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


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Five people die in Jordan blaze, dozens injured  Listenfacebook
The Buildings Department says it is highly concerned about a fire in Jordan in which five people died and another 40 were injured. The blaze broke out before 8am on Wednesday morning in New Lucky House at the intersection of Nathan and Jordan roads. An inspection by the department showed no obvious danger to the overall structure of the 60-year-old building. Authorities said it had been inspected last year with repair works recommended, including replacing fire doors and providing protected lobbies for the escape staircase. As Vanessa Cheng reports, around 250 people had to be rescued from the building:
Temporary shelters set up for fire-affected tenants  Listenfacebook
The government has pledged to do all it can to help those affected by the fire in Jordan, with authorities setting up two temporary shelters for them. Elvis Yu visited one shelter at Yau Ma Tei, where people told him they were grateful to have a roof over their heads for the night:
Hero builders help in fire rescue efforts  Listenfacebook
Workers at a construction site next to New Lucky House were among those who helped residents to safety. The builders said they heard people shouting for help as they started their shift. Damon Pang reports:
Ex-fire official advises what to do in event of fire  Listenfacebook
A former director of fire services, Anthony Lam, says he thinks there will be a coroner's inquest over the fire. He also called on people to review the escape routes for their buildings and plan for emergencies. He spoke to Damon Pang:
Construction blaze continues for third day  Listenfacebook
Authorities say they are not sure when a massive fire at a construction site in Tin Shui Wai will be extinguished. It has been burning since Tuesday lunchtime. Jacqueline Guico reports:
HK to trial cross-border ambulance service  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong will trial a cross-border ambulance service in the coming weeks, which would allow patients of Hong Kong University's Shenzhen Hospital or a Macau hospital to be driven to hospitals here without changing vehicles. As Anne Chan reports, such transfers would take place when patients of any nationality at these hospitals cannot receive the treatment they need on the mainland or in Macau:
Nursing mums need better workplace support  Listenfacebook
A maternal health specialist says the private sector could do more in providing breastfeeding facilities in the workplace. Kris Lok, assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong's School of Nursing, agreed with the government that the slight drop in breastfeeding rates was likely due to anti-Covid measures and a lack of support for nursing mothers. Professor Lok says statistics show mothers who return to full-time work were twice as likely to stop breastfeeding within the first year. But she commended the government over its baby-friendly initiatives in the public sector. Professor Lok spoke to Samantha Butler:
63 theatres to take part in 'Cinema Day'  Listenfacebook
“Cinema Day” is set to return on April 21, with tickets at all 63 participating movie theatres costing HK$30 on the day. As Wendy Wong reports, tickets will be available for sale from 12pm next Wednesday at cinema box offices and online:
Xi meets former Kuomintang leader in Beijing  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has met former Kuomintang leader Ma Ying-jeou in his capacity as general secretary of the Communist Party. Xi praised Ma for supporting the one-China principle. Tony Sabine reports:
World of Warcraft among top games return to China  Listenfacebook
US game developer Blizzard and its partner on the mainland, NetEase have announced that popular video games, including "World of Warcraft" will return to China this summer. It comes more than a year after a contract dispute pulled the game from the market leaving millions of fans bereft. As Azam Khan reports, they also said titles, including a spin-off card game "Hearthstone" and other games in the "World of Warcraft" and "Overwatch" franchises, would also return:
Fitch downgrades China credit outlook on growth risks  Listenfacebook
The Ministry of Finance says a downgrade of Chinese credit outlook to negative by the ratings agency Fitch was "regrettable". The agency on Tuesday cited increased risks to the nation's finances for the move. Natale Ching reports:
Economist lauds China's efforts over managing debt  Listenfacebook
An economist says the Fitch downgrade was expected. Alicia García-Herrero, chief economist at French investment bank Natixis, said while the country's official public debt hovered around 70 percent of gross domestic product, concerns centred on the debt from so-called "local government financial vehicles" (LGFV). But she also told Chloe Feng that the authorities had already made "commendable" efforts in managing debt to a decent level:
US consumer prices rise 3.5 percent from a year ago  Listenfacebook
US consumer prices continued to rise last month for the third month in a row. It reduces the chances of an early interest rate cut from the Federal Reserve. Chloe Feng reports:
G20 nations warned climate agenda is "slipping"   Listenfacebook
The UN climate chief has warned G20 nations that their economies face decimation. He said they have to overcome geopolitical divisions to tackle global warming. Sean Kennedy reports:
Award-winning musical makes Hong Kong debut  Listenfacebook
In this week's Broad Strokes, the hills are alive with the sound of a classic Broadway musical. From Broadway, we head to The Underground as Hong Kong’s original music promoter celebrates its 20th anniversary. And from music, we turn to fashion, with your last chance to check out an exhibition of China’s “Godmother of Fashion” before it ends. Find out more on RTHK's weekly arts and culture-inspired podcast, presented by Ben Tse and Jacqueline Guico: