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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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Shenzhou-18 astronauts board space station  Listenfacebook
China's latest manned space mission has successfully docked with the Tiangong space station, six-and-a-half hours after blasting off from the launch centre in Gansu province. The three astronauts of the Shenzhou-18 mission will stay in orbit for six months. Violet Wong reports:
Govt clarifies plastics ban after 'blind box' sushi episode  Listenfacebook
Less than a week after a partial plastics ban was introduced to Hong Kong, the government has clarified that shops are allowed to use plastic containers for takeaway food. It was commenting after a photo went viral, showing supermarket chain, Don Don Donki, using paper boxes - with no transparent plastic cover - to store sushi. People ridiculed the products as 'sushi in blind boxes'. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Firms showcase eco-friendly plastic alternatives  Listenfacebook
Companies offering alternatives to plastic cutlery have showcased their products at a press event. One firm showed the durability of their straws, which maintained structural integrity after being poked through the seal of a drink, while another used their eco-friendly knife and fork to cut through steak - although the implements crumpled during a second attempt. They are all listed on an online platform launched by the Environmental Protection Department to help people and businesses find suppliers. One of them, Supply Ching Company, demonstrated how their spoon could scoop up a portion of sticky rice with ease. Its founder, Alvis Yip, introduced more of his products to Elvis Yu:
Multi-purpose product made from plant fibre  Listenfacebook
A materials firm says they successfully developed a durable alternative to plastic disposable tableware that is 100 percent made from plant fibre. Ecoinno is one of the suppliers listed on a government website,, that help businesses find alternatives to plastic disposable tableware. Its CEO, George Chen, told Ben Tse their products are plastic-free and contain no toxins, yet can withstand extreme temperatures:
800,000 mainland tourists expected during Golden Week  Listenfacebook
Immigration officials say they expect Lo Wu to be the busiest border crossing during the mainland's "Golden Week" holiday next week. As Damon Pang reports, Chief Executive John Lee forecast almost six million arrivals and departures for the week, with some 800,000 mainland tourists expected to come to Hong Kong:
Unions criticise importation of mainland bus drivers  Listenfacebook
Transport unionists have lashed out against a decision by Citybus to import 20 drivers from the mainland, saying they are worried more non-locals will come in the future and take over the jobs of local drivers. Violet Wong reports:
European Parliament accused of smearing security laws  Listenfacebook
The government has condemned a vote by the European Parliament that was critical of Hong Kong’s national security legislation. It accused the EU body of making baseless allegations and smearing the security laws. Jacqueline Guico reports:
Migrant groups complain over unfair job rules  Listenfacebook
An alliance of migrant groups says the government should investigate the working condition of helpers before accusing them of 'job-hopping' - or prematurely terminating their contracts. Dolores Balladares, chairperson of United Filipinos in Hong Kong, also said that a new code of practice to be introduced this year to deter 'job-hopping' unfairly singles out the domestic workers, who should be allowed to change jobs. She told Ben Tse that Hong Kong - once a popular choice among migrant workers - now faced competition from other countries which offered better wages:
Helpers need better complaint mechanism  Listenfacebook
The Indonesian Migrant Workers Union says criticism of migrant domestic workers will discourage them from coming to work in Hong Kong. Sringatin, who chairs the union, said it was not easy for a helper to switch jobs due to the high agency fees and difficulties in finding a new employer. She told Frank Yung that so-called 'job-hopping' helpers mostly left due to poor working conditions and a better complaint mechanism was needed for them:
Abac gathering studies exchange rate tools  Listenfacebook
The Apec Business Advisory Council says new tools are needed to reduce foreign exchange risks due to interest rate differentials between the US and emerging economies. Abac also called for greater efforts to digitise the entire trade process to boost economic integration in the Asia Pacific region. The advisory body concluded a four-day meeting in Hong Kong, during which some 200 delegates gathered to promote free trade and closer ties. Nisa Leung, one of the council's Hong Kong representatives, told Chloe Feng that "inclusivity" was a key word during their meetings:
HK buyer snaps up long-lost Gustav Klimt painting  Listenfacebook
A Hong Kong buyer has snapped up a Gustav Klimt piece which was thought to have been lost. The renowned artists' Portrait of Miss Lieser sold at a hammer price of over HK$250 million. Kimmy Lau reports:
Rain funnel photo sparks debate  Listenfacebook
A photo that went viral on social media showing a narrow column of rain showering down in Kwai Chung has sparked debate over the authenticity of the image. Questions were raised over whether it was even possible for rain to fall vertically and over such a small area. RTHK spoke to the photo-taker, as well as a number of weather experts, to find out more. Priscilla Ng reports:
Blinken urges US, China to act "responsibly"  Listenfacebook
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on China and the US to manage their differences "responsibly" as he went on a charm offensive ahead of expected tough talks in Beijing. His trip is the latest high-level contact between the two nations, after public acrimony that drove ties to historic lows early last year. Azam Khan reports:
Moulin Rouge windmill comes crashing down  Listenfacebook
The windmill blades on top of France's legendary Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris have fallen off. No casualties were reported. The first three letters of the red illuminated sign, M O and U, also fell off but firefighters say there was no risk of further collapse. The famous cabaret was founded in 1889 and remains one of the most frequently-visited landmarks by tourists. The incident comes just months before the French capital hosts the Olympics. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Annemarie Evans about the history of this iconic landmark: