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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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National security law to be taught in primary schools  Listenfacebook
The National Security Law will be taught in schools from primary three, under a shake-up of the education curriculum. The Education Bureau also says it is splitting the General Studies subject in primary schools into humanities and science sections. Vanessa Cheng reports:
District councillors should 'collect views'  Listenfacebook
Chief Secretary Eric Chan says future district councils here should focus on collecting resident's opinions and leave the implementation of services to government care teams. In an interview with the Ming Pao daily, he told the newspaper that he hoped new councillors would focus on acting as advisors to the government in line with the Basic Law. Anne Chan reports:
Call to set urban renewal performance targets  Listenfacebook
A group of lawmakers say authorities need to ramp up efforts to redevelop old districts, citing public safety concerns. They pointed to the fact that one in every five buildings in the SAR is at least 50-years-old and many lack maintenance. Business and Professionals Alliance lawmakers urged the government to set up performance targets for redevelopment projects. The alliance's Louis Loong also told Chloe Feng that they hoped dedicated funding would be established for the Urban Renewal Authority to address its cash flow constraints:
Heated response to pyrotechnic wedding shoot  Listenfacebook
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is calling on people to refrain from lighting a fire at country parks, saying the move is not only illegal but can also hurt the environment and endanger the safety of others. It made the comment after environmental group The Green Earth uploaded a video showing pyrotechnics being used during a wedding photoshoot at Tai Mo Shan. Priscilla Ng reports:
Swine fever found at Lau Fau Shan pig farm  Listenfacebook
The government says at least half a dozen pigs at a farm in Lau Fau Shan tested positive for the African Swine Fever virus. Authorities announced the culling of the farm's 1,900 pigs but said there was no food safety risk to humans. Jacqueline Guico reports:
Elderly smokers have misconceptions over quitting  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) is turning its attention to elderly smokers, saying 50 percent after over the age of 50. Henry Tong, chairman of the council, says helping elderly smokers kick the habit will ease pressure on the public health system and protect others from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. COSH has been holding the Elderly Smoking Cessation Promotion Project every year since 2012. He told Ben Tse that elderly smokers had many misconceptions about quitting:
Care society hopes to prevent injuries in the elderly  Listenfacebook
This year's Operation Santa Claus charity drive is raising money for 16 charities, including the Saint Barnabas’ Society and Home. Founded in 1987, the group has been providing a range of services to less well-off members of the community, from free meals for the elderly to after-school tutorial classes for grassroots children. Its latest project helps assess fall injury risks among disadvantaged elderly. Those found vulnerable are given therapist-guided exercise sessions, medication, as well as adapted shoes. Raphael Blet went to visit their centre in Western District and met up with chairman Dr Lui Wai-hee:
Firebrand anti-Islam leader in Dutch election win  Listenfacebook
Dutch political leaders are preparing for negotiations to form a coalition government after the far-right Freedom Party (PVV) pulled off a surprise election victory. No party won a majority but the Freedom Party's controversial anti-immigration leader, Geert Wilders, may now lead negotiations. But the 60-year-old faces a daunting task of trying to form a working coalition, courting rivals that categorically ruled out serving in a PVV-led government before the vote. So what finally swung it for him in Wednesday's election? RTHK's Europe correspondent Gavin Grey spoke to Annemarie Evans: