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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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Local workers fear impact of labour import scheme  Listenfacebook
A survey by a community group has found that the vast majority of local workers are worried that an expanded labour importation scheme will affect their livelihoods. In June, the government said it planned to hire up to 20,000 non-local construction and transport workers and temporarily lift an import ban on workers with 26 job types to ease manpower shortages. The Society for Community Organisation surveyed around 200 people online in recent weeks and found nine out of 10 were worried their jobs would be affected. The group's deputy director, Sze Lai-shan, said three-quarters of respondents were against the scheme, saying the government should set import quotas for the non-skilled jobs. She spoke to Damon Pang:
HK should keep attracting tourists  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong must continue to improve its attractiveness to tourists, even as the number of arrivals rebounds. As Violet Wong reports, he emphasised the significance of catering to evolving preferences and the spending patterns of visitors, including the younger generation:
ALS patients need specialised clinic  Listenfacebook
The government has been urged to set up a clinic to help people suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS is a rare neurodegenerative disorder that causes muscle weakness, difficulty speaking and swallowing, and can ultimately lead to respiratory failure. As Vanessa Cheng reports, a diagnostic delay is adversely affecting the quality of life of ALS patients in Hong Kong:
First ALS registry shows severe disabilities of sufferers  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Neuro-Muscular Disease Association has set up the city's first-ever ALS registry, which shows more than 60 percent of patients are medically certified as severely disabled. The associations' consultant doctor, Kwok Tsz-kin, told Vanessa Cheng about the importance of specialist services for ALS sufferers:
New flexi-trip policy for high-speed rail passengers  Listenfacebook
Some high-speed rail passengers have welcomed a new policy that allows them to change to a later journey if they miss their train to Futian, the central business district of Shenzhen. From Monday, the MTR's flexi-trip policy will allow passengers to make up to three last-minute changes to their journeys from West Kowloon to Futian or vice versa. Wendy Wong reports:
New dominant Covid variant 'not a concern'  Listenfacebook
An epidemiologist says a new strain of Covid-19 does not pose a particular threat, despite it being designated as a variant of interest by the World Health Organisation. Professor Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health says Eris is similar to previous strains and has been detected for months in Hong Kong. He said contrary to media reports, Eris was not spreading rapidly. Professor Cowling told Janice Wong that he hoped there would be a diminishing impact from Covid-19 every year but stressed the need to keep up with vaccinations:
ChatGPT versus teachers in mock exam  Listenfacebook
Some call 2023 the Year of AI. It is undeniable that the growing influence of generative AI products, such as ChatGPT, has been one of the biggest stories this year. It went from nothing to one of the hottest apps in weeks. And one of the biggest questions surrounding the powerful AI-driven chatbot is how will it affect education? RTHK designed an experiment to see how powerful ChatGPT is, by putting it in the hands of two primary school students, who had to compete against experts and top-scorers in a mock DSE-exam. Kelly Yu finds out how it went:
Shaanxi mudslide death toll rises to 21  Listenfacebook
China says the number of people killed in a mudslide in the northern province of Shaanxi has risen to 21. Emergency services say six people are still missing. Jacqueline Guico reports:
Call for UK parliament to discuss NI police data leak  Listenfacebook
Last week, the names of police officers and staff in Northern Ireland, including where they were based and their roles, were published on the internet. The data was made public by mistake as police responded to a routine freedom of information request. Now, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist party wants parliament in London to be recalled from summer recess to discuss any national security implications of the leak. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler how the leak occurred: