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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Samantha Butler and Carol Musgrave


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Xi Jinping arrives in San Francisco for Apec summit  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has arrived in San Francisco for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit - marking his first trip to the United States in six years. He is expected to meet with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the Apec forum. San Francisco has been pulling out all the stops, as the Apec leaders’ meeting opens on Wednesday. It has launched campaigns to sweep away the homeless and keep its streets clean. Kelly Yu is covering the summit in San Francisco:
FS expanding HK's "circle of friends" at Apec  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says the financial secretary is telling the world about Hong Kong's potential at the Apec meeting and will do a good job in expanding the SAR's "circle of friends". Frank Yung reports:
Midland Holdings sued over sales commissions  Listenfacebook
The Competition Commission is taking legal action against Midland Holdings and two of its real estate agencies, accusing them of conspiring with other firms to set minimum commission rates. The regulator alleged that senior staff of Midland's two subsidiaries - Midland Realty and Hong Kong Property Agency - agreed last year with Centaline Group's Centaline Property Agency and Ricacorp Properties for agents to charge at least two percent in commission. As Vanessa Cheng reports, it is also trying to disqualify five senior staff as directors:
Commission arrangement amounted to "price-fixing"  Listenfacebook
Midland Holdings says it reserves the right to challenge legal action launched against it by the Competition Commission. In a statement, it said it attached great importance to the incident and stressed it had always complied with regulations. But the commission's executive director of legal services, Lester Lee, told Anne Chan that the arrangement between the property agencies amounted to serious anti-competitive conduct in the form of price-fixing:
CE urges patience in market reaction to spicy measures  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says it will take time before changes to property cooling measures introduced in his policy address will be reflected in the SAR's property market. He recently eased or removed several so-called "spicy measures" which were introduced to rein in a red-hot property market a decade ago. Damon Pang reports:
Survey shows businesses ill-prepared for cybercrime  Listenfacebook
The Productivity Council says businesses are putting themselves at risk if they fail to keep up with new cybercrime trends. The council surveyed nearly 400 firms in six industries in September. As Elvis Yu reports, the survey found companies were ill-equipped against cyberattacks:
Privacy loopholes plague new SmartPlay app  Listenfacebook
Tech experts say an anti-touting feature of the government's new SmartPlay venue booking app can leave users vulnerable to scams. The warning comes after people booking football pitches on the new app - which requires the input of fellow players' English names - found out players' full Chinese names were also automatically displayed. Authorities have since asked the booking system's contractor to stop SmartPlay from showing Chinese names. Francis Fong, honorary president of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, told Vanessa Cheng how such personal information could be misused:
Two firefighters hospitalised after warehouse blaze  Listenfacebook
A blaze has swept through a recycling facility and two warehouses in Lau Fau Shan, sending two firefighters to hospital. One has been discharged and the other is in a stable condition. The fire raged for more than five hours before it was put out. Anne Chan reports:
Handouts for Macau residents in Policy Address  Listenfacebook
Macau permanent residents will again receive a MOP10,000 handout next year, thanks in part to a strong post-pandemic economic recovery. Macau Chief Executive, Ho Iat-seng, made the announcement in his latest Policy Address, as Violet Wong reports:
Macau CE looking to diversify SAR economy  Listenfacebook
A Macau-based journalist says the SAR's 71.5 percent GDP growth for the first half of the year, the lowering unemployment rate and the inflow of tourists has created a sense of optimism in the SAR after the Covid pandemic. Joao Pinto, Portuguese News and Program Controller of local broadcaster, TDM, says these are likely the reasons behind Macau's chief executive rolling back some pandemic financial support measures. But amid concerns that not all the population is benefiting from the economic recovery, cash handouts have been given to residents, as well as electricity subsidies and health vouchers. Pinto told Samantha Butler about the CE's plans to diversify Macau's economy:
Braverman issues scathing resignation letter  Listenfacebook
The former British Home Secretary Suella Braverman - who was sacked on Monday - says Prime Minister Rishi Sunak never had any intention of keeping the promises he made when he became leader. In a scathing letter to Sunak, she accused him of putting off tough decisions to minimise political risk to himself. Braverman's sacking came amid a cabinet reshuffle that included bringing back former prime minister David Cameron as the new foreign secretary. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Annemarie Evans that Cameron's return was a major surprise:
RainLily seeks more legal partners  Listenfacebook
This year's Operation Santa Claus charity drive is raising money for 16 charities, including RainLily, an NGO that provides legal services to victims of sexual violence. RTHK's Kristy Lai visited one of its centres in Yau Ma Tei to meet Rebecca Lam, Senior Project Officer for Rainlily, as well as service user “Hailey” - whose voice has been altered for privacy reasons. They spoke about the “RainLily Legal Support Project”: