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


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Third foreign judge to leave top appeals court  Listenfacebook
The Judiciary has confirmed that a Canadian judge who sits on the city's top court will not stay on the bench when her term expires near the end of July. The decision by Justice Beverley McLachlin came just days after announcements that two British judges were also resigning from the same court, with one of them drawing strong opposition from the government. Frank Yung reports:
Authorities urged to ban shisha pipes  Listenfacebook
A tobacco control advocate says authorities should ban flavoured shisha as part of an overhaul of smoking controls. It comes as the government rolls out stricter curbs to weed out smoking in Hong Kong. Hailey Yip reports:
Arrest made over murder of man dumped at hospital  Listenfacebook
Police investigating the death of a man who was dumped outside North District Hospital with serious injuries on Saturday have made an arrest. Hailey Yip reports:
Plan for cross-border civil service dental benefits  Listenfacebook
The head of a civil service union has welcomed the administration's plan to facilitate dental services in the Greater Bay Area so that government workers can get faster treatment. As Chloe Feng reports, the move is in response to a shortage of dental staff at public clinics in Hong Kong:
F&B trade sees takings sink over festival weekend  Listenfacebook
A catering sector representative says the long holiday weekend brought little cheer to the industry, with earnings down about 30 percent compared to last year's Tuen Ng Festival. The slump comes despite Immigration Department figures showing fewer Hongkongers travelled to the mainland compared with the Easter break. Simon Wong, who heads the Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, noted that sales of traditional rice dumpling snacks were down by a fifth compared with previous years. He spoke to Chloe Feng:
AI app helps diagnose depression  Listenfacebook
Chinese University researchers have developed a mobile app to diagnose depression by using artificial intelligence. The tool assesses users' mental status by analysing their facial expression and speech and their data will be compared against healthy individuals for abnormalities. Professor Wing Yun-kwok, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at CU Medicine, hopes the app can increase people's willingness to seek professional help and promote early intervention. He spoke to Kimmy Lau:
Art@Harbour 2024 attracts millions of visitors  Listenfacebook
Official figures show a series of major outdoor art installations drew millions of people to the harbourfront in the past few months. Hailey Yip reports:
Macron calls snap election after EU setback  Listenfacebook
President Emmanuel Macron has called snap parliamentary elections later this month in the wake of a big victory for his rival Marine Le Pen's National Rally in the European Parliament vote. He has dissolved parliament for elections that will take place just a few weeks before the Paris Olympics. RTHK's Europe correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Carol Musgrave that his decision for a snap vote was a surprise and a risk:
Investors brace for US inflation data, Fed decision  Listenfacebook
The US Consumer Price Index report for May is due on Wednesday, along with the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting. Traders have dialled back expectations for rate cuts in September after Friday's stronger-than-expected jobs data for May. RTHK's US economics correspondent in Washington, Barry Wood, gave Janice Wong a breakdown of the robust job numbers and how he expected the Fed would react:
University unveils AI dog bark translator  Listenfacebook
For the dog owners out there, have you ever been confused by what your canine buddy is trying to say when it barks? Well, AI may be able to help. Researchers at the University of Michigan are developing software to tell if your four-legged friend is playful or aggressive from its woofs. So how does this tech work? Violet Wong and Raj Shroff find out in this week's Tech Tuesday:
Dragon boat races held across the city  Listenfacebook
The sound of cheering crowds and the rhythmic pounding of drums filled the air at venues across Hong Kong on Monday, as dragon boat races took place to celebrate the Tuen Ng Festival. Natale Ching reports:
7th outing for HK's visually-impaired dragon boat team  Listenfacebook
Dragon boat teams throughout the city spent months preparing for the Tuen Ng Festival races. One of the dozens of squads that took part was Hong Kong's only dragon boat crew made up of the visually impaired. Anne Chan spoke to several members of the Darkness Fighters to find out how they were able to conquer their limitations through the sport: