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


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CE 'better placed to decide' on national security issues  Listenfacebook
The government says it is in a better position than the courts to decide what constitutes national security. The comment from the Deputy Secretary for Justice, Horace Cheung, comes as the government is trying to change laws that would allow the Chief Executive, rather than the courts, to decide whether foreign lawyers can take part in such cases. Damon Pang reports:
Mainland to share scientific data with HK  Listenfacebook
Innovation and technology secretary Sun Dong says the mainland will share its scientific data with Hong Kong, strengthening cooperation in science and technology. As Vanessa Cheng reports, he made the remark in reference to an agreement he signed in Beijing to speed up the building of an international innovative technology hub in the SAR:
Data-sharing boosts HK's appeal with academics  Listenfacebook
The director of the Chinese University's Innovation and Technology Centre, Wong Kam-fai, says being able to access the mainland's scientific data will advance innovation and technology research in the SAR. He told Vanessa Cheng that this would be an attraction for overseas talents as well:
Lawmaker calls for more private investment in start-ups  Listenfacebook
IT-sector lawmaker Duncan Chiu says Hong Kong needs to do more to promote itself as a great place for start-ups, to counter what he calls 'a perception error' that support lags behind here. He said subsidies and government support here was on a par to what Singapore offered, although there was a gap in private investment in early start-ups. He said Hong Kong should instead compare itself to Shenzhen, which had a better 'ecosystem' to nurture such businesses. He was commenting on a report by Junior Chamber International Kowloon that said 40 percent of 375 start-ups it interviewed believed Singapore provided the best environment for IT businesses. Chiu spoke to Janice Wong:
Govt studies changes to Lantau road network  Listenfacebook
The government has started looking at improving the road network on Lantau, saying it is important for the island's sustainable development. This was revealed by Bernadette Linn, the Secretary for Development. Mike Weeks reports:
Lantau road upgrade cautiously welcomed  Listenfacebook
The CEO of Designing Hong Kong, Paul Zimmerman, has welcomed the government's plans for a feasibility study on improving the road network on Lantau. But he told Janice Wong that authorities need to have a clear idea of what capacity they are building for, as improvement works could have a significant impact on surrounding vegetation:
75-year-old arrested over fatal fight at nursing home  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested a 75-year-old man for manslaughter, following the death of a 74-year-old man after a fight at a Tai Kok Tsui care home. Todd Harding reports:
FS keen to develop urban sports after skateboarding stint  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the government plans to improve existing sports facilities, describing them as essential to the development of physical recreation. He seemed particularly excited about the prospects for developing urban sports in the city, after getting his first taste of skateboarding last week, as Ada Au reports:
Cashless pay catches some tourists off-guard  Listenfacebook
Foreigners looking to pay for a glass of wine with cash on the mainland may find themselves out of luck, as payments in the country go increasingly cashless. As Kelly Yu reports, the use of Alipay and WeChat Pay has become virtually ubiquitous:
Macron faces no-confidence motions  Listenfacebook
French President Emanuel Macron faces a critical moment on Monday when the French National Assembly is due to vote on no-confidence motions filed, after his government bypassed parliament last week to push through an unpopular rise in the state pension age. RTHK's UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Samantha Butler that Macron's move last Thursday triggered three nights of unrest and demonstrations in Paris and throughout the country:
UBS buys rival Credit Suisse in 'shotgun merger'  Listenfacebook
Switzerland's second biggest bank, Credit Suisse, has been rescued after a weekend of talks. In what is being called a shotgun merger, its bigger rival UBS, has agreed to buy it for US$3.2 billion. Karin Keller-Sutter, the Swiss finance minister, said they and the regulator had no choice but to act. The deal came after the collapse of California's Silicon Valley Bank shook confidence in the banking sector. As well as saving Credit Suisse, the deal is also aimed at stemming a potential financial crisis spreading around the world and comes just hours before financial markets reopen after the weekend. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, in Washington told Samantha Butler that it was too early to say whether the situation had been contained: