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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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Waste-charging scheme delayed again  Listenfacebook
Environment secretary Tse Chin-wan says the waste-charging scheme, which the government had initially planned to bring in by the end of this year, will not now be rolled out until next April. He said authorities decided to delay the launch after considering the views of cleaning workers. Violet Wong reports:
Delay of waste-charging scheme 'reasonable'  Listenfacebook
A think tank says the government's decision to delay the launch of the waste-charging scheme is 'reasonable'. Lawrence Iu, executive director of the think tank Civic Exchange, told Mike Weeks the government has already been doing a lot to achieve its goal of reducing the amount of waste households throw away including enhancement works in waste management facilities:
Pope Francis elevates HK bishop to cardinal  Listenfacebook
Bishop Stephen Chow, the head of the Catholic diocese in Hong Kong, has been named a cardinal by Pope Francis. The elevation of the 63-year-old follows his landmark visit to Beijing in April, when he called for closer ties between the church in the city and its counterparts on the mainland. Here's Robert Kemp:
Biobank will help HK's drug development  Listenfacebook
The Chinese University says its biobank will attract multinational pharmaceutical companies and help to turn Hong Kong into a base for drug development. The biobank, at the Prince of Wales Hospital, recently received accreditation from A2LA. It is only the second in the Asia-Pacific region to be recognised by the biobank accreditation agency - one of the largest in the world - after a facility in South Korea. The dean of medicine at the university, Francis Chan, told Elvis Yu it is a "milestone for Hong Kong":
DAB calls for one-stop border inspections  Listenfacebook
The DAB has called for a one-stop inspection system to allow cross-border travellers to complete immigration and customs procedures at the same time. It was among 19 measures proposed by the party to boost cross-border travel, as Elvis Yu reports:
FS' Shanghai visit right for HK's IT development  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says his visit to Shanghai last week showed that Hong Kong is heading in the right direction in developing innovation and technology. Elvis Yu has the details:
Better management needed to ensure building repairs and maintenance  Listenfacebook
A structural engineer says assistance is needed to help property owners and grassroots tenants manage their blocks, to ensure repair and maintenance works is carried out in a timely manner. Greg Wong made the suggestion after lumps of concrete fell onto a busy Mong Kok street twice in less than a week and raised concerns about the safety of older blocks across Hong Kong. The building was classified as a low-risk structure by the authorities, when its owners applied to join an inspection and maintenance scheme in 2018. He spoke to Janice Wong about this:
Warning issued over support for NSL eight  Listenfacebook
Executive Council convenor Regina Ip says anyone who offers financial support to eight national security suspects living overseas and wanted by Hong Kong may get into trouble. She also says the move to issue arrest warrants for them sends a strong message to the world that they have committed "serious crimes". Here's Kelly Yu:
New sports park could host Asian Games  Listenfacebook
The head of the Hong Kong Sports Institute, Tang King-shing, says the opening of the Kai Tak Sports Park could pave the way for the city to host large-scale events such as the Asian Games in future. Leung Pak-hei has more:
Janet Yellen's Beijing trip 'constructive'  Listenfacebook
The US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, says her talks with senior officials in Beijing have helped stabilise relations between the two countries. The Xinhua news agency described her talks as constructive, though said Beijing has concerns over the sanctions and restrictions the US has imposed on China. It also noted that the two sides had agreed to strengthen communication and cooperation on addressing global challenges, and would continue with exchanges and interactions. RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, told Mike Weeks that Yellen's visit was positive though no major breakthroughs were made: