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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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'Immersive' cultural activities needed to attract tourists  Listenfacebook
After a long holiday weekend - which saw record local departures to enjoy cheaper activities across the border - there are calls for the government to extend its Night Vibes Hong Kong campaign - which was launched last week in an effort to increase people's spending at night time. One tourism representative says existing measures to attract visitors could be improved, as Anne Chan reports:
More degree holders intensify competition over jobs  Listenfacebook
A youth concern group has urged the government to give more support to university graduates, saying more of them are ending up in low-skilled jobs. In a study of graduates over the past 35 years, the New Youth Forum found their median monthly income last year was about HK$17,000, a 20 percent increase from 1987. But the group also found that 15 percent of the graduates last year took up low-skilled jobs, up from 11 percent in 2002. A research consultant Cheung Pui-yin told Vanessa Cheng that more people had a university degree nowadays, so competition was more tough:
Early surgery helps children with sleep apnoea  Listenfacebook
A recent Chinese University study of more than 100 children with a sleep disorder has found that surgery at an early age can prevent more serious conditions from developing as they get older. Obstructive sleep apnoea can be caused by enlarged lymphatic tissue in the throat and nose, making it difficult for children to breathe during sleep. Professor of Paediatrics, Albert Martin Li, said the condition could lead to future heart and blood pressure problems if left untreated. He spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
World needs to 'work together' to address challenges  Listenfacebook
A commentator from a mainland think tank says a white paper issued by Beijing last week is proposing a framework for cooperation in a multi-polar world. The paper comes a decade after President Xi Jinping first proposed his vision for an alternative to the Western-led world order. Einar Tangen from the Taihe Institute says Beijing is pointing out ecological challenges, such as the climate crisis, and the necessity for the world to work together under a system that is fair for everyone. But he told Janice Wong that there was resistance due to what he called 'ideological differences':
Indonesia launches Southeast Asia's first high-speed rail  Listenfacebook
Indonesia has launched Southeast Asia's first high-speed railway network, built with Chinese technology as part of China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. The bullet train service named "Whoosh" can run at a maximum speed of 350 km/hr. The Indonesian president hailed it as "a symbol of our modernisation". Vanessa Cheng reports:
US government shutdown avoided by a stopgap bill  Listenfacebook
The US Congress has passed a stopgap bill that extended government funding for more than a month. It avoided a shutdown that would have left most of the federal government's more than four million employees without a paycheck and cut a wide range of services. The bill passed with broad bipartisan support and a pledge from a hardline Republican to oust the Republican speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, in Washington told Samantha Butler more about the contentious negotiations: