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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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No deal yet on tickets for most high-speed rail stations  Listenfacebook
Four months before the Express Rail Link to Guangzhou is scheduled to open, the MTR still has not reached a deal to ensure passengers can buy tickets in Hong Kong to all destinations on China's high-speed rail network. And it admits even if it manages to come to an agreement, it has no idea how high ticket surcharges will be if operators for the state-owned rail network are allowed to sell tickets directly in Hong Kong. Timmy Sung reports:
Ticketing just one of problems still facing XRL  Listenfacebook
The convenor of the Co-Location Concern Group, lawmaker Tanya Chan, told RTHK that the absence of a deal on tickets to all China’s high-speed rail stations is just one of the problems still to be sorted out just a few months ahead of the opening of the Express Rail Link. The Civic Party member said it also raises questions about the Hong Kong Government’s input to the project. Chan spoke to Mike Weeks:
Research funding from Beijing ‘unlikely’ to boost HK IT development  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has thrown his weight behind a drive to boost cooperation between Hong Kong and the mainland to turn the region into an international hub for innovative technology. The Central Government has pledged to offer more direct funding for scientific research in the SAR but explicitly stated that local talent will only be invited to participate in national-level programmes if they “love the country and Hong Kong”. Xi was responding to a letter written to him by 24 Hong Kong-based academics last year. Mike Weeks asked IT sector legislator Charles Mok what the letter was about:
More doctors could quit public hospitals over recent suspension  Listenfacebook
The Medical Association has warned that the recent suspension of a doctor over the death of a cancer patient, whose tracheotomy was covered up by mistake, will drive more doctors to quit the public health sector. The doctor was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Medical Council for failing to inform nurses that the hole cut in the patient's throat was to help him breathe. They thought it was a wound and covered it up with gauze. Dr Ho Chung-ping is the Medical Association's vice-president. Ian Pooler asked him about the reaction among doctors to the Council’s ruling:
Job-related scams shoot up  Listenfacebook
There's been a big jump in complaints to the police this year over job-related scams. Some involve job seekers being asked for bogus fees, while others had personal information stolen and used to take out loans. The Commercial Crimes Bureau is urging summer-job seekers not to fall for such scams. Joanne Wong reports: