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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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Investment fraud cases surge in HK  Listenfacebook
Police say investment fraud cases in Hong Kong have jumped by over 50 percent in the first four months of the year, when compared to the same period last year. Victims aged from 14 to 86 lost a total of $786 million, with the largest loss by an individual being $27 million. Both cryptocurrency and stock-related investment scams have seen a surge in cases. Senior Inspector of the Commercial Crime Unit, Billy Ng, told Elvis Yu that scammers often used fake trading apps to trick people:
Punishment mechanism considered over power outages  Listenfacebook
Environment minister Tse Chin-wan says he hopes to discuss with the city's two power companies about a mechanism which the firms can use to share fuel costs with consumers in the event of an energy crisis. Aaron Tam reports:
Justice chief defends national security case delays  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Paul Lam, has emphasised that the national security law does not deprive defendants of the right to bail. He made the comments on the RTHK programme, NSL Chronicles two. Violet Wong reports:
El Nino could bring later typhoon season for HK  Listenfacebook
A former assistant director of the Hong Kong Observatory says Hong Kong will likely experience a ripple effect as a result of the weather phenomenon known as El Nino. The natural phenomenon happens every two to seven years. Researchers say it has officially begun and scientists have warned that next year is likely to be the hottest on record. Global temperatures usually reach record highs after an El Nino event. A spokesman for the Hong Kong Meteorological Society, Leung Wing-mo, told Elvis Yu more about El Nino and its effect on the city:
Engineer queries safety measures on duck display  Listenfacebook
An engineer has questioned why a giant inflatable rubber duck was fully-deflated amid the heat on Saturday. A pair of yellow rubber ducks were floated at sea over the weekend by a Dutch artist, as part of a two-week art installation, but one was taken down due to the rubber being stretched by the hot weather. Louis Szeto, former chairman of the Mechanical, Marine, Naval Architecture & Chemical Division of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, says the hot temperatures would have increased the pressure inside the ducks but this could have been released by the presence of a safety valve. He told Janice Wong that the compressed air inside the ducks could be replaced overnight, to reduce the temperatures inside:
Excitement over return of international dragon boat races  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races is making a return after a four-year hiatus. The two-day event will take place in Victoria Harbour on June 24 and 25. Simon Wan, the vice chairman of the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association told Janice Wong that more than 100 local teams and 30 international teams would be taking part:
Honduras opens embassy in China  Listenfacebook
State media have reported that Honduras has opened an embassy in China. Elvis Yu reports:
HK must play role in globalisation of RMB  Listenfacebook
Financial secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong can play a crucial role in the renminbi's internationalisation by seizing opportunities to develop offshore businesses in that currency. Ada Au reports:
Nicola Sturgeon arrested in SNP finance probe  Listenfacebook
Scottish police have released the former First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, without charge after seven hours of questioning under arrest. In April, her husband - Peter Murrell, who was the Scottish National Party's chief executive - was also arrested and released in an ongoing investigation into the party's finances. RTHK's UK correspondent Peter Anderson, told Samantha Butler that her arrest came as no surprise:
Trump indicted on federal charges over document-handling  Listenfacebook
US prosecutors have unsealed a 37-count indictment against Donald Trump over having kept classified documents after he left office. Trump's former attorney general says the former president would be "toast" if even half of the indictments proved true. Trump is due in court on Tuesday, a day before he turns 77. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that this was the second indictment, as Trump is due in a New York court in March over alleged hush money paid to a porn star: