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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
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Top business leader calls for more measures to attract talent  Listenfacebook
The head of a top business chamber has urged the government to do more to address the city's widespread manpower shortage. George Leung called for administrative procedures to be streamlined for various talent schemes to make it easier for overseas professionals to join the workforce. Kelly Yu reports:
FS cites importance of vocational training  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong needs to focus on nurturing talent to boost productivity and creativity, according to Financial Secretary Paul Chan. In his recent blog post, Chan emphasised the importance of providing vocational training opportunities for young people to equip them with the necessary skills and improve their competitiveness. Wendy Wong reports:
Current Covid outbreak to peak within a month  Listenfacebook
A government pandemic advisor says the current Covid outbreak is expected to peak in around three to four weeks' time. Professor Ivan Hung from the University of Hong Kong says even though there are over 10,000 new cases a day, most are relatively mild. But with around 220 patients in a serious or critical condition in hospital, Professor Hung said the elderly or those with chronic health conditions should stay up-to-date with their Covid booster shots. He spoke to Janice Wong:
Justice chief reassures Article 23 laws will be rational  Listenfacebook
Secretary for Justice, Paul Lam, has sought to allay concerns over the proposed national security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law. He assured the public that the law would not impose any unreasonable restrictions on citizens and underscored that it would strike a balance between upholding national security and safeguarding human rights and freedoms. Elvis Yu reports:
Smooth launch of HKeToll at Shing Mun  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's new electronic toll system was off to a smooth start at the Shing Mun Tunnel, where it launched at 5am on Sunday. Under the HKeToll system, drivers no longer need to stop at toll gates to pay their tunnel fees. Leung Pak-hei reports:
Macular degeneration affecting younger people  Listenfacebook
People of all ages have been urged to get their eyes checked regularly, as cases of macular degeneration, an eye disease that is typically seen among the elderly, have spiked 1.5 times in the past decade. The Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society and the College of Ophthalmologists Hong Kong said the disease was now affecting younger people too. An eye specialist, Frank Lai, said an increase in screen time among youth could be a contributing factor, as high myopia is one of the causes of the disease. He told Hailey Yip that people should keep an eye out for warning signs, including vision loss, affected colour vision, and distortion of visual images:
G7 take stand against China and Russia  Listenfacebook
Moscow and Beijing have lashed out against the Group of Seven summit in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, after leaders of major democracies pledged new measures against Russia and spoke of their growing concerns over China. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed the G7 for indulging in what he said was their “own greatness” with an agenda that aimed to “deter” Russia and China. China’s Foreign Ministry accused G7 leaders of “hindering international peace”. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey told Vicky Wong that staging the summit in Hiroshima was a clear attempt to send a strong message over Russia's war in Ukraine:
China to boycott G20 meeting in India  Listenfacebook
India is hosting a Group of 20 meeting in Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir, but there is controversy over the decision and whether it is aimed at projecting “normalcy” in the disputed region. The third G20 working group meeting on tourism will be held in the region from Monday to Wednesday - the first global event there since August 2019, when India’s government scrapped the special status of the country’s only Muslim-majority region. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's India correspondent, Murali Krishnan, about the decision and the countries boycotting the event: