主持人：Janice Wong and Jenny Lam
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8:30am-9:00am: negative equity
8:30am-9:00am: Nelson Wong, executive director of research at JLL in Hong Kong
8:30am-9:15am: Gary Ng, economist, Natixis
8:30am-9:15am: Hannah Jeong, head of valuation & advisory services, Colliers
9:15am-9:30am: Covid-positive people visiting restaurants and clinics
9:15am-9:30am: Ricky Chu, Chairman, Equal Opportunities Commission
On Friday's Backchat we're talking about negative equity in Hong Kong.
Latest figures show more than 12,000 homes are now worth less than the mortgage. It’s a big in-crease from the 533 cases at the end of September and 55 at the end of June.
The increase in the cost of borrowing is among the many factors putting pressure on the property market. The Monetary Authority raised its lending rate by 25 basis points on Thursday in line with the US Federal Reserve, and it’s warning that lending rates may continue to rise.
How big is the problem of negative equity? Will the property market rebound this year as Hong Kong emerges from the shadow of Covid?
After 9:15am, we'll speak to the Equal Opportunities Commission about possible anti-discrimination law violations against Covid-positive people visiting restaurants and clinics.
主持人：Janice Wong and Jenny Lam
8:30am-9:15am: revitalisation of heritage buildings
8:30am-9:15am: Fredo Cheung, Heritage Conservationist; former Vice President of Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists
8:30am-9:15am: John Batten, Convenor of the Central & Western Concern Group
8:30am-9:00am: Andrew Lam, lawmaker and former Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board
9:15am-9:25am: new hepatitis B drug
9:15am-9:25am: Yuen Man-fung, Chair Professor, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation Professor in Medicine, Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, HKUMed
9:25am-9:30am: World Cup
9:25am-9:30am: Atom Cheung, RTHK sports reporter
On today’s programme, we‘re looking at Hong Kong‘s historic buildings and how best to preserve and use them.
Often, it‘s a case of adapt, or die. There are many examples of revitalisation projects — old buildings put to new uses — that flourish, such as Tai Kwun in Central. Or there’s the Foreign Correspondents‘ Club at the Old Dairy Farm Depot that’s just gotten a lease renewal from the government.
But not all of these projects work out… the Haw Par Music Foundation has just handed back the his-toric Haw Par mansion in Tai Hang to the government more than two years before its lease was up, citing income limitations and operational challenges.
So, what’s the best way to save such historic buildings from the wrecking ball, and put them to good use?
After 9:15 we’ll look at a new, locally-developed hepatitis B drug that could free patients from having to take pills for their whole lives.
And at 9:25 we‘ll get the latest World Cup update from our sports correspondent.