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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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Storm fails to derail key global finance summit  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says a summit, to be attended by top-level business executives, affirms Hong Kong's status as a global financial hub. His remarks come as the summit's organisers said the event would go ahead even if the number eight storm signal was in effect. Natale Ching reports:
Finance summit shows 'HK open for business’  Listenfacebook
InvestHK's director-general has hailed the significance of Wednesday's Global Financial Leaders' Investment Summit. Stephen Phillips said the top-level forum, combined with Hong Kong FinTech Week now underway and the Rugby Sevens at the weekend, amplify the message that Hong Kong was “well and truly open for business”. He told Ben Tse that it was the signal that the international community was looking for:
Schools shut as Nalgae approaches HK  Listenfacebook
Schools have been suspended on Wednesday after the Hong Kong Observatory announced it would consider issuing the number eight gale or storm signal between noon and 2 pm. After wreaking havoc in the Philippines, severe tropical storm Nalgae is nearing Hong Kong. Violet Wong reports:
CE defends annulling jab exemption certificates  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive John Lee has defended his government's decision to amend the law to give the health secretary power to invalidate Covid vaccine exemption certificates. He said the change was in accordance with the rule of law. It was made after the High Court ruled that previous legislation did not give the health chief, Lo Chung-mau, the power to cancel 20,000 exemption papers, thought to have been improperly issued. Maggie Ho reports:
Public recognition needed for foster families  Listenfacebook
A foster care service provider has warned of a severe shortage of foster parents, saying its estimates show a shortfall of between 800 to 900 families. The Hong Kong Christian Service recently interviewed some 120 foster families under its supervision. It said more than 18 percent planned to quit in the next three years, for reasons such as health, age, immigration, and a lack of societal recognition. The group's chief supervisor, Carrie Kong, said it had made recommendations to the government, including providing a so-called "foster family hub", so carers could drop off the children whenever they needed a few hours' break. She told Samantha Butler about the findings of its survey:
Old Stand News articles admitted as evidence  Listenfacebook
The District Court has ruled to admit as evidence 17 allegedly seditious articles in a trial involving the now-defunct Stand News. The court rejected defence arguments that some should not be used because they were beyond a six-month prosecution time limit. Wendy Wong reports:
Harbour reclamation goes ahead for cycle track  Listenfacebook
The Society for the Protection of the Harbour has decided not to object to a government plan to reclaim a small amount of land in the Harbour for the New Territories Cycle Track Network as it believes there is an overriding public need for it. In 2004, the Court of Final Appeal ruled that any reclamation project within the harbour must meet the overriding-public-need requirement. The 82-kilometre track will connect Ma On Shan and Tsuen Wan. Three kilometres of it run along Victoria Harbour and will require reclamation at two locations. Paul Zimmerman, an honorary adviser to the society, told Vanessa Cheng there were no alternatives:
Last gasp effort to increase marathon runner count  Listenfacebook
Organisers of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon say they are hoping to see some fast finishing times when the SAR's biggest mass-participation sporting event returns next year. To help, they are bringing some elite international athletes to town while local runners will be given a cash incentive to set quick times. Kelly Yu reports:
Final module docks with China's space station  Listenfacebook
The final module of China's Tiangong space station has successfully docked with the main core module. The docking process took more than 12 hours from its launch on Monday afternoon. Natale Ching reports:
HSI closes up over 6 percent  Listenfacebook
The Hang Seng Index closed up over 6 percent, or nearly 900 points, on Tuesday. AFP news agency says investors were factoring in the possibility of less aggressive interest rate rises in the United States, as well as an unverified report that the mainland was considering easing its Covid rules. A foreign ministry spokesman later said he was unaware of the situation. Altis Wong reports: