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


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Kerry: Climate change a separate diplomatic issue  Listenfacebook
America's climate envoy has urged China to treat global warming separately from broader diplomatic issues. John Kerry, on the last day of his trip to the mainland, said this was because climate change was a "universal threat". Kelly Yu reports:
Pandemic blamed for record low number of DSE top scorers  Listenfacebook
Education Secretary Christine Choi has blamed the Covid pandemic for the sharp drop in top scorers in this year's Diploma of Secondary Education exams. Only four students achieved a perfect score, down from 11 last year and the lowest number since the DSE was introduced in 2012. As Violet Wong reports, they were among nearly 50,000 school leavers who received their results on Wednesday:
District Councils revamp discussed at mainland meeting  Listenfacebook
Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs Alice Mak has wrapped up her four-day visit to Beijing by talking about her meeting with top Hong Kong affairs official Xia Baolong. She said they discussed the revamp of district administration here, as Elvis Yu reports:
Migration led to 'severe shortage' of HK accountants  Listenfacebook
An accounting group has called on the government to include auditors in its talent list and make it easier for them to come to Hong Kong. It comes after a survey found that the territory was facing a "severe shortage" of accountants. The group surveyed over 300 accountants and students from October to February, and found over 30 percent of the respondents' firms had an acute shortage of staff. Clement Chan, chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Registered Public Interest Entity Auditors, spoke to Ada Au:
Volunteers want more training  Listenfacebook
A marketing professor says education and training are needed to encourage more people in Hong Kong to volunteer. Professor Kenneth Kwong from the Hang Seng University was commissioned by the Agency for Volunteer Service to look at volunteering over the past five years. Its survey of 660 people found the majority of respondents lent a helping hand. Professor Kwong told Ben Tse that Hong Kong people were 'committed' to volunteering, but the over-50s were concerned about being able to provide quality service:
Slimmed down 'Svns' will include HK, youth teams  Listenfacebook
The CEO of Hong Kong China Rugby says the Hong Kong Sevens will continue to be the biggest event of the World Rugby Sevens Series. This is despite World Rugby slimming down the tournament, which will now be called "Svns" - and feature only the top 12 men's and women's teams. It kicks off in Dubai in December and reaches Hong Kong in April, for its last appearance at the Hong Kong Stadium. Robbie McRobbie from Hong Kong China Rugby, told Samantha Butler the trimmer format would help ensure quality, sustainability, and parity between the men and women teams:
Book lovers flock to book fair   Listenfacebook
The week-long Book Fair has opened at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. Janice Yuen was there:
Pita Limjaroenrat's bid to become Thai leader ends  Listenfacebook
Thai reformist leader Pita Limjaroenrat's bid to become prime minister has ended. His path to leadership was blocked by the military and pro-royalist establishment, despite his party winning the most votes in May elections. Aaron Tam reports:
Concerns over possible collapse of Thai coalition  Listenfacebook
RTHK's Southeast Asia correspondent, Larry Jagan, told Samantha Butler that there were now concerns that the coalition of opposition parties assembled by Pita may collapse, causing anger among supporters and triggering more demonstrations: