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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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NGO asks for more help to tackle revenge porn  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's rape crisis centre is calling for images of people's faces to be classed as "personal data" given advances in technology, and so the Privacy Commissioner can join the fight against "revenge porn". RainLily says this is because the unauthorised distribution of intimate images, even where a person's face is visible, is not treated as a privacy breach unless the material is accompanied by other personal information. Frank Yung reports:
Definition of 'intimate image' needs clarity  Listenfacebook
RainLily says in the two years since it started a new “Take-Down Assistance” service, it has received several hundred requests for help in removing sexual images and videos posted on the internet without the consent of those featured. It said it had been 89 percent successful in removing such material from porn sites and other platforms. Jacey Kan, a senior advocacy officer at RainLily, said many revenge porn victims initially sought help from the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, only to be turned away. She spoke to Anne Chan about the impact of the circulation of such images on victims:
Proposal to plug loopholes over part-timers  Listenfacebook
Unionists and business representatives have in general expressed support for proposed changes to the Employment Ordinance to enhance protection for part-time workers. But views are mixed on who the entitlements should cover, as Elvis Yu reports:
Proposals good for 'gig' workers and employers  Listenfacebook
Roy Ying, co-chair of the Advocacy and Policy Research Committee at the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, says he does not believe the proposed changes will do much to change the local employment landscape. He also told Elvis Yu that the threshold should be set at 72 hours in four weeks because that would be in line with the current arrangement of 18 hours a week:
Set lower threshold so more part-timers can benefit  Listenfacebook
But unionist and legislator, Lam Chun-sing, says the threshold for giving part-time workers greater benefits should be set at 60 hrs/mth, to include more workers. Lam, chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions, says he does not believe that employers will make adjustments to prevent part-time staff meeting this threshold as that will be 'very difficult'. He also told Ben Tse that the proposed changes do not include freelancers:
Falling masonry punches through bus roof  Listenfacebook
The Buildings Department says a piece of concrete, that punctured the roof of a bus in Mong Kok on Tuesday, may be linked to work being carried out on the exterior wall of Sun Hing Building, after masonry fell from the block last month. No one on the bus was injured but a contractor has been arrested. Mike Weeks reports:
Higher penalties called for over building maintenance  Listenfacebook
A former chairman of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers' Building division says the government needs to take action over ageing buildings, as their numbers have increased from around 3,000 to 9,000 in the past decade. Adam Choy says building owners also need more awareness of their maintenance responsibilities. He told Samantha Butler that authorities should increase penalties on owners who ignore renovation notices:
Lucky escape after minibus bursts into flames  Listenfacebook
Passengers on a nearly full minibus had a miraculous escape on Tuesday morning when it was engulfed in fire. The fierce blaze erupted in Tsuen Wan after the vehicle's engine apparently overheated. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Fears of congestion over Hung Shui Kiu transport plan  Listenfacebook
Concerns have been raised that a green transport system proposal for the north west New Territories could increase traffic congestion in the area. Authorities are planning to introduce trackless trams or articulated buses in the Hung Shui Kiu new development area, saying it would allow higher flexibility in bus routes and cost less to build. But Wong Tan-ching, the vice-chair of Tuen Mun District Council, told Violet Wong that he was worried the new system would be similar to the existing light rail, which has been blamed for causing traffic jams in Tuen Mun and Yuen Long:
Train surfers given community service for parkour stunt  Listenfacebook
Two men have been given community-service orders for jumping on the roofs of moving Light Rail trains. A magistrate called their actions dangerous. Frank Yung reports:
Viral video shows monkeys taking over club's pool  Listenfacebook
The swimming pool of a country club in Tsuen Wan has been turned into a primate paradise. A video showing dozens of monkeys taking over the club's pool and enjoying a leisurely dip has gone viral, as Frank Yung reports:
Legal challenges mount over UK's migrant barge  Listenfacebook
The British government is threatening to cut financial support to asylum seekers if they refuse to board a controversial barge off the south England coast. Only 15 boarded on Monday, despite the vessel being meant to accommodate more than 500 migrants. RTHK's UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Samantha Butler that while the accommodation is cheaper, it raises concerns about safety and hygiene: