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


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Ombudsman to probe unauthorised land use  Listenfacebook
The Ombudsman, Winnie Chu, has launched an investigation into how the Planning and the Lands departments police unauthorised land use in the New Territories. It follows thousands of complaints on the issue as Hailey Yip reports:
Govt urged to extend cash handout scheme  Listenfacebook
A housing rights group is urging the government to extend a cash handout scheme for people who have been waiting for public flats for three or more years. It made the call after official data showed the average wait for public housing remained at 5.3 years at the end of June, unchanged from the previous quarter. The Housing Authority said more than 130,000 households were still waiting for a home, although it allocated flats to more than 2,000 applicants in the second quarter. Kenny Ng, from the Concerning Grassroot Housing Rights Alliance, told Vanessa Cheng that those waiting needed help until plans to boost housing came to fruition:
HKU reverses ban on generative AI  Listenfacebook
The University of Hong Kong is reversing its ban on students using generative artificial intelligence tools, such as ChatGPT, for the next academic year. This was announced by one of its vice-presidents who will head up a new body to oversee the incorporation of AI at the school. Anne Chan reports:
Generative AI use will need 'more authentic' assessment  Listenfacebook
A professor at the University of Hong Kong says teachers may need to assess students differently once they begin using generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT. Pauline Chiu, the associate vice-president for Teaching and Learning, says teachers may need to include an oral component to see whether students fully understood what they submitted in their written essays. She also told Samantha Butler that while teachers and students could embrace the new technology, they should be aware of its limitations:
AI-powered tourism index better than historical data  Listenfacebook
An information technology expert says its AI-powered tourism index is better than using historical data to forecast tourist arrival numbers and hotel usage. The Director of the Centre of Business and Social Analytics at the University of Science and Technology, Hui Kai-lung, says the index had an error rate of between four and 10 percent, depending on how far ahead the forecasts were. He told Ben Tse that giving a prediction of arrival numbers and hotel occupancy would allow the industry to adjust its resources to accommodate tourists:
Surge in students applying for civil service vacancies  Listenfacebook
The government says there has been a significantly higher number of students applying for civil service jobs after it relaxed application rules in June. Civil service minister Ingrid Yeung said the new rules - which opened up civil service applications to third-year students - were one of many methods the government deployed to hire young, talented people. Damon Pang reports:
More Elmer Yuan relatives rounded up for questioning  Listenfacebook
Sources have told RTHK that national security police have taken in more family members of businessman Elmer Yuan for questioning. Kelly Yu reports:
IATA highlights HK's strengths in service and quality  Listenfacebook
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says Hong Kong International Airport has all the things needed to retain its international hub status. The statement comes after the Airport Authority said the new three-runway configuration would be fully operational by the end of next year, increasing the airport's capacity by 50 percent. The authority said it would also allow it to handle 120 million passengers and 10 million tonnes of cargo. IATA'S Deputy Director General Conrad Clifford, who is visiting the SAR for an international aviation forum, pointed out to Elvis Yu that a growing China market would create more demand for Hong Kong and nearby cities:
Ocean Park sloths settle in to new home  Listenfacebook
The sloths living in Ocean park have a new home. The new Sloth and Friends Studio, which uses AI to raise public awareness about animal conservation, will house a 13-year-old sloth and his eight-year-old son. The pair are sharing the space with other animals as well. Ocean Park's head of education, Isabel Li, told Kimmy Lau more about the sloths' new home:
Situation in Manipur 'volatile and tense'  Listenfacebook
Police in Manipur say the state witnessed sporadic firing and unruly mob congregations in the last 24 hours, in which one officer was killed. They described the situation in the state as “volatile and tense". At least 160 people have been killed since May in deadly ethnic violence there, between the predominantly Hindu Meitei majority and the mainly Christian Kuki. Competition for land and public jobs are among the issues fuelling the unrest, with both sides blaming the state and national governments for failing to stop the violence. RTHK's Southasia correspondent, Murali Krishnan, just returned from a visit to Manipur and spoke to Aaron Tam: