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


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Civil servants hope for decent pay rise  Listenfacebook
Civil servants could get pay rises of up to 4.65 percent this year. The figure was arrived at following an annual survey of private sector salary awards. But as Wendy Wong reports, that does not mean government workers will get such a rise:
Association says staff morale needs a boost  Listenfacebook
The president of the Chinese Civil Servants' Association, Li Kwai-yin, says she hopes the pay adjustment this year can keep up with inflation and boost the morale of government workers. She spoke to Frank Yung:
KMB drivers demand eight percent pay rise  Listenfacebook
A union representing KMB bus drivers is demanding an eight percent pay rise this year. It also proposed more than 10 measures to improve driver's working conditions during their first round of pay talks with the bus company on Wednesday. Todd Harding reports:
15 romance scammers arrested in family-run operation  Listenfacebook
Police say they have busted a family-run syndicate committing online romance scams and arrested 15 people. Officers say more than 150 victims were cheated out of $21 million. Leung Pak-hei reports:
HKFA promises tighter monitoring amid corruption scandal  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Hong Kong Football Association says it will step up monitoring of games at all league levels after 11 First Division players were arrested on Monday on suspicion of match-fixing. But Pui Kwan-kay says teams also have an important role to play in stamping out corruption in local football, as Violet Wong reports:
Local students ranked second in global literacy poll  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong students have been ranked second in an international reading test, which highlighted the decline in literacy during the Covid pandemic. Education officials say the SAR's strong performance shows teachers managed to continue to help pupils during the long school closures, as the city was hit by waves of the coronavirus. Vanessa Cheng reports:
HKU researcher cites 'good books' in helping literacy  Listenfacebook
Researchers from the University of Hong Kong, who participated in the literacy study, say over 70 percent of countries suffered a decline in scores amid the pandemic. But Cheong Choo-mui from the university's Faculty of Education says the pandemic could have affected data-collecting in some of these countries. She told Ben Tse that in Hong Kong, parents provided a conducive learning environment for their children, such as having good books in the home:
Call for better govt support and funding for IVF  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Nixie Lam says the government could put more effort into helping its citizens reproduce. During Wednesday's Legislative Council question and answer session, concerns were raised over the high cost of treatments, such as IVF, in the private sector, which many couples cannot afford. Lam says she paid over $200,000 for IVF treatment and is now 32 weeks pregnant. She told Vicky Wong it could take 18 months in the public sector before a couple could even see a doctor, and unnecessary procedures and documentation further prolonged the process:
Li Hui wraps up peacemaker role in Kyiv  Listenfacebook
Beijing's special representative, Li Hui, has wrapped up two days of talks with the Foreign Ministry in Kyiv as part of China's initiative to find a pathway to peace in Ukraine. It is the first stop of a diplomatic tour that is also expected to take him to Moscow, as well as other European capitals. Steve Dunthorne reports:
39 crew missing after Chinese fishing boat capsizes  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has ordered all-out search and rescue efforts to try to find survivors of a Chinese fishing vessel that capsized in the Indian Ocean. CCTV said the ship's 39 crew members were missing. Kelly Yu reports:
3D mapping creates digital twin of Titanic  Listenfacebook
It is probably the most-famous shipwreck of all time, featured in numerous documentaries and films. But there is now a version of the Titanic that has not been seen before. Experts have used 3D technology to map the whole ship and create its "digital twin". Historians hope it may help provide greater insights about how the liner sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, killing more than 1,500 people. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Annemarie Evans more about this first full-sized digital scan of the Titanic: