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


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Probe launched into fatal crane accident  Listenfacebook
Officials have announced the inspection of all construction cranes in Hong Kong after Wednesday's deadly industrial accident at a Sau Mau Ping construction site. An investigation is underway into the case in which a crane collapsed and struck containers serving as offices, claiming three lives and injuring six others. Violet Wong reports:
Engineer says crane accident 'rare'  Listenfacebook
Civil engineer Joseph Chi, the chairman of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers' safety specialist committee, said Wednesday's industrial accident in Sau Mau Ping was rare. He says it is not yet known if human error was involved, or a technical fault. He also told Kelly Yu that the government should beef up inspection work to avoid a repeat of similar incidents:
Electrician on probation over wife's mercy killing  Listenfacebook
A retired electrician has been put on probation for a year after admitting to killing his terminally-ill wife to end her suffering. The High Court said the case called for compassion and that the sentence was in the public interest. Maggie Ho reports:
Professor says HK should discuss euthanasia  Listenfacebook
Wednesday's court case involving a man who admitted to killing his cancer-stricken wife has put the spotlight on euthanasia. An assistant legal professor at the University of Hong Kong, Daisy Cheung, says the decision shows it is time for society to discuss more comprehensively the idea of euthanasia. Damon Pang asked her whether she considered the probation order an overly-lenient sentence:
Covid cases shut classes at 22 schools  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong reported more than 10,000 Covid-19 cases for Wednesday. There have also been more class suspensions because of infections found in schools. Kelly Yu reports:
Free Chinese medicine offered to Long Covid patients  Listenfacebook
Elderly patients suffering from Long Covid could soon receive free Chinese medicine consultations under a Baptist University programme. They can receive both in-person and online consultations. The patients are also entitled to up to six days of Chinese medicine granules after each consultation. Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, the director of the university's Chinese Medicine Clinical Study Centre, told Ben Tse about the difficulties of treating the disease:
Rights' advocate questions child abuse 'categories'  Listenfacebook
A member of the Commission on Children, Priscilla Lui, says a proposed mandatory reporting requirement for suspected child abuse should not only cover serious cases. The government has proposed categorising child abuse cases based on their seriousness, with professionals required to make a report when concerning serious harm, or if a child is in imminent risk of suffering serious injury. But in other less serious incidents, professionals are only encouraged to report or refer the case elsewhere. Lui told Frank Yung that more needed to be done to protect kids:
Difficulties highlighted of reporting all child abuse  Listenfacebook
The president of the Social Workers Association says she supports not reporting all child abuse cases given the resources and manpower needed, and because it is not always in the child's best interest. Professor Lam Ching-man was commenting on government proposals to make reporting of child abuse mandatory only when the child is at risk of serious harm. Lam told Samantha Butler that reporting all cases was the most safe way but not easy to implement:
Rioters jailed over PolyU clashes  Listenfacebook
Five people have been jailed for between 37 to 48 months for rioting in Tsim Sha Tsui in November 2019, amid clashes at nearby Polytechnic University at the height of the social unrest. Violet Wong reports:
Speech therapists found guilty of inciting hatred  Listenfacebook
The District Court has found five speech therapists guilty of conspiring to publish seditious children's books. The court ruled that the three picture books concerned - said to have described Hong Kong as the sheep village and the mainland as where the wolves live - spread separatism and incited hatred against the authorities. Kelly Yu reports:
FS calls on SAR to take leading role in GBA  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong should not limit its role in the development of the Greater Bay Area to finance, innovation and technology. Chan said the GBA was developing into one of the world's top bay areas and megalopolises, and the SAR should take a leading role in its development. Damon Pang reports:
Sichuan earthquake toll rises; road reopen  Listenfacebook
The death toll from Monday's earthquake in Sichuan has risen to 74. Xinhua news agency said 26 other people remain missing. But there has been progress in relief efforts with roads in and out of the quake's epicentre reopening and traffic resuming. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Biden 'sure' to meet Xi at G20  Listenfacebook
President Biden says he is "sure" he will meet President Xi Jinping if they both attend November's G20 meeting in Indonesia. Biden's team has long sought face-to-face talks with Mr Xi, as Wendy Wong reports:
China's August trade growth loses steam  Listenfacebook
China's trade growth weakened substantially last month as surging inflation crippled overseas demand and fresh Covid curbs and heatwaves disrupted production. Mike Weeks reports: