"Huffy", the band's first new album in three years, has been quite an escape for fans during the pandemic. Singer and guitarist Keith Murray explained to Alyson why they decided to go against the grain and create a celebratory album. Embrace their parody videos and promo pranks, grab a 'Seafoam Spritz', and enjoy their new music, all week, in...The Common Room.
On Friday's Backchat, adoption and foster care for kids in Hong Kong and secondary school suspensions.
Foster care is leading the headlines as a foster family was forced to give up a baby after they sought to adopt the child.
The request was first rejected by the Social Welfare Department, which said it would terminate the foster care if the couple filed for adoption. But the Welfare Department later told the father that they can continue caring for the baby - for now.
Due to the pandemic and other procedures, the baby has been staying with the family for 17 months, much longer than the usual foster-care duration of about four to six months.
Earlier, the dad criticised officials for “not placing (the baby’s) best interests first” as he feared a change in families would hinder his development.
Under the current system foster parents cannot adopt the child in their care which raises the question …. Why not? How does the foster care system work and how does the pandemic change things around?
After 9.15am, we’ll talk about the government's decision to suspend face-to-face classes for secondary schools by Monday after a number of students were recently infected with Covid-19.
Back for their regular dive into all the finest of the week’s new music, Paul and Carolyn return with the eagerly awaited debut from Yard Act taking album of the week, followed closely behind by brand new long players from AURORA and Pedro The Lion. The long list of new singles includes new records from Melody’s Echo Chamber, Jenny Hval, and Sprints, plus there is a new track and news of a thirtieth anniversary compilation album from Tindersticks.
It’s not just about new music, of course. We have another band that deserves more fame in this week’s 'Sweeping The Nation' and 'Super Clever Music Mystery Quiz'. There’ll be another label of the week, and a tribute to R. Dean Taylor, who sadly passed away on January 7th.
All that plus the usual features, which of course means... biscuits. Tune in from 9am to 1pm.
The People’s Bank of China has cut the one-year loan prime rate by 10bps from 3.8% to 3.7%. It’s the second reduction in a month. In December, the PBOC cut the one-year loan prime rate for the first time since April 2020. The five-year loan prime rate was reduced by 5 basis points from 4.65% to 4.6%, in its first cut since April 2020.
Inflation in Hong Kong hit a five-month high in December, driven up by rising costs of meals out, takeaway food and electricity charges. Consumer prices rose 2.4% year-on-year in December, up from the 1.8% increase recorded the previous month. Netting out the effects of one-off government relief measures, the underlying inflation rate was 1.4% in December, 0.2 percentage points higher than that in November and at a 19-month high.
The International Monetary Fund has warned that the balance of risks facing Hong Kong’s economy are tilted to the downside. The IMF forecast that economic growth in the SAR will decline from 6.4% in 2021 to 3% in 2022. In its annual report it said risks to the economy include ongoing uncertainty linked to the pandemic, which could impact the flow of people and further weigh on consumption, along with a slower than expected global recovery, and continued disruption of global supply chains. The report said a quicker reopening of borders could drive a stronger recovery in private consumption.
On today’s Money Talk, we’re joined by Kenny Wen of Everbright Securities International and Andrew Freris from UCAP HK Asset Management. With a view from India is Toby Lawson, CEO of Societe Generale India.
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A wide ranging collection of 78s awaits you this week on the show. From the counting of the hours with Ruth Brown, to some ‘exhilarating’ organ music from Blackpool! No… seriously. Also, Tony Martin and his Aristocats, jumping Cab Calloway, a massive chart topping hit for the Ink Spots, and much more. Catch Vintage Chart Toppers every Sunday morning at 8.30, here on Radio 3.
Join us this Sunday morning at 8.15 for #Hashtag Hong Kong, our weekly focus on the issues affecting civil society, where we hear from representatives of NGOs, associations, statutory bodies, and non-profit groups. They will talk about their work, and the bigger issues with which they deal. They will also be sharing their choice of music with you to end each programme. This week's #Hashtag Hong Kong comes from Nissa Cornish, the Executive Director of 'Redress'.
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Every weekday evening from 6.30 until 9, Simon Willson will share his choice of the best in international music with you, here on Radio 3. He’s partial to playing a few of your requests too, so do get in touch during the show on 2338 8266. As night time approaches, whatever you may be doing, if you’re a serious music fan then Sunset Sounds With Simon Willson is the programme for you.
Take a trip back in time with Peter King, every weekday evening from 10pm until 1am, in "Pete's Magical Mystery Tour", here on Radio 3. He'll give you the first two hours of pop gold from the 1960s and 1970s, and then after 12 you can go with him on a 'Sentimental Journey' for an hour of music from a different era. An era of the big bands, classic ballads, wonderful cinema, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Glenn Miller, and some of the greatest love stories ever told in music.
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