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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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AI technology used in city's flood defences  Listenfacebook
As the typhoon and rainy season arrives, the government says it is turning to artificial intelligence to help clear blocked drains and to gather data to help predict floods. A massive storm water storage tank will be completed in Kwun Tong in 2028 and the authorities say it is expected to significantly improve drainage in the area. Wendy Wong reports:
Study reveals career choices of youngsters  Listenfacebook
A recent survey shows most young people who work part-time do it for higher pay rather than work-life balance. The think tank, MWYO, commissioned the Chinese University to interview 500 people aged between 18 and 34 late last year. The study found 15 percent of those polled worked part-time. Among them, 46 percent said they did it for the money, while over a third did it to have flexible time arrangements. The think tank’s CEO, Angela Yung, said it may be that those choosing the part-time work for money did not have higher education, so had more lower-paid full time options. She spoke to Ben Tse about their findings:
Precious Blood Hospital to be expanded  Listenfacebook
The operator of the Precious Blood Hospital in Sham Shui Po says the institution will remain a non-profit organisation despite its decision to partner up with a private medical group to expand its services. Altis Wong reports:
Catering group investigated over MPF contributions  Listenfacebook
The Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority says Kam Kee Catering Group has failed to settle around HK$3.1 million in MPF contributions and relevant surcharges. As Violet Wong reports, the Labour Department is also following up on the matter:
Study shows Chinese calligraphy promotes brain health  Listenfacebook
A Chinese University study has shown that practising Chinese calligraphy can promote brain health, with researchers recommending that people be encouraged to take part in more cognitive activities to prevent dementia. The study involved more than 100 people aged between 55 and 75 who practised Chinese calligraphy for an hour a week for a decade. Half of the participants doubled their practice time during the study and the researchers found significant improvements in their brain network connectivity and memory. Psychiatrist Allen Lee told Kimmy Lau how calligraphy could stimulate brain function:
Govt hopes fabric market makeover can draw tourists  Listenfacebook
Authorities say a makeover of Sham Shui Po's fabric market could attract young designers and tourists to the venue. The district officer of Sham Shui Po, Paul Wong, says bright orange reflective panels that have been installed at the venue represent hope for the fashion and design industry in Hong Kong. The Sham Shui Po Fabric Market relocated to Tung Chau Street from Yen Chow Street Hawker Bazaar last year to make way for public housing. Wong told Hailey Yip that the beautification project, dubbed "Fabrimark", will bring more exposure and business to the market, while maintaining the textile trade's heritage and history:
Love for Doraemon sees HK land first drone show  Listenfacebook
Organisers say Hong Kong was selected to hold the world's first-ever Doraemon drone show because of the city's multi-generational love for the animated character from Japan. As Elvis Yu reports, it is hoped the drone show, as well as a large-scale Doraemon exhibition in July will give the city's economy a boost:
PLA launches military drills in the Taiwan Strait  Listenfacebook
The People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theater Command has started joint military drills surrounding Taiwan. Hailey Yip reports:
China, South Korea, Japan to hold first summit in four years  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry says Premier Li Qiang will attend a trilateral summit with the leaders of Japan and South Korea for two days from Sunday in Seoul. As Azam Khan reports, it is the first such meeting in more than four years:
Suspected gas tank explosion kills one in Harbin  Listenfacebook
An explosion in a residential building in Harbin has killed one person and injured three others. Wendy Wong reports:
Hawaii wants direct flights with China  Listenfacebook
Hawaii is pushing for direct flights with China to help boost its economy. The acting head of Hawaii's Tourism Authority made the remarks while attending a tourism summit in Xi'an in Shaanxi Province. Hailey Yip reports:
Macron puts New Caledonia voting reform on hold  Listenfacebook
French President Emmanuel Macron says he will seek a new political agreement on controversial voting reforms for the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia. At least six people have died there in recent unrest sparked by the plans. The protests have been led by the indigenous Kanak community who are concerned their political power could be diluted. Macron arrived in New Caledonia on Thursday after making the 1,750 kilometre trip for just a few hours on the ground. Natale Ching reports:
Pre-bidding begins for Princess Diana gowns  Listenfacebook
Pre-bidding has begun for an auction of gowns and accessories belonging to the late Princess Diana. It’s the largest collection of her belongings to be sold since 1997. Some of the gowns up for grabs were displayed at a mall in Tsim Sha Tsui last month, ahead of the live auction on June 27. Azam Khan reports:
First airline for dogs takes off on maiden flight  Listenfacebook
A new airline just for dogs has taken off on its first-ever flight, leaving New York to Los Angeles. In partnership with a charter jet company, BARK Air is designed to prioritise four-legged travellers, followed by their humans, so they can travel together comfortably and conveniently. Jacqueline Guico reports: