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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

2021-09-08
Wednesday

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Quarantine-free travel for mainland, Macau  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says mainland and Macau residents will be able to enter Hong Kong without undergoing quarantine from next Wednesday under its Come2hk scheme. Those in the travel industry believe it will mostly benefit business people and those visiting their families, at least in the beginning. Violet Wong reports:
Travel sector doesn't expect immediate benefits  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says a two-thousand person daily quota will be set for the Come2hk free scheme, to be shared between the Shenzhen Bay Port and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Port. Freddy Yip, the president of the Travel Agent Owners Association, said he looked forward to welcoming tourists again, although he didn't expect immediate benefits:
Lawmaker says deal needs to be reciprocated  Listenfacebook
Liberal Party leader Felix Chung has welcomed the government’s Come2hk scheme but says the quarantine-free arrangements for incoming mainland and Macau visitors should be reciprocated otherwise they’ll be quarantined on their return home. Chung, who's the textiles and garment sector lawmaker, told Janice Wong that with such low incidence of local coronavirus cases in Hong Kong, it was time the Guangdong authorities eased border restrictions:
Sinovac jabs for six-year-olds mooted  Listenfacebook
The head of a government advisory body on Covid-19 vaccines has proposed allowing children as young as six to take Sinovac jabs. Professor Lau Yu-lung says such a move will hopefully ease what he described as a "bottleneck" in the city's inoculation drive. But as Damon Pang reports, a member of the same advisory committee has reservations about the idea:
Expert cautions against inoculating children  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong epidemiologist Ben Cowling has expressed reservations to suggestions that children as young as six take Sinovac jabs. He told Damon Pang that the risks of Sinovac jabs to youngsters may outweigh the benefits:
Govt to phase out Covid self-testing  Listenfacebook
The government says it's moving to phase out the use of self-collected deep throat saliva tests in favour of nasal and throat swabs taken by professionals, in an effort to improve the effectiveness of Covid-19 testing. The new rules were announced late on Tuesday night and take effect on Wednesday for most people who are subject to compulsory testing, as Steve Dunthorne reports:
District councillors to swear allegiance  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says district councillors will begin to swear allegiance to the Basic Law and the SAR from Friday, and anyone who refuses to pledge their loyalty will lose their seats. More than 260 councillors have already resigned ahead of the oath-taking ceremony for fear of being disqualified and losing their back pay and allowances. Maggie Ho reports:
Southern councillor says 'red line' unclear  Listenfacebook
Southern district councillor Paul Zimmerman says he doesn't believe he'll face any problems completing his pledge of allegiance to the Basic Law and the SAR. He'll be among the first batch of district councillors required to pledge their loyalty on Friday. Zimmerman said he was unsure how many of his colleagues could be unseated as it was unclear where authorities would draw what he called the red line. He also told Samantha Butler that there were no legal grounds to claw back payments made to disqualified councillors:
Liberal Party welcomes oath-taking  Listenfacebook
The Liberal Party's Jeremy Young is one of the three remaining Central and Western district councillors, and he's glad that the oath-taking is finally taking place. Frances Sit asked him if he thinks councillors can get through the oath-taking without problems:
DP councillor says oath-taking delay ‘strange’  Listenfacebook
Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-hei says it's still not clear yet how many district councillors will be allowed to stay on after they take the oath of allegiance. He also told RTHK's Natale Ching why he doesn't like the arrangements announced by the government:
Tang: Inmates bribed to endanger national security  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, has warned that prison inmates are using treats, such as chocolates, to recruit followers and "build up forces" to endanger national security. Timmy Sung reports:
Alliance stands firm amid police probe  Listenfacebook
Police arrived at the homes of key members of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China early on Wednesday morning. It comes after the Alliance doubled down on its insistence that it wouldn't hand over information for a police probe into its activities, submitting a letter to the force outlining its reasons. The authorities warned there'd be swift action against anyone who failed to cooperate. The group's vice-chairwoman, Chow Hang-tung, wrote on social media shortly after 6.30am that police were at her door. Wendy Wong filed this report earlier:
Fourteen people poisoned at hot pot meal  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say 14 people were hospitalised for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after a hot pot dinner in Wan Chai. Four of them have been discharged, while the rest are in a stable condition. Responding to RTHK's enquiry, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department says the restaurant involved is suspected of breaching the Food Business Regulation for using charcoal as fuel. It said the eatery would be prosecuted after officials also found it violated the four-person table rule:
Wendy Wong reports:
Cancellation of property pre-sale agreement ‘odd’  Listenfacebook
The founder of a real estate firm has described the government’s decision to cancel pre-sale consent for a luxury development in Ho Man Tin as “odd”, and said it could be because of legal or financial difficulty. The Grand Homm project was owned by tycoon Pan Sutong, who's the chairman of cash-strapped developer, Goldin Financial, and has already received an occupation permit. Peter Churchouse, the founder of real estate firm, Portwood Capital, said he’d never heard of a pre-sale agreement being cancelled after an occupation permit had been agreed. He told Joanne Wong what he thought the reasons were behind the move:
Authorities drop sex assault case against Alibaba staffer  Listenfacebook
Prosecutors in the mainland city of Jinan have dropped a case against a former Alibaba employee accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague. Priscilla Ng reports: