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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
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Messi denies politics was behind HK no-show  Listenfacebook
Inter Miami's Lionel Messi has denied that political considerations were behind his decision not to play in a friendly match in Hong Kong earlier this month. The Argentine footballer posted a video on his mainland Weibo social media account saying the allegations were untrue. Chloe Feng reports:
MICE activities bounce back in HK  Listenfacebook
The government says it expects the convention and exhibition industry to reach or exceed pre-Covid levels this year as some activities that left during the pandemic have returned to Hong Kong. Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Algernon Yau noted there was a strong rebound in the industry in the second half of last year, with 1.2 million people taking part in convention and exhibition activities. Wendy Wong reports:
Lawmaker wields fake chopper, demands cut in curbs  Listenfacebook
A DAB lawmaker says the government should urgently remove property cooling measures to boost sales and restore the confidence of investors and entrepreneurs. Rock Chen dressed as the God of Wealth at a media event and wielded a fake chopper to make his point. He said if the so-called "spicy measures" must remain, the administration must find a way to show people that Hong Kong's economy was back on track. He told Hailey Yip that he was not worried that removing levies on non-resident buyers would lead to a return of speculation:
Public housing tenants to declare expensive cars  Listenfacebook
The Housing Secretary, Winnie Ho, says officials will ask public housing tenants to declare how much their vehicles are worth as they extend a crackdown on abuse. She was speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for Hong Kong's first light public housing project. Elvis Yu reports:
Doctor: A&E fees should match private sector  Listenfacebook
A former public hospital official says visits to accident and emergency departments at public hospitals should cost patients just as much as if they went private. Luk Che-chung was commenting after the health secretary proposed higher charges for those with minor problems who turn up at public A&E departments, in an attempt to reduce waiting times. Damon Pang reports:
GBA cities should join hands to deal with waste  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have suggested the SAR could work with Greater Bay Area cities to help solve Hong Kong's waste problem. As Kelly Yu reports, they say Hong Kong and mainland cities should work together to develop waste management facilities, such as incinerators:
Mainland waste incinerators more 'cost-effective'  Listenfacebook
Starry Lee, a member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, says cooperating with mainland cities to handle the SAR's solid waste will be cost-effective. She says developing more incinerators in Hong Kong would take longer and be more expensive than on the mainland. But she told Kelly Yu of the challenges ahead in attempting such cooperation:
More Guangdong facilities enter medical voucher scheme  Listenfacebook
Elderly Hongkongers will soon be able to use their government medical vouchers at another seven facilities in Guangdong and they will be able to use it to cover dental services as well. At the moment, the only place across the border that accepts the annual HK$2,000 vouchers for those over 65 is the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital. Anne Chan reports:
BPA calls for Greater Bay area free trade zone  Listenfacebook
The Business and Professionals Alliance is calling for a free trade zone in the Greater Bay Area. It is one of 14 proposals that it has put forward ahead of next month's annual Two Sessions in Beijing. The alliance also suggested removing restrictions on filming locations and crew members between Hong Kong and the rest of the Greater Bay Area and translating mainland films for the outside world. Alliance member William Doo, who is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, spoke to Kelly Yu:
US urged to stop 'harassment' of Chinese students  Listenfacebook
The nation’s public security minister has urged the United States to stop the "harassment" of Chinese students entering the United States. Beijing has repeatedly said Chinese nationals with valid documents had been subject to aggressive interrogations and deportations at US airports. Natale Ching reports:
Dozens killed in tribal violence in PNG  Listenfacebook
At least 64 people have been killed in tribal violence in the northern highlands of Papua New Guinea. Authorities there are deploying more security personnel to Enga province, after shocking images of bodies stacked on to a truck circulated on social media following an inter-tribal ambush on Sunday. The prime minister of the Pacific Island nation said arrest powers would be given to its military. Warring tribes there have fought each other for centuries. But RTHK's Oceania correspondent, Gerry Gannon, told Tony Sabine that an influx of mercenaries and automatic weapons have made the clashes even deadlier:
New OpenAI tool turns words into videos  Listenfacebook
OpenAI's new text-to-video generator is making waves online with its ability to turn simple words into stunning videos full of realistic detail. The AI model, called Sora, can create videos up to a minute long with intricate scenes, dynamic camera movements and multiple characters with vivid emotions. How does this technology work and will it revolutionise the film industry? Violet Wong and Raj Shroff find out more in this week's Tech Tuesday: