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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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Fatal mall stabbing puts focus on mental health  Listenfacebook
A government advisor has called for the implementation of a triage system for mental health services in the city. Professor Terry Lum says simply asking staff to do more, without increasing resources and manpower, is not the way to go. He was commenting after two women were stabbed to death in what appeared to be a random attack in a shopping mall. The 39-year-old suspect in the Plaza Hollywood case will appear at Kwun Tong Magistracy on Monday. Ada Au reports:
Govt urged to review mental health resources  Listenfacebook
A psychiatrist says a triage system is already in place in the public sector, to categorise mental health patients according to their severity of their illness. But Dr May Lam, founder and president of the Hong Kong Mental Wellness Association, says cases classified as non-urgent may need to wait a long time for help. She told Samantha Butler that the public health system should be reviewed to ensure there are enough resources to cater for the needs of the mentally ill:
Dozens detained on June 4 anniversary  Listenfacebook
Police say dozens of people were taken into custody in Causeway Bay over the weekend, amid stepped up patrols in the area on the anniversary of June 4. Earlier, Executive Councillor Ronny Tong said people should decide for themselves whether to commemorate the anniversary, as Vicky Wong reports:
Expert forecasts bi-annual Covid waves  Listenfacebook
Infectious disease expert Ivan Hung says Covid infection figures have peaked and should drop in two to three weeks. But he also says cases could rebound every six months in the next few years. Violet Wong reports:
Scholar: Common law system unaffected by NSL  Listenfacebook
Basic Law Committee member and legal scholar, Albert Chen, has brushed aside suggestions that the national security law (NSL) may change Hong Kong's common law system. He also says the country's top legislature will not be interpreting the security law often, as Kelly Yu reports:
Offers extended to entice Australia-based medics  Listenfacebook
A doctor says the Hospital Authority had a very positive response to its efforts to find medical students and professionals from Australia to come and work in Hong Kong. The Hospital Authority says it gave 45 conditional offers to medical students or practising doctors in Australia, following a two-day recruitment event in Sydney last week that attracted more than 200 participants. Professor Bryan Yan is a doctor with the Chinese University who attended the event. He told Janice Wong about his own experience of studying there and returning to work in Hong Kong:
FS warns of headwinds hindering local economy  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says stimulating consumption is the key to a stable economy. He also warned of external headwinds that could hinder recovery. Violet Wong reports:
19 die in landslide in Sichuan province  Listenfacebook
The authorities on the mainland say all 19 people hit by a landslide in Sichuan province early on Sunday have been confirmed dead and rescue efforts have ended. Sean Kennedy reports:
China warns against regional military alliances  Listenfacebook
Defence Minister Li Shangfu says any moves to establish NATO-like military alliances in the Asia-Pacific would plunge the region into a "whirlpool" of conflict. Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore, he stressed the need for regional stability, as Violet Wong reports:
Three taikonauts end six-month space mission  Listenfacebook
The China Manned Space Agency has declared the Shenzhou-15 mission a success. The return capsule of the spaceship carrying three astronauts touched down safely in Inner Mongolia, after their six-month mission. Kelly Yu reports:
Biden signs deal to suspend debt ceiling  Listenfacebook
President Biden has signed a bipartisan agreement, raising the debt ceiling and averting an unprecedented default on the fe deral government’s debt. In a rare Oval Office speech on Friday, he outlined how close the economy was to being thrown into a recession, saying millions of Americans would have lost their jobs. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, gave Samantha Butler details of the final deal: