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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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HK to sign BRI deals worth nearly US$500 million  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong will sign US$500 million worth of contracts at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, which begins on Tuesday. Chief Executive John Lee says Hong Kong has much to gain with the signing of three deals. Violet Wong reports:
World leaders arrive for third BRI forum  Listenfacebook
Leaders of emerging market countries are streaming into Beijing for the forum, which also marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative. Jacqueline Guico reports:
ICAC spreading anti-graft message at BRI forum  Listenfacebook
The ICAC says it will be looking to deepen its insights into the Belt and Road Initiative at the third Belt and Road forum. The anti-graft agency is looking to strengthen its role in helping partner countries prevent corruption in massive infrastructure projects associated with the programme. Kelly Yu reports:
Tycoon to share HK's hospitality expertise  Listenfacebook
The chairman of power company CLP, Michael Kadoorie, says Hong Kong should not set limits when it comes to collaborating with BRI participants. Kadoorie is part of Hong Kong's delegation to the forum in Beijing. As chairman of Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Kadoorie also says Belt and Road countries can learn from the SAR’s hospitality expertise. He spoke to Vanessa Cheng in Beijing:
CX chairman talks of 'shift' in airline's approach  Listenfacebook
Another Hong Kong delegate, the Cathay Pacific chairman Patrick Healy, says working with Belt and Road partners will help the SAR's aviation sector achieve many of its goals. He says the initiative can play a role in pushing decarbonisation by supporting the creation of a supply chain for sustainable aviation fuel. He told Vanessa Cheng that the airline was planning a “dramatic shift” in its strategic approach:
CY Leung's group treating cataract patients in BRI nations  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong may be best known for its financial and business acumen, but former chief executive CY Leung is hoping to show another side of the SAR when he attends the belt-road forum: its capacity to help people. Altis Wong reports:
Concerns over rise in sepsis deaths  Listenfacebook
Chinese University researchers say a study has shown that one in every four adults who died between 2009 and 2018 had sepsis. They say the illness, which starts with a viral or bacterial infection, can cause inflammation in vital organs and the mortality rate can be around 50 percent in patients with multiple organ failure. Lowell Ling, an assistant professor of anaesthesia and intensive care at the university, spoke to Violet Wong about the situation:
Study shows protein content of alternative milk products  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council says soy milk has the highest protein content compared to other plant-based milk alternatives. The watchdog tested 39 pre-packaged plant milk products, including almond, coconut, rice, oat, and soy milk. The Chairman of the Publicity and Community Relations Committee said soy milk was the only alternative in which protein levels came close to a cup of low-fat milk, but calcium and vitamin B2 levels for all plant-based milk products were significantly lower than normal milk. Kyrus Siu told Hailey Yip that consumers should ensure they get enough nutrients from other dietary sources if they are using plant-based milk:
Benefits of playing board games with dementia patients  Listenfacebook
A recent study has found that playing board games can be quite effective in slowing down dementia in patients. In a pilot scheme from June to September, 18 volunteers from the Hong Kong Medical Association played a variety of board games with eight elderly dementia patients aged between 69 and 89. Dr Elvis Lai, who led the study, said after eight training sessions, patients showed improvement in participation, mood and communication. Dr Lai told Samantha Butler he hoped elderly centres could provide and even lend out board games, so elderly and their carers can play at home:
Temple Street Night Market broadens activities  Listenfacebook
The head of a market operators' group says the government's Night Vibes initiative can help revive the decades-old Temple Street night market into a must-see attraction. Temple Street will add local delicacies and performances to the area's services, already well-known for shopping and fortune-telling. Natale Ching reports:
Gaza aid stuck as Egypt border remains closed  Listenfacebook
The Israeli military continues to prepare for a ground offensive in Gaza, in retaliation for the attack by Hamas over a week ago that killed 1,400 Israelis. Authorities also confirmed that the number of those abducted by Hamas in those attacks was 199. More than 2,700 people in Gaza have been killed in Israel's retaliatory bombardment. Meanwhile, efforts continue to open the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza, to allow the delivery of aid and the evacuation of foreign nationals. Annemarie Evans spoke to Jerusalem-based journalist, Robert Berger, and asked if Israel's ground offensive would be similar to ones in 2009 and 2014, which saw tanks, and special forces going into Gaza: