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


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Talent scheme expanded to attract more overseas workers  Listenfacebook
AI specialists, medical practitioners and construction workers are among the new jobs on Hong Kong’s updated talent list, which has seen the number of professions go up by nearly four-fold. The updated list aims to attract high-quality talent who cannot be easily and quickly found in the local market. Kelly Yu reports:
Talent expansion welcomed but 'more details needed'  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management says expanding the talent scheme in a bid to lure more overseas workers is "a step in the right direction". Roy Ying, co-chair of the institute's advocacy and policy research committee, says a survey of its members showed 85 percent cited immense difficulty in filling vacancies over the previous six months - across all sectors. He told Ben Tse it was a good idea to be able to expand or reduce the talent list depending on the local manpower situation:
HA considers global search for medics  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority is considering a global talent scheme to attract non-local medical professionals to work in Hong Kong's public health system. This was revealed by the authority's chairman, Henry Fan, following the recent success of its recruitment drive in London. Leung Pak-hei reports:
CE defends removal of sensitive books from libraries  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee has defended the pulling of books from public libraries. Recent media reports found that works by a number of authors on June 4 had been removed from library shelves. He told reporters that these books could still be found in private-sector bookshops and that public libraries had a duty to remove books that did not serve the interests of Hong Kong. Education Secretary Christine Choi said the government would let schools decide for themselves which books they would stock. Altis Wong reports:
More details on plans for elderly driver checks  Listenfacebook
The government has released details of its plan to tighten health checks for commercial vehicle drivers. The changes are intended to better protect road users following a spate of accidents involving older drivers. But some in the industry say it could lead workers to quit the taxi and minibus industries. Steve Dunthorne reports:
Local football club rounded up in match-fixing scandal  Listenfacebook
The Independent Commission Against Corruption has arrested 11 members of a First Division football team and their coach on suspicion of match-fixing during the current season. The team involved is historically one of the territory's most successful football clubs, having been crowned Hong Kong champions six times between 1965 and 2006. Kelly Yu reports:
Lengthy jail terms for PolyU rioters  Listenfacebook
Ten young people have received lengthy jail terms after being convicted of rioting near the Polytechnic University in 2019. All but one denied the charge. Mike Weeks reports:
HK resident convicted of spying  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says the spying conviction of a 78-year-old Hong Kong resident by a court on the mainland shows there are still national security risks lurking within the community, including what he termed soft resistance. Frank Yung reports:
JLL calls for more upmarket elderly housing  Listenfacebook
A commercial real estate company says the government should consider building what they called "aspirational" residential apartments for the elderly as an alternative to residential care homes. Jones Lang LaSalle says Hong Kong will face a shortage of over 60,000 elderly living spaces by 2032, which is not enough to accommodate Hong Kong's growing elderly population. Tom Parker, the company's institutional clients director of value and risk advisory, told Hailey Yip that an investment into such living could give the elderly a more independent lifestyle after retirement:
China's economy loses steam  Listenfacebook
China's industrial output and retail sales growth last month have come in below analysts' expectations. This suggests the mainland economy has lost further momentum at the start of the second quarter, as Jacqueline Guico reports: