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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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10-year-old among those arrested over armed robbery  Listenfacebook
It is understood police have arrested two boys in connection with Monday's armed robbery on a luxury watch shop in Tsim Sha Tsui. Officers say they arrested a 10-year-old who was believed to be among those who staged the robbery. He was arrested late on Tuesday and is suspected of holding a metal hammer during the raid. Sources say police also arrested a 14-year-old who had hid in a guesthouse at one point. Anne Chan reports:
Cyberport finds stolen data on dark web  Listenfacebook
Cyberport says it has found on the dark web, stolen data involving the names, contact details and credit card information of current and former staff, as well as job seekers. It came to light last week that hackers had stolen 400 gigabytes of personal data from the technology park's system. As Damon Pang reports, the government has responded by sending emails to departments and public organisations, telling them to immediately review their cyber security measures:
Tourist arrivals now 85 percent of pre-pandemic levels  Listenfacebook
The Tourism Board says Hong Kong recorded more than four million visitor arrivals last month, or nearly 85 percent of pre-pandemic levels. Tourist numbers for August rose 14 percent from July and most of them were from the mainland. Professor Hui Kai-lung, a Senior Associate Dean from the University of Science and Technology, says he is optimistic about the prospects for the sector. But he told Vanessa Cheng that the SAR could still do more to boost traffic:
Beijing supports HK's bid to join RCEP  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has been told it has the support of the central government in maintaining its unique status and advantages to play an even greater role in the nation's Belt and Road Initiative. But a top Beijing official has said the SAR needs to further expand its economic and trade networks, adding that the territory has the central government's support in joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Frank Yung reports:
Call for outright tobacco ban by 2030  Listenfacebook
Researchers from the University of Hong Kong say the government should raise the tobacco tax to at least 75 percent of the retail price by next year and ban tobacco completely by 2030. The government's public consultation on tobacco control strategies will end later this month. The HKU team said surveys they conducted showed a high level of public support for both raising the tobacco tax and banning tobacco. Daniel Ho, an associate professor from the university's School of Public Health, told Samantha Butler the tax should be doubled to about $100 per packet:
Cocaine bust at Kwai Chung industrial building  Listenfacebook
Customs officers have made their largest cocaine bust in four years after seizing 230 kilogrammes of the drug from an industrial building in Kwai Chung. Violet Wong reports:
Fears that Northern Metropolis will ruin bird breeding grounds  Listenfacebook
Researchers at the Kadoorie Farm have urged the government to conserve farmland in what will be the Northern Metropolis, saying these sites are home to a quarter of Hong Kong's bird species. Kadoorie says they also spotted critically-endangered birds, such as the Yellow-breasted Bunting, during their year-long survey of farmland in the northern New Territories. The farm's senior conservation officer, Philip Lo, told Violet Wong that the birds may lose vital foraging and breeding grounds if the government turns the sites into residential or business areas:
New laws needed after second whale sighting  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society says the government should consider new laws to allow for short-term restrictions in marine traffic, after a second whale was spotted in Hong Kong in as many months. The society's vice-chairperson, Viena Mak, says the whale is suspected of being either a dwarf or pygmy sperm whale, which is not common in Hong Kong waters. She says after a Bryde's whale was found dead in Sai Kung with suspected propeller injuries, this time around there have been fewer whale-watchers near the Deep Bay area. She told Ben Tse that authorities should implement urgent measures to limit marine traffic to give the whale space to leave:
Eyes on Putin's potential arms acquisition from North Korea  Listenfacebook
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin put on a united front as they held a key summit in Russia's Far East. All eyes are on whether Moscow will acquire arms from Pyongyang in its war in Ukraine. Altis Wong reports: