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


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Call to turn Kai Tak Covid facility into arts, sports hub  Listenfacebook
The DAB party has called on the government to transform the disused Covid isolation facility in Kai Tak into a base for arts and sport. The party also spoke about the need to improve transportation in the area, as Anne Chan reports:
Covid facility could become 'tourist attraction'  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Starry Lee says revitalising Kai Tak's disused Covid facility could help turn the district into a tourist attraction. Lee, who represents the Kowloon Central geographical constituency, spoke to Anne Chan about the party's proposals:
Environmentalists concerned over Technopole project  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society says it hopes the government can think twice before proceeding with plans to turn wetlands in the northern New Territories into a technology hub. The Environmental Protection Department gave a conditional go-ahead to an environmental impact assessment for the San Tin Technopole project last Friday. The society's senior conservation officer, Wong Suet-mei, says she thinks the compensation measures mentioned under the conditions cannot address the ecological loss caused by the development. She spoke to Elvis Yu:
Biggest cocaine bust made at Ta Kwu Ling warehouse  Listenfacebook
Police say they seized about 225 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth more than HK$200 million at a warehouse in Ta Kwu Ling. Officers are calling it the largest cocaine bust this year. Two men were arrested and will appear in court on Monday. Elvis Yu reports:
Retail, catering sectors facing uneven recovery  Listenfacebook
The financial secretary says the local economy is improving but the recovery is uneven. As Kelly Yu reports, Paul Chan says sectors such as retail and catering are still facing challenges:
Xia Baolong wraps up Macau inspection tour  Listenfacebook
Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng says Beijing highly values Macau's position as an international metropolis and its cooperation with nearby Hengqin. He was commenting after the head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, wrapped up his week-long inspection trip to the gambling hub. Kelly Yu reports:
Beijing official highlights Macau's 'golden business card'  Listenfacebook
A former Macau legislator says the head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office highlighted the role of local associations to boost governance and help promote Macau's development as an international city. Agnes Lam, from the Centre for Macau Studies at the University of Macau, said during his visit, Xia Baolong stressed the need for the SAR to use its advantages to build a so-called "golden business card". She spoke to Kelly Yu about the significance of Xia's visit:
China sends warships for military drills with Cambodia  Listenfacebook
Two Chinese warships have docked in Cambodia ahead of naval exercises between the two countries. As Anne Chan reports, the Chinese ambassador to Cambodia hailed the "ironclad" friendship between Beijing and Phnom Penh:
Eruption of Indonesian volcano forces evacuation  Listenfacebook
Indonesian emergency officials have continued to evacuate hundreds of people from villages surrounding Mount Ibu. The highly active volcano on the island of Halmahera erupted spectacularly on Saturday night, sending plumes of ash four kilometres into the sky. Damon Pang reports:
Efforts to bring makeshift schools back to Gaza  Listenfacebook
The United Nations has revised down the proportion of women and children among the reported fatalities from the war in Gaza, sparking debate over the accuracy of the figures. Despite the adjustment, the overall death toll there remains over 35,000, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, while in Israel, close to 1,200 Israelis were killed and hundreds more taken hostage following the Hamas attack on October 7. The months-long conflict in Gaza has severely disrupted education for tens of thousands of Palestinian youngsters. But, as Anne Chan reports, efforts are being made to get Palestinian children back to school:
Blue Origin blasts six tourists into space  Listenfacebook
The private company Blue Origin has successfully launched a crew to the edge of space, including a 90-year-old man. Ed Dwight was chosen in 1961 by American President John F Kennedy as the first black man to be an astronaut candidate, but he never made it onto a NASA mission. Damon Pang reports:
IMF criticises US tariffs on Chinese goods  Listenfacebook
The International Monetary Fund has criticised the Biden administration for aggressively raising tariffs on some Chinese goods, saying the US would be better served by maintaining its open trade system. A spokesperson for the IMF said last week that such trade restrictions could distort trade and investment, fragment supply chains and trigger retaliatory actions. It comes as America's Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, had to dial back comments she made, saying the idea of the higher tariffs resulting in higher prices for Americans was largely debunked. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, told Hailey Yip that Tai's comments were wrong:
Hopes for repeated Tokyo Olympic success  Listenfacebook
The chief executive of the Hong Kong Sports Institute says qualifying for fewer events at the Paris Olympics compared with the Tokyo Games will still be considered a success for local athletes. Tony Choi also expressed hopes of breaking the pattern in Paris of Hong Kong winning medals every other Olympics. Elvis Yu reports:
Irish rugby hero and tycoon dies, aged 88  Listenfacebook
Tributes have been flowing in for Ireland rugby great and business leader Tony O'Reilly, who has died at the age of 88. Sean Kennedy reports: