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


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Triad activities rising in northern New Territories  Listenfacebook
Police say triad activities are becoming increasingly rampant in the northern parts of the New Territories. The force issued the warning while announcing the arrests of more than 180 people in the area in the last two months over organised crime-related activities. Damon Pang reports:
Monkey killed after causing pile-up  Listenfacebook
Police say a monkey was responsible for a major pile up Thursday morning on Ching Cheung Road, just downhill from Eagles Nest and the Kowloon Reservoirs. No one was injured except for the jay-walking macaque, which was killed. Wendy Wong reports:
Heavy workload poses a challenge in SEN teaching  Listenfacebook
The city's equality watchdog says educators are finding it challenging to teach students with special education needs, adding that more money is needed to better support these pupils. The Equal Opportunities Commission earlier surveyed more than 1,800 educators, including principals, teachers and special educational needs coordinators - or Sencos. More than 80 percent of them said tight teaching schedules and heavy workloads posed the biggest difficulty in implementing integrated education in schools. Rizwan Ullah is the convenor of the watchdog's policy, research and training committee. He spoke to Vanessa Cheng about the committee's findings:
HKU to change disciplinary rules on 'disreputable' conduct  Listenfacebook
The University of Hong Kong is planning to change its rules so that its disciplinary committee can handle complaints involving conduct "considered to be bringing the university into disrepute". As Vanessa Cheng reports, the school made the proposal after taking into consideration similar provisions of other professional organisations and institutions:
eHealth app helpful for monitoring diabetes  Listenfacebook
Chinese University researchers say diabetes patients who use the government's electronic health app are 40 percent more likely to have better control of their disease than those who do not. Five years after the launch of the eHealth app in 2016, they studied over 100,000 diabetes patients with the Health Bureau for nearly a year-and-a-half. The researchers say patients who used the Health Management module in the app had better blood sugar control than other patients. Professor Martin Wong told Vanessa Cheng that the application could not replace doctor consultations, but it played an important role:
HKMA launches anti-scam charter  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority says scammers are taking advantage of increasingly advanced technology and changing consumer behaviour to milk money out of credit card users. It says the number of complaints it has received in the first five months of this year is close to matching the total number it received for the whole of last year. It has teamed up with the Association of Banks to launch a charter for merchants to pledge to help combat credit card scams. Alan Au, executive director of the authority's banking conduct department, told Samantha Butler that consumers should be more wary of fraudulent links:
Kai Tak and Tung Chung sites up for tender  Listenfacebook
The government says it will put up two residential sites for tender between July and September. They are expected to provide around 1,740 residential units. Aaron Tam reports:
BRI held back by geopolitical tensions  Listenfacebook
A local scholar says Hong Kong can play a pivotal role in the Belt and Road Initiative as a gateway to the mainland and the rest of the world. James Wang, research director of the Belt and Road Hong Kong Centre, says the SAR is well-positioned to contribute to and benefit from Beijing's multi-billion-dollar plan. Wang also says the decade-old project has not yet fully realised its potential due to geopolitical tensions. He spoke to Kelly Yu:
1,500 restaurants offer handover discounts  Listenfacebook
Some 1,500 restaurants will be offering a 29 percent discount on selected menu items on Saturday to celebrate the 26th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the mainland. Those taking part, such as McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Maxim's, will reduce prices on selected items to 71 percent of the usual cost in a nod to July 1. Dennis Wu, the Chairman of the Hong Kong Japanese Food and Cuisine Association, told Ada Au that an across-the-board price cut was not feasible due to profit concerns:
LKF business back to pre-pandemic levels  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Officer of Lan Kwai Fong Group says bars and restaurants in the area, as well as its own outlets, will be offering high-end deals on Saturday, to help celebrate the handover anniversary. Jonathan Zeman says business has returned to pre-pandemic levels and they are seeing the benefits of the government's Hello Hong Kong campaign, to bring in tourists. He told Ben Tse about the challenges still facing the F&B industry: