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


Now playing: Policy Address to look at talent and tourism
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HK needs at least 10,000 babies per year  Listenfacebook
A population expert has described the government's birth rate projection as "too optimistic" and has urged authorities to make Hong Kong more family-friendly as soon as possible. These comments come after official figures showed that the SAR's population had gone up to nearly 7.5 million, ending a downward trend since 2020, but this was largely due to efforts to attract outside talent and the resumption of cross-border travel. Frank Yung reports:
Urgent need for imported labour to revive economy  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong needs to see a rapid and comprehensive economic recovery and Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the way to do this is to quickly bring in non-local workers to boost industries that are experiencing a labour shortage. As Elvis Yu reports, he has welcomed the upcoming arrival of nearly 3,000 aviation workers in the city:
North Point fisherman arrested over man's death  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested a 66-year-old fisherman on suspicion of manslaughter after a dispute over angling at North Point turned deadly on Sunday. Officers questioned the man overnight and continued to scour the scene. Steve Dunthorne reports:
Police set to launch scam alert system on FPS  Listenfacebook
The police say later this year, they will launch a scam alert system for people who transfer money via Hong Kong's Faster Payment System. They said it was in response to a surge in fraud cases involving online shoppers paying for goods using the platform. Ada Au reports:
Policy Address to look at talent and tourism  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says consultation seminars leading up to his policy address in October will help the government set new priorities and explore new aspects. He was fielding questions from the public at one such session, as Vanessa Cheng reports:
More younger doctors engage in private practice  Listenfacebook
Authorities are trying to partially reverse what has been described by the health secretary as a "vicious cycle" of younger doctors leaving the public sector. Lo Chung-mau said they would step up efforts to recruit medical workers from overseas. But he admitted the challenging task ahead as more than half of the doctors in Hong Kong worked in the private sector. Jamie Clarke reports:
1.7 million unused drugs collected  Listenfacebook
A pharmacist says she was amazed at the high number of unused drugs collected in a month-long programme. Meyone Ng from the Aberdeen Kai-fong Welfare Association says 1.7 million unused drugs, such as painkillers and medicine for high blood pressure and diabetes, were picked up from 600 collection boxes around Hong Kong. It was supporting an initiative by the Junior Chamber International Tai Ping Shan, to find out how much drug wastage existed and to prevent unused medicine contaminating the environment. Ng told Janice Wong they were pleased to collect three times as much medication as last year, showing an increased public awareness of the issue:
Healing with AI: Data and Diagnostics  Listenfacebook
This week, RTHK looks at the use of AI in saving lives. Artificial intelligence has been making its mark in medicine, including in Hong Kong, where doctors and researchers use it to perform tasks, for example, that can extend the treatment window for stroke victims and reduce the frequency of X-rays for scoliosis patients. But as Hailey Yip reports, challenges remain on issues such as how to share sensitive medical data:
Saving and spending with AI  Listenfacebook
RTHK also looks at the potential use of artificial intelligence in saving money. Recently-retired editor, Mike Weeks, asked AI specialist Kevin Pereira how the technology could help him manage his hard-earned cash. The Managing Director at Blu Artificial Intelligence - a consulting firm that specialises in AI - also spoke about how big a role it will play in the development of the financial sector:
UK's most prolific child killer sentenced today  Listenfacebook
Britain's most-prolific child killer, Lucy Letby, will be sentenced on Monday for murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six others. An independent inquiry was ordered on Friday after the nurse's conviction for the crimes at a hospital in Chester. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler that further inquiries were underway into deaths at other facilities where Letby worked: