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


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HK Electric confirms short circuit caused power outage  Listenfacebook
Hongkong Electric says an early morning power outage that hit Hong Kong Island on Wednesday was caused by a short circuit - triggered by an accidental connection to a backup cable during maintenance. That voltage dip plunged several places on the island into darkness soon after midnight for around 45 minutes. Traffic lights malfunctioned and emergency services received reports of people being trapped in lifts and fire alarms going off. Robert Kemp reports:
Ombudsman to probe abuse of public housing  Listenfacebook
Ombudsman Winnie Chiu has announced that her office is investigating the government's efforts to combat public housing abuse. As Maggie Ho reports, Chiu says the probe is needed to ensure that such public resources are allocated and utilised fairly and reasonably:
UK trained medics expected to arrive later this year  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says the non-locally trained doctors it gave job offers to in the United Kingdom will start joining the local workforce in the third quarter of this year. The announcement came after health officials held a recruitment drive in London. Aaron Tam reports:
Some Long Covid patients suffer reproductive issues  Listenfacebook
Chinese University researchers say a survey they carried out last year indicates that more than 400, 000 Hong Kong people, who have recovered from Covid, may suffer from reproductive problems. They arrived at that estimate after questioning 10,000 people in Asia's largest population-based Long Covid survey. Professor Siew Ng, assistant dean of the Faculty of Medicine, told Hailey Yip that 12 percent of Long Covid patients reported issues, such as sexual dysfunction and menstrual irregularity, and most of them were women:
Bishop promotes unity among churches  Listenfacebook
The head of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese has called for greater cooperation and exchanges with its mainland counterparts. During his visit to the capital, Bishop Stephen Chow said all Catholics should learn to respect one another. Damon Pang reports:
Shorten Cantonese opera to boost audience numbers  Listenfacebook
An academic has suggested that the Cantonese opera sector should consider shortening performances to attract a wider audience. Professor Leung Bo-wah, who is the director of the Research Centre for Transmission of Cantonese Opera, oversaw a study last year that surveyed over 3,400 people online. It asked participants what motivated them to watch such performances. Professor Leung explained the major findings of the survey to Ada Au at Luk Yu Tea House, a restaurant in Central which was frequented by many Cantonese opera insiders:
Bad weather dampens viewing of partial eclipse  Listenfacebook
A partial solar eclipse on Thursday in Hong Kong was obscured by bad weather, with heavy clouds making it impossible to see the phenomenon. Hailey Yip reports:
Call for more community-based disabled care  Listenfacebook
The father of a severely-disabled teenager has called on the government to provide more community-based care services. Tse, whose 16-year-old son has cerebral palsy, says Siu Lam Hospital in Tuen Mun is the only place with government-subsidised spots for such people over the age of 16. He was commenting after the Association of Parents of the Severely Mentally Handicapped called for more choices in subsidised care for those with severe intellectual disabilities and who require tube feeding. Tse spoke to Samantha Butler:
UN calls for Eid truce in Sudan  Listenfacebook
The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has called for "at least" a three-day ceasefire in Sudan to mark the forthcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The army and a rival paramilitary force are locked in a power struggle in which at least 300 people have been killed in nearly a week of fierce fighting. Two previous attempts for a truce have failed to take effect. But the head of the Sudanese army, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has warned that a truce would not hold because of the actions of the rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces. The RSF called General al-Burhan a criminal who should be brought to justice. Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, gave Annemarie Evans the background to the conflict: