It's time to cast your mind back over 2018 and cast your vote now for the 'Backchat' Person of the Year. Who do you think has been most significant in the past year?
1 Anyone : Fire safety mascot
2 Louis Cha Jing-yong : Popular martial arts novelist who died this year at the age of 94
3 Eddie Chu: Legislator disqualified from running in village elections
4 Carrie Lam : Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR
5 Victor Mallet : Financial Times editor whose visa was turned down after controversial talk at FCC
6 Mangkhut: Super Typhoon that stunned Hong Kong
7 Meng Wanzhou: Chief Financial Officer of Huawei detained in Canada
8 Adam Roberts: Police bomb disposal expert
9 Benny Tai Yiu-ting : Academic and co-founder of the Occupy Movement
10 Thai – International rescue team: Saved a children's football team in Thailand after a spectacular cave rescue
On Thursday's Backchat, is going to university worth it nowadays? A study shows that a university degree in Hong Kong is no longer a guarantee for a decent income. The median monthly salary of university graduates was just above HK$14,000 last year, lower than the amount three decades ago which was at around HK$20,000. Furthermore, the study has also found out that one in six people ended up in low-paid and unskilled work after graduation. What’s society offering to fresh graduates? Are there too many graduates now, and not enough high-end jobs? Should there be more vocational alternatives? Or is education about more than getting a better salary?
After 9.20, HMV closes in Hong Kong. Is this the end of actually owning music?
It’s Wednesday on Morning Brew, and we’re off to Santa’s holiday pad in the West Indies at 9.40 for our weekly chat with Janice Jensen from Nevis Animal Speak. After 11 RTL France’s Hong Kong Correspondent Philippe Dova will lay his Christmas collection on you. It really can’t be any worse than English seasonal music though...can it? After 12, your pre-onslaught work out with Jason Clark, The Pilates Athlete. Join us on Facebook Live for this if you can, as he demonstrates everything he’s describing. . (9:30am-1pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org )
On Wednesday's 123 Show, we hear about the Justice Centre Hong Kong's Human Rights Arts Prize. Winners Sophie Cheung, Siu Wai-hang, and Ophelia Jacarini, along with legal officer Lynette Nam join us at 1.30. After 2, we talk to Dr Joyce Samoutou-Wong, who tells us about her journey from Hong Kong to Congo, and how she founded New Sight Eye Care, a pioneering eye surgical centre based in The Republic of Congo. After 2.30, there's more on the City Chamber Orchestra's annual concert, The Snowman & The Bear, with conductor Colin Touchin. And after 2.50, we find out about the Chicken Soup Foundation, one of the 13 beneficiaries of this year's Operation Santa Claus. (1:15pm-3pm, email@example.com, facebook: www.facebook.com/NoreenMirRTHKradio3)
Thursday morning Hong Kong time brings one of the most important Fed rate decisions for a long time. Fed funds futures are pointing to a 25bps increase in US interest rates. However, the odds of a rate hike have been tumbling in recent weeks as US stocks hit their lows for the year and with recent economic data pointing to a global growth slowdown. As a result, some analysts are predicting a pause from the Fed this month. However, of greater importance is the signal Fed Chairman Jerome Powell gives about the path for rate rises in 2019.
On Thursday’s Money Talk to analyse the Fed decision and market reaction are Personal Wealth Advisor, Enzio von Pfeil and Patrick Bennett, Macro Strategist from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Later in the programme we’re going to review what’s been a torrid year for cryptocurrencies with Tama Churchouse, Partner at Blockchain company Block.on
On Hong Kong Heritage, Annemarie Evans continues with a second five-part series on the 90th anniversary of public service broadcasting in Hong Kong. This week we hear from former RTHK DJ Gerry Jose recalling early disco; and Rachel Cartland talking about long-time friend Cheung Man-yee, who was RTHK's first Chinese and first woman director of broadcasting, and broadcasters remembering June 4, 1989, and how it was covered on RTHK. . Hong Kong Heritage, Radio 3, Sat 7.30am, Sun 6.15pm. Or hear it on the podcast.
To promote expressive talents in English, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 3 joins hands with Hong Kong Free Press and PEN Hong Kong to co-organise the English writing competition “Hong Kong’s Top Story 2018”. After receiving the fantastic response of 395 entries from the community, the judges selected eight prize-winners in both Junior and Adult Categories, with two of them granted the “Creative Award”. An award presentation ceremony was held on 11 December at RTHK.
Congratulations to all the winners!
First Prize: Yellow Bauhinia – Diana Marie N. GAMBOA
Second Prize: Confessions of a Street Busker – Matt, LEUNG Wai Hei
Third Prize: Midnight Rider –YOUNG Ho Ken
Most Creative Award: We Shall Strive – HUI Yu Hang
First Prize: A Song and I Had Parted Ways – BUI Yu Ling
Second Prize: To Be Family – Michael Shiaw-Tian LIAW
Third Prize: Where They Went – Jonathan NG
Most Creative Award: Banana Rolls – Charlotte Mui
Christmas is a time to give! The launch ceremony for Operation Santa Claus 2018 was held on November 13 at the Parade Ground at Tai Kwun, in Central. This year's theme is Spread some Joy this Christmas. Thirteen good causes will benefit from this year’s community-wide charity campaign.
The Friends of Asia 5-A-Side Football Tournament was held on Sunday 25th November 2018 at Sha Wan Sports Ground. It is part of the annual charity campaign Operation Santa Claus, jointly organised by RTHK and the South China Morning Post. Here's some highlights from the fun day!
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