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


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$8 million reward for information on national security suspects  Listenfacebook
The police are offering HK$1 million rewards for information leading to the arrests of eight national security offence suspects who have left Hong Kong. The fugitives are two former SAR lawmakers, a trade unionist and five other activists. Officers admit they cannot take action unless they return to the city, but hope the reward will help police gather more evidence. Violet Wong reports:
Illegal canopy caused Mong Kok concrete collapse  Listenfacebook
The Buildings Department has revealed that pieces of concrete that fell from a tall building in Mong Kok on to a busy street on Sunday came from an illegal canopy attached to a 16th floor flat. It was also confirmed that the building's owners corporation was ordered to correct defects nine years ago, but the work has yet to start. Steve Dunthorne reports:
MTR urged to improve its emergency response  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have urged the MTR Corporation to improve its emergency response mechanism. The calls were made after more than 14 high-speed rail services were cancelled or delayed on Saturday because of a signalling problem near the West Kowloon terminus. Elvis Yu reports:
Janet Yellen to visit Beijing this week  Listenfacebook
The Finance Ministry has confirmed that US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is set to visit Beijing this week. The United States says she is expected to discuss the importance for both countries "to responsibly manage” their relationship. Her long-anticipated trip is part of a push by US President Joe Biden to deepen communications between the world's two largest economies, as Wendy Wong reports:
Palace Museum to drop free-admission day  Listenfacebook
The director of the Palace Museum, Louis Ng, says it has welcomed over a million visitors since it opened one year ago, with half coming from the mainland and overseas. Although Ng said the numbers surpassed expectations, he told Hailey Yip that the museum will need to work hard to maintain financial sustainability, including dropping free admissions on Wednesdays:
HK's youth mask social anxiety  Listenfacebook
An NGO says young people in Hong Kong have been slow to begin showing their faces since the mask mandate was dropped in March, and it suggests a negative self-image and social anxiety are partly to blame. The Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service said it recently spoke to more than 2,500 primary and secondary school pupils about their mask-wearing habits before and after the pandemic. It said 80 percent of respondents had continued to wear masks despite the end of the mandate. Keswick Chuk, the service’s assistant chief executive, spoke to Mike Weeks about its findings:
More practicals key to strengthening IT education  Listenfacebook
The head of an innovation and technology centre at the Chinese University says the government should strengthen IT education, grooming students' ability to create, explore, solve problems and put things into practice. Professor William Wong, who also a lawmaker, said this is needed to help Hong Kong become an international tech hub. He told Janice Wong that recruiting overseas talent is a short-term solution, and that all students in the SAR should learn the basics of Artificial Intelligence to prepare them for an increasingly digital world:
Retails sales not as strong as it seems  Listenfacebook
Retail representatives have expressed concern about the outlook for shops even though sales have gone up for a sixth straight month. They say the latest growth is not as strong as it seems. Elvis Yu has the details:
Food on sale again at brands and products expo  Listenfacebook
Food sales will be allowed again at the annual Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo to be held later this year, ending a ban imposed because of the pandemic. It is one of four major events organised by the Chinese Manufacturers' Association in the second half of 2023, including the Hong Kong International Education and Careers Expo this weekend. The Brands and Products Expo is slated for December and January at Victoria Park. Ralph Chow, the association's chief executive, told Elvis Yu he expects more visitors to the 24-day event this year: