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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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Budget deficit set to be second-worst on record  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary expects this year's budget deficit to exceed $100 billion, far higher than the shortfall of just over $56 billion originally estimated. Paul Chan issued his bleak forecast in his weekly blog. Mike Weeks reports:
Analyst says Covid curbs harming economy  Listenfacebook
A senior economist at Natixis, Gary Ng, described the financial secretary's latest forecast as "worrisome". He agreed with Paul Chan that the government's revenues were dwindling while its expenditure was on the rise. He told Joanne Wong that there was an urgent need for Hong Kong to relax Covid restrictions for the sake of its economy:
Lawmaker calls for easing of pandemic measures  Listenfacebook
Executive councillor Jeffrey Lam has called on the government to relax inbound travel rules as soon as possible, saying it is too late to leave it until the end of the year. He said Hong Kong's global image was being affected by its current inability to host international events. Damon Pang reports:
Health chiefs against dropping pre-departure PCR tests  Listenfacebook
The Covid situation in Hong Kong has been described as stable as the number of new infections fell below 8,000 again on Sunday. But health officials are urging people not to let down their guard and are not in favour of doing away with pre-departure PCR tests for travellers heading to the SAR. Joanne Wong reports:
Police seize record cannabis haul  Listenfacebook
Police have seized around 900 kilos of cannabis buds during a recent anti-narcotics operation, which they say is the largest haul of the drug on record. The force says the legalisation of marijuana for recreational use in other parts of the world seems to have boosted its popularity among young Hong Kong people, as Kelly Yu reports:
More youth education needed over cannabis use  Listenfacebook
The head of a support group for drug abusers says there has been an increasing trend of cannabis use among young people in the past four to five years, in part because the drug has been legalised in other parts of the world. Sky Siu, executive director of KELY Support Group, told Janice Wong that it was important to teach youngsters here that just because other places took a more liberal view of cannabis, it did not mean it was fine to use:
Call for speedy passage of job safety bill  Listenfacebook
Labour representatives have called for the prompt passage of a job safety bill that significantly raises the maximum penalty for serious violations. They say stronger deterrents are needed to get companies to take occupational safety more seriously. Ada Au reports:
Commerce secretary highlights partnership with Cambodia  Listenfacebook
Commerce secretary Algernon Yau says Hong Kong will surely become a main business partner with Cambodia, as they create more opportunities in the region, on the mainland and in the Greater Bay Area. Damon Pang reports:
London gets ready for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral  Listenfacebook
King Charles has hosted a reception for hundreds of world leaders at Buckingham Palace, ahead of his mother's funeral. Monday's state funeral for the late monarch will be one of the grandest and most complex events on British soil since the Second World War. Crowds have already begun gathering in the street, preparing to watch the late Queen's coffin being taken from its lying in state to Westminster Abbey for the funeral, and then in a procession to Wellington Arch near Hyde Park corner. RTHK’s UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Samantha Butler that at least 10,000 police officers were expected to be deployed: