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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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DP hopes to field eight district council candidates  Listenfacebook
The chair of the Democratic Party says his party has always believed that it meets the requirements of being loyal to the SAR and upholding the Basic Law. Lo Kin-hei was commenting after announcing his party would field eight candidates in the first District Council Election, since the councils were reformed to ensure only patriots serve in the roles. Lo said the party had no control over the thoughts of those in the administration and in the individuals who can nominate candidates. Ada Au reports:
More education needed before investing in virtual assets  Listenfacebook
People should exercise critical thinking and do their own research before putting their money into virtual assets. That is the advice of the head of the Investor and Financial Education Council, Dora Li. It comes after investors reported more than a billion dollars in losses on the cryptocurrency exchange JPEX and eight people were arrested on suspicion of fraud. Violet Wong reports:
Hopes to send first Hongkonger to space  Listenfacebook
The government has announced that a handful of people from the SAR are still in the running to join a future Chinese space mission. As Hailey Yip reports, one of them could be the first Hong Kong person in space:
Three arrested over fake mooncakes  Listenfacebook
Officials say they are testing bogus brand-name mooncakes at a government laboratory to see if they contain any harmful substances. It comes after customs announced they had broken up two online platforms offering the mid-Autumn Festival treats. Robert Kemp reports:
Questions about future of transitional housing tenants  Listenfacebook
A lawmaker who co-chairs a transitional housing project says it is likely the government will have to allow tenants to stay in short-term homes for longer than expected. Judy Chan made the comments at the launch of the transitional housing project she is involved with, in Causeway Bay. Such flats are intended to accommodate people for three or four years while they wait for public housing. But Chan says they may be needed for longer, especially with the administration putting its resources toward a different short-term housing measure. She spoke to Anne Chan:
Local universities build virtual worlds for learning  Listenfacebook
Local universities have been collaborating to build virtual learning environments for students studying journalism, logistics or heritage. The Metaverse project has over $8.7 million in government funding, with Hang Seng University, Hong Kong Chu Hai College, HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education, and the University of Hong Kong, joining forces to create three-dimensional virtual worlds. Professor Eugene Wong is director of the Virtual Reality Centre at Hang Seng University. He told Samantha Butler how metaverse users at different locations can enter the same scene - for example, a logistics warehouse - and work together in real-time to solve problems and learn:
Food safety reminder over chilled chicken dishes  Listenfacebook
The Centre for Food Safety has urged the catering trade to take extra care when preparing chicken dishes that are not served hot, such as Hainan chicken and shredded chicken. It made the call despite tests on a hundred such dishes, all of which were found to be within acceptable bacterial levels. The centre noted that bacteria could grow if chicken meat was not stored at proper temperatures. The centre's principal medical officer, Dr Tony Chow, spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
One year on, CX passenger numbers up 600 percent  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's flag carrier Cathay Pacific says passenger numbers have gone up by more than six times this August, compared to the same month last year. Though figures are still a far cry from pre-Covid levels, the airline said they were hopeful business would improve. Anne Chan reports:
10 die in tornado in Jiangsu  Listenfacebook
Chinese weather officials have stepped up warnings about heavy rain and strong winds in several regions after a violent tornado wreaked havoc in the eastern province of Jiangsu, killing at least 10 people. As Aaron Tam reports, the tornado is the latest incident in weeks of destructive and deadly weather: