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


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First stage of plastics ban takes effect  Listenfacebook
The first stage of Hong Kong's ban on single-use plastic items comes into effect from Monday. It covers a range of items from umbrella bags, toothpicks and even free toothbrushes in hotels. Meanwhile, restaurants will have to reconsider their use of plastic cutlery, cups and food containers. As Violet Wong reports, many eateries across the city are not ready for the new rules:
'Reusable cutlery better for waste reduction'  Listenfacebook
A green group says switching to non-plastic products that can only be used once is not a good enough alternative. Edwin Lau, executive director of The Green Earth, says people should start bringing their own utensils to restaurants, and eateries should also let customers rent reusable ones for takeaways. He told Violet Wong that reusable items not only reduce waste but are a better alternative to paper spoons and wooden knives and forks:
Care teams to serve ethnic minorities  Listenfacebook
The government says care teams tasked with supporting people from ethnic minority groups will start providing services later this year. It also says it would like to see more non-Chinese residents get government jobs. Elvis Yu reports:
Govt remains optimistic amid IT talent shortage  Listenfacebook
The government says Hong Kong is suffering from a shortage of talent in the innovation and technology sector. But it says the situation is going to improve with time. Hailey Yip reports:
Drugs haul found in Yau Tong warehouses  Listenfacebook
Police say they have found drugs worth around HK$12 million in two factory buildings in Yau Tong. The haul includes magic mushrooms, marijuana candy and LSD stamps. Hailey Yip reports:
Two men arrested over renovation scam  Listenfacebook
Two men have been arrested after several renovation and engineering companies were scammed out of a total of HK$1.5 million dollars. Elvis Yu reports:
New measures to help mainland firms list in HK  Listenfacebook
Financial secretary Paul Chan says new measures announced by the China Securities Regulatory Commission to cooperate with Hong Kong's capital market demonstrate the central government's support for the SAR. Violet Wong reports:
Flood alert for Guangdong province  Listenfacebook
Millions of people in southern China are on the alert following widespread flooding, which is expected to get worse. Forecasters said one river in Guangdong province could rise to levels seen only once in a century. No deaths have so far been reported. Jacqueline Guico reports:
9th Hong Kong Games opens at HK Coliseum  Listenfacebook
The 9th Hong Kong Games are underway. They kicked off on Sunday with an opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Hailey Yip reports:
US approves foreign aid package for allies  Listenfacebook
After months of dysfunction and stalemate, the US House of Representatives has approved a foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and other allies. They also passed a measure to clamp down on TikTok. The whole package will go to the Senate, which could pass it as early as Tuesday. President Biden has promised to sign it immediately. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, explained to Samantha Butler why the aid package took so long to go through the House: