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


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Mother of abandoned son to appear in court  Listenfacebook
A 37-year-old mainland woman is set to appear in Kowloon City Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with abuse and neglect of a child. Her 12-year-old son was found at a public hospital in Yau Ma Tei earlier this month after she abandoned him. Vicky Wong reports:
Dilapidated buildings targeted for urgent repairs  Listenfacebook
The Development Secretary says officials have identified around 1,000 buildings in urgent need of repairs and they will complete the works first and ask owners to pay later. As Damon Pang reports, Bernadette Linn was speaking after the latest cases of concrete falling from dilapidated buildings in Yau-Tsim-Mong:
Ageing population, Covid, migration cited in elderly suicides  Listenfacebook
A Chair Professor at the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration says the Covid pandemic was a major driving force behind the increase in suicides among older people, as it created a lot of worries and anxieties for them. His comment came after the Samaritan Befrienders revealed that a record number of elderly people took their lives last year. The helpline NGO said over 40 percent of the 1,080 suicides last year were among people aged 60 or above. Professor Paul Yip, the director of the university's Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, spoke to Elvis Yu about the figures:
Authorities urged to find non-culling solution to wild boar  Listenfacebook
A wildlife group says learning to co-exist with wild pigs is more important than just capturing and killing boars when they enter urban areas. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department humanely dispatched a wild boar on Friday after it attacked two people near Fo Tan MTR station. But officials said the number of wild pig nuisance black spots - as well as boar sightings and nuisance reports - had dropped following the launch of measures to cull nuisance animals almost two years ago. Roni Wong, from the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group, spoke to Frank Yung about what officials should do:
'Urban design should take into account wild boars'  Listenfacebook
The head of the fauna conservation department at Kadoorie Farm says culling animals that cause a nuisance may be a common practice but should be done carefully. Gary Ades said killing was only one of many ways to deal with conflicts between wild animals and humans. He spoke to Frank Yung:
New tunnel fees take effect on Wednesday  Listenfacebook
A transport consultant says he does not expect much change to traffic conditions in the Cross Harbour Tunnel or Eastern crossing, when tolls at the tunnels rise to $30 on Wednesday. As part of the change, the fee for using the Western Harbour Tunnel will be cut to $60. The government will introduce time-varying charges later this year so that it will become more expensive to cross during rush hours. It expects congestion to ease, then. Alok Jain, the CEO of Trans-Consult, spoke to Damon Pang about the toll changes coming this week:
HK teen completes Mongolian ultra-marathon  Listenfacebook
Teenagers in Hong Kong often get a bad rap; they are accused of being glued to their phones, lazy, and of not exercising enough. But one 13-year-old has gone out of his way to disprove these claims. Javis Leung completed a three-day, 100-kilometre ultra-marathon in Mongolia at the beginning of this month. Kimmy Lau spoke to him about his experience:
FS warns of slow growth ahead of release of Q2 results  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary says Hong Kong’s economy is still on the road to improvement but growth may have slowed in the three months to June this year. Paul Chan issued the warning ahead of the release on Monday of the government's advance estimate of second quarter GDP. Mike Weeks reports:
Pension contributions increase as fund assets drop  Listenfacebook
The total assets of Hong Kong's Mandatory Provident Fund stood at $1.11 trillion at the end of the last financial year, down slightly from a year earlier. The figure was released by the city's pension regulator in its annual report, in which it noted that the average charges on funds had fallen by more than a third since the MPF was introduced more than 15 years ago. Frank Yung reports:
Heat wave puts two-thirds of US population under alerts   Listenfacebook
Millions of people in the United States have been suffering through a weekend of brutally hot temperatures and oppressive humidity, as an unrelenting heat wave settled over the Midwest and East Coast. More than 175 million people were under excessive heat warnings and advisories as temperatures in many spots rose well above 38 degrees celsius. Last week, the Biden administration announced a number of measures to try to tackle the extreme weather, including protections for workers. But RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that Biden's climate agenda was 'very ambitious':