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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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Xi hails 'all-weather' partnership with Hungary  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping says China and Hungary will embark on a "golden voyage" in bilateral relations. He was speaking after meeting the Hungarian prime minister on the third and final stop of his first European tour in five years. Jacqueline Guico reports:
Workers ordered to stop using platform after death  Listenfacebook
The Labour Department has ordered contractors linked to a fatal accident at the Kai Tak Sports Park to suspend the use of a hydraulic work platform. Authorities are investigating the incident where a 52-year-old construction worker was found unconscious on Wednesday morning on the platform and was later certified dead after being rushed to Kwong Wah hospital. Damon Pang reports:
Green group says govt should first trial waste scheme  Listenfacebook
A green group suggests Hong Kong's much-delayed waste charging scheme should begin as planned on August 1, but only at government-run premises and facilities, rather than public housing estates. The Green Earth also said participating government departments should propose clear waste reduction targets, with the aim of cutting waste by 10 percent within a year. Its founder and executive director, Edwin Lau, spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
High Court hears bid to stop golf club plan  Listenfacebook
The High Court has begun hearing a bid to overturn the government's approval of an environmental study into plans to build public flats on part of the Hong Kong Golf Club course. As Violet Wong reports, the club's lawyer argued that the assessment was flawed:
Rising trend of mental illness among students  Listenfacebook
A clinical psychologist says it is important not to place the burden of improving mental health on young people alone. Dr Amos Cheung, a newly-appointed member of the Advisory Committee on Mental Health, says the focus should be on how to improve the mental well-being and communication skills of parents, so they can help and be good role models to youngsters. Recent data from the Education Bureau shows the number of primary and secondary school students diagnosed with mental illness has more than tripled in the past five years. Dr Cheung told Ben Tse that in his practice, he had noticed that students' poor mental health was often related to conflict with family members:
Agencies can lose licence under 'job-hopping' rules  Listenfacebook
There are mixed views over a new code of practice for domestic helper employment agencies that is meant to deter helpers from switching jobs. It comes after a rise in complaints about "job-hopping" during the pandemic. Anne Chan reports:
EOC issues guidelines for guide dogs  Listenfacebook
The Equal Opportunities Commission says people with guide dogs have reported being refused admission to some premises by people who are unaware that the dogs are helpers and not just pets. As Vanessa Cheng reports, the commission hopes to tackle the problem with a new practical guide, encouraging society to accept guide dogs:
Need to raise awareness over guide dog access  Listenfacebook
The Equal Opportunities Commission says the Disability Discrimination Ordinance can deal with isolated incidents against guide dog users so it is more important to raise public awareness over the issue. Its head of policy, research and training, Doris Tsui, told Samantha Butler that the commission received seven complaints in five years about guide dogs being denied access to premises:
HA to hold largest-ever medical innovation convention  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says this year's edition of its annual convention will be the largest ever, with some 7,000 medical professionals taking part. Around 160 speakers will share their views on telemedicine, smart hospitals and artificial intelligence during the conference in Wan Chai next week. Eastern Hospital will report on its latest developments regarding innovation technologies, such as using artificial intelligence to detect strokes. Dr Samuel Lam, a neurosurgery consultant at the hospital, spoke to Kelly Yu:
Cathay set to resume direct flights to Riyadh  Listenfacebook
The deputy financial secretary says the friendship between Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia has blossomed since government officials visited the gulf country two years ago. Michael Wong was speaking at an event which attracted more than 500 financial leaders, regulators, investors and corporate representatives from Saudi Arabia, the mainland, the SAR and other parts of the world. As Frank Yung reports, he also said direct flights between Hong Kong and Riyadh would resume later this year:
IPO listing applications up by a third  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's stock exchange operator says the improved trading turnover it has recorded can help pave the way for more IPOs in the SAR. Its chief executive has also said the SAR's market will benefit from the listing of leading Chinese companies. Frank Yung reports:
Hong Kong to host global aviation event  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong will welcome thousands of civil aviation leaders next year to explore business possibilities and open new air routes to the SAR. It comes as the Airport Authority prepares to host a major global aviation convention for the first time in September of next year. The event, called Routes World 2025, will be co-hosted with Routes, which operates global airline networking events. Steven Small, the company's Director of Events, told Chloe Feng that the SAR was strategically placed to host its annual conference, which would create significant economic benefits:
More air routes planned to support BRI countries  Listenfacebook
The chief operating officer of the Airport Authority says the timing of hosting the Routes World 2025 is "ideal" as the city expects to complete the third runway expansion by the end of the year. This would enable the airport to serve 120 million passengers and shift 10 million tonnes of cargo per year. Vivian Cheung spoke to Chloe Feng:
HK needs to identify new 'tourism growth' areas  Listenfacebook
The director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, says the central government will continue to support the SAR's development into an international innovation and technology centre. As Vanessa Cheng reports, he also highlighted the need for Hong Kong to identify new areas of growth in the tourism sector:
China's exports and imports return to growth  Listenfacebook
The nation's exports and imports grew in April as domestic and global demand picked up, giving a boost to the world's second-largest economy. Aaron Tam reports:
South Korean president admits shortcomings  Listenfacebook
In his first press conference in almost two years, the embattled South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has admitted that his government's efforts to improve livelihoods has fallen short. He conceded that his ruling party's crushing election defeat last month reflected voters' assessment of his two years in office. In his remaining three years in office, he pledged to focus on improving the economy and tackling what he called the national emergency of flagging birth rates. RTHK's correspondent in Seoul, Frank Smith, told Annemarie Evans that his remarks were out of the ordinary: