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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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Aggressive Construction's sister firm under review  Listenfacebook
A day after announcing it had banned a contractor from operating following a fatal industrial accident, the government says the company's sister firm is in its sights. Aggressive Construction Company is currently responsible for building over 10,000 public flats. It was involved in a fatal crane collapse that killed three workers last year. As Violet Wong reports, a Housing Authority member said he believed the supply of public housing units would not be significantly affected, even if the firm failed in its licence renewal:
Delivery worker drowns at Ocean Terminal  Listenfacebook
A 65-year-old man has died after falling into the sea while working in a dock loading area at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Labour Department said it was very concerned about the incident and was investigating. Priscilla Ng reports:
More overseas business trips for CE  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says he will add more overseas trips to his calendar to create more business opportunities for Hong Kong. Lee this week led a 70-strong delegation to Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum. Vanessa Cheng has been reporting on developments at the belt-road forum in the capital for the past few days:
Six arrested over refugee food voucher scam  Listenfacebook
Six people have been arrested for exploiting food vouchers designated for asylum seekers. They were taken in on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and handling stolen goods. Jacqueline Guico reports:
High Court rejects challenge over forced retirement  Listenfacebook
A High Court judge has rejected a bid by a former civil servant to challenge the government's decision to force him into retirement. He had to stop working after he questioned updated oath requirements for government staff, and failed to submit a signed oath declaring allegiance to the SAR before a deadline. Kelly Yu reports:
Some mentors in kids programme deemed 'irresponsible'  Listenfacebook
An alliance serving grassroots children says some mentors taking part in a government-initiated development support programme have been irresponsible. They have urged the authorities to come up with a way to ensure the scheme's quality. As Elvis Yu reports, they also want long-term measures to better support underprivileged children:
Call to drop 'out of date' property cooling measures  Listenfacebook
Property agency Midland Realty has called on Chief Executive John Lee to scrap all property market cooling measures in his Policy Address next week. The company described the restrictions as being "out of date", as Anne Chan reports:
New report shows extensive SE Asia deforestation  Listenfacebook
An environmental researcher says Hong Kong should cooperate with regions in the Greater Bay Area to recycle car tyres, to help reduce deforestation caused by rubber plantations. Kitty Tam from the think tank, Civic Exchange, says a new report in the journal, Nature, shows deforestation in Southeast Asia is greater than thought. She said four million hectares of forest had been lost over the past 30 years, equivalent to 40 times the size of Hong Kong. More powerful satellite imagery revealed extra smallholder plantations. Tam told Samantha Butler that she heard used tyres here could end up in landfills or in the sea:
British Museum to fully digitise collection after thefts  Listenfacebook
The British Museum says it plans to digitise its entire collection, citing the need to secure public access to its vast catalogue after it reported in August that 2,000 artefacts had been stolen or were missing. It will be a massive job and could take years. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Annemarie Evans that the theft of artefacts was extremely embarrassing for the museum: