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


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Short-term dip in Japanese tourism expected  Listenfacebook
12 years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan has started to release more than a million tonnes of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, much to the objection of its neighbours. Beijing has criticised the release, branding it "extremely selfish and irresponsible". Travel agencies here specialising in Japan say they expect a short-term dip in tourism to the country following the release of the wastewater. Damon Pang reports:
Tourists need 'assurance' over travelling to Japan  Listenfacebook
The executive director of the Travel Industry Council, Fanny Yeung, says she thinks the water discharge will affect the confidence tourists have in aquatic products in Japan. She spoke to Damon Pang:
Housing Society invited to develop unwanted plot  Listenfacebook
A lawmaker says the Housing Society is the best candidate to develop a plot of land in Tsuen Wan to build 2,000 starter homes. He explained that the Society would have greater flexibility as it did not need to concentrate on generating profit, unlike private developers. Anne Chan reports:
Developers preoccupied with selling current flats  Listenfacebook
The chairman of Professional Property Services, Nicholas Brooke, says it is unsurprising for authorities to approach the Housing Society to undertake the starter homes project in Tsuen Wan. Brooke told Anne Chan that the project failed to attract private developers because their current focus was on selling existing flats rather than acquiring new land:
Latest court move won't delay golf course housing plan  Listenfacebook
The High Court has extended a temporary suspension on the government's approval of an environmental impact assessment report, pending a ruling on a judicial review filed by the Hong Kong Golf Club. The report would pave the way for the building of public housing on part of the golf course. Violet Wong reports:
Medicine delivery off to a lukewarm start  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says its medication delivery service will be extended to all of its specialist out-patient clinics from Monday, three months after the scheme was initially rolled out at the specialist clinics at Queen Mary and Tseung Kwan O hospitals. The service allows patients to make appointments on its mobile app after consultations, so their drugs can be delivered directly to their homes. A flat delivery fee of $65 is charged for each prescription. The authority's chief pharmacist, Benjamin Lee, told Elvis Yu that he expected it to take some time for patients to understand and start using the service:
HA again urged to subsidise medicine delivery cost  Listenfacebook
A patients' advocate says the uptake of the government's new medicine delivery service may not be too high but is rising, three month's since its launch. Alex Lam, chairman of Hong Kong Patients' Voices says the service is convenient, especially for those with limited mobility, and he hopes the Hospital Authority will consider subsidising welfare recipients and the elderly over the $65 cost for each delivery. He told Samantha Butler that it was too early to see if the drug delivery service could reduce waiting times at hospital pharmacies, which the Hospital Authority said was around 30 to 40 minutes:
Law clerk pleads guilty over wrongful conviction  Listenfacebook
A law clerk has plead guilty to conspiring to pervert the course of justice in a drug trafficking case that led to the wrongful conviction of a man, who had been sentenced to over two decades in prison. Kelly Yu reports:
Updated heat guidelines still 'difficult to follow'  Listenfacebook
Unionist lawmaker Lam Chun-sing says a recent survey shows employers and their staff differ over whether enough measures have been taken to avoid heat stress. The Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions and the Hong Kong Workers' Health Centre interviewed over 100 construction and cleaning workers and 36 employers. It found the majority of employers felt the updated heat guidelines were difficult to understand, with both workers and bosses unsure of which workload category that staff were in. Lam told Ben Tse that many employers also felt that providing a portable fan was enough, even though there was no electricity to recharge it:
Putin breaks silence over Prigozhin plane crash  Listenfacebook
President Putin has made his first comments on the plane crash that is presumed to have killed the Wagner mercenary boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin. Putin expressed his condolences, describing Prigozhin as a talented man who made some mistakes. Despite Putin's comments, there is widespread suspicion that the Wagner boss was deliberately killed, in revenge for the short-lived mutiny he led against the Russian military command in June. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's Moscow correspondent, Fred Weir, about the reaction to the air crash: