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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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Study shows 1.3 percent of students tried to kill themselves  Listenfacebook
An assessment by the Department of Health shows nearly three percent of students in Hong Kong thought about committing suicide in the past academic year. The study also found 1.3 percent had actually tried to kill themselves, as Kelly Yu reports:
Professor says better access needed for mental support  Listenfacebook
A psychiatry professor from the Chinese University says findings by the Department of Health on student suicide are worrying. Professor Sandra Chan says the resumption of face-to-face classes after the Covid pandemic had led to increased emotional stress among students. She also told Kelly Yu that more needed to be done to make mental health services more accessible:
Prosecutors say Jimmy Lai promoted hatred  Listenfacebook
Prosecutors in the trial of former media tycoon Jimmy Lai have told the court that introducing an English version of Apple Daily ahead of the promulgation of the national security law in 2020 was intended to garner financial and political support from outside of Hong Kong, and to lobby for foreign sanctions on Chinese and SAR officials. The prosecution also alleged that some articles published by the now-defunct outlet were intended to promote hatred against officials, and to call for "resistance" against the central and Hong Kong governments. Frank Yung reports:
Study shows improved water quality and coral in harbour  Listenfacebook
Researchers from City University say they have found a lot more coral in Victoria Harbour than expected. They say the findings of their study show the water quality had improved in recent years. Violet Wong reports:
Researcher hopes coral scheme can be expanded  Listenfacebook
The manager of the coral project says he was surprised to find a 'vibrant' community of corals in the harbour where water visibility is 'quite poor'. Jeffrey Chung, a research assistant with City University's State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution, said its scuba divers mapped five important coral habitats along the harbour, with the biggest site at Fat Tong Chau totalling 14 football pitches in size. He told Ben Tse that the coral growth showed the success of a harbour monitoring scheme:
HKers praise handling of plane collision at Haneda airport  Listenfacebook
Some Hong Kong travellers who were stranded at Tokyo's Haneda Airport for hours have praised staff there for their handling of the situation after a Japan Airlines plane collided with a coast guard plane on the runway on Tuesday. As Anne Chan reports, they said arrangements at the Japanese airport were smooth:
China smashes 2023 heat records  Listenfacebook
China's average temperature in 2023 was its hottest since records began, capping a year of extreme weather events for the nation. Natale Ching reports:
Mainland tea chains file for HK IPOs  Listenfacebook
China's biggest tea chain, Mixue, and its rival, GoodMe, have filed to list on the SAR's stock exchange. They are among half-a-dozen mainland tea firms that are reportedly planning a Hong Kong IPO this year. Chloe Feng reports:
Statistics watchdog investigates Sunak's asylum claim  Listenfacebook
The British government says it has fulfilled a promise by prime minister, Rishi Sunak, to clear a backlog of outstanding asylum claims. Tens of thousands of migrants had been stuck in the system. But his opponents say this statement is a barefaced lie and now the country's statistics watchdog is investigating. RTHK's UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Samantha Butler there were still over 4,000 'complex' cases:
'Broad Strokes' features Sichuan's priceless artefacts  Listenfacebook
RTHK's new weekly segment and podcast looking at arts and culture around town, Broad Stokes, makes its debut, featuring the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival. In addition, Jacqueline Guico and Ben Tse also find out more about a Wing Chun dance drama and speak to those who saw an exhibition of Sichuan's new archaeological discoveries at the Hong Kong Palace Museum: