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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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MTRC apologises for 'confusion' over train evacuation  Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation has apologised for the confusion that followed a partial train derailment at Yau Ma Tei station on Sunday. It led to 150 passengers leaving via a rear emergency exit and walking along the tracks to the next station, while trains passed by on the opposite side. MTRC authorities called this "totally undesirable". The railway firm says the train hit a dislocated metal barrier at the station, ripping its doors open. Frank Yung reports:
Lawmaker calls on MTRC to upgrade trains  Listenfacebook
Roundtable lawmaker, Michael Tien, says it is "unbelievable" that the MTRC had a second door-ripping incident within a year. In December, a trackside advertising panel came loose and hit a train. Tien told Kelly Yu that authorities should replace old trains and equipment:
MTRC urged to review maintenance protocols  Listenfacebook
A lawmaker and former MTR engineer, Gary Zhang, has called on the MTR Corporation to thoroughly review its maintenance procedures, to check if Sunday's train derailment was caused by insufficient checking, or loopholes in its maintenance regime. He spoke to Samantha Butler:
Arrests in Hong Kong and Macau over job scams  Listenfacebook
56 people have been arrested in Hong Kong and in Macau in a joint operation over an alleged recruitment scam. Hong Kong police said well over 100 people were duped out of millions of dollars, but it was just one of more than 200,000 on-line job scams reported this year. Maggie Ho reports:
New rules to make it easier to revamp old buildings  Listenfacebook
The government says it will table a bill to make it easier to redevelop older buildings by lowering the threshold for compulsory land sales. The proposal was introduced in the Chief Executive John Lee's policy address last month. Aaron Tam reports:
Sports official rejects explanation for anthem gaffe  Listenfacebook
Sports official Ronnie Wong has weighed in on the Asia Rugby sevens national anthem blunder, saying the playing of such expressions of national identity should not be delegated to junior staff. The honorary secretary general of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong also said he did not accept an explanation from the organiser of the event in South Korea about how the wrong song came to be played instead of the national anthem. Kelly Yu reports:
100-year-old campsite get $12.5m facelift  Listenfacebook
One of Hong Kong’s most isolated campsites, the stone cabins at Lantau Mountain Camp, will be getting a $12.5 million facelift. A team of researchers from the Chinese University will survey the site and focus restoration on what it describes as the caretaker's cabin, after receiving a grant from the government's Lantau Conservation Fund. Associate Professor Thomas Chung from the university's School of Architecture is leading the project. He told Ben Tse about the history of the site and why it should be preserved:
Music industry mourns loss of 'pioneering' DJ  Listenfacebook
Tributes have been pouring in for the late DJ Janette Slack, who passed away at the age of 42 on Sunday. Her brother announced her death on social media. The Hong Kong-born musician had been the highlight of various local and overseas clubs, parties and music festivals, including local music festival, Clockenflap. She was the winner of several DJ awards and was a record-label owner, composer and teacher. The co-founder of Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival, Justin Sweeting, told Joanne Wong that the DJ's passing was a loss to many communities:
Mainland Covid tally hits six-month high  Listenfacebook
The daily Covid caseload on the mainland has topped 20,000, the highest figure in more than six months. This follows the cancellation of routine mass tests for the virus this week by multiple mainland cities, days after Beijing announced limited relaxations of its dynamic zero-Covid policy. Priscilla Ng reports:
Bangkok tourism rebounds from pandemic  Listenfacebook
Thailand says it has welcomed more than seven million visitors from January to late October, after gradually reopening to international tourists in the past year. Travellers in Bangkok - which is hosting the two-day Apec summit from Friday - say the city more or less resembles its pre-Covid self. Violet Wong is in Bangkok for the Apec summit:
Poland, Nato say missile strike wasn't Russian  Listenfacebook
Politicians have been frantically dialling down the rhetoric, a day after a missile strike killed two people just inside the Polish border with Ukraine. It raised fears that Poland and its Nato allies might be drawn further into the conflict. But since then, most have been sharing the suspicion that the missile was fired by Ukraine - a surface-to-air missile gone astray. But speaking to reporters in Brussels, Nato's secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said Moscow still bore ultimate responsibility for the strike. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's Moscow correspondent, Fred Weir, more about the Polish missile strike: