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


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Monday morning shut down as typhoon skirts HK   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Observatory raised the number eight Northeast Gale or Storm Signal early Monday morning, shutting the city down as Typhoon Talim moved to within 260 kilometres of the SAR as it churned across the South China Sea towards the Leizhou Peninsula in western Guangdong. Here's Cecil Wong:
Heatwave 'a silent killer'  Listenfacebook
A meteorologist has urged Hong Kong people to take climate change more seriously as heat waves and extreme weather sweep the world. Leung Wing-mo, a former assistant director of the Hong Kong Observatory, called extreme heat 'a silent killer'. He said the kinds of extraordinarily high temperatures currently gripping southern Europe, and parts of the United States and China have led to tens of thousands of deaths in the past, and such conditions are becoming increasingly common. The world has just experienced its hottest week ever. Mike Weeks asked Leung about the first typhoon to threaten Hong Kong this year and whether it was unusually early:
John Kerry arrives in Beijing to restart climate change talks  Listenfacebook
US climate envoy John Kerry is in Beijing to restart stalled talks between the world's two biggest emitters of planet-warming gases. He is scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, and the two sides are expected to exchange views on how to work together to address climate change. Todd Harding reports:
Many young people unaware of green initiatives  Listenfacebook
A Hong Kong youth think-tank has urged the government to take greater action to tackle climate change by strengthening education and providing incentives to encourage low-carbon lifestyles. Youth Ideas surveyed over 900 people aged 15 to 34 last month and found that about half of them do not know what "sustainable consumption" and "carbon neutrality" are. Jewel Ho, a member of Youth Ideas, told Janice Wong more about the findings of its study:
Strong interest in government's labour import scheme  Listenfacebook
Applications opened on Monday to bring in construction workers under the latest phase of the government's labour importation scheme. The quota is for 12,000 workers in 29 job categories, with priority given to public works projects. The Construction Industry Council expects strong interest. Its chairman Thomas Ho says a central dormitory should be ready to house the thousands of workers before they arrive later this year. He spoke to Ada Au:
Surge in business as public spends next round of consumption vouchers  Listenfacebook
Restaurants and shops in Hong Kong experienced a surge in business on Sunday after the government distributed the latest round of its electronic consumption vouchers. Eligible members of the public had HK$2,000 added to their electronic wallets, as Elvis Yu reports:
Six percentage point fall in US inflation 'extraordinarily positive'  Listenfacebook
US stocks posted another week of solid gains last week, despite retreating on Friday as bank and financial shares dropped on the first reports that kicked off the new earnings season. The Nasdaq has skyrocketed over 42 percent this year, while the broad S&P 500 index is up over 17 percent. A basket of the most-shorted US stocks is up 40 percent since early May, catching many hedge funds out. That is because they positioned themselves earlier in the year for a US economic downturn, amid interest rates hikes, sticky inflation and rising geopolitical tension. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington-based economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if it was the fall in US inflation to about three percent that's confounded many financial analysts: