On Wednesday's 123 Show we're talking to hypnotherapist, life coach and author Sonia Samtani about her debut book "52 Thoughts for Conscious Living: One Inspiring Thought Each Week to Lead You Consciously Through the Year". That's at 1.30. After 2.30 Cruzanne Macalligan is with us for our mid-week audio column. This week Cruz will talk about stripes, a pattern for more than zebras.
Good morning and welcome to Wednesday. We have a musical start today. On this date in 1756 the world's most famous composer, to us anyway, was born. But, was he so famous during his own lifetime? Was he the "musical Christ"? as Tchaikovsky later said? Was he plain "nuts"? And, interestingly, as others have suggested over the years, was his sister actually the real musical one of the family? Composer and conductor Colin Touchin is back with us at 10.10 to address these points, and wish Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus... Mozart, a happy birthday. After 11.30 we welcome RTL France's man in Hong Kong, Philippe Dova, for more French sounds, and... le news. At 12.10 today, our weekly visit to Chris Watts at his Motion Dynamics studio in Central. Of course, join Chris on Facebook live with your questions, which he'll answer straight away with the odd demo thrown in for good measure.
On Wednesday's Backchat, banned! - the future of social media.
Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has said permanently suspending Donald Trump was the right thing to do, but at the same time it set a dangerous precedent. Should 'big tech' - social media monsters like Facebook and Twitter - have the right and responsibility to remove content they think is dangerous, to society or to individuals - or is that a direct threat to free speech?
Have we painted ourselves into a corner with social media where the loudest voices get all the attention, no matter how wrong they are? Is better moderation the answer, or more regulation? Who gets to say what social media rules should be?
Let us know your thoughts, you can leave a message on our Facebook, Backchat on RTHK Radio 3, email us at email@example.com or give us a call on 23388266.
The International Monetary Fund has grown more upbeat on the global economy but warns new Covid variants could derail growth. The IMF expects the global economy to grow 5.5% this year, a 0.3 percentage point increase from October's forecasts.
British MPs have accused HSBC of "aiding and abetting" China’s crackdown on Hong Kong. One MP said HSBC showed "double-standards, hypocrisy and appeasement". The bank’s Chief executive Noel Quinn, appearing before the Foreign Affairs Committee, mounted a robust defence saying that "I can't cherry-pick which laws to follow,” after the bank had frozen accounts belonging to pro-democracy politician Ted Hui and members of his family, and denied the bank had acted on political grounds. Asked if he was prepared to take his company away from Hong Kong if the situation continued to deteriorate, he said "the answer is no".
On Wednesday's Money Talk, we're joined by Stewart Aldcroft of CitiTrust, Will Denyer at Gavekal and RTHK’s International Economics Correspondent Barry Wood.
Radio 3's record-setting DJ Ray Cordeiro is continuing to take a break from his late-night show, All the Way with Ray. Uncle Ray celebrated his 96th birthday in December and is keeping safe during the pandemic. He hopes to be back on air once the public health situation allows. In the meantime Kevin Lewis and Simon Willson are taking turns and sitting in.
Operation Santa Claus (OSC), jointly organised by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 3 and the South China Morning Post (SCMP), kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign today with the theme ‘Caring Community, Caring Christmas’ for 2020, as well as a series of announcements aimed at promoting the spirit of giving to benefit those in need during the festive season.
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This year Operation Santa is supporting 19 charities including HandsOn Hong Kong, which runs a project called “Care Delivered” with another charity, Feeding Hong Kong. We talk to project organisers Catherine Dannaoui, Associate Director of HandsOn, and Gabrielle Kirstein, Chief Executive Officer of Feeding Hong Kong, to find out how this joint campaign is helping some of the most vulnerable people who are being affected by Covid-19.
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