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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Carol Musgrave


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Forecasters bracing for sweltering 2024  Listenfacebook
The Observatory says it expects as many as eight tropical storms to hit Hong Kong this year, with the typhoon season starting as early as June and potentially continuing until October or later. The forecaster also say it expects the average temperature this year to be higher than usual, adding that 2024 may prove to be one of the 10 warmest years on record in the SAR. The Observatory's director, Chan Pak-wai, told Kelly Yu that more would be done to better prepare the territory for extreme weather:
Warmer waters fuelling typhoon season  Listenfacebook
A climate campaigner says warmer oceans means a longer typhoon period for Hong Kong this year. Lawrence Iu, executive director of the think tank, Civic Exchange, described water as the powerhouse of a typhoon and the warmer the ocean, the more energy produced for a typhoon to form. He spoke to Ben Tse:
Lawmaker proposes raising elderly transport fare  Listenfacebook
A lawmaker has proposed at least doubling the HK$2.00 subsidised public transport fare for elderly people, to keep the concessionary scheme financially sustainable. As Violet Wong reports, transport operators have also been urged to take up more social responsibility:
Lunar New Year holiday drives airport traffic  Listenfacebook
More than four million passengers used Hong Kong International Airport last month, nearly double the "low-base number" from a year ago when Covid border restrictions were dropped. Hailey Yip reports:
CE hails achievement of enacting Article 23 laws  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee has briefed the head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office on the successful enactment of domestic national security legislation. He described it as a "glorious achievement" of the implementation of "patriots administering Hong Kong". Elvis Yu reports:
Govt seeks funding approval for NT new towns  Listenfacebook
The government is seeking more than HK$32 billion from Legco to further develop new towns in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North. They say if lawmakers greenlight their request, construction can begin in just a few months from now. Damon Pang reports:
Ex-NBA champion joins Wealth for Good summit  Listenfacebook
A former basketball superstar and a founder of the studio which made the Shrek and Kung Fu Panda movies are among the speakers for an upcoming Wealth for Good summit next week. Authorities say they hope the talks will lure to Hong Kong family offices - or private wealth management companies for the very wealthy. Chloe Feng reports:
Colorectal cancer programme saves thousands  Listenfacebook
A specialist in cancer screening says the government should make use of community resources in the District Health Centres to encourage people to get regular colorectal cancer screening. Professor Martin Wong from the Chinese University was commenting on the government's programme for people aged 50 and over, which it says has helped detect and treat early cancer in thousands of people. Professor Wong told Carol Musgrave that public education was important to address misconceptions around the screening and treatment of the disease:
Hep B drug increasing risk of bone fractures  Listenfacebook
A Chinese University study has shown that an antiviral drug for hepatitis B patients can lead to higher risks of bone fractures. The university's medical researchers said among 40,000 elderly chronic hepatitis B patients who had taken one of the two drugs called TDF and ETV, those using TDF had a high risk of fractures over time. Assistant Professor Terry Yip led the study and spoke to Violet Wong:
Unseen archaeological finds unveiled at Sung Wong Toi MTR  Listenfacebook
An overhauled exhibition of archaeological finds at Sung Wong Toi MTR station reopens on Friday, showcasing many unseen artefacts dating back to the 10th century. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Exhibit shows lives of HKers during Song-Yuan period  Listenfacebook
The Antiquities and Monuments Office says visitors to its 'renewed' exhibit at Sung Wong Toi MTR station will learn about the lives of Hong Kong people during the Song-Yuan period. Susanna Siu, Chief Heritage Executive of the AMO, told Vanessa Cheng that the finds excavated from the site, such as teaware, show how people during that period engaged with art and trade:
Wang Yi wraps up visit Down Under  Listenfacebook
China says it is considering launching talks on maritime affairs with Australia. A Foreign Ministry spokesman also says the two countries will look to promote co-operation in various areas such as diplomacy, trade and law enforcement. The announcement was made as Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up his visit to Australia. On the final day of his trip, he met former prime minister Paul Keating and highlighted China's desire for Canberra to have an independent foreign policy. Wendy Wong reports:
Striking doctors could be stripped of medical licences  Listenfacebook
South Korea’s government says it will take final steps to suspend the licences of striking junior doctors next week, as they are refusing to end their walkouts that have burdened the country’s medical services. More than 90 percent of the country’s 13,000 medical interns and resident doctors have been on strike for about a month to protest against the government’s plan to sharply increase medical school admissions. Their strikes have caused hundreds of cancelled surgeries and other treatments at hospitals. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's correspondent in Seoul, Frank Smith, whether the government could start to suspend medical licences:
HK hosts World Triathlon Cup for the first time  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong hosts the World Triathlon Cup on Sunday, the second leg of the 2024 World Cup season. It is the SAR's debut on the circuit after hosting the Asian Cup last year. Jamie Clarke spoke to Chau Chiu-nam, the president of the Triathlon Association and vice president of Asia Triathlon, who outlined the format of the weekend's races: