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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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Calls to beef up food-waste recycling  Listenfacebook
People taking part in the government's waste-charging trial scheme say authorities should step up efforts to recycle food waste, so they can cut down on the amount of rubbish they throw away. The trial took effect on Monday, with the government handing out designated rubbish bags to use under the scheme. Violet Wong reports:
'Convenience' important in recycling drive  Listenfacebook
An expert in food waste management says convenience is key if authorities want people to start recycling food waste. Jonathan Wong, a biology professor at Baptist University, says the government has provided an economic incentive for people to recycle leftover food, as they can save money when the pay-as-you-throw policy comes into effect. But he told Violet Wong that authorities should also make it more convenient by setting up easily-accessible food waste bins and using a fleet of trucks to collect kitchen waste:
First quarter tourist arrivals climb steadily  Listenfacebook
Official figures show tourist arrivals in Hong Kong topped 11 million in the first quarter of the year, continuing a post-pandemic rebound. The Tourism Board has announced fresh measures to attract visitors to the city. Elvis Yu reports:
Tech hub lacked sufficient tools against cyberattacks  Listenfacebook
The privacy watchdog says the Cyberport tech hub in Pok Fu Lam failed to take adequate precautionary measures against hacking attacks, after one such case last year led to a data theft affecting thousands. Cyberport says it has taken steps to prevent similar incidents in future. Frank Yung reports:
HK takes lead in setting sustainable reporting standards  Listenfacebook
A prominent American economist says Hong Kong's pledge to develop a sustainability disclosure system will cement the city's position as a global financial leader. Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Centre for Sustainable Development at Columbia University in New York, says the whole world is committed to sustainable development goals and needs investments that conform with these objectives. He told Carol Musgrave that if Hong Kong, as a leading financial centre, sets a blueprint for sustainable reporting standards, countries would be coming here to finance their green projects:
Xi, Biden hold first direct talks in months  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has told his US counterpart Joe Biden in a phone call that while Sino-US ties are beginning to stabilise, both sides need to pay attention to “negative factors” that have been growing in the relationship, according to Xinhua News Agency. Sean Kennedy reports:
Iran vows revenge after Israeli strike in Damascus  Listenfacebook
The Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi says Israel's suspected air strike on the Iranian consulate building in Damascus will not go unanswered. At least seven members of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, including two senior commanders, were killed in the attack on Monday. The fact that a diplomatic mission was targeted prompted a stern reaction from UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who warned it could lead to a broader conflict in what he called an already volatile region. Annemarie Evans spoke to Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, and asked how the Israeli air strike was related to its military campaign in Gaza:
Property slump leading to industry reshuffle  Listenfacebook
Accounting firm Deloitte China says the property downturn in mainland China and Hong Kong has triggered a new wave of demand for financial restructuring and insolvency professionals, as firms capitalise on company defaults and experience an industry reshuffle. Speaking to RTHK, the firms's Glen Ho, Restructuring Services Leader and Partner of Financial Advisory Services, noted that such demand rose in the second half of 2020 as a liquidity crunch hit developers after the introduction of Beijing's "three red line" policies, which curbed speculative property investments. He spoke to Chloe Feng:
Two men on trial over 1MDB fraud  Listenfacebook
Two men accused of embezzling US$1.8 billion from the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB have gone on trial in Switzerland. Sean Kennedy reports:
Xiaomi shares accelerate over SU7 sales  Listenfacebook
Shares of Xiaomi have closed up almost nine percent on Tuesday. The stock at one point was up about 16 percent. Last week, the Chinese smartphone and consumer electronics manufacturer launched a sporty electric vehicle, the SU7. As part of the campaign to kick off sales, Xiaomi released two special versions of the car, called the "Founder's Edition", that come with complimentary gifts, such as a refrigerator. The first 5,000 of those cars sold out immediately. Priscilla Ng reports:
China Vanke shares hit record low  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong-listed shares of developer China Vanke have hit a record low of HK$4.71. The sell-off came after the mainland's second-largest property developer by sales reported a 50-percent drop in 2023 core profit and no dividend payout. Tony Sabine reports: