. Simon Wong, who heads the Federation of Restaurants, told Violet Wong that smaller restaurants here will struggle to find affordable meat elsewhere after their Brazilian beef stock runs out:
August US jobs report disappoints  Listenfacebook
President Biden says the US economy remains strong after a disappointing jobs report, which he blamed on the spread of the Delta variant. Nearly a year and a half into the recovery, the US economy remains 5.3 million jobs short of where it was in February 2020, before the pandemic wreaked havoc. Samantha Butler asked RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, in Washington, about the August job numbers: