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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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Under-privileged hope for housing help  Listenfacebook
A recent survey of over 600 low-income residents by the Society for Community Organisation shows housing is a major concern, with nearly 70 percent hoping the Chief Executive will focus on the issue in his policy address next month. Anne Chan reports:
CE scores lower on Soco's latest poll  Listenfacebook
Soco's deputy director, Sze Lai-shan, is calling for faster allocation of public housing and rent control to help low income residents. She said respondents to Soco's survey cited healthcare and education as the second and third most important issues. Respondents also gave the CE an average score of 6.4 out of 10, slightly lower than last year's 6.8. Sze spoke to Anne Chan:
CE wraps up district visit to Yuen Long  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says land and housing will be one of the priorities in his forthcoming policy address, in light of the views he gathered during his visits to local communities. Violet Wong reports:
'CE may focus on housing, elderly and city's hygiene'  Listenfacebook
A former director of Social Welfare says he expects the Chief Executive to focus on housing, the ageing population and environmental hygiene in his upcoming Policy Address. Andrew Leung, former social welfare director, says there needs to be more cooperation within government departments to speed up allocation of public housing. He also told Janice Wong that he thought it was important for John Lee to focus on improving citizens' lives:
43 injured after Tuen Mun collision  Listenfacebook
Dozens of people have been injured in a collision between a double-decker bus and a crane truck in Tuen Mun. Police said the crane truck was parked on the side of Tuen Mun Road at around 1pm on Sunday, due to suspected mechanical problems, when the Kowloon Motor Bus crashed into it. Wendy Wong reports:
Smokers need more 'counselling' to quit  Listenfacebook
A psychiatrist says the government needs to prioritise the psychological aspect of addiction in its tobacco control policies. Dr Willy Wong says the focus should shift from relying solely on medication for withdrawal symptoms to providing counselling services that address smokers' psychological addiction. He said despite the availability of smoking cessation programmes, statistics show most smokers "rely on their own willpower to quit". He told Kelly Yu that by incorporating psychological support, authorities could better help smokers to give up the habit:
Revive HK's nightlife with more sporting events  Listenfacebook
Sports-sector lawmaker Kenneth Fok says the government should lobby for more international sporting events to boost the night-time economy as the two are closely linked. He said sporting events could connect various sectors, such as tourism, hospitality and retail. The comment comes after the government launched its Night Vibes scheme, rallying organisations across Hong Kong to encourage locals to spend more in the evenings. Damon Pang reports:
Parents urged to vaccinate children against meningococcus  Listenfacebook
A paediatrician at the University of Hong Kong is urging parents to consider vaccinating their young children against the bacteria, meningococcus, due to a recent resurgence of infections in the city. Dr Mike Kwan says during the pandemic, there were no meningococcus infections - which can cause meningitis. He also says the meningococcus vaccine is not part of the government immunisation programme. He told Samantha Butler that parents of young children, or students going overseas to study, should consider getting the jab:
No resolution in sight for UAW union  Listenfacebook
The leader of the United Auto Workers union says he is ready to expand industrial action against America's three biggest car makers if they do not increase their wage offers. Shawn Fain told CBS News that General Motors, Ford and Stellantis had no excuse for not settling pay disputes after making high profits in recent years. A simultaneous strike at three of the plants run by the companies is now in its fourth day. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, in Washington told Samantha Butler that the union and the car makers were still far from agreement: