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


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Golden Week arrivals within expectations  Listenfacebook
The government says the number of visitors from across the border during the mainland's Golden Week holiday should inject over HK$2 billion into Hong Kong's economy. The five-day break wrapped up on Sunday. Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Kevin Yeung, says the total number of mainland tourists coming in should reach the estimated 800,000 mark. Hailey Yip reports:
FS: tourism key driver in Q1 growth  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong's economy is maintaining its growth momentum, with the city's stock and property markets showing signs of recovery. But the minister also warned that the SAR must stay vigilant with many external uncertainties and risks still on the horizon. Violet Wong reports:
Assurances given over elderly transport subsidy  Listenfacebook
Welfare minister Chris Sun says officials do not plan to change the eligible age and coverage of the HK$2 transport subsidy. He says the idea is to make the policy financially viable in the long run while still ensuring that beneficiaries get to travel around town more often. Damon Pang reports:
Nursing diploma shortened to 3.5 years  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority has announced plans to shorten its nursing diploma programme. This will allow students to complete the entire course in three-and-a-half years. Elvis Yu reports:
Data leak spurs check of cyber security measures  Listenfacebook
The government's top IT office says it is asking all departments to review their data security measures and reply within a week following a series of leaks. Damon Pang reports:
Southwest monsoon brings warmest April on record  Listenfacebook
The Observatory says Hong Kong had the warmest April on record this year, with the hottest day reaching almost 32 degrees Celsius. Leung Wing-mo, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong Meteorological Society, said the warmer than usual weather was because the southwest monsoon arrived earlier than usual. He told Hailey Yip that vulnerable people should take care to avoid heat stress or exhaustion with rising temperatures over the summer:
People flock to Cheung Chau Climbing Carnival  Listenfacebook
A climbing carnival has taken place in Cheung Chau, ahead of the island's traditional bun-scrambling competition next week, on Buddha's Birthday. Hailey Yip reports on some of those who tested their climbing skills:
Xi Jinping arrives in Paris for Europe tour  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has arrived in Paris at the start of a European tour that will also see him in Serbia and Hungary. The president hailed China's ties with France as an international model. Xi is due to meet his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, as well as the European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen, on Monday. Jacqueline Guico reports:
UK's Conservatives get a drubbing in local polls  Listenfacebook
Britain's Conservatives have been crushed in local elections across England and Wales, losing control of 10 local councils and nearly 500 councillors. Millions of voters in England cast ballots on Thursday. The results cement the opposition Labour Party's commanding lead over the governing Conservatives, ahead of Britain's general election later this year. RTHK's UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Janice Wong that time was running out for the Conservatives:
Berkshire Hathaway event spotlights Buffett’s successor  Listenfacebook
Warren Buffett has assured shareholders that his successors at Berkshire Hathaway are ready for the job and also paid tribute to his late business partner, Charlie Munger. Before the annual shareholder meeting, Berkshire announced first-quarter results, including a 39 percent jump in operating profit to a record US$11.2 billion. Sean Kennedy reports:
Berkshire Hathaway cuts Apple stake by 13 percent  Listenfacebook
Warren Buffett, who is 93, said he hoped the annual shareholder meeting would not be his last. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that despite Berkshire Hathaway reducing its stake in Apple by 13 percent, he spoke positively about the tech giant:
Foxconn posts record April sales  Listenfacebook
Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics maker and the biggest assembler of Apple's iPhone, says it expects a rise in second-quarter revenue this year as it reported record sales for the month of April. Tony Sabine reports:
Looted gold treasures displayed in Ghana after 150 years  Listenfacebook
Looted artefacts from the Asante kingdom are finally on display in Ghana, 150 years after British colonisers took them. It is part of a loan agreement that the Asante king struck with two British museums - the Victoria & Albert, and the British Museums. Hailey Yip reports: