A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Steve Vines

    Backchat is RTHK Radio 3's current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation. It airs every weekday from 8.30am-9.30am. Have your say by calling us on 233 88 266, Backchat's Facebook , or send us a message at backchat@rthk.hk

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    Covid-19 updates; Data-base of foreign language interpreters

    8:30am-9:15am: Covid-19 updates

    8:30am-9:00am: David Costello (mid in photo), the Consul General of Ireland to Hong Kong and Macau

    8:30am-9:15am: Benjamin Cowling, Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, HKU

    9:00am-9:15am: Paul Leung, Chairman, Hong Kong Inbound Travel Association

    9:15am-9:30am: call for a data-base of foreign language interpreters

    9:15am-9:30am: Prof Sin King-kui, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UOW College Hong Kong 

    On Monday’s Backchat: Covid-19 updates, and a call for a data-base of foreign-language interpreters. 

    Hong Kong has now gone more than 45 days without a local Covid-19 infection, but many restrictions remain in place, including social distancing measures and limits on public gatherings, while flights from high risk places, including the UK, remain suspended.

    Meanwhile, England marked its so-called "freedom day" a week ago, ending almost all restrictions despite an increase in coronavirus cases.

    Is now the right time for us to ease Covid-19 measures? When should we open the border? What should we make of England's policy?

    From 9:15am-9:30am, we’re discussing the Ombudsman's observation that difficulties encountered by government departments in securing the services of foreign language and Chinese dialect interpreters can affect the efficiency of some of their operations.

    26/07/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    26/07/2021 - Covid-19 updates

    26/07/2021 - Call for a data-base of foreign language interpreters






    Janine Miu, UK Immigration lawyer; and founder of UK Immigration Specialist



    Electoral arrangements; vaccine bubbles

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Steve Vines

    On Wednesday's Backchat, electoral arrangements and vaccine bubbles.

    We'll be discussing the latest changes to elections in Hong Kong. What are the causes and
    effects? Will they stabilise our political scene? Or make voting pointless? 

    Health minister Sophia Chan says officials will, from this week, discuss
    details of Hong Kong's new "vaccine bubble" with the trades concerned. The scheme, which
    relaxes some Covid-19 social distancing measures, was announced on Monday by the Chief
    Executive Carrie Lam.
    Lam said people who had been vaccinated would enjoy a further easing of social distancing
    restrictions that could see bars, karaokes and nightclubs reopen, large banquets resume and
    travel restrictions eased.
    Do you support the proposals?

    8:30-9:15 Electoral Arrangements 
    8:30-9:00 Phone: John Burns, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong
    8:30-9:15 Phone: Andrew Leung, International and Independent China Strategist and former Director-General of Social Welfare

    9:15-9:30 Vaccine bubble
    9:15-9:30 Phone: James Robertson, owner of restaurant chain Grapps and Cadillac


    14/04/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    14/04/2021 - Electoral arrangements

    14/04/2021 - Vaccine Bubbles

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