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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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'Sentosa'-style eco-tourism plan for Lau Fau Shan  Listenfacebook
The government says it plans to transform an area in northwestern New Territories into an eco-tourism destination, similar to Singapore’s Sentosa. The development would feature outdoor adventure activities, a coastal conservation park and a waterfront performance venue. Anne Chan reports:
Scaffolding collapse should have been 'impossible'  Listenfacebook
A union safety consultant says workers need to make sure safety devices that connect scaffolding to walls are properly fitted at all times. Lee Kwong-sing was speaking a day after a large wall of scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in Kai Tak, killing two workers and injuring three others. He said it would never have come away from the wall if it had been properly installed. The Labour Department has launched a two-week special operation to inspect the safety and stability of large-scale bamboo scaffolding across construction sites. Damon Pang reports:
Suggestion to ban bamboo scaffolding  Listenfacebook
An engineer has suggested banning bamboo scaffolding entirely in light of the deadly collapse. Joseph Chi, who chairs the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers' safety specialist committee, says bamboo scaffolding is harder to assess during inspections compared to its metal equivalent. He told Elvis Yu that the construction industry had already started phasing out the use of bamboo scaffolding for large-scale projects:
Consumer watchdog targets renovation disputes  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has proposed that the government set up a quotation template for home renovations, saying most companies are unwilling to provide estimates for customers. The watchdog says it received more than 1,200 complaints in the past seven years over the quality of services, price disputes and completion delays. The council's chief executive Gilly Wong spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
Clear instructions needed in renovation templates  Listenfacebook
A veteran decorator says consumers need to establish clear terms and conditions during home renovation consultations. Simon Tang says templates to resolve disputes will only be effective when the language is simple enough for both parties to understand. He spoke to Hailey Yip:
Article 23 bill soon to be tabled to Legco  Listenfacebook
Secretary for Security Chris Tang says the government will soon table a bill to Legco about drafting local national security laws. As Wendy Wong reports, the minister said he expected more push-back on the issue from forces outside Hong Kong:
First phase of plastic tableware ban on track  Listenfacebook
Authorities say they are confident there will not be any delays in the rollout of the first phase of a ban on disposable plastic tableware. Officials say they have reached out to many restaurateurs to prepare them for the upcoming changes. Natale Ching reports:
Search on for best horseshoe crab habitat  Listenfacebook
A new tracking system is helping conservationists find the best habitats for Hong Kong's horseshoe crabs to thrive in. The Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong says the Mangrove and Tri-spine horseshoe crabs are two species facing extinction due to human activities. The foundation's community education manager Judy Wan told Hailey Yip that the new tracking system would give experts new insight into the crabs' movements and behaviour, setting a foundation for future conservation projects:
Animal-friendly fencing needed to protect wildlife  Listenfacebook
The Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden has called on the government to develop animal-friendly fencing after a young barking deer needed rescuing in Lai Chi Kok. The Fire Services Department said it took 10 firefighters about an hour to free the deer which was stuck in a fence after they arrived at Caldecott Road, near the Butterfly Valley Fresh Water Primary Service Reservoir on Wednesday morning. The deer was then sent to Kadoorie Farm for treatment. Bibi Wan, a conservation officer at the farm, spoke to Natale Ching:
Major Pakistan parties announce ruling coalition  Listenfacebook
Almost two weeks after the national elections in Pakistan produced no clear winner, two political parties - the Pakistan Muslim League and the Pakistan People's Party - have reached a formal agreement on a new coalition government. Shehbaz Sharif is likely to be prime minister for a second time. Supporters of Pakistan's former prime minister, Imran Khan, currently in prison, say the election was stolen, because they won the most seats, although not enough to get a majority. RTHK's South Asia correspondent Murali Krishnan told Tony Sabine there was no guarantee the alliance between the PMLN and the PPP would stand the test of time:
Leading Peking Opera troupe come to town  Listenfacebook
If you have lived in Hong Kong long enough, you will be familiar with the distinct sounds of Cantonese opera. This week, RTHK's arts and culture podcast, Broad Strokes, introduces you to its cousin, Peking opera, as the world’s leading troupe returns to Hong Kong. Hosts, Ben Tse and Jacqueline Guico, also look at a new comedic movie on the art of becoming a Cantopop lyricist and a popular children’s classic book coming to life in theatre: