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


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Intentions matter in Article 23 security offences: Paul Lam  Listenfacebook
Secretary for Justice Paul Lam stressed that intentions matter when judging the innocence or guilt of people involved in possible national security crimes under the newly-enacted Article 23 legislation. Meanwhile, security chief Chris Tang says authorities would consider a range of factors before imposing sanctions against absconders. Violet Wong reports:
Explain new security law to the West, says Frederick Ma  Listenfacebook
A former commerce official is calling on the government to send delegations to foreign countries to explain Hong Kong's home-grown national security legislation. Frederick Ma also says there's no need to pay too much attention to Western criticism of the new security law, which took effect on Saturday. Frank Yung has more:
Outdoor art display boosts HK's role as a cultural hub: govt  Listenfacebook
From Monday, Hongkongers will be able to see illuminated ovoids lighting up the iconic harbour as part of the government's outdoor art project. "Art@Harbour 2024" runs for more than two months until June on both sides of Victoria Harbour. The administration says the installation will help Hong Kong position itself as a hub for international cultural exchanges. Frank Yung reports:
East Kowloon light display spruced up after criticism  Listenfacebook
Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs, Alice Mak, says the government welcomes all feedback over a new light art installation in East Kowloon. The display was said to have had a “funeral like” look about it when it was first unveiled to the public, but has since been changed to include more colour. Violet Wong reports:
HK awaits mainland authorities' help on liver donor  Listenfacebook
Hospital officials in Hong Kong have sought help to find an organ donor from across the border for a critically ill man suffering from severe liver failure. They say they're awaiting a response from their mainland counterparts. Frank Yung reports:
Police call for more training as cyberattacks surge  Listenfacebook
Police say Hong Kong saw a significant increase in online crimes and hacking attacks last year, and they're calling on businesses to improve training so their employees better understand cybersecurity threats. Speaking at a media briefing, officers say they recorded 37 cyber attacks last year, up more than fifty percent from 2022. Victims reported losses of more than HK$2 million. Baron Chan, an acting senior superintendent in the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau, spoke to Kelly Yu:
More key enterprises expected to come to HK   Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says he expects more strategic enterprises to set up operations in Hong Kong. Writing in his official blog, Chan said nearly 50 of these businesses had already signed agreements with the government. As Elvis Yu reports, Chan also said there would be more family offices establishing operations in the SAR:
China to remove barriers for foreign firms: Li Qiang  Listenfacebook
Premier Li Qiang says Beijing will carefully study issues of market access and cross-border data flows and will soon issue new regulations in these areas to help foreign companies and investors gain greater access to the China market. Tony Sabine reports:
Participants hail ComplexCon success in HK  Listenfacebook
Pop culture festival ComplexCon was held in Hong Kong over the weekend, and it was the first time the event was held outside the United States. The three-day celebration began last Friday at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Organisers say Hong Kong is an international city that's up with the latest trends, and so it was appropriate that the city got to play host. RTHK spoke to people at the festival, and they all hope Hong Kong can hold the event again:
First World Triathlon Cup held in Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
More than 100 athletes from around the world took part, and it was British triathlete Sian Rainsley who won the women's race while Spain's Alberto Gonzalez Garcia took the men's title. But as Elvis Yu reports, local athletes suffered disappointing outcomes:
Baptist University trials real-time monitoring on triathlon athletes  Listenfacebook
A team from the Baptist University used temperature pills to monitor the conditions of triathlon athletes in real time. Dr Carl James from the university's Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health, said they also gave participants a GPS watch, so when the health of a participant deteriorates, doctors can be prepared and arrive to treat athletes earlier. He spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
'US Central Bank may deliver several rate cuts this year'  Listenfacebook
US stocks closed their best week of the year so far with a quiet finish on Friday last week. The S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the Nasdaq composite saw their largest weekly gain in recent months. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Anne Chan that US Fed chair Jerome Powell's recent statements have sent a positive signal to investors, as he hinted that the central bank may deliver three cuts to interest rates this year:
China becomes world's second largest art market in 2023  Listenfacebook
Sales in the Chinese art market jumped nine percent to over US$12 billion last year - following the easing of Covid restrictions - according to an annual art market report. The report also noted that China overtook the UK to become the world's second largest art market in 2023 - at a time when the global art market experienced a contraction after seeing strong growth in the previous two years. Zhang Xiaoming, founder of the art advisory and consulting firm W.Ming Art, told Carol Musgrave that China saw a surge in art sales last year because the transactions had been pushed back from 2022, adding that modern contemporary pieces were most sought-after: