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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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'Extreme weather' transport plan needed  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee has stressed the need to come up with a contingency transport plan under extreme weather conditions. His comments come after scores of incoming passengers waited for hours at the airport for taxis on Sunday when the typhoon signal number nine was in force. Ada Au reports:
Lawmaker calls for typhoon-proof enclosure for trains  Listenfacebook
Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien has suggested that all above-ground railway lines be enclosed. On Sunday, all open-space MTR operations, such as the Airport Express, came to a halt after the typhoon number nine signal was issued, leaving many passengers stranded at the airport and at some MTR stations. Tien acknowledged the project to enclose the entire network would be costly. But he told Frank Yung why it was needed in the long run:
Rail engineer warns debris poses danger during storms  Listenfacebook
A railway engineer says if passenger safety is a priority, then trains should not be running during higher typhoon warnings. Henry Cheung, a past chairman of the Institution of Engineers' electronics division, says if authorities want to keep trains running, such as the Airport Express, the only option now would be building enclosures - which he described as difficult and costly. He told Samantha Butler the structures would have to be retrofitted during non-traffic hours and be able to withstand winds of up to 250km/hr:
Police force consider dissolving its Railway District  Listenfacebook
RTHK has learned that the police force is planning to dissolve its Railway District, which deals with maintaining order at railways. Sources say the move is driven primarily by a manpower shortage. Ada Au reports:
58-year-old construction worker dies   Listenfacebook
A worker has died in an industrial accident at a Yau Ma Tei construction site under the government’s Architectural Services Department. Work at the site has been suspended following the tragedy. Anne Chan reports:
Call to extend individual allowances for SEN students  Listenfacebook
A Chinese University researcher has called for more funding for students with special educational needs, saying support for children drops once they reach primary school. Professor Angela Cui from the Department of Social Work said funding to help SEN preschool children amounted to $2.6 billion, compared to $3.8 billion for older students. But she pointed out that the preschool phase was four years at the most, compared to 12 years for primary and secondary. She also said SEN students often were not diagnosed until after preschool. The university, along with the Society for Community Organisation, surveyed 283 caregivers of SEN students from grassroots families between May and August. Professor Cui also told Ben Tse that addressing the financial needs of the students would help ease the mental stress on their carers:
Driver shot dead after crashing into Chinese consulate  Listenfacebook
Police in San Francisco say they shot dead a driver whose car crashed into the Chinese consulate there. The consulate condemned the attack and lodged solemn representations with the US. Hailey Yip reports:
BRI delivers "real gains" in globalisation and governance  Listenfacebook
The State Council has released a white paper on the Belt and Road Initiative. It stressed how the cooperation among participating countries contributed to global development. Kelly Yu reports:
China to hold nationwide population sample survey  Listenfacebook
China will conduct a nationwide sample survey next month to help officials better plan population policies. Kelly Yu reports: