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


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HK ‘needs’ better work-life balance for the health of its children   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's long work hours are being blamed, at least in part, for the lack of physical activity and growing problem of obesity among children. That's the finding of the second Hong Kong Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Children in the SAR were given a D grade for physical fitness, the same as the mainland but much lower than most other Asian countries involved in the study. But the grade for limiting kid’s screen time fell from C in 2016 to C minus for last year, while parental participation in physical activity with their children dropped from D to D minus. The Chinese University's Department of Sports Science and Physical Education carried out the study. Its head, Professor Stephen Wong, told Priscilla Ng there's an urgent need to promote “active families, healthy kids”:
Kids given early New Year holiday to battle flu   Listenfacebook
Hundreds of kindergartens and childcare centres have been told to shut for the Lunar New Year holidays at the end of Friday - a week ahead of schedule - to try slow the current flu epidemic. Almost 400 had already suspended classes for a week because of outbreaks of influenza. Cecil Wong reports:
Pigs to be spared at the start of their year   Listenfacebook
Supplies of fresh pork will be suspended during the Chinese New Year holidays after local pork traders announced they would take the opportunity to thoroughly clean the abattoirs in Sheung Shui and Tsuen Wan. They said they would stop slaughtering pigs from February the 5th to the 7th, the first three days of the Year of the Pig. Traders said the move is aimed at restoring public confidence in the industry in the midst of the African swine fever outbreak on the mainland. Democratic Party lawmaker Helena Wong is a member of the Legislative Council’s panel on Food Safety and Environmental Hygiene. Janice Wong asked her if people in Hong Kong are worried about eating pork, even though swine fever doesn't affect humans:
MTR warns of more disruptions ahead   Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation has warned that the introduction of a new signalling system in the months ahead could lead to disruptions in train services. The new system is being introduced in phases, and is intended to improve the stability of services and allow the rail operator to run more trains. Richard Pyne has the details:
Soros slams Xi Jinping’s surveillance regime   Listenfacebook
Billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros has spoken out against Beijing's use of technology, describing President Xi Jinping as "the most dangerous enemy" of free societies for developing a high-tech surveillance regime. Sean Kennedy reports:
Acting CE ‘unable’ to provide answers on elderly welfare   Listenfacebook
Six pro-democracy lawmakers walked out of a meeting with the acting Chief Executive, Matthew Cheung, on Thursday over the government’s decision to raise the age for elderly welfare payments to 65. Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung was one of those who attended the talks. Ian Pooler asked him why he and the others cut the meeting so short:
Former Scottish leader in court on attempted rape charge   Listenfacebook
Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond has appeared in court charged with attempted rape and sexual assault. He faced a total of 14 charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, which also included breach of the peace and indecent assault. The 64-year-old made no plea during the hearing and was released on bail. But he did speak outside afterwards. Ian Pooler asked UK-based correspondent Gavin Grey what Salmond had to say: