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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Carol Musgrave


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Top leadership cite 'favourable conditions' in economy  Listenfacebook
The nation's leadership has "ample confidence" that China's economy will rebound. That is according to the spokesman for the National People's Congress ahead of the parliament's annual meeting on Tuesday. Kelly Yu reports from Beijing:
CPPCC work report highlights tech innovations  Listenfacebook
Wang Huning, the chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, has stressed the need to deepen reform and the country's opening up. He was delivering his work report at the start of the annual session of the top political advisory body. Vanessa Cheng reports from Beijing:
Top official on HK urges enactment of Art 23  Listenfacebook
Local delegates to the National People's Congress say top Beijing official, Xia Baolong, has urged Hong Kong to enact national security laws under Article 23 of the Basic Law as soon as possible and to guard against possible foreign interference. Kelly Yu reports from the capital:
NPC breaks with tradition and scraps press conference  Listenfacebook
Local members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference have downplayed an announcement by a National People’s Congress spokesman that Premier Li Qiang will not host a press conference at the end of the week-long meeting. They say it will make little difference to proceedings at the annual sessions of China's parliament and top advisory body. Vanessa Cheng reports from the capital:
Community service for socialite over 'partygate'  Listenfacebook
Socialite Celia Wong has been ordered to serve 160 hours of community service for lying to health officials about her whereabouts when Hong Kong was battling a wave of Covid-19 infections. The incident became known as the 'partygate' scandal, where over 100 guests - including government officials and political heavyweights - joined a birthday celebration of a Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress. Damon Pang reports:
Automated car park to open at HK port on mega bridge  Listenfacebook
Authorities say the first phase of a car park on the Hong Kong side of the bridge to Macau and Zhuhai will be completed by the end of this year. As Hailey Yip reports, the first phase of the facility will have 1,000 parking spots:
Education needed on safety after road accidents  Listenfacebook
A former member of the Road Safety Council says authorities should hold a campaign on what to do after a road accident. Wesley Wan, honorary president of the Automobile Association, was commenting after a truck hit two cars that had stopped in the road following a collision, killing one of the drivers. He says many people want to take photos of their cars to settle disputes and insurance claims but this could be dangerous. Official guidelines say vehicles should not be moved if there is serious damage or injuries, unless to save a life. Wan told Carol Musgrave that in cases of slight damage, both drivers could agree to move their vehicles:
Develop HK's waterfront to rival the South of France  Listenfacebook
The CEO of Designing Hong Kong says if the government developed more waterfront facilities, the city could be as attractive as the south of France. Paul Zimmerman, who is also the honorary chair of the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association, suggested better piers, boat ramps and landing steps to the water, as well as better places to store boats and water sports equipment. It comes after the Financial Secretary highlighted in his budget last week about holding more 'enchanting' experiences for visitors along the city's harbourfront. Zimmerman told Janice Wong that Hong Kong had a unique environment in the whole of Asia for a recreational marine industry:
Study finds rigid gender stereotypes in HK  Listenfacebook
A survey published by the University of Hong Kong has found that Hong Kong people still have rigid gender stereotypes, despite their awareness of gender equality being higher than the global average. Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 adults over the past two months and compared the results with 20 countries around the world. Professor of Social Work and Social Administration, Celia Chan, said there were still social norms that made people think men should be breadwinners and women should be home-makers. She told Anne Chan that gender education should be strengthened from an early age:
FS promises bond sales won't be used to cover debt  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says he expects both recurrent and consolidated accounts to be back in the black within two years. He says people need not worry about the government falling into a structural deficit. He made the comments after announcing in last week's budget that he expected a consolidated deficit of over HK$101 billion by the end of the current fiscal year. Altis Wong reports:
XPeng Motors hopes to bring its EVs to HK this year  Listenfacebook
Electric vehicle manufacturers on the mainland have expressed the hope that more of them can enter the Hong Kong market as competition heats up. Vanessa Cheng reports from Beijing:
Is Google's AI model too politically correct?  Listenfacebook
While it is important to represent diversity, there are times when it is not appropriate. Recently, Google's AI model generated images of Asian Nazis and black Vikings, among other historically-inaccurate depictions. The tech giant has trained its model to address long-standing racial biases in AI, but it may have gone too far. So, is there a way to strike the right balance? Violet Wong and Raj Shroff find out in this week's Tech Tuesday: