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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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CE tells banking chiefs 'stability has returned'  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says Hong Kong has rebounded after a "period of mayhem". He was addressing heavyweights from the investment world, gathered at the Global Financial Leaders' Investment Summit here. Anne Chan reports:
Finance leaders hail HK as a top place for business  Listenfacebook
Those attending the summit say Hong Kong is still one of the best places in which to do business, thanks to its excellent connectivity to the mainland and the rest of the world. Some suggested certain metrics were better now than before the pandemic. Damon Pang reports:
Officials yet to confirm Choi Hung Estate redevelopment  Listenfacebook
Redeveloping Choi Hung Estate could save housing authorities hundreds of millions of dollars a year in maintenance costs. That is what surveyors are saying, a day after rumours emerged that the Housing Authority was considering redeveloping the 1960s public estate, best known for its open spaces and colourful design. Natale Ching reports:
Jump in cases of youth suicides  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong researchers say a sharp increase in the number of youth suicides underlines the need for more government resources for mental health. HKU's Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention says it has recorded 22 cases of school or university students taking their own lives or attempting to do so in the past three months. That is double the total for the August to October period last year. Paul Yip, who heads the centre, told Vanessa Cheng that study-related pressure and family relationships were significant causes of stress:
'Renting' better than using 'recycled' tableware  Listenfacebook
A green group has called on the government to do more to encourage the adoption of reusable tableware by implementing a territory-wide, borrow-and-return system, after a ban on the sale and use of some disposal plastic tableware comes into effect in April next year. Wendy Wong reports:
Calls for more 'borrow-and-return' trial schemes  Listenfacebook
Greenpeace says its study shows that re-using plastic tableware is still better for the environment than disposing of single-use, recycled products. Greenpeace campaigner Leanne Tam said a survey of consumers last year showed only three percent would bring their own container for take-away products, but more would be interested to try a borrow-and-return scheme. She told Samantha Butler that such a scheme, even factoring in the production of the plastic rental products and washing them, still out-performed other environmentally-friendly solutions:
First-come basis for border polling stations  Listenfacebook
People will have to register online on a first-come-first-served basis to be able to vote at polling stations near the border with the mainland in December's district council elections. As Frank Yung reports, there will be a quota of 38,000 people who can vote at the two Sheung Shui polling stations:
Inflation will eat into HKers wage growth  Listenfacebook
A human resources consultancy says its optimistic that Hong Kong people will get an average four percent wage rise this year and next. But with inflation factored in, real wage growth would drop from 1.8 percent this year to 1.7 percent in 2024. ECA International surveyed more than 100 businesses in the city. Mark Harrison, the company's general manager for Asia, said pay rises in the financial sector fell behind, due to the poor performance of stock markets. But he told Ben Tse that a talent shortage in the engineering and technology sectors meant attractive salaries there:
Smog shuts schools in Delhi  Listenfacebook
India’s supreme court has ordered officials in the states surrounding Delhi to stop farmers burning crop residue - to try to tackle an air pollution crisis in the capital. The court also demanded urgent steps to extinguish the fires, which it said were making a substantial contribution to the poor air quality. Delhi - with a population of 30 million - is among the world’s most-polluted cities. RTHK's Delhi correspondent, Murali Krishnan, told Annemarie Evans that the bad air was shortening life expectancy in the capital: