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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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Five people die after barge crashes into bridge  Listenfacebook
Five people have been killed after a barge collided with a bridge over a waterway in the Pearl River Delta near Guangzhou city. State media say the collision caused part of the bridge to break off, plunging vehicles into the water. Jacqueline Guico reports:
Top mainland official kicks off HK 'inspection' visit  Listenfacebook
Beijing's top official overseeing Hong Kong affairs says he has high hopes for the SAR. Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, has kicked off his week-long inspection trip to the city by meeting with government officials. Violet Wong reports:
Fears rise over future of HK's red minibuses  Listenfacebook
Authorities are being urged to give new green minibus routes to drivers of red minibuses. A transport sector representative made the plea, saying red minibus firms were struggling after the Covid pandemic and feared their vehicles would be seized by banks over unpaid loans. Damon Pang reports:
CSD considers travel ban on those 'under supervision'  Listenfacebook
The Correctional Services Department says it could take steps to prevent people placed under supervision from leaving the city. It comes after a student activist failed to return to Hong Kong late last year and sought political asylum in England. Frank Yung reports:
RTHK to strengthen cooperation with the mainland  Listenfacebook
RTHK will continue its efforts to tell the good stories of the nation and Hong Kong, according to Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Algernon Yau. He was speaking at the broadcaster's Lunar New Year celebration, as Anne Chan reports:
Youth survey shows renewed hope for future  Listenfacebook
A youth survey shows respondents had a positive outlook over Hong Kong and the mainland, but not with themselves. The Federation of Youth Groups interviewed more than 500 people aged between 15 and 39 in December. It found the level of social participation had declined, and just under half were unhappy with their English proficiency. Social worker and a supervisor with the federation, Christa Cheung, suggested programmes to allow Hong Kong youth to explore volunteer opportunities on the mainland to re-engage with society:
Group proposes reducing highest-tier tax rate  Listenfacebook
The Taxation Institute of Hong Kong says the government should remove property-cooling measures in phases, rather than in one go. There have been calls for the financial secretary to scrap the so-called 'spicy measures' in next week's budget, amid falling prices and low transactions. The institute's tax policy committee co-chairwoman, Anita Tsang, said removing the measures completely could cause the market to overheat. She spoke to Chloe Feng about other measures the authorities should consider to help ease people's tax burden:
ChatGPT spouts nonsense after update   Listenfacebook
Users of ChatGPT have been gleefully posting nonsensical responses from the AI chatbot, after it started spouting gibberish on Tuesday night for about 16 hours. OpenAI, the firm behind the chatbot, later blamed an optimization to the user experience that introduced a bug with how the model processes language. Natale Ching reports:
Shaken, not stirred: the recipe for Lemon tea success  Listenfacebook
Hand-shaken lemon tea is a tried and tested business on the mainland, with tens of thousands of outlets operating across the country. Now the trend is also taking Hong Kong by storm, with some of the more popular mainland lemon tea brands expanding into the city. But what are the challenges and opportunities that come with transplanting the mainland business model to Hong Kong? Priscilla Ng takes a look: