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


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HK to comply with Beijing's patriotic education rules  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says Hong Kong will comply with the patriotic education requirements imposed by Beijing, whether or not a relevant law ultimately applies to the SAR. The draft bill being considered is aimed at promoting patriotism in the country, especially among the younger generations. Wendy Wong reports:
HK schools should be given 'leeway' over patriotic learning  Listenfacebook
An educator says local schools should be given more leeway over complying with mainland patriotic education rules, which are currently being drafted. Mervyn Cheung, who chairs the Hong Kong Education Policy Concern Organisation, says a lot of work has already been done on patriotic education in local schools, but they started late and are behind their mainland counterparts in developing curriculum and guidelines in this area. But he told Samantha Butler that feedback from parents and students had so far been quite positive:
CE cites 'heavy workload' in first year in office  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive says his administration is fully committed in its work to make up for time lost due to the Covid pandemic and the 2019 social unrest. Reflecting on his first year in office, John Lee pointed to the success of the various talent schemes and the recovery of tourism, but said land and housing remained major challenges, as Violet Wong reports:
Turkey rescue team honoured with top award  Listenfacebook
John Lee has announced that the 59-strong government rescue team sent to Turkey after February's devastating earthquake will be the first recipients of the Chief Executive's Award for Exemplary Performance. He introduced the award in his inaugural policy address last year. Hailey Yip reports:
HKU construction defects due to 'inexperience'  Listenfacebook
A veteran engineer says a lack of experience in handling concrete could explain why honeycomb-shaped cavities were found at a University of Hong Kong campus re-development project. Greg Wong made the comments after the university confirmed the construction defects, which the Buildings Department said did not pose any immediate structural danger. Photos of the cavities were first shared on social media by Jason Poon, who blew the whistle on shoddy work on an MTR station development. Wong, the former president of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, spoke to Frank Yung:
Two toddlers in stable condition after ingesting cannabis  Listenfacebook
An associate professor in paediatrics and adolescent medicine says cannabis use by children can have a serious impact on their mental and physical well being. Dr Mike Kwan from the University of Hong Kong issued the warning following the admission of two very young girls to Tuen Mun Hospital on Monday, after they were allegedly fed candy containing the drug. They are now said to be in a stable condition, as Hailey Yip reports:
Paediatrician warns against cannabis use in children  Listenfacebook
Paediatric doctor, Mike Kwan, says cannabis is not a licensed drug in Hong Kong and it should be kept away from children. He told Hailey Yip that parents should educate their children on the dangers of cannabis use:
HK trade figures show significant declines  Listenfacebook
Manufacturers say they plan to diversify their markets to counter a more than year-long drop in trade. This came after the SAR's import and export figures for May recorded the most significant declines in four months. Ada Au reports:
NWD shares rise on news of buy back  Listenfacebook
Shares in New World Development have finished slightly higher while NWS Holdings surged more than 11 percent on Tuesday, after the developer announced that the private investment company of its chairman and his family had offered to buy back the stock of its holding company in a deal worth up to $35.5 billion. Tycoon Henry Cheng and his family had proposed the deal to take private its investment holding company, as Hailey Yip reports:
Mainland business delegation inspect driverless tractors  Listenfacebook
Business leaders and consuls general - on an inspection tour of two interior provinces to tap opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative - say they are inspired by the technological development and cultural heritage on the mainland. Kelly Yu reports from Luoyang in Henan province:
Premier Li criticises the west at Summer Davos  Listenfacebook
Premier Li Qiang says the mainland economy is expected to expand at a faster pace in the second quarter compared with the previous three months. And he believes the economy is on track to reach its full-year growth target of around five percent. Elvis Yu reports:
South Koreans set to become younger  Listenfacebook
Many South Koreans from Wednesday will become one or even two years younger, thanks to a new law that will standardise how age is calculated in the country. Traditionally, Koreans are considered a year old at the time of birth and gain a year every January 1. The international system calculates a person's age from zero, with a year added every birthday. The differences have caused confusion in the past, as RTHK's correspondent in Seoul, Frank Smith, told Ben Tse: