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


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Lawmakers call for tighter rules on fire safety  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have called for a review of fire safety regulations, after five people died in a fire in Jordan on Wednesday. Speaking on a radio programme, some of the legislators said the deadly blaze showed an urgent need for tighter rules and more effective enforcement of regulations. Anne Chan reports:
HK celebrates National Security Education Day  Listenfacebook
The director of Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, is due to give a speech via video link, on Monday, in celebration of National Security Education Day. Officials here say people must remain vigilant as national security threats remain imminent. Damon Pang reports:
Thousands attend disciplinary groups' Open Days  Listenfacebook
Several government disciplinary forces have held open days ahead of Monday's National Security Education Day. As Elvis Yu reports, officials say it is important to engage the public and educate people from a young age so they can better understand the need to protect national security:
New 'smart city' office to be set up mid 2024  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, says officials will set up a new office in the coming months to bring forward policies on digital economy and developing Hong Kong into a "smart city". The idea of setting up such an office was first put forward in last year's Policy Address. Damon Pang reports:
Paris Olympics will be the 'greenest' ever  Listenfacebook
Preparations for this summer's Paris Olympics are in full swing. Marc Lamy, the deputy Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, says authorities are beefing up security and putting in place efficient transportation arrangements, among other measures. He told Hailey Yip that Paris was committed to hosting a "green" Games this year:
Hopes for continuous funding for HK athletes  Listenfacebook
The Chef de Mission for the Hong Kong, China delegation to the Paris Olympics, Brian Stevenson, says the size of this year's team should be similar to that sent to the Tokyo Games. 46 athletes participated in 13 sports in Tokyo, capturing six medals, including one gold. Stevenson says he does not have any specific expectations this time around but hopes to see athletes perform their best. He spoke to Hailey Yip:
Holistic approach needed to hosting sport events  Listenfacebook
A sports professor says Hong Kong has insufficient facilities for hosting certain events at next year's National Games. The SAR will host eight competitive events of the games in November next year, including track cycling, beach volleyball and rugby sevens. The city had previously expressed an interest in also hosting football and windsurfing events. Patrick Lau from the Baptist University's Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health said facilities here, including the weather, were determining factors in being able to host certain events. He also told Elvis Yu that co-hosting the National Games was far more significant for the city, compared to hosting the East Asian Games in 2009:
China calls for 'restraint' after Iran strikes Israel  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry in Beijing has expressed deep concern over the escalation in the conflict in the Middle East, after Iran launched its massive drone and missile attack on Israel. Anne Chan reports:
Biden urges Netanyahu not to retaliate  Listenfacebook
President Biden has warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US will not take part in a counter-offensive against Iran. Israeli officials said Netanyahu's war cabinet favoured retaliation in a meeting on Sunday, although the panel was divided over the timing and scale of any such response. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler it was unclear what the US could do to ensure no further escalation of tensions in the region:
Sharks' feelings at the forefront of new musical  Listenfacebook
This weekend is the premiere of an original Hong Kong musical theatre production, addressing the issue of marine sustainability. "Shark Symphony" is the third in a series of animal-inspired musicals produced by the City Chamber Orchestra, featuring a live orchestra, and singers, dancers, and acrobats. Ben Tse spoke to the woman behind the production - Leanne Nicholls:
Over 750 Tony Bennett items up for auction  Listenfacebook
Items from the life and career of American jazz legend, Tony Bennett, are hitting the auction block. Julien’s Auctions is hosting a two-day sale on Thursday and Friday titled "Tony Bennett: A Life Well Lived", to celebrate the distinguished jazz vocalist. Azam Khan reports: