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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
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Independent probe to investigate CLP outages  Listenfacebook
The government will ask an independent consultant to investigate CLP power outages over the past three years and the firm will have to pay for the cost of the probe. Environment minister Tse Chin-wan says the frequency of glitches - the most recent one hitting Wong Tai Sin on Wednesday night - has led to concerns that CLP service quality has declined. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Govt urged to be proactive in overseeing CLP  Listenfacebook
Third Side lawmaker, Tik Chi-yuen, says recent CLP outages are unacceptable. He told Vanessa Cheng that the government should take a proactive role in monitoring the power firm:
Applications for first light public housing flats to open  Listenfacebook
The SAR's first ever batch of light public housing will open for applications from June 24. The batch will include 4,400 units in Yuen Long and Ngau Tau Kok. The modular units are intended for people in the queue for public housing. Chief Executive John Lee first introduced the idea in his policy address two years ago. Kelly Yu reports:
'Single people less likely to get light public housing'  Listenfacebook
An NGO deputy director says it is "understandable" for authorities to prioritise light public housing units for certain groups, such as the elderly and families with young children. But Sze Lai-shan, from the Society for Community Organisation, said it meant younger, single people living in subdivided flats possibly having less of a chance to secure a spot under the new government initiative. She told Carol Musgrave that there should also be sufficient transitional housing and public rental flats for the underprivileged:
Govt to unveil hydrogen development strategy  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says officials will roll out a development strategy on hydrogen next week, which will involve the development of hydrogen energy and vehicles powered by the gas. He was speaking at a Legco question and answer session discussing the country's initiatives to develop "new quality productive forces." Damon Pang reports:
Lawmakers welcome East Kowloon mass transit plan  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have welcomed a proposal to build an elevated mass transit system in East Kowloon, with completion expected in 2033. As Vanessa Cheng reports, the government will ask Legco's public works subcommittee to approve more than $260 million in preliminary works:
'No plans to extend border makeshift hospital lifeline'  Listenfacebook
A makeshift hospital in Lok Ma Chau is said to have exceeded its performance targets since it opened more than a year ago. Still, officials say there are no plans to keep the Central Government-Aided Emergency Hospital open longer than originally planned. For now, it's slated to remain in operation till 2026. Dr Sin Ngai-chuen, the clinical stream coordinator of the New Territories East Cluster of the Hospital Authority, says the facility has been serving more patients than expected. He told Elvis Yu that vitamin D pathology tests are on offer as well:
Rich, older people tend to be happier: survey  Listenfacebook
A survey has found that homeowners, higher-income individuals and people aged 55 and over tend to be happier. Raymond Yeung reports:
'People generally content with family life'  Listenfacebook
The researchers from the University of Hong Kong say respondents to their survey were generally content with their family life. They returned a mean score of 6.53 out of 10, when asked to rate their perceived "xingfu", which is a broad Chinese term for happiness and contentment. Professor Kelvin Wang, the lead researcher, spoke to Kimmy Lau:
China, NZ sign trade and climate change pacts  Listenfacebook
China and New Zealand have signed agreements on trade and climate change during Premier Li Qiang's visit to the country, the highest level Chinese visit in seven years. Premier Li also expressed the hope that New Zealand can support Hong Kong in joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership when he met prime minister Christopher Luxon on the first day of his trip. Azam Khan reports:
G7 leader agree to US$50bn loan package to Ukraine  Listenfacebook
Leaders of the Group of Seven countries have agreed to provide US$50 billion in loans to Ukraine, using profits generated from frozen Russian assets. The political agreement was the highlight of the opening day in Italy of the annual G7 summit, which also saw Ukraine and the United States sign a long-term security pact. Frank Yung reports:
Russian warships in Cuba on 'friendly call'  Listenfacebook
Four Russian warships have arrived in Cuba, just 150 kilometres from the US state of Florida. But as Jacqueline Guico reports, Havana has stressed that the vessels were not carrying nuclear weapons, and were on a friendly call:
Full-blown US-Russia spat over port call 'unlikely'  Listenfacebook
Russia says the United States shouldn't be nervous about four of its warships arriving in Cuba for military drills. The arrival of the warships is threatening to heighten tensions between Washington and Moscow, especially amid Russia's war with Ukraine. But as RTHK's Moscow correspondent Fred Weir told Annemarie Evans, chances of a full-blown conflict over the port call are slim as both sides appear to be exercising restraint:
UN demands halt to siege in Sudanese city  Listenfacebook
The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution, demanding that Sudan's paramilitary force immediately halt its siege of a key city in the country. The council also called for the Rapid Support Forces, or RSF, to withdraw all fighters in the city of al-Fashir. Frank Yung reports:
Spicy ramen can bring serious health risks: nutritionist  Listenfacebook
Denmark has recalled three types of spicy ramen noodles made by a South Korean company, citing a possible risk of “acute poisoning.” The products are Buldak 3 x Spicy & Hot Chicken, 2 x Spicy & Hot Chicken and Hot Chicken Stew. Danish food authorities said the products contain an overly high dose of capsaicin, an active ingredient in chili peppers. But is Denmark over-reacting as no other country has stopped the ramen? Terry Ting, president of the Hong Kong Nutrition Association, told Natale Ching about the health risks of consuming extremely spicy food:
Local banks keep interest rates unchanged  Listenfacebook
Leading local banks HSBC, Bank of China (Hong Kong) and Standard Chartered are keeping their interest rates unchanged, following a similar decision by the US Federal Reserve. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority is also keeping its base rate steady at 5.75 percent. Anne Chan reports:
Beijing urges EU to reconsider Chinese EV tariffs  Listenfacebook
Beijing has expressed hope that the European Union will seriously reconsider tariffs for Chinese EVs and stop going further in the "wrong direction". That's according to a commentary from Xinhua news agency soon after the European Commission announced it would impose extra duties of up to 38.1 percent on imported electric cars from China starting in July. Kelly Yu reports:
Malaysian sea turtles dwindle from high temperatures  Listenfacebook
Malaysia’s endangered sea turtles are facing a new threat. With their numbers already dwindling from pollution and habitat loss, now record high sea temperatures are disturbing the balance of male and female hatchlings. Jacqueline Guico reports: