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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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Police relax hiring standards to attract new recruits  Listenfacebook
Police are relaxing several eligibility requirements for joining the force in the face of disappointing recruitment numbers. As Damon Pang reports, these are just the latest measures to boost its ranks and there may be more in future:
Risk expert says police should redistribute manpower  Listenfacebook
Steve Vickers, who runs a political and corporate risk consultancy, says the force should redistribute staff from the back office to the frontline, to tackle its manpower crunch, instead of relaxing hiring standards. The CEO of Steve Vickers and Associates was a veteran officer in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. He listed potential drawbacks in making it both physically and academically easier to join the force. He spoke to Frank Yung:
Minister detail qualities needed for district councillors  Listenfacebook
Passion and a mission to serve the community are qualities that government-appointed members of district councils will have to possess. The Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Alice Mak, was commenting after the government unveiled a revamp of the district bodies, saying they had become too politicised. The constitutional affairs minister, meanwhile, urged people not to fixate on the small proportion of directly-elected seats, which have been reduced from 90 percent to around 20. Frank Yung reports:
Businesses fret over plastics deadline  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Retail Management Association says retailers and restaurants will need more time to prepare for an upcoming ban on single-use plastic tableware and food containers. The ban is set to take effect later this year. Elvis Yu reports:
New findings raised over golf course housing plan  Listenfacebook
The Advisory Council on the Environment has discussed new findings relating to a proposal to build public housing on part of the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling. The council's chairman called the discussion useful even though members were not allowed to vote during the meeting. Leung Pak-hei reports:
Disappointment over failure to address woodland site   Listenfacebook
Advisory council members have expressed disappointment that authorities still failed to address their concerns over a 0.39-hectare area of woodland inside the Fanling golf club. Deputy chairman of the Advisory Council on the Environment, Kenneth Leung, said this area contained about 65 percent native species with over 180 trees. He said the government ignored the panel's request in August to retain the trees, so they had now suggested the government put forward a condition in the environmental permit to ensure the woodland area could be retained. He spoke to Samantha Butler:
FS welcomes passing of budget bill  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have passed the budget bill, with the only surprise being that one abstained from the vote - social welfare councillor Tik Chi-yuen. Financial Secretary Paul Chan welcomed the bill's passage, although he conceded there were some concerns about the government's finances. Violet Wong reports: