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


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"Soft sell" approach taken to promote patriotism  Listenfacebook
The government says it will take what it describes as a "soft sell" approach when it comes to promoting patriotism in Hong Kong. A new working group in charge of these efforts says it will employ a tailor-made approach to integrate patriotism into the core values of the community and won't use legislation. Altis Wong reports:
Justice chief invites media criticism  Listenfacebook
In an editorial in a newspaper, the justice minister has said the media can still sharply criticise the government. Justice Secretary Paul Lam wrote that national security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law placed no "extra and unreasonable" restrictions on press freedom. Damon Pang reports:
Govt says jail time needed for failing to report abuse  Listenfacebook
The government says jail time should remain one of the punishments for professionals who fail to report suspected child abuse cases, after several lawmakers suggested that that would be too harsh. It comes as Legco debates a bill to protect children from abuse. Anne Chan reports:
Govt updates heat stress guidelines  Listenfacebook
Labour officials say they are updating guidelines on the heat stress warning system so that it is linked with the Hong Kong Observatory's top hot weather warning - which is issued when temperatures reach 35 degrees Celsius. The government's three-tier warning system, introduced in May last year, advises employers to take measures to prevent workers from getting heatstroke. Aaron Tam reports:
HK facing tridemic of Flu, Covid and RSV  Listenfacebook
A paediatrician says the city is experiencing a longer influenza season than normal and flu cases have been rising recently, instead of tapering off. Dr Mike Kwan from the University of Hong Kong's Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine says this is a global phenomenon, after people's immunity against viruses dropped while health measures were imposed during the Covid pandemic. Dr Kwan said Hong Kong is facing a tridemic of Covid, Flu, and a respiratory infection known as RSV. He told Janice Wong that people should keep up to date with their Covid and flu jabs:
Alarming number of social workers facing burnout  Listenfacebook
The founder of a mental health NGO says an 'alarming' number of social workers are experiencing burnout as they face more challenges, such as an increasing workload and lack of support. Dr Chou Wah-shan from Dreams Possible says a survey its NGO did with the University of Hong Kong showed that 93 percent of the 255 interviewed social workers faced a moderate level of work-related stress, with 68 percent exhibiting signs of depression. But he told Samantha Butler that worsening mental health was a community-wide issue:
Hang Seng rally predicted to be "short-term"  Listenfacebook
A trading strategist says more positive economic data is needed to sustain Monday's rally in the markets. The Hang Seng Index entered a technical bull market - defined as 20 percent more than a recent low - when it breached the 18,000 mark yesterday. It ended the day at 17,747 points, a gain of half-a-percent. Daniel So from Goldhorse Capital Management told Chloe Feng that the rally may only be short-term:
Tesla strikes tentative deal on driving system in China  Listenfacebook
Tesla shares shot up nearly 15 percent after receiving a key security clearance from China for smart cars. It reportedly cleared regulatory hurdles to deploy its driver-assistance system in the world's largest auto market. CEO, Elon Musk, on an unannounced visit to Beijing, reportedly discussed the software and permission to transfer driving data overseas. A mainland auto association also said two of Tesla's most popular vehicles - the Model 3 and the Model Y - now meet China's data security requirements. Hailey Yip reports:
Xi Jinping to embark on Europe visit in May  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to France, Serbia and Hungary from May 5 to 10. The French government says Xi is due in France for two days from May 6. Hailey Yip reports:
Scotland's first minister resigns after 13 months  Listenfacebook
Scotland's first minister, Humza Yousaf, has announced he's resigning after 13 months in office. He had been facing no-confidence votes after ending a partnership with the Scottish Green Party. Yousaf said he would continue as first minister until a successor was elected. RTHK's UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Samantha Butler that the chaos in the Scottish National Party opens the door to the UK opposition Labour Party regaining ground in its former Scottish heartlands:
Draft escapees flood into Cambodia  Listenfacebook
Thousands of people from Myanmar who do not want to get drafted are finding safe haven in Cambodia, as the country's military plans to increase its conscription target. Visa restrictions for Myanmese going to Cambodia are also more lax than for other neighbouring countries. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK's Southeast Asia correspondent, Luke Hunt, about how Cambodia is benefiting from the influx of skilled labour:
Two die of heat stroke in Kerala  Listenfacebook
At least two people have died in the southern Indian state of Kerala of suspected heat stroke, as the country battles record temperatures. A 90-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man died on Sunday, as temperatures hit almost 42 degrees Celsius. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Hong Kong spot crypto ETFs debut today  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong is launching its first crypto exchange traded funds, or ETFs, on Tuesday. The city is the first major financial centre in Asia to launch these ETFs, which track the world's two most popular cryptocurrencies, bitcoin and ethereum. So how interested are local investors in participating in the crypto market through these ETFs? Are there any new business opportunities for startups and fintech firms in Hong Kong? Elvis Yu and Raj Shroff find out in this week's Tech Tuesday: