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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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Raise A&E fees to prevent abuse of services: minister  Listenfacebook
Health Secretary Lo Chung-mau says he plans to deter people from abusing emergency services at public hospitals by raising fees, citing cases of people seeking treatment at emergency departments for minor problems. Todd Harding reports:
Figures show more teachers quit their jobs   Listenfacebook
Latest government figures show the exodus of teachers at local schools is getting worse. More than 6,700 teachers quit their jobs during the last academic year, a 25 percent increase year-on-year. Damon Pang reports:
Principal: Teachers have too much admin  Listenfacebook
A school principal says authorities should provide more support to teachers so they can spend less time doing administrative tasks and focus more on teaching. Dion Chen, chair of the Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council, said since the Covid pandemic, teachers' workload had increased and the mental well-being of students had worsened, putting an additional burden on staff. He spoke to Ben Tse:
Cathay apologises for flight cancellations  Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific has admitted its performance of late has fallen short of customers' expectations. It apologised to those affected by a steady stream of flight cancellations recently, with the worst disruption so far last Sunday when 27 flights were cancelled. Wendy Wong reports:
Lawmakers respect Rocky Tuan's decision to leave CUHK  Listenfacebook
Three lawmakers who sit on the Chinese University's governing body say they respect vice-chancellor Rocky Tuan's decision to step down. And as Violet Wong reports, they say his departure has nothing to do with them:
Man jailed for three months for wearing seditious T-shirt  Listenfacebook
A man has been sentenced to three months in jail for wearing a T-shirt featuring slogans deemed seditious. He earlier pleaded guilty to acting with seditious intention and possessing seditious publications. Damon Pang reports:
More action needed to clean up 'blackspots'  Listenfacebook
The deputy chief secretary Warner Cheuk says the government believed it needed to do more to boost the SAR's fertility rate when it came up with its HK$20,000 subsidy for new parents. Speaking to RTHK on a range of topics, he also stressed that authorities must act fast to clean up environmental "blackspots". Carlos Escueta reports:
Hepatitis C tests for Stanley Prison inmates  Listenfacebook
Researchers say a scheme offering hepatitis C testing at Stanley Prison has drawn a favourable response from inmates. The Correctional Services Department, along with the University of Hong Kong's Department of Medicine, rolled out the scheme in October. Inmates who are 18 or older and with at least nine months left on their sentences can choose to be tested and treated. The programme's lead researcher, Professor Yuen Man-fung, spoke to Elvis Yu about the programme:
Screening shows higher prevalance of hep C  Listenfacebook
A University of Hong Kong researcher says overseas literature shows hepatitis C has a higher prevalence in prison populations. The virus is blood borne so drug abusers are in the high risk group. Clinical Assistant Professor, Loey Mak, says so far two out of 100 inmates have tested positive at Stanley Prison, showing a higher prevalence than the general population. She spoke to Samantha Butler:
San Tin pig farm finds African Swine Fever  Listenfacebook
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department says a sample from a pig farm near Yuen Long tested positive for African Swine Fever on Wednesday, after samples from 32 pigs there were taken the day before. The department has banned the transportation of pigs from the farm in San Tin and culling of its 1,700 pigs will begin this week. Robert Kemp reports:
HKU urges SAR to reinforce ties with mainland   Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong academics have urged the city to reinforce its connections with the mainland, saying it is pivotal to maintain the territory's status as an international financial hub. The call was part of the "Hong Kong Economic Policy Green Paper 2024", released by the university's business school. Professor Heiwai Tang, the associate dean at the business school, is one of the scholars who formulated the report. He told Frank Yung about some of the paper's findings:
Beijing urges US to stop arming Taiwan  Listenfacebook
Beijing has urged the United States to abide by the "one China principle" and stop arming Taiwan. That's according to a defence ministry statement, as Natale Ching reports:
High hopes for history-making youngster  Listenfacebook
The youngest person from Hong Kong to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, Bob Tsang, says he is overwhelmed to be able to complete his mission within seven years. Last Saturday, the 20-year-old ascended to the top of Mount Vinson in Antarctica. Tsang, who has also conquered Everest, told RTHK more about his latest expedition and how he felt about being able to conquer the Seven Summits at such a young age:
UK comedian makes a one-night stop in HK  Listenfacebook
British comedian Jimmy Carr is hoping to be "Terribly Funny" when he visits Hong Kong for one night only, next week. That's the title of his show to be held at Kitec, and it features in this week's "Broad Strokes" - RTHK's weekly arts and culture podcast. Jacqueline Guico and Ben Tse also find out more about a new single from local rock band Diamond 6... but first, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary: