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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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Greenpeace says HK still far from climate goals  Listenfacebook
The environment minister has called on Hong Kong people to do more to reduce the city's carbon footprint in face of spiking global temperatures. Speaking at a ceremony to promote the SAR's carbon neutrality plan, Tse Chin-wan said Hong Kong had done considerably well so far and remained committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But a Greenpeace campaigner, Tom Ng, says the SAR still has a long way to go. He told Anne Chan that Hong Kong needed a clear roadmap on how to turn itself into a carbon-neutral city:
Call for better transport network at cruise terminal  Listenfacebook
The operator of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal says a more "robust" transport network is needed to accommodate cruise passengers. Jeff Bent, the Managing Director of Worldwide Cruise Terminals, says this year they expect over 140 ships to berth at the terminal. But he said transport links were weak, with only a single access road, no train station, and insufficient taxis. He told Janice Wong that their main recommendation was to open up the vacant lot next to the terminal and allow locals to park their cars there:
FS: New IT firms will create 4,000 jobs  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says authorities have made considerable progress in luring IT firms to Hong Kong. He said the companies had either already come to the SAR or were expected to set up shop here, and would create over 4,000 jobs in the city. Ada Au reports:
Indonesia workers decry 'unfair' fees  Listenfacebook
A group representing Indonesian domestic helpers says a new rule requiring employers to pay agency fees for hiring workers is unfair. Last week, the Indonesian government called on the SAR to comply with its zero-agency fee regulation, meaning that employers rather than helpers should shoulder all hiring costs. The move would raise the cost of hiring Indonesian helpers by several thousand dollars. Speaking during a petition outside the Indonesian Consulate on Sunday, Sringatin, chairperson of the Indonesian Migrant Workers Union, said the rule created a loss-loss situation for both domestic workers and employers. She also told Elvis Yu that Indonesian authorities should do more to protect its domestic workers, who are often exploited and overcharged:
Hundreds enjoy free facilities at "Sport for All Day"  Listenfacebook
Large crowds flocked to public swimming pools, basketball and badminton courts, as well as other leisure facilities on Sunday to take advantage of the government's “Sport for All day”, where most facilities were available for free. Ada Au reports:
PLA deployed as deadly floods hit Jilin  Listenfacebook
The mainland has deployed thousands of military and paramilitary personnel to fortify flood defences and evacuate residents in northeastern Jilin province, as floodwaters continue to cause devastation. State media say more than 7,000 soldiers have been putting sandbags along rivers, repairing damaged roads, distributing supplies and evacuating thousands. At least 14 people have been killed. Kelly Yu reports:
Shandong quake injures at least 21  Listenfacebook
At least 21 people have been injured and more than 120 buildings have collapsed after a shallow earthquake struck the eastern province of Shandong on Sunday. Kelly Yu reports:
Fitch downgrade a "warning" to the US  Listenfacebook
Last week, Fitch became the second of the three major credit-rating firms to remove its coveted AAA assessment of America's credit worthiness. It is a move that has spurred debate in Washington about spending and tax policies. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that he agreed with the US treasury secretary's assessment of Fitch's move as "puzzling" and "entirely unwarranted":