Congratulations to our popular colleague Steve James, who’s been declared top on-air personality in the main Asia-wide broadcasting awards, the ABU Prizes. Steve has been hailed as number one for his weekday afternoon show by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union – which has a network of members that can reach 3 billion people across the region! It’s great recognition for Steve, who’s been with Radio 3 for the past 17 years. As well as hosting his show, The Steve James Afternoon Drive – to give it its full title – with its comic social observations, parody songs and social media engagement, he’s also the producer of Vintage Chart Toppers, and works his magic on lots of the Radio 3 trails and theme tunes that you hear every day. In all, RTHK won four top prizes in the seven radio categories – an unprecedented success – the others coming in the documentary, news reporting and community service announcement sections.
Backchat returns on Thursday, when we will talk about the unprecedented transport chaos on Tuesday. The serious delays on the main urban routes of the MTR - which lasted for more than six hours - affected millions of commuters, and created chaos inside and outside MTR stations. In fact we had to cancel the whole programme that day because of the breakdown - for the first time in 15 years! Sorry. Meanwhile Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan says that it is necessary to tear up part of platform of Hung Hom station on the new Shatin-Central Link for further investigation. What's going wrong? Is there a fundamental problem with our only rail provider, or is it a run of bad luck? Are we too reliant on the MTR? What was your experience on Tuesday and what are the lessons?
After 9:20, we will take a look at the latest developments in the Kowloon West by-election.
A series of geopolitical risks have rattled global markets. The deteriorating relationship between the US and China, the breakdown in Brexit talks, the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the big losses by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner the CSU in Bavarian elections, the impasse over Italy’s budget combined with warnings from the IMF/World Bank meetings on global growth have left investors rattled this morning. Chinese stocks have hit a four-year low, US stocks have endured a volatile session and gold has rallied.
In addition, debt is in focus. The latest US Treasury department data shows the US budget deficit this year has widened to the largest since 2012 after President Trump increased spending and cut taxes.
Former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has criticised Donald Trump's recent attacks on the US central bank, calling them "damaging to financial stability".
On today’s Money Talk to analyse some of those geopolitical risks, are Connie Bolland of Economic Research Analysis and Sam Faveur from Mandarin Capital. Also joining us is Paul Ryan, Head of the International Finance Division in the Irish Department of Finance and David Costello, Irish Consul General to Hong Kong & Macau. (8:00am-8:30am, email to email@example.com, or leave your comments on Facebook or Twitter)
On Tuesday's 123 Show, we chat with International best-selling children's book author Andy Griffiths about how he comes up with all his wacky ideas. That's at 1.30. After 2, food and drink reporter Andrew Dembina chats to Bill Lark, a pioneer of the globally awarded Tasmanian whisky industry and founder of Lark Distillery. After 2.30, we hear from More than Musical's Nic Muni, the director of a condensed opera The Kiss of Tosca. (1:15pm-3pm, firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook: www.facebook.com/NoreenMirRTHKradio3)
Carrie Lam will deliver her annual Policy Address this Wednesday, October 10, with a live broadcast of the speech at 11am and the afternoon news conference at 2.15pm and full news coverage on Radio 3.
On Friday, October 12, from 8-9am, the Chief Executive herself will join us in our studio to answer your questions and listen to your comments on the Policy Address. Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings will be the hosts. You can call us on 2338 8266 or email email@example.com.
What do you make of the policy initiatives? Where were they most effective, and where do you think they fell short? Will the housing plans make a real difference? What about policies on education, innovation, poverty alleviation?
On November 14, the Chief Executive will meet the business sector to discuss her Policy Address further. We'll be broadcasting that luncheon talk also.
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Hong Kong's Top Story is an annual writing competition organised by RTHK, Hong Kong Free Press and PEN Hong Kong. This year we are searching for top fiction talents by inviting writers to compose a story inspired by local sounds -- the Sounds of Hong Kong.
What is the most impressive and typical sound of Hong Kong for you? How do you feel about it? Submit a story not more than 2,000 words and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit online.
The winners of each section will receive book prizes from Pan Macmillan, dining vouchers from the Lan Kwai Fong Group and a one-hour consultation session with a Hong Kong-based author.
Put on your creative cap and get writing!
Don’t miss the deadline -- November 2nd 2018.
Starting from now until November, you can have a chance to appreciate the winning pieces of 2017, every Sunday evening from 6.45pm-7pm.
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