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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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Fujian braces for Doksuri after death toll rises in the Philippines  Listenfacebook
Although Hong Kong seems set to escape lightly from Super Typhoon Doksuri, Fujian is bracing for the full impact of the storm. The death toll from the storm in the Philippines increased sharply on Thursday night when a ferry sank near the capital, Manila, after passengers alarmed by strong winds rushed to one side of the boat, overturning it. At least 25 people were killed while 40 people were rescued and the search was ongoing for six more. As many as 36 people have been killed this week during Doksuri's transit off the northern Philippines. Wendy Wong reports:
Jail time for anyone who gets too close to Sai Kung whale  Listenfacebook
The government has warned that anyone who gets too close to a whale that has been spending time off Sai Kung recently risks landing themselves in prison. But the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has ruled out setting up an exclusion zone to protect the creature. It also said wounds on the animal's back do not appear to be fresh. Steve Dunthorne reports:
Man arrested for alleged sales of endangered turtles  Listenfacebook
A 41-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly selling poached endangered turtles via a WhatsApp group. Officers from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, along with police, found 29 endangered turtles at the suspect's flat in Tai Po during an operation earlier this month. The haul, with an estimated value of $100,000, included endangered local turtles. Edward Lau, an endangered species protection officer with the department, spoke to Frank Yung about his work in combating illegal trading of protected animals:
Harbour tunnel tolls rise next week  Listenfacebook
Tolls for the three harbour tunnels will change next week when the government takes back the Western Harbour Crossing. The move comes after the launch of the government's electronic toll system at the Cross Harbour Tunnel, but before it is rolled out at the other two crossings, as Violet Wong reports:
Two former Demosisto members arrested  Listenfacebook
Police have made another two arrests linked to their pursuit of eight people overseas accused of various national security offences. The pair are believed to be former members of a now disbanded political party. Damon Pang reports:
Sleep disorders indicate higher dementia risk  Listenfacebook
Researchers from the Chinese University say they have found that people who have a family history of a specific sleep disorder have a higher risk of developing conditions such as Parkinson's Disease and dementia. A team from the university's medical faculty carried out the study of Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) from 2017 to 2021. They found that relatives were more likely to develop the disorder - which is associated with depression and anxiety - as well as neuro-degenerative conditions. Wing Yun-Kwok, the chair of the university’s Department of Psychiatry spoke to Elvis Yu:
A non-medical approach to youth health  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups says it is seeking to empower youth through a new healthcare approach called "social prescribing". Rather than prescribe medicine, the approach prescribes social activities and interactions to address underlying health issues, such as loneliness, stress, and a lack of social support. Andy Chan, a supervisor from the federation, said the idea for this holistic approach was pioneered in Britain. He told Samantha Butler that the Federation was planning to train 1,000 people from different sectors in wellness management:
CE hails 'close relations' with Malaysia  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says Hong Kong should strengthen ties with Malaysia, while thanking the authorities there for extending the visa-free period for SAR passport holders. He also hailed what he described as "close" relations between the territory and Kuala Lumpur. Vanessa Cheng is following the CE on his ASEAN trip and reports from the Malaysian capital:
'Use Malaysia as a base to reach out to ASEAN'  Listenfacebook
The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong says the SAR should use Malaysia as a springboard into the ASEAN and Muslim markets. It says the city is the fourth-largest source of foreign investment in Malaysia and there are more service-based businesses from the SAR, including insurance and trading, entering the Malaysian market. But its deputy chairman Lawrence Liu told Vanessa Cheng that Hong Kong could go a step further by making use of the country as a base:
Local banks raise interest rates to 5.8 percent  Listenfacebook
Major banks here have raised their interest rates after the Hong Kong Monetary Authority raised its base rate by a quarter of a percentage point in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve. HSBC, Bank of China and Hang Seng Bank all raised their best lending rates by 12.5 basis points to 5.875 percent, effective from Friday. The HKMA warned that local interest rates may remain high for some time, echoing comments by the head of the US central bank, Jerome Powell. Ada Au reports: