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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler


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Xia Baolong hears business chambers' views  Listenfacebook
The director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, has held discussions with local and overseas business chambers on the fifth day of his fact-finding trip here. He encouraged them to tell good stories about Hong Kong. Kelly Yu reports:
Businesses want greater GBA access  Listenfacebook
Chairman of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong & Macau) says a main theme of talks with Xia centred around the Greater Bay Area being part of Hong Kong's economic revival. Wilhelm Brauner was one of some 40 business representatives who met with Xia on Monday. He said the bulk of Austrian businesses in Hong Kong were small-and-medium-sized enterprises, many of which hoped to have greater access to the GBA. He told Samantha Butler that they pitched the idea of an access card, similar to the APEC Business Travel Card, for the region:
Appeal applications approved over same-sex rulings  Listenfacebook
The government has been given permission to appeal against court rulings extending housing and inheritance rights to same-sex couples. The administration and the Housing Authority have twice lost legal battles against three applicants, with courts finding policies on subsidised housing and inheritance to be discriminatory and unconstitutional. Damon Pang reports:
HK primed to lead transition to greener economies   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong will be at the forefront of green development and take advantage of massive opportunities coming from the transition to environmental sustainability. Finance minister Paul Chan made the remarks at the opening ceremony for the SAR's first-ever Hong Kong Green Week. Chloe Feng reports:
Importance of trialling green modes of transport  Listenfacebook
One opportunity that can be seized lies in the field of green transport - as the city's first hydrogen bus enters service and the MTR announces plans to trial a hydrogen-powered light rail train. Chief Innovation Officer of the Hong Kong Productivity Council, Dr Lawrence Cheung, told Janice Wong that it was important to trial such modes of green transport in Hong Kong to better understand their potential and their pitfalls of use:
Restaurants preparing for disposable plastics ban  Listenfacebook
The Environmental Protection Department says checks on 12,000 restaurants found more than 10 percent have already ditched throwaway plastic products ahead of a ban that takes effect on April 22. Elvis Yu reports:
Flood of complaints after travel agency shuts  Listenfacebook
The body regulating the tourism industry says it has received 140 inquiries involving a total of some HK$360,000 from customers of New Star Travel, after the travel agency abruptly ceased operations last week. As Vanessa Cheng reports, a sector representative says such firms do not necessarily need to notify the public of their closure in advance:
Beginner SUP users should 'stay close to shore'  Listenfacebook
Paddleboard novices have been urged to stay close to the shore after a man drifted from Shenzhen waters to Sai Kung on the weekend. The 59-year-old paddle boarder reportedly fell into the water near Yantian district on Saturday afternoon. The Surf and Stand Up Paddle Association said he was lucky to be alive. Its chairman Bryan Ng shared some beginner paddleboarding tips with Vanessa Cheng:
CLP posts six-fold increase in profits  Listenfacebook
Power giant CLP says shareholders will not see higher payouts despite a six-fold increase in full-year profits last year. The company posted a HK$6.6 billion profit, saying its core Hong Kong and mainland businesses did well. Wendy Wong reports:
WTO: China vows to uphold multilateral trading system  Listenfacebook
The World Trade Organisation has opened a high-level ministerial meeting in Abu Dhabi with calls for consensus, as geopolitical tensions and the looming US election undermine chances of a major breakthrough. Natale Ching reports:
Everest climbers will soon need electronic chip  Listenfacebook
Those hoping to scale the peak of Mount Everest will soon have to be equipped with an electronic chip before they make their climb. Costing up to US$15 each, the chips would help rescuers locate climbers. Nepal is expected to draft the law before the climbing season starts this spring. The announcement comes after officials earlier this month required mountaineers to bring their own poo back down to base camp after they said the mountain had begun "to stink". RTHK South Asia correspondent Murali Krishnan spoke to Azam Khan:
Lovelorn turning to romantic AI companions  Listenfacebook
OpenAI's recently launched online marketplace has been flooded with an influx of 'AI girlfriends' on the platform. The growing trend of romantic AI companions is captivating people who crave the ability to create customised avatars and enjoy human-like conversations with their virtual partners. But as the technology advances, how will these virtual companions evolve? And what impact will they have on human relationships in society? Violet Wong and Raj Shroff find out in Tech Tuesday: