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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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Macron and Le Pen set for final round showdown  Listenfacebook
The centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron, has claimed victory in the first round of the French presidential election. But projections show he'll face a run-off against Marine Le Pen of the far right National Front two weeks from now. Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon trailed in third place with 19 percent of the vote. But the centre-right candidate has asked his supporters to back Macron in the second round of the election. Ian pooler asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey if this was being viewed as an historic vote:
Markets “thrilled” by French election result  Listenfacebook
RTHK’s Washington-based international economics correspondent says markets expect a consensus to be reached in France on the centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron, becoming the country’s next president. Barry Wood says this would mean that the Eurozone will remain intact. Mike Weeks asked him about initial market reaction to the first round of the French presidential vote:
Foot spa owner fights for life after acid attack  Listenfacebook
A woman is in critical condition in hospital after being splashed with a corrosive liquid and repeatedly stabbed. Police believe she may have got into a row with a woman who works for her in Tai Kok Tsui, as Frances Sit reports:
GBA will provide more retirement and holiday options  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, says plans to turn Hong Kong and nearby cities in Guangdong into a new "Greater Bay Area" are going to mean more retirement and holiday options for SAR residents. He says better infrastructure will enable the region to take on places like Japan. Damon Pang reports:
Study highlights lack of knowledge on ovarian cancer  Listenfacebook
A new survey suggests many women are unaware of the risks of ovarian cancer. The Hong Kong Society of Clinical Oncology says about half of the 500 women it asked didn't know that those over 45 are more vulnerable to the disease. The society's honorary Secretary, Dr William Foo, says ovarian cancer has become more common over the years, but public awareness is low compared to that for other cancers. He spoke to Candice Wong:
Rise in people seeking psychiatric help both positive and worrying  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Association for the Promotion of Mental Health told RTHK last week that he believes psychological disorders will become Hong Kong's leading healthcare problem in the near future. Chan Chung-mau was speaking after the Review Committee on Mental Health made 40 recommendations in 20 areas to try to improve mental health in the SAR. This followed a four-year study, during which the growth of children and adolescents using the Hospital Authority's psychiatric services rose by around five percent a year. So is this something Hong Kong should be alarmed about? Mike Weeks asked Paul Yip, a professor at the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration:
Music and arts help kids with special needs  Listenfacebook
The Salvation Army organized a special event on Sunday to provide an opportunity for children with special needs to perform in front of scores of people. And it says the event highlighted how music and the arts can help youngsters flourish. It says children who usually have difficulty paying attention develop better cooperation and social skills when their senses are stimulated. Mike Weeks asked Bonnie Tam about the Salvation Army’s music programme for children with special needs: