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


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Call for more efforts to groom patriotic youngsters  Listenfacebook
Former Chief Executive CY Leung says there is a need to make patriotic groups stronger in universities and the media. He says even though Hong Kong now has the national security law and an improved electoral system, patriots cannot simply think that their job is done. Damon Pang reports:
HK reaches 90 percent double-jabbed rate  Listenfacebook
The government says almost 90 percent of Hong Kong people aged three and above have had at least two doses of a Covid vaccine. More than half of people over 12 are triple-jabbed. It comes as health officials reported 237 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday. Tom McAlinden reports:
'Low' risk of monkeypox outbreak in HK  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong University microbiologist Ho Pak-leung says he believes the risk of a monkeypox outbreak in the territory is relatively low, despite a growing number of cases in Europe, North America and elsewhere. The virus, which is endemic to parts of central and west Africa, causes distinctive pustules, but is rarely fatal. Tom McAlinden reports:
Govt urged to fill empty public flats  Listenfacebook
A concern group says almost 900 public flats across Hong Kong are sitting empty, when they could be used to house people with no place of their own. It says the government should be doing a better job at making full use of the housing resources available. Joanne Wong reports:
E-bike pilot trial criticised for narrow scope  Listenfacebook
A representative from the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance says electric bikes should be treated the same as ordinary bikes and be allowed for use around Hong Kong. Chan Ka-leung criticised the government's latest pilot trial of e-bikes and other personal devices, such as hoverboards and e-scooters. The trial begins on Monday on a section of cycle track between the Science Park and University MTR Station in Sha Tin. Chan said e-bikes were a useful tool for people to get around, yet the trial limited their use to bike tracks only. He started by explaining to Janice Wong about the different types of electric mobility devices involved in the trial:
Labour chief calls for tougher work safety laws  Listenfacebook
Labour minister Law Chi-kwong says it is time that Hong Kong introduced tougher penalties for employers who breach occupational safety laws. He says current fines do not provide enough of a deterrent effect to prevent industrial accidents. Damon Pang reports:
Optimism despite bleak jobless numbers  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan has again urged people not to be "too pessimistic" over Hong Kong's future, despite the disappointing unemployment figures released last week. Joanne Wong reports:
Attempts to contain China will 'fail'  Listenfacebook
Foreign Minister Wang Yi has hit out at US plans for the Indo-Pacific region, saying attempts to contain China are "bound to fail". State media reported that Wang made the comments during talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in Guangzhou. Steve Dunthorne reports:
No joint statement amid Ukraine protest at Apec  Listenfacebook
Trade ministers of the 21 nations making up the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum ended talks without issuing a statement on Sunday, a day after five countries boycotted the Russian minister’s speech. In a press conference after the meeting, the Thai commerce minister said there was an issue that divided participants, but avoided specifying what was behind the lack of consensus. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, in Washington told Samantha Butler that Russia's war in Ukraine was again hampering progress at global meetings: