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


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Special team set up to monitor fake election news  Listenfacebook
The government says a special team has been set up to combat any attacks, fake news or smear campaigns targeting next month's district council elections. It says the team is working around the clock to make sure the polls can go ahead. Damon Pang reports:
Retired civil servants called on to cast ballots in DC poll  Listenfacebook
Civil Service Secretary Ingrid Yeung is appealing to retired civil servants to vote in next month's district council elections. She says it is their civic responsibility to cast their ballots. Tom McAlinden reports:
Law to be amended to prevent overcharging for water  Listenfacebook
The government says it is hoping to make it harder for landlords to get away with overcharging tenants for their water usage. It says at the moment, it is often difficult to get enough evidence to prosecute offenders. Kelly Yu reports:
Advanced medical directives will 'honour patients' wishes'  Listenfacebook
A social work scholar has welcomed having a legal framework for advance medical directives. Dr Amy Chow from the Social Work Department at the University of Hong Kong said people did not want to be a burden on others and society was ready to talk about death and dying. The directives set out people's wish not to have medical intervention when they are dying and can be provided as an electronic version. The bill has its first reading in the Legislative Council on December 6. Dr Chow told Janice Wong that the Covid pandemic made people consider their own mortality:
'Health coaches needed at social service centres'  Listenfacebook
An NGO has called on the government to assign nurses and health coaches to work at social service centres. It says people in need can get assistance more quickly that way. Violet Wong reports:
HKers urged to top up their pension funds  Listenfacebook
Hongkongers are being urged to start making extra contributions to their MPF accounts. The head of the MPF Schemes Authority says tens of thousands of people are already doing so. Kelly Yu reports:
Public discussion needed before any tax hikes  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says he will not make any rash decision to put up taxes. This comes after a recent blog post of his sparked speculation about planned increases. Violet Wong reports:
Mixed feelings over estate's reported redevelopment  Listenfacebook
It is a place that people have called home for decades, but reports that Choi Hung Estate will be redeveloped have stirred strong emotions among residents there. While some welcome the prospect of moving to a new environment, others say they are going to miss their old stomping ground. Elvis Yu recently spent time at one of Hong Kong's most famous and photogenic projects featuring rainbow-coloured flats, and talked to Choi Hung Estate residents about the possible facelift, and the impact on their lives:
Charity helps ethnic minority kids with Chinese skills  Listenfacebook
This year, the Operation Santa Claus charity drive is raising money for 16 charities, one of which is Integrated Brilliant Education. It provides frontline support for underprivileged non-Chinese speaking children in Hong Kong, to boost their Chinese language ability and improve their academic, physical and mental well-being. IBEL says this better equips the children when they join Hong Kong’s education system. Emylia Rae went to IBELS' centre in Cheung Sha Wan, and met Manoj Dhar, co-founder and chief executive of the charity:
Clockenflap returns for a second time in 2023  Listenfacebook
Music fans are gearing up for this weekend’s Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s largest international outdoor music and arts festival. Running from December 1-3 at the Central Harbourfront, it is the second time this year that the festival is taking place following its successful comeback in March after pandemic restrictions were lifted in the city. Ben Tse spoke to some of those playing at the event:
Black Friday sales lure American shoppers  Listenfacebook
Holiday shoppers in the United States are seeking out the best deals ahead of Cyber Monday, according to data from retailer websites. The first Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday is set to be the biggest US online shopping day of the year. It follows a strong customer response on Black Friday, with Mastercard Spendingpulse saying sales rose 2.5 percent year-over-year, excluding car sales. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that the high volume in sales was a 'surprise':