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


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Fraud cases contribute to jump in crime  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's crime rate in the first quarter jumped by nearly half from the same period in 2022. Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, attributed this to the surge in fraud cases and the city's reopening from the height of the Covid pandemic last year. Ada Au reports:
Double-digit growth in tourism arrivals  Listenfacebook
Official figures show almost 2.9 million people visited Hong Kong in April, up 18 percent from March - although that is only 58 percent of pre-pandemic levels. The Tourism Board says Southeast Asia and the mainland were the main sources of visitors. Violet Wong reports:
Disneyland's losses narrow amid tourism surge  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Disneyland says it is well-positioned to benefit from a pick-up in tourism after posting a loss of 2.1 billion dollars for last year. As Violet Wong reports, the theme park says it is looking to hire around 1,000 more staff to beef up services:
Disney park should boost 'in-park consumption'  Listenfacebook
A tourism scholar says Hong Kong Disneyland needs to encourage more in-park consumption in order to turn its loss-making finances around. Mimi Li, an associate professor at the Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management, said the park suffered financially not just because there were no mainland or international visitors, but also probably because people did not spend too much money there. She told Violet Wong that the new Frozen-themed area would drive revenue for the park but a potential manpower shortage could weigh on its recovery:
Blackout blunder blamed on undocumented cable  Listenfacebook
HK Electric says a blunder that plunged parts of Hong Kong Island into darkness last month could have been avoided if adequate documentation of electrical circuits had been in place. But it refused to say whether households affected by the brief outage would receive compensation, as Mike Weeks reports:
Transport trade concerned over annual driver checks   Listenfacebook
Transport industry representatives have expressed concerns over plans to tighten health checks for older taxi and minibus drivers. They warn that the annual check-ups, which will include eyesight and hearing tests, will lead to an exodus of drivers. Kelly Yu reports:
Watchdog finds doctors not present at some health checks  Listenfacebook
People have been urged to pay close attention to health check-ups and what exactly they include and to seek advice from their doctors. The call came from the Consumer Council after it looked into 33 health check plans between February and March and found 15 of them provided less than half of the basic examination items. Kyrus Siu, from the council, said 10 of the plans did not involve a doctor in diagnosis, which he said was not ideal. He spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
Restaurants cautioned over QR code menus  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has urged restaurants to take into account the needs of people who are not good with technology as they increase their use of menu apps. These require customers to choose meals via their mobiles after scanning QR codes, as Vanessa Cheng reports:
Skateboarders warned over unsafe rides  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has also weighed into the world of skateboarders, urging them to do their research and consider safety when deciding which board to ride. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Forum discusses food waste as fashion  Listenfacebook
A forum at City University has been discussing how food waste can be re-used to create fashion. MBA student, Tennia Chung, who chaired the forum's organising committee, said over 3,000 tonnes of food waste was generated daily in Hong Kong. She said fibres from crab and shrimp could be used to make sustainable clothing, and she had also bought a pair of shoes made from apple waste. She told Vicky Wong that while most food waste was unavoidable, people could make environmentally-conscious fashion choices:
China scheme aims to build a 'new era' in marriage  Listenfacebook
Mainland authorities plan to launch pilot projects in another 20 or so cities to create what they call a "new-era" in marriage and childbearing culture. It is the latest push to boost China's birth rate, which recently recorded its first drop in decades. Wendy Wong reports:
Thai opposition defeats military parties  Listenfacebook
Supporters of Thailand's reformist opposition party, Move Forward, have been celebrating after it won the most votes in Sunday's election - in a resounding rejection of the military-backed parties that have ruled the country for nearly a decade. But it is not known if the party's leader, Pita Limjaroenrat, will become the next prime minister. Move Forward and the other main opposition party, Pheu Thai, have said they will work to form a ruling coalition, but their plans could face opposition from Thailand's senate which is dominated by the military. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK's Southeast Asia correspondent, Larry Jagan, about the election result: