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Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung has delivered his final policy address before leaving office in 5 months’ time.  The highlights include a gradual phasing out of the controversial MPF offsetting mechanism. The government formally rules out a universal pension and no promise was made on standard working hours. An extra HK$500 million was allocated to boost innovation and technology after the CE said that HK was lagging behind the mainland.
Incoming US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has criticised President Xi Jinping’s speech at the World Economic Forum, labelling China the "most protectionist" major economy in the world.
Janet Yellen has warned of a “nasty surprise” if the Fed holds off from raising rates. That has sent the US dollar and Treasury bond yields surging in the markets. Here in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index closes above 23,000 for the first time since the US election.
Joining today’s Money Talk to discuss the latest business headlines is Enzio von Pfeil of Private Capital. We also look at the environment for start-up firms in Hong Kong with Kent Ho, co-founder of venture capital firm, Spectrum 28. Finally, we delve into some of the topics making news in Taiwan with Maurice Lu, deputy chairman of Sinopac Futures in Taipei.  (8am-8.30am, email to,  text to 63 93 59 25, facebook twitter)

On Backchat, the CE's last policy address. It was long, and promised to try to make good on CY's promise on MPF. He talked more about developing country parks and investing $20 billion in sports. What did you like, and what did you dislike in Mr.Leung's swansong?  After 9.20, CY and cycling.

Today on Morning Brew, Steve Vines takes us through the bluffer's guide to the 2017 Complete State of the Nation, and of course will have a few comments on yesterday's policy address. In this Chief Executive's last stand, were we actually hearing tales of closing the stable door after the gerbil has bolted, and arranging deckchairs on the Titanic? Or perhaps one tree (if we soon will have any left) does not a forest make?? Or... have we simply had enough, and in the words of today's birthday boy Edgar Allan Poe..."Nevermore!". After 11.30, the MB Vet, Dr. David Gething will be here to talk "birds in Hong Kong"...and then maybe he'll get onto veterinarian matters. At 12.10 we meet one of the world's hottest young classical musicians, Cellist Nicholas Canellakis, who's here to perform as part of the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. (9:30am-1pm,  facebook,email )
Operation Santa Claus 2016

Over HK$16 Millions Raised by “Operation Santa Claus 2016” for 23 NGOs There is more happiness in giving than in receiving. The annual fund-raising campaign, Operation Santa Claus (OSC), is jointly organized by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 3 and South China Morning Post (SCMP). Themed as “Small Change, Big Change”, OSC 2016 showed remarkable concern of the public towards those in need over the last two months. A total raised of HK$16,002,530 was revealed at the closing ceremony in Crown Wine Cellars on 17 January by officiating guests, Wife of the Chief Executive, Regina LEUNG; Director of Broadcasting, LEUNG Ka-wing; Chief Executive Officer of South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd., Gary LIU, and representatives of donors and beneficiaries.
Read All About It is back

This Saturday morning at 8.30 join novelists Nury Vittachi and Marshall Moore for the return our book review series "Read All About It". Every week they will each bring a recently released book to discuss, and share with you. Then they take a trip back in time to revisit a literary classic. (Saturdays, 8.30-9am)

"Read all About It" is Produced by Phil Whelan.
Vintage Chart Toppers

This week on Vintage Chart Toppers, Colin plays both country AND western. There's music from a Texas playboy, a top tune from Red & Mildred. With a vintage umbrella movement it's Ukulele Ike! And classic Ella, with no love song finer.

Programme Schedule

Time Programme Presenter(s)
05:00-06:30 Night Music Music for night owls and early birds 
06:30-08:00 Hong Kong Today Michael Weeks and Ian Pooler 
08:00-08:30 Money Talk Peter Lewis 
08:30-09:30 Backchat Hugh Chiverton and Jim Gould 
09:30-13:00 Morning Brew Phil Whelan 
13:00-13:15 News at One RTHK Newsroom  
13:15-15:00 1 2 3 Show Noreen Mir 
15:00-18:00 Steve James Steve James 
18:00-19:00 Newswrap RTHK Newsroom  
19:00-21:00 Peter King Peter King  
21:00-22:00 Teen Time Alyson Hau 
22:00-23:00 All The Way with Ray Ray Cordeiro  
23:00-23:30 News at Eleven RTHK Newsroom  
23:30-01:00 All The Way with Ray Ray Cordeiro  
01:00-05:00 Night Music Music for night owls and early birds 
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