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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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HK drenched in record rainfall since 1884  Listenfacebook
For the second time in a week, Hong Kong has been hit by a major weather event, recording the highest hourly rainfall since it started keeping records, causing flooding, leaving motorists trapped in their vehicles and disrupting transport services. The black rain has been up since 11pm on Thursday night and schools are cancelled for the day. Just last Friday, the city was brought to a standstill due to Super Typhoon Saola. Jacqueline Guico reports:
Cyberport under ransomware attack  Listenfacebook
Sources say Cyberport is being blackmailed by a ransomware group that hacked its computer system and accessed 400 gigabytes of data. The data includes personal information and photos of identity cards. The group, Trigona, is said to be demanding US$300,000 from the technology park if it wants to regain access to the data. Anthony Lai, a malware analyst from Valkyrie-X Security Research, says even if Cyberport pays the hackers, it may not get back into the data. He told Violet Wong what he thought could have led to the data leakage:
Data breach happened 'weeks' ago  Listenfacebook
The privacy commissioner has confirmed that the Cyberport data breach actually took place a few weeks ago. Priscilla Ng reports:
Watchdog accuses four chemists of fleecing customers  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has warned people to be careful when shopping at four Chinese medicine pharmacies in Causeway Bay, which it says have been ripping off customers for years. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Stricter licensing needed of Chinese medicine shops  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council says most of the people being ripped off by four pharmacies it singled out in Causeway Bay were tourists, meaning they did not file complaints because they had left Hong Kong. Tony Pang, vice chairman of the council's trade practices and consumer complaints committee, called for stricter licensing and better enforcement of Chinese medicine shops. He spoke to Ben Tse:
KMB driver dead after collision at depot  Listenfacebook
A Kowloon Motor Bus driver died on Thursday morning after being hit by a vehicle at the company's depot in Kowloon Bay. As Damon Pang reports, police have arrested another KMB bus captain in connection with the case:
Over 1,500 fined in jaywalking campaign  Listenfacebook
Police say road accident deaths have risen 30 percent so far this year. The force made the statement at a press conference on its anti-jaywalking campaign, which has seen more than 1,500 people fined for the offence. Elvis Yu reports:
Unwanted mooncakes should be donated to the needy  Listenfacebook
A green group has suggested people donate surplus mooncakes to grassroots' communities, saying this will benefit the needy as well as cut down on food waste. The comment comes ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival, with mooncake manufacturers expecting a boom in demand this year following the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. Violet Wong reports:
Green group, companies collaborate to reduce mooncake wastage  Listenfacebook
Food Grace says over 200 companies have joined its scheme this year, pledging not to send out mooncakes to clients without first asking them. The NGO, which promotes food recycling, also says it has set up 200 collection points around Hong Kong for unwanted mooncakes, which will be donated to the underprivileged. William Wong, Food Grace's senior project officer, told Samantha Butler that last year, around a third of three million unwanted mooncakes ended up in the landfill:
Call to scrap stamp duty for outside talent  Listenfacebook
The DAB party is urging the government to scrap property stamp duty for imported workers who successfully become permanent residents. It is one of the ideas they suggested for the chief executive's upcoming policy address next month. Frank Yung reports:
Think tank says US underestimates Chinese tech  Listenfacebook
A senior fellow from a Beijing-based think tank has accused the US of being “racist” to underestimate China’s technological capabilities. Einar Tangen's comments came after Republican lawmaker Mike Gallagher called on the US Commerce Department to halt all technology exports to Huawei and China’s top semiconductor firm, SMIC, following the discovery of new chips in Huawei phones. Gallagher said one of the chips might have been developed with the help of American technology, which would violate trade restrictions imposed on Huawei in 2019. But Tangen from Taihe Institute said Huawei was capable of developing chips using China's homegrown technology. He spoke to Elvis Yu:
Flood victims displaced again, ahead of G20  Listenfacebook
World leaders are arriving in India for the G20 summit, which begins in New Delhi this weekend. India is using the meeting as a chance to emphasize its importance on the global stage. But some marginalised communities have accused the government of displacing them while preparing for the talks. Jacqueline Guico reports: