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


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Local banks raise lending rates, following Fed move  Listenfacebook
Local banks have raised their best-lending rates by 12.5 basis points. That puts them up to 5.75 percent for Bank of China and HSBC, while Standard Chartered's prime rate is now six percent. The banks boosted borrowing costs after the Hong Kong Monetary Authority increased its Base Rate to 5.5 percent, in lock-step with a quarter of a percentage point hike by the US Federal Reserve on Wednesday. Mike Weeks reports:
Widow of Star Ferry captain calls for flexible staff hours  Listenfacebook
The widow of a Star Ferry captain, who collapsed and died on a ferry on Wednesday, has called on the transport operator to give a proper account of the incident. As Aaron Tam reports, she said her husband had worked for 23 days' straight:
Kennedy Town school falls one short of class quota  Listenfacebook
The principal of a primary school in Kennedy Town says he has no plans to close his school or merge it with another. This is despite officials rejecting an appeal from St Charles School after authorities ordered the 69-year-old institution not to take in primary one students for the next academic year, after falling one short of the minimum quota. But the school says it is because a student's sibling failed to enrol in time. Frank Yung reports:
More transparency needed on management fees   Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council is calling for more transparency from property developers on home owners' rights and management fees. It conducted a two-year study after receiving hundreds of complaints. The watchdog says it struggled to resolve a lot of the complaints relating to property management charges or service quality because of the complexity of the issues involved. It found most flat owners did not know how management shares were allocated so they did not know how much of a building's running costs they would have to pay. It said this could hamper a buyer's ability to make informed decisions when looking for a new home. The council's Antonio Kwong told Hailey Yip that flat owners should get involved in property management activities:
School student's VR dementia app wins award  Listenfacebook
A high school student says she was pleasantly surprised to scoop a top international award for a virtual reality app she developed for dementia sufferers. Ingrid Chan won a Gold Plus award at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions. The German Swiss International School student says she developed the app after her grandparents were diagnosed with dementia three years ago. Users don VR headsets to play games and perform household activities to help stimulate their senses. Chan told Samantha Butler that she hoped to work with tech companies and NGOs to distribute the app more widely:
PolyU scoops prize for myopia lens invention  Listenfacebook
A new type of glasses to slow the progression of short-sightedness, or myopia, in children - developed by Polytechnic University - has won two awards at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions. It is among a record number of prizes and gold medals that Hong Kong won at the prestigious event this year, including two Grand Awards, eight Special Awards and about 30 Gold Medals with Congratulations of Jury. Professor Benny Cheung, who led the team that developed the glasses, told Elvis Yu why he started the research:
'High risk' parents-to-be offered free genetic testing  Listenfacebook
Next Friday, the Chinese University and the Family Planning Association will launch a free test for couples who are at risk of having babies with one of about 300 genetic diseases. It can also help couples who have suffered repeated miscarriages, as Violet Wong reports:
'Genetic testing could explain recurrent miscarriages'  Listenfacebook
The executive director of the Family Planning Association says its free genetic testing service for 'high risk' parents-to-be could help explain miscarriages or allow couples to use IVF to select healthy embryos. Dr Mona Lam told Ben Tse about who was eligible for their free testing service:
Warning of over-reliance on new dementia drugs  Listenfacebook
An expert in gerontology and geriatrics says people should not just look to drugs to treat Alzheimer's, after American pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly, reported that its drug - donanemab - slowed cognitive decline by about a third. The medicine works by removing plaque build-ups in the brain, known as amyloid. Jean Woo from the Chinese University's Faculty of Medicine, said it was encouraging that new drugs were being developed for the degenerative brain disease. But she told Frank Yung that many cases of dementia could be prevented by factors, such as exercising more or not smoking:
Publicity campaigns to be launched to promote DC revamp  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee has told the Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po newspapers that the government's plan to change the way district council seats are filled will strengthen governance. He also said having civil servants in charge of council meetings would increase the efficiency of the meetings. Kelly Yu reports:
Jewellery, clothing purchases see March retail sales soar  Listenfacebook
Official figures show retail sales in Hong Kong shot up by just under 41 percent in March when compared to the same month the year before. It is the second month of double digit growth, as Altis Wong reports:
US, Ukraine deny alleged Kremlin drone attack  Listenfacebook
Russia says it is facing an "unprecedented" wave of sabotage from Ukraine - a day after an alleged drone strike against the Kremlin. Moscow has now accused the United States and Ukraine of working together on the attack, which it says was an attempt on President Putin's life. Both Kyiv and the White House deny this. US National Security spokesman, John Kirby, said Washington did not encourage or enable Ukraine to strike outside its borders. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's Moscow correspondent, Fred Weir, about the alleged drone strike:
London gears up for King Charles' coronation  Listenfacebook
On Saturday, Britain's King Charles will be crowned at Westminster Abbey. It is a ceremony that promises to be full of pomp and pageantry, coming months after the death of Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth in September. A number of Royal fans already got a glimpse of the procession from Buckingham Palace to the abbey, at rehearsals this week in London. RTHK’s London correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler many people had begun camping out on the roadside, several days before the event, to get the best viewing spot: