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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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Lawmakers sign off on bringing in 'premium' taxis  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have passed a bill which introduces premium taxi fleets which would provide higher quality services, as well as bring in six-seater vehicles. And as Aaron Tam reports, these new taxis would also be allowed to sport unique paint jobs:
Time-varying tunnel tolls take effect on Sunday  Listenfacebook
The Transport Department says it expects that drivers will need more time to adapt to the new time-varying tolls for cross-harbour tunnels. The new tolls will be introduced on Sunday at 5am. The arrangements - which will charge drivers more during rush hour - will apply to the three cross-harbour tunnels. Stephen Lee, a chief engineer with the department, told Vanessa Cheng that the traffic flow for private cars at the busiest tunnel, the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, was expected to drop by 10 percent during rush hour:
Changes proposed to civil service conduct code  Listenfacebook
The government has announced proposed changes on the code of conduct for civil servants, with an emphasis on the need for public officers to safeguard sovereignty, national security and development interests. One civil service group expressed concern about the definition of "criticism" and "expression of opinions". Kelly Yu reports:
HK firms optimistic despite economic slowdown  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s businesses are “cautiously optimistic” about their prospects next year as the city's economic growth is predicted to slow down to just under three percent in the face of global uncertainties. In its annual business prospect survey, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce also found that bigger firms were more concerned over a shortage of talent, whereas small and medium-sized firms were worried about inflation. Patrick Yeung, the chamber's chief executive, said the recent meeting between President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart had boosted business sentiment and the SAR's slower growth could be supported by further recovery in tourism and resilient private consumption. He spoke to Chloe Feng:
PolyU students jailed for up to 38 months  Listenfacebook
Five former Polytechnic University students have been jailed for more than three years over a riot on campus in November 2019. In sentencing, the judge said their actions had contributed to increasing violence at the university then. Vanessa Cheng reports:
MTR Corp warns passengers of free ticket scam  Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation is warning residents over a possible scam, in which con artists are posing as the train operator and dangling the possibility of a year's worth of free MTR tickets. Altis Wong reports:
Lawmakers push for geocodes in Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
A group of lawmakers has formed a task force to promote the use of geocodes in Hong Kong. Similar to post codes, the numbers contain coordinates of locations. Transport-sector lawmaker, Frankie Yick, says geocodes that are machine-readable can help with accuracy and efficiency in urban planning, delivery services, and even with helping rescue workers find exact locations in emergencies. He told Ben Tse that a smart city needed a digital infrastructure:
Listen without judgement to troubled teens  Listenfacebook
A social worker says families should listen to teenagers experiencing emotional distress 'in a non-judgemental manner'. Ivy Chung, the Hong Kong Christian Service's supervisor on school social work service, was speaking after research by the group showed about 90 percent of the 150 secondary school students it spoke to last month said they would not reach out to teachers, social workers, or family members when they needed emotional support. She said they feared being ridiculed or misunderstood. The findings come after the Education Bureau spoke of an increasing trend of student suicides. Chung told Samantha Butler that academic pressure was still the main cause of stress for students:
Nanjing massacre remembered in ceremony  Listenfacebook
A ceremony was held on Wednesday in Nanjing to pay tribute to 300,000 people killed by Japanese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese War. People observed a moment of silence to reflect on the six-week massacre that began on December 13, 1937. Senior government officials here also paid tribute at Central Government Offices. Chloe Feng reports:
Mainland-made jets on display at Chek Lap Kok  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says Hong Kong is proud to be contributing to China's home-grown aircraft - the C919 and the ARJ21 - which are currently on display at Chek Lap Kok airport. He said the visit showed the nation placed great emphasis on Hong Kong's aviation development and status as an aviation hub. Elvis Yu reports: