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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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Government to subsidise private screening for disease  Listenfacebook
The government has announced it will help subsidise private-sector screenings for people 45 or older for hypertension and diabetes. It is part of a plan to switch the focus of Hong Kong's healthcare system from treatment to the prevention of illnesses. Vanessa Cheng has the details:
New screening scheme good for patients and healthcare system  Listenfacebook
The government announced the Chronic Disease Co-Care Pilot Scheme last year as part of its primary healthcare blueprint. In a paper submitted to Legco, it has suggested a one-off grant for people being screened at family doctors, so they will only have to pay HK$120. The government will also subsidise people who are diagnosed with the diseases. Alex Lam, chairman of Hong Kong Patients' Voices, told Vanessa Cheng that the scheme will benefit patients and the healthcare system:
Public asked about cigarette sale ban for life   Listenfacebook
Officials are asking the public for their opinion on whether they should ban for life the sale of cigarettes to people born after a certain year as New Zealand has done. That is among over a dozen possible proposals the authorities have listed out to further reduce smoking in Hong Kong. Damon Pang reports:
Bill passed to bring in steeper penalties for littering  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have passed a bill to bring in steeper penalties for littering, illegal waste dumping and illegal shop extensions. From late October, people who litter will be charged HK$3,000 - double the current HK$1,500 fine. The changes were proposed in the Chief Executive's Policy Address last year. Damon Pang reports:
Japanese seafood ban when Fukushima water discharged  Listenfacebook
The government says imports of seafood and other marine products from ten Japanese prefectures will be banned as soon as Tokyo starts discharging treated radioactive water into the ocean. Environment chief Tse Chin-wan called it a precautionary move to ensure food safety and public health in Hong Kong. Altis Wong reports:
Defendant's rights 'protected' under changes to criminal law  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice says defendant's rights will be protected under amendments to the Criminal Procedure Ordinance. As Steve Dunthorne reports, Paul Lam was speaking after lawmakers approved the changes that will give prosecutors more powers to fight rulings that go against them:
Larger public housing still some way off  Listenfacebook
The government says it is not ready to build larger public rental flats for at least a few more years. Housing chief Winnie Ho says officials will consider such a move when an adequate overall supply is guaranteed. Frank Yung has more:
Successful operations by new robotic surgery system  Listenfacebook
The Chinese University's Faculty of Medicine says it has successfully tested a new robotic surgery system in ten prostate cancer operations. In the past, surgeons used an all-in-one device, but the new system uses four individual robot arms that are more mobile and more flexible to deploy. The university's urology professor, Ng Chi-fai, spoke to Leung Pak-hei:
US special envoy John Kerry to visit Beijing   Listenfacebook
John Kerry, the US special envoy on climate issues, will visit China for four days starting from Sunday. Kerry will be the latest senior American official to travel to Beijing in recent weeks, as Kelly Yu reports:
Huw Edwards at the centre of BBC controversy  Listenfacebook
The BBC's highest-profile news anchor, Huw Edwards, has been named as the presenter at the centre of allegations that have dominated the media in Britain for days. He has led the British public broadcaster's coverage of major news events, including last year's funeral of Queen Elizabeth. In a statement, his wife said he was being treated in hospital for serious mental health problems. Last Friday, The Sun newspaper alleged that a BBC presenter - who it did not name - had paid a teenager for sexually explicit images. But police say they have found no evidence of any criminality. However, RTHK's London-based correspondent Gavin Grey told Mike Weeks that three BBC employees have now come forward to accuse Edwards of inappropriate behaviour towards them:
HK Streetathon 'a party for all'  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Streetathon will return in December after a two-year pandemic hiatus. The event this time will feature a marathon, a cross-harbour half-marathon, and 10-kilometre races through Tseung Kwan O Tunnel and across its connecting bridge. It will take place on December 17, but there will also be a pre-race week-long campaign to attract more overseas runners. Andes Leung, the CEO and co-founder of the event's organiser, RunOurCity, told Ben Tse that the Streetathon will be a party for all: