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"The Sunday Smile" is a new English-language radio programme for primary school children. It gives a unique opportunity for children and parents to practice their English together. Starting from 14 December every Sunday morning from 9:00am to 9:30am, the show will feature fun educational segments, competitions with prizes, cool music, and contemporary stories.
 
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Sixteen people have been killed and dozens are missing in flash floods that have hit the northwest province of Qinghai, where a sudden massive downpour caused a river to change course, state media reported on Thursday. Broadcaster CCTV reported the toll of dead and missing following the deluge, which comes during a summer of extreme weather on the …
 
Hong Kong on Wednesday logged 5,757 new Covid-19 cases, including 5,563 local infections. There were also four Covid-related deaths. The Hospital Authority (HA) said 1,875 patients were being treated at hospital, including ten under intensive care. The Centre for Health Protection's Dr Albert Au said the daily Covid tally continues to be on a risin…
 
The government has been urged to issue travel warnings for Cambodia and Myanmar over fears Hongkongers could be trafficked there in job scams. Authorities say five Hong Kong residents believed to be in Southeast Asia are currently unaccounted for. Immigration officials say they have had 17 trafficking reports involving the region so far this year, …
 
A Highways Department official on Thursday said planned work to upgrade and widen Lion Rock Tunnel is needed because wear and tear may affect its operation in the long-run. Tony Cheung, a deputy major works project manager, noted that the south-bound tunnel opened in 1967 and the second tunnel came into operation in 1978, saying they have since bec…
 
The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society on Wednesday said the number of sparrows in the SAR has reached the highest level in five years, though they're still struggling to work out why. The group said its surveyors found around 287,000 Eurasian Tree Sparrows in Hong Kong in May – a 36 percent increase on last year. Its director, Yu Yat-tung, said there…
 
The government on Wednesday said it will launch a comprehensive review of the city’s hygiene laws to better keep Hong Kong clean. The territory-wide cleanup was the focus of the second round of informal "antechamber talks" at the Legislative Council, held between Chief Secretary Eric Chan and legislators. Speaking to reporters afterwards, the gover…
 
Republican rebel Liz Cheney lost her seat in Congress on Tuesday to an election conspiracy theorist, but vowed to fight on and do "whatever it takes" to ensure that former president Donald Trump is never returned to power. Once considered Republican royalty, the lawmaker from Wyoming has become a pariah in the party over her membership on the congr…
 
Chief Executive John Lee said on Wednesday that the government will ensure that it “keeps the economy going” as it continues to rein in the Covid outbreak. Giving a speech at the Hong Kong Summit, he said he understands the importance of keeping Hong Kong connected to the world and ensuring the city’s competitiveness, while safeguarding public heal…
 
The operator of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal said on Wednesday that it will take between three to six months to bring cruises back to Hong Kong, with many major operators already setting itineraries that bypassed the SAR in the months and years ahead. Jeff Bent, managing director of Worldwide Cruise Terminals, told RTHK's Hong Kong Today programme t…
 
A paediatric specialist has called on parents to keep a close eye on their children who are infected with Covid, saying hospitals are seeing more croup cases as well as a post-Covid condition that could put them into an intensive care unit. Children who have croup may suffer from breathing difficulties and make a noisy, high-pitched sound as the co…
 
The race for Brazil's October elections formally opened on Tuesday, with duelling campaign events by far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro and leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva highlighting the South American giant's deep divides. Front-runners Bolsonaro and Lula, who have in reality been on the campaign trail for months, made it official…
 
Russia on Tuesday blamed saboteurs for orchestrating a series of explosions at an ammunition depot in Russian-annexed Crimea, a rare admission that armed groups loyal to Ukraine are damaging military logistics and supply lines on territory it controls. The incident follows a series of explosions last week at a Russian-operated air base in Crimea wh…
 
Police said on Tuesday they had arrested 19 people on suspicion of money laundering in a case involving some HK$100 million. Chief Inspector Wong Chi-tang of the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau said the suspects, aged between 28 and 67, were linked to an illegal gambling syndicate busted by the force in May. He said the 13 men and six women allege…
 
Hong Kong on Tuesday recorded 4,890 new local Covid cases and 11 new deaths. There were also 272 imported infections. Health officials said 1,813 patients were being treated at hospital, including nine under intensive care. A chief manager at the Hospital Authority, Lau Ka-hin, said the condition of a toddler who was admitted for intensive care the…
 
Tourism sector representatives on Tuesday urged the authorities to resume the “cruises to nowhere” tours and review the suspension mechanism imposed on cruises. These tours have been put on hold since early this year, forcing some cruise lines to withdraw from Hong Kong or wind up. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with health officials, the ch…
 
Fund management representatives on Tuesday called on the government to lift all quarantine measures by November, saying it is crucial for the SAR to reconnect with the world. The Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (HKIFA) said it surveyed 36 fund management companies in July, and found that two-thirds of the firms found it difficult to retain a…
 
Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his predecessor Scott Morrison had "undermined our democracy" by secretly appointing himself minister for home affairs and treasury during the Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to the health, finance and resources portfolios previously revealed. Morrison, who stepped down as leader of the Liberal Party …
 
The Commissioner for Transport, Rosanna Law, said on Tuesday that the government is planning to introduce new legislation to hold vehicle owners criminally liable if they fail to dispose of their cars or motorcycles properly. Speaking on an RTHK programme, Law noted that up to 90 percent of the abandoned vehicles found in the city are motorcycles. …
 
A security guard has died after she was struck by a falling car park gate at the Yaumatei Maternal and Child Health Centre. The industrial accident happened at around 6pm on Monday when the gate measuring 4.7 metres wide and 2.5 metres tall hit the woman. The police said the victim, 43, sustained multiple injuries and was rushed to Queen Elizabeth …
 
The police said they have introduced a new mechanism that monitors public opinion online using big data in their continuing fight against disinformation. And to boost the image of the force, the Police Public Relations Branch was upgraded to the Public Relations Wing, which is headed by assistant police commissioner Joe Chan. "To combat disinformat…
 
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