Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:Ben Tse and Samantha Butler
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Carrie Lam has 'no regrets' over past five years Listen
Outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the most challenging time for Hong Kong since the handover had occurred during her five-year term. Speaking at her last question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council, she talked of overcoming difficulties and of handing in a report card with no regrets. Maggie Ho reports.
Lawmaker points out protest and pandemic casualties Listen
Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien says he would rather leave it to the public and not pass judgement himself on Lam's tenure as Chief Executive. But he told Damon Pang that more than 10,000 people were arrested over the extradition bill protests, and some 9,000 people died during the Omicron-driven Covid outbreak.
FTU's Alice Mak unhappy with handling of Omicron Listen
Unionist lawmaker Alice Mak says she is not happy with the performance of Lam's administration in handling the latest Covid wave. But she told Damon Pang there had been ups and downs during her tenure.
Lawmakers scrap MPF offsetting mechanism Listen
Legco has overwhelmingly backed the scrapping of the MPF offsetting mechanism. After a decade of debate on the legislative change, it was approved by a vote of 72 to five. 12 lawmakers abstained. Timmy Sung reports.
Covid infections jump 20 percent Listen
Health authorities have reported a 20 percent jump in Covid infections from the day before. 90 of the cases came from schools, as Kenny Hodgart reports.
Competition less 'fierce' now at international schools Listen
A school admissions consultant says the recent exodus of expatriate families from Hong Kong means competition for places at English Schools Foundation (ESF) and international schools is no longer as fierce as before. She was commenting after a former administrative officer at an ESF kindergarten was accused of taking nearly a million dollars in bribes from parents to gain admission for their children. Ruth Benny, founder of Top Schools, said the schools generally had reasonable and fair enrolment systems, so there was no need for illicit practices. She told Samantha Butler that even though fewer expat families were competing for school places, many local families were still keen to send their children there.
Care worker admits assaulting child Listen
One of 27 former foster-home workers charged with child abuse has pleaded guilty to assaulting a two-year-old boy under her care. The senior childcare worker had grabbed the boy by his hair and pulled his arms and legs. Violet Wong has been following the case.
Warning over hiking during storms Listen
An avid hiker says during inclement weather, people should take extra care while hiking, such as choosing safe trails and avoiding tracks that require crossing streams. Martin Williams, author of the 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong, was commenting after a woman died after being swept away by flash floods near Dragon Ball Waterfall at Bride's Pool in Tai Po, while a Red Rainstorm Warning was in force. Williams told Ben Tse that the trail around Dragon Ball was treacherous, even at the best of times.
Shanghai reopening lifts China exports Listen
China's trade surged last month, shattering expectations, as factories restarted and logistics snags eased after authorities relaxed some Covid curbs in Shanghai. Aaron Tam reports.