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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

2021-09-23
Thursday

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Security police arrest fourth student activist  Listenfacebook
National security police have arrested another member of a student activist group after three others were charged with inciting subversion. The 19-year-old woman is said to be Wong Yuen-lam, the spokesperson of the group, Student Politicism. Three other students in the case appeared in West Kowloon Court on Tuesday and were denied bail. Priscilla Ng reports:
Expanded walk-in Covid scheme begins  Listenfacebook
People have been taking advantage of a walk-in scheme at 21 Covid-19 community vaccination centres, allowing them to get a jab without having to make an advance, online booking. The scheme began on Wednesday. As Joanne Wong reports, many people said the new arrangement was convenient and user-friendly:
Restaurants see Mid-Autumn trade return to pre-pandemic levels  Listenfacebook
A F&B representative says business over the Mid-Autumn festival was very good - just 10 percent shy of levels seen in 2018 before the pandemic. It's the second year in a row that restaurants have had to operate under strict Covid restrictions which limit the numbers of people per table and the restaurant capacity. But Simon Wong from the Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades told Janice Wong that if the government eased restrictions, it could reduce unemployment in the sector from 8.6 percent to about 6 percent:
Lawmaker pushes for time-sensitive tunnel tolls  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Ben Chan has urged the government to introduce time-sensitive charges for the tunnels - with higher tolls at peak hours - as a way to reduce traffic congestion. Chan also said it was time to split the Transport and Housing Bureau to give authorities more resources to deal with the city's most pressing transport problems. His comment comes after the Chief Executive Carrie Lam hinted at a government restructuring before the end of her term to establish new bureaus. Frances Sit reports:
Youth group wants creative talent nurtured  Listenfacebook
A youth organisation has called on the government to set up a cultural bureau to make the most of creative talent in the SAR. But as Jimmy Choi reports, it said the bureau should not be used to suppress artistic freedom or the independence of the sector:
Centaline founder says future is bright  Listenfacebook
The founder of Centaline Property, Shih Wing-ching, says he believes the local stock market overreacted to reports that mainland officials ordered local developers to use their resources to support Beijing's interests and solve Hong Kong’s housing crisis. Major developers saw share prices plummet following the Reuters report. Shih says he doesn't think the central government is extending its clampdown or piling pressure on local property giants, whose future, he says, is actually very bright. He also told Natale Ching it was normal for the central authorities to express concern and ask for the co-operation of developers:
Evergrande interest payment eases default fears  Listenfacebook
Troubled property developer Evergrande says its main unit will make an interest payment, due on Thursday, on its Shenzhen-listed bonds. As Priscilla Ng reports, the news helped calm fears of an imminent default that could unleash global financial chaos:
Taiwan reportedly applies to join trade pact  Listenfacebook
Reports from Taiwan say authorities there have formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. New members must be admitted by unanimous approval. Robert Kemp reports: