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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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Typhoon Saola prompts 'government-wide mobilisation'  Listenfacebook
The clean-up is continuing after Super Typhoon Saola hit Hong Kong on Friday night, sparking the first No. 10 signal since Super Typhoon Mangkhut in 2018. The city escaped relatively unscathed this time. But the scare prompted the first-ever "government-wide mobilisation", with scores of civil servants springing into action. Ada Au reports:
Saola 'weakened appreciably' as it approached HK  Listenfacebook
A former assistant director at the Observatory says the compact size of Saola and its angle to the coastline meant Hong Kong was relatively unharmed by the storm. Leung Wing-mo, a spokesman of the Hong Kong Meteorological Society, said Saola weakened appreciably as it neared the city, and it didn't produce a strong storm surge because it moved parallel to the coastline. He told Janice Wong that this was the first time authorities issued the No. 8 signal so early, but this was a "good move":
Lying employers won't be allowed to import labour  Listenfacebook
The government is warning that any company caught lying about not being able to find local people to work for them will be banned from a scheme to import labour. Due to widespread labour shortages across Hong Kong, the government is allowing employers to bring in outside talent in 26 job categories. Violet Wong reports:
Govt agrees there's room to boost tobacco tax  Listenfacebook
Former health secretary Sophia Chan says the answer to getting more Hong Kong people to stop smoking is to raise the tobacco tax even more. And she says increasing the duty will not encourage more smokers to start buying untaxed, illegal cigarettes. Violet Wong reports:
SoCo wants more mentors in Strive and Rise scheme  Listenfacebook
Community activists are urging the government to allow more children to take part in its Strive and Rise Programme. The scheme pairs school pupils from underprivileged backgrounds with volunteer mentors. But the Society for Community Organisation says many children are missing out, as Anne Chan reports:
More places, more mentors key to successful scheme  Listenfacebook
The Society for Community Organization says 80 percent of the 315 grassroots children it polled have expressed an interest in taking part in the Strive and Rise scheme, but there are only 2,800 places available. Sze Lai-shan, SoCo's deputy director, says there should be around 10,000 places. She spoke to Anne Chan about the pros and cons of the scheme:
Police bust cryptocurrency scammers  Listenfacebook
Police say they believe they have busted a syndicate that allegedly conned people into handing over millions of dollars for gold and cryptocurrency trading schemes that did not exist. 19 people were arrested. Ada Au reports:
FS: Piecemeal measures won't stimulate the market  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan has rejected calls for Hong Kong to reduce the levy on stock trading, saying it would not be enough to stimulate the market in the long run. Last Monday, Beijing halved the stamp duty on stock trades to boost its flagging market, leading to discussions as to whether the SAR should follow suit. Ada Au reports:
UK schools ordered to close over crumbling concrete  Listenfacebook
More than 150 British schools have been told to close some buildings after they were deemed unsafe, drawing anger from parents and teachers on the eve of a new term and posing a fresh headache for the government. Britain's Department for Education said 156 schools had been affected by the presence of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete in their buildings which authorities have now decided is at risk of collapse. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler that students may have to attend classes online in the coming weeks:
Raimondo warns China that US patience is 'wearing thin'  Listenfacebook
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has warned China in interviews broadcast on Sunday that the patience of US business was "wearing thin". She told CBS's Face the Nation programme that American companies deserved a "predictable environment and a level playing field". She was commenting after wrapping up a four-day visit to Beijing and Shanghai last week. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, in Washington told Samantha Butler that Raimondo appeared to be backing away from her earlier optimism:
HK remembers WWII veteran, John Siewert  Listenfacebook
American D-Day veteran, John Siewert, was a regular fixture at remembrance ceremonies in Hong Kong for more than a decade. Last year, he was the only representative of the Second World War generation at the cenotaph in Central. He died last month at the age of 99. RTHK's Annemarie Evans looks back at his war service and his connection to Hong Kong: