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


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Teen suicide rate at record high  Listenfacebook
A researcher at the University of Hong Kong has warned that the city’s teenage suicide rate hit a record-high last year. Among those aged under 15, the suicide rate rose to 1.7 per 100,000, up from 0.9 in 2019. Professor Paul Yip from the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention said the rise had to do with school closures amid the pandemic. He told Kelly Yu that more needed to be done to address children's plight:
Covid case numbers stabilise  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say it is too early to conclude whether the latest Covid outbreak has peaked, despite the number of new cases falling. On Monday, there were 7,938 new infections, including 166 imported ones. Priscilla Ng reports:
Expert calls for halt to compulsory testing notices  Listenfacebook
Infectious disease expert Ho Pak-leung has called on the government to stop issuing compulsory testing notices for buildings where Covid patients are found, or where sewage samples test positive for the virus. He said these operations were no longer very effective given the large number of infections already in the community. Maggie Ho reports:
Rehabaid wins protracted legal battle with PolyU  Listenfacebook
A charitable organisation has called on the government and local universities to do more to help and support NGOs, so they can offer better services to those in need. Rehabaid Society made the comment after it won a legal battle against the Polytechnic University last Friday. Although Rehabaid had been offered space on the PolyU campus to run a community rehabilitation service since 1988, the university ordered it to move out in 2016 and subsequently took it to court the following year, alleging that it had not complied with the conditions set out in the agreement. But the High Court ruled in favour of Rehabaid. Its CEO, Cecilia Lam, spoke to Vanessa Cheng about the case:
Eight arrested over illegal road racing  Listenfacebook
Police say they seized seven vehicles and arrested eight people near Deep Water Bay during an operation to combat illegal road racing activities. Vanessa Cheng reports:
HPV vaccines found among smuggled goods  Listenfacebook
Marine police and customs officers say they arrested nine locals and seven illegal immigrants after seizing 122 tonnes of smuggled goods worth $19 million in several operations during the Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend. Kelly Yu reports:
HK's last sawmill closes down  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's last remaining operating sawmill is closing down on Tuesday after a 75-year run. Chi Kee Sawmill and Timber is among the businesses in the northern New Territories that is going to make way for new developments under the government's Northern Metropolis project. Our reporter Vanessa Cheng visited the sawmill recently as it hosted one of its last-ever workshops, to see how the owner was hoping to pass on his legacy to the next generation:
Macau gaming outlook in the 'doldrums'  Listenfacebook
A gaming consultant says the immediate outlook for Macau's casino industry is still in the 'doldrums'. Despite this, Ben Lee from Macau-based firm, iGamix, says he expects all six current casino operators to submit bids for new licenses before Wednesday's deadline, given the amount of money they have already invested in the territory. He says tougher requirements, such as greater cash reserves and a shorter licensing period, may have scared away up to three newcomers. But he told Janice Wong that Macau's gaming industry could easily recover and bring in revenue of around USD$10 billion in about two years' time, which was twice that of American gaming hub, Las Vegas:
Thousands line Edinburgh's Royal Mile to see Queen's coffin  Listenfacebook
Queen Elizabeth's children, led by the new king, Charles III, have stood vigil by her coffin, which is lying at rest in St Giles Cathedral in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. They returned there hours after Scotland held a national service of prayer and reflection for the late queen, who died last week. Earlier, the king made his first appearance at the Scottish parliament as sovereign, and paid this tribute to his mother. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler that there was a mile-long queue of mourners hoping to pay their last respects to the late Queen: