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


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Extensive defects found in HKU redevelopment  Listenfacebook
The University of Hong Kong has confirmed that the ongoing redevelopment of its Pok Fu Lam campus has been plagued with "extensive" defects. It says it is working to rectify the problems, adding that the safety of students and staff are its top priority. Wendy Wong reports:
Questions raised over pre-flight checks before aborted take-off  Listenfacebook
It is still unclear what caused the crew of a Cathay Pacific flight to Los Angeles to abruptly abort the plane's take-off on Saturday while accelerating down the runway. An experienced aircraft engineer says although existing pre-flight checks are well established, additional checks, particularly on flight control systems could have taken place before the aircraft left the ground. But Warren Chim, the deputy chairman of the aircraft division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, told Elvis Yu it was very rare for planes to abort take-off when they were heading down the runway:
'Miscommunication' could have led to slides being deployed  Listenfacebook
A former Cathay Pacific pilot says a miscommunication may have led to the emergency slides being deployed. Peter Croagh, who was a senior check and training captain, said the Cathay jet was on the loading bay with wheel chocks attached by ground crew, so everything "seemed to be okay". Croagh told Samantha Butler that using the emergency chutes was very dangerous and he was surprised only 11 people were injured:
Booster shots urged for high-risk despite waning efficacy  Listenfacebook
Government pandemic adviser David Hui says the new Omicron subvariants, especially XBB, have rendered the two most-used vaccines here ineffective in preventing the spread of Covid-19. But he says research he led at the Chinese University shows the jabs are still useful in provoking an immune response and reducing the risks of severe cases and death. The Professor of Respiratory Medicine told Ada Au that the findings back up the government's latest recommendation for high-risk groups, including the elderly and those with chronic illnesses, to get a Covid booster shot:
Lawmakers again pressure HK Electric over rewards  Listenfacebook
The government says it will have bargaining power when it talks with Hongkong Electric over its reward mechanism. There have been calls to make changes to an agreement between the two sides, which allows the firm to be rewarded for resuming power supply soon after an outage in April. Violet Wong reports:
HK to become sniffer dogs' training hub  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong is set to become a training hub for sniffer dogs. An agreement on this was reached by the Commissioner of Customs and Excise during her trip to the World Customs Organization in Brussels and Interpol's headquarters in Lyon that ended on Monday. Mike Weeks reports:
Contraband goods seized in Kwai Tsing  Listenfacebook
Customs officers have made a record seizure of contraband goods. The haul of electronics, wine, music records and endangered species, worth $1.5 billion, was found at the Kwai Tsing container port. Sean Kennedy reports:
Students uncertain how to de-escalate bullying  Listenfacebook
A study commissioned by a think tank specialising in youth policy suggests that most secondary students choose to be bystanders when they witness school bullying because they believe that intervening may worsen the situation. MWYO conducted a focus group with 26 secondary students to learn about their responses and concerns when witnessing bullying. It also interviewed two teachers and three social workers to try to understand how schools address bullying. Angus Chan, a researcher for MWYO, told Janice Wong that most students felt they had a responsibility to intervene but did not know what to do:
Belt and Road tour continues in Henan and Shaanxi  Listenfacebook
Foreign business chambers and consuls on an inspection tour of Henan and Shaanxi provinces say they are eager to forge closer links with China. The trip to two interior provinces on the mainland marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative. Kelly Yu reports from the city of Zhengzhou in Henan province: