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


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DC constituencies cut to a tenth of their former number  Listenfacebook
Newly drawn geographical constituencies for future district council elections will see hundreds of thousands of people represented by just two councillors. The more than 450 constituencies of the past will become 44 much larger constituencies, each with two directly-elected representatives. Frank Yung has more:
Central Committee-run HKMAO holds its first meeting  Listenfacebook
Xia Baolong has been named the head of the revamped Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. He has also chaired the first meeting of the new top office for SAR affairs, as Kelly Yu reports:
CE warns Tokyo about wider Fukushima seafood ban  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says the government will ban seafood from a large number of Japanese prefectures if Tokyo releases waste water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. He also said restaurants would be understanding if such restrictions are imposed. Leung Pak-hei reports:
60 percent of talent applications to be approved  Listenfacebook
Speaking at his pre-Executive Council media briefing, the Chief Executive also revealed that authorities will approve around 60 percent of applications from people seeking to move to Hong Kong under various talent schemes. John Lee said the schemes will help keep the SAR in top competitive form, as Janice Yuen reports:
Loop hospital cuts wait times for radiology  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says the waiting time for radiology services at hospitals in the New Territories has been cut by three months since it opened its makeshift hospital in the Lok Ma Chau Loop in April. Officials say its services were expanded earlier this month to cover all hospital patients in Hong Kong. Dr Sin Ngai-chuen is the clinical stream coordinator for the New Territories East cluster of hospitals. He told Vanessa Cheng that patients can now get diagnostic services a year and a half earlier than previously scheduled:
Most students allocated to their top secondary-school choices  Listenfacebook
Over 90 percent of students have been allocated their top-three schools of choice through this year's secondary school allocation. But "door-knocking" - the practice in which parents approach preferred schools directly to secure their first choice - is still common, even with a recent reduction of such spots at schools. Aaron Tam reports:
New picture book to raise awareness about autistic children  Listenfacebook
The Family Planning Association has introduced a new picture book featuring autistic children. Author Chau Wai-wai, who is also an education officer from the association, says although the picture book features autistic children, it is aimed at the public so that they can empathise with the difficulties of those on the spectrum. She told Ben Tse about the struggles of these children and how the public can be more inclusive:
Parents need to set a good example for on-line activities  Listenfacebook
A psychologist says parents are key in developing reasonable on-line habits among Hong Kong's children. Professor Sherry Yang, from the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care Department of the Chinese University, was talking about a survey she was involved in that suggested strong links between the tendency to online addiction and poor mental health. Almost half of the 2,700 students questioned claimed to have experienced moderate to very severe depression. Almost a third admitted taking part in binge gaming, and over 40 percent said they binge watch videos. The study was jointly carried out by the HKCT Institute of Higher Education and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Yang told Mike Weeks more about the study:
Free air tickets snapped up within hours  Listenfacebook
More than 21,000 free air tickets offered by Hong Kong Express have been snapped up within hours. The airline's website was swamped as people tried to get their hands on the freebies. Vanessa Cheng reports: