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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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Farewell banquet for official deemed 'wasteful'  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says lessons should be learnt over a banquet held for a departing government official last week, which drew criticism from a former leader for being over-the-top and wasteful. Lee says there are simpler ways to thank officials for their work, as Damon Pang reports:
CE: 'No guarantee' over safety of Fukushima waste water  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says "stern and serious" measures are needed, in response to Japan's release of waste water from its stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. Japan's environment ministry says tests of seawater near the Fukushima plant have not detected any radioactivity, days after authorities began discharging the treated water that was used to cool damaged reactors. But Lee made it clear there was no guarantee the process could be free of risk or human error. Frank Yung reports:
No clarity on possible arrest of Pillar of Shame artist  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security Chris Tang has stopped short of saying whether Hong Kong police intended to arrest a Danish artist whose sculpture was seized over a national security case. Frank Yung reports:
CE vows to protect local workers  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee has vowed to prioritise local workers in his policymaking. The comments came as he held consultations for a second time over his upcoming Policy Address. Lee highlighted the need to improve the skills of local workers, while insisting imported employees were not cheap labour. Anne Chan reports:
Bring in labour to boost night-time economy  Listenfacebook
A hospitality expert says the labour importation scheme should be enhanced to bring in workers to help the retail sector. Dennis Wu from the Vocational Training Council was commenting after some retailers voiced support for extending business hours to help revitalise the city's night-time economy. But Wu said such business plans could be hampered by insufficient retail manpower. He also told Janice Wong that tourists would appreciate more night-time bazaars:
Eastern crossing switches to electronic toll charging  Listenfacebook
Traffic at the Eastern Harbour Crossing has been generally smooth after it switched to using the government's new electronic toll charging, early on Sunday morning. All three cross-harbour tunnels now use the HKeToll system. Damon Pang reports:
CUHK hails non-invasive procedure for blocked bile ducts  Listenfacebook
Chinese University researchers say they have developed a highly-effective non-invasive treatment for blocked bile ducts. The procedure, called ECDS, employs ultrasound to insert a stent that connects the bile duct and a portion of the small intestine. Researchers say in a study of more than 150 patients, the approach had a higher success rate and shorter procedural time compared with conventional methods. Professor Anthony Teoh from the University's Department of Surgery expressed optimism about the findings. He spoke to Janice Yuen:
'NFTs, immersive entertainment to become part of daily life'  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the government is promoting the strong and sustainable development of Web3 in Hong Kong with the help of leaders of relevant industries. As Anne Chan reports, Chan says he expects the technology to become part of everyday life:
AI: Deepfakes and Scams  Listenfacebook
RTHK's final feature on Artificial intelligence now examines its potential misuse. Police are on guard against criminals who may exploit the ability of AI to replicate people's voices to scam their friends or relatives. Frank Yung investigates:
Canadian minister on rare trip to China  Listenfacebook
Canada's Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault will attend three days of climate talks in China from Monday. He is the first Canadian cabinet member to visit China in four years, amid strained ties between the two countries. Hailey Yip reports:
Evergrande's losses narrow to US$4.5 billion  Listenfacebook
Heavily-indebted mainland property giant, Evergrande Group, says it lost the equivalent of about US$4.5 billion in first half of the year - about half the amount lost during the same period last year, thanks to a rise in revenue. The announcement on Sunday on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange comes after it applied on Friday for a resumption of trading in its Hong Kong shares, which have been suspended since March 2022. This month, Evergrande filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. Robert Kemp reports:
Mainland halves tax on stock trading  Listenfacebook
Authorities on the mainland say the stamp duty on stock trading will be cut by half from Monday. They hope the move will boost the equity market, as Anne Chan reports:
BRICS plus Six emerges stronger, but 'perils ahead'  Listenfacebook
In January, the five-nation BRICS club gets bigger, with the admissions of Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates set to join the grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Last week, President Xi Jinping described the expansion of BRICS as historic. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, in Washington told Samantha Butler that the doubling in size would strengthen the bloc but there were perils ahead, not least over relations between China and India: