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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 says cross-border spending is "normal"  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says Hong Kong should think about how to better tap into local consumer power, instead of complaining about people heading north for shopping across the border on the weekends. He described that trend as "normal" and said it highlighted the greater integration between Hong Kong and the mainland. Chloe Feng reports:
Parents urged to seek mental health support for kids  Listenfacebook
The Chinese University has urged people whose children have mental health issues to seek help as soon as possible. The plea comes after researchers found almost half of parents were unwilling to seek professional help. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Rate of suicidal thoughts among highschool pupils 'alarming'  Listenfacebook
A psychiatry professor says the Chinese University study, conducted from 2019 to June this year, showed one in four children suffered a mental health issue over the previous year - including sleep problems, disorders such as ADHD, or suicidal thoughts. Professor Sandra Chan from the Department of Psychiatry also said 30 percent of parents had no idea the issue was a problem. She also told Samantha Butler she was alarmed that the rate of suicidal thoughts among secondary school students was at 8.4 percent, calling this figure "the tip of the iceberg":
Fitness criteria lowered for aspiring firefighters  Listenfacebook
The Fire Services Department says it is tackling a three percent vacancy rate by making it easier for people become firefighters and paramedics. As Aaron Tam reports, the department will be scaling back its fitness requirements for new recruits, opening its doors to people who have lower stamina or who wear glasses:
DAB wants training bases for imported workers  Listenfacebook
The DAB party says training bases could be set up in the Greater Bay Area for imported labour so they can start working in Hong Kong as soon as they arrive here. The party suggested the idea to officials during an informal antechamber meeting in Legco, as Damon Pang reports:
Housing authorities urged to speed up lift repairs  Listenfacebook
The Audit Commission is asking the Housing Department to speed up repair work on lifts and escalators at public housing estates. That is in spite of the Housing Department hitting its lift repair target 99 percent of the time and its escalator repair target 98 percent of the time. Elvis Yu reports:
More resources needed to help HK recyclers  Listenfacebook
An environmental NGO says officials should make it easier for firms to apply for the Recycling Fund, after an audit report showed it could take as long as 18 months to approve some applications. Angus Ho, executive director of Greeners' Action, says after the Covid pandemic, many recyclers had economic problems and it was time for the government to help the industry survive. The HK$1 billion Recycling Fund was set up in 2015 to encourage recyclers to improve their operations and efficiency. Ho told Ben Tse why some firms found it so difficult to apply:
Visiting astronauts join variety show  Listenfacebook
The nation’s astronauts say they are excited about the prospect of being joined by Hong Kong counterparts and conducting scientific experiments together, as they continue their four-day trip in the SAR. Kelly Yu reports:
BIS chief calls for central bank digital currencies  Listenfacebook
The head of the club for global central banks has called for the development of wholesale central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs. Agustin Carstens, general manager of the Bank for International Settlements, said such a move would boost the creation of future types of money on digital networks. Speaking in an exclusive interview with RTHK on the sidelines of the HKMA-BIS High-level Conference being held in Hong Kong, Carstens noted such a move would be essential to facilitate real-time cross-border payments and settlements. He also said countries could consider adopting retail CBDCs. Chloe Feng reports:
Asia's first Saudi ETF debuts in Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says mutual financial cooperation with the Middle East will further boost financial connectivity and capital flows between the two regions. He was commenting as the SAR and Asia's first exchange traded fund (ETF) covering Saudi Arabian stocks made its debut in Hong Kong. Hailey Yip reports:
Lessons to be learnt over India tunnel collapse  Listenfacebook
After 17 days trapped inside a collapsed Himalayan road tunnel they were building, Indian workers have been describing the horror of their ordeal after they were rescued on Tuesday night. Speaking to media, many said they were unsure if they would be saved. The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, praised the courage and patience of the construction workers and the bravery of those involved in the massive rescue operation. RTHK's Delhi correspondent, Murali Krishnan, told Hailey Yip that the incident was a wake up call for future construction projects: