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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
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Public university fees to rise by $2,400 next year   Listenfacebook
Tuition fees at public universities will rise by HK$2,400 dollars next year. There will also be increases in the following two years. As Frank Yung reports, the government says it hopes to strike a balance between maintaining fiscal discipline and ensuring affordable higher education:
University fee hike fair but more support needed: Think tank  Listenfacebook
Victor Kwok, assistant research director of Our Hong Kong Foundation, describes the annual increment of 5.5 percent as reasonable and mild. But he told Elvis Yu that authorities should enhance support for students, especially those from lower-income families:
Probe after hospital power outage disrupts surgeries  Listenfacebook
The government says it is very concerned about a power outage at Kwong Wah Hospital on Wednesday night as it disrupted surgeries. As Damon Pang reports, Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau said a probe would be conducted to find out what went wrong:
Lawmaker says not the first building issue at hospital  Listenfacebook
Medical sector lawmaker David Lam says Wednesday's power outage is the second time Kwong Wah Hospital has been in the spotlight recently over its redevelopment and construction quality issues. He recalled that months after the new complex opened last year, substandard cable trunkings were found in the building. But he says people should not jump to conclusions yet and a thorough investigation is needed over the latest incident. Mr Lam spoke to Damon Pang:
Uncertainties surround medical blunder: lawmaker  Listenfacebook
The health minster says he is saddened by a case in which a patient at Queen Elizabeth Hospital was left fighting for his life after a feeding tube was misplaced. Lo Chung-mau said all medical staff should follow all the steps for intubation stated in relevant guidelines. The medical sector lawmaker, David Lam, told Damon Pang it was unclear what happened after the tube was misplaced and how soon after did the patient's condition deteriorate:
CUHK develops 'smart bomb' throat cancer drug  Listenfacebook
Chinese University scientists have developed a drug which they say is better than current treatments for a cancer that affects the throat. They describe the medication as a "smart bomb". Kimmy Lau reports:
CUHK professor: New cancer drug better than treatments  Listenfacebook
A researcher at the Chinese University says its new drug has the potential to cause nasopharyngeal cancer cells to self-destruct. Professor Anna Tsang from the Department of Anatomical and Cellular Pathology told Kimmy Lau that it could minimise damage to healthy cells as it only targeted those infected by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV):
Users of electric mobility devices arrested  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested 84 people in a three-day operation targeting the illegal use of electric mobility devices in the New Territories. As Frank Yung reports, users of battery-powered bicycles and scooters may be liable to a string of offences:
Rule of law intact despite judges departure: SJ  Listenfacebook
Justice Secretary Paul Lam says the recent resignations of non-permanent overseas judges on Hong Kong's top court does not mean the city's rule of law has died. As Raymond Yeung reports, he said it was normal for people to come and go:
More clarity needed for HK entrepreneurs  Listenfacebook
Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area for Hong Kong entrepreneurs is a top government priority, but think tanks have urged SAR and mainland authorities to provide more assistance to young HongKongers who start businesses in Guangzhou. A research team from the Hong Kong Coalition and the Our Hong Kong Foundation visited two entrepreneurial bases in the Nansha and Tianhe districts of Guangzhou in September. They were set up to support young entrepreneurs from Hong Kong and Macau. Kynita Wong, the foundation's assistant researcher who joined the team that travelled there, says there is a gap between the capabilities and actual needs of Hong Kong entrepreneurs:
NGO 'diversity list' shows inclusion, but long way to go   Listenfacebook
An NGO founder says the government is taking the right steps towards integrating ethnic minorities in society in Hong Kong, but there is still a ways to go before reaching appropriate inclusion. The Zubin Foundation released its Diversity List, which honours high achievers from ethnic minority backgrounds. The 21 people on the list come from various sectors of society, including financial services, legal services and education. The NGO's founder is Shalini Mahtani:
HK's jobless rate unchanged at three percent  Listenfacebook
Official figures show Hong Kong's jobless rate was unchanged at three percent in the three-month period ending in May. The underemployment rate edged up slightly by 0.1 percent to 1.2 percent. Chloe Feng reports:
Southern China lashed by rain, flash floods  Listenfacebook
Days of torrential rain, flash floods and landslides across southern China have forced authorities to enact emergency plans. In Guangdong, an emergency response plan for disasters was upgraded to the second-highest tier to help coordinate and deploy resources for the flood-stricken province. As Aaron Tam reports, it comes as heavy rain and landslides in the coastal provinces of Guangdong and Fujian killed at least nine people and left several others missing:
Russia, Vietnam agree to strengthen ties during Putin visit  Listenfacebook
Russia and Vietnam have signed agreements on issues including energy, underlining Moscow's pivot to Asia after the West imposed sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. It came during President Putin's visit to Hanoi, the final stop of his two-nation tour of Asia. Azam Khan reports:
US reattaches temporary pier to Gaza  Listenfacebook
The Pentagon says a temporary US pier aimed at boosting aid shipments to Gaza has been reattached to the coast and deliveries of humanitarian assistance have resumed. It comes as Israeli forces and Hamas fighters continue fierce battles in the Gaza strip, as Israel pushes into the southern city of Rafah. Azam Khan reports:
New report warns of heat danger at Paris Olympics  Listenfacebook
With the Paris Olympics coming in July, athletes and climate scientists have warned extreme heat could make it "impossible" to hold the Olympics in the summer in a matter of years. In collaboration with scientists and heat physiologists from the University of Portsmouth, a group of Olympians has sounded the alarm about rising temperatures and how they could lead to athletes collapsing or, in the worst cases, dying. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Annemarie Evans more about the study:
Exhibition puts Central, Western under the microscope  Listenfacebook
From Friday, an exhibition showcasing unique Central and Western District landmarks will open up for display in Admiralty. Hailey Yip reports:
'Tiny' exhibition zooms in on HK lifestyle   Listenfacebook
An artist specialising in miniature works says she hopes the exhibition will deepen people's understanding of Hong Kong's rich history. Carmen Poon, president of the Joyful Miniature Association, told Hailey Yip that visitors can get a fresh perspective of familiar sites: