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Money Talk: There is plenty of political action affecting the business community this morning. Brazil's Senate votes to remove President Dilma Rouseff from office for manipulating the budget. UK Prime Minster Teresa May says there will be no second referendum and her government will trigger Brexit without Parliamentary approval. Here in Hong Kong we are just 3 days away from legislative elections which are being rocked by a row over the promotion and advocacy of independence.
In corporate news, crowd funding site Kickstarter makes its debut in Hong Kong & Singapore. South Korea’s biggest container shipping line Hanjin Shipping has applied for bankruptcy protection from the court, affecting trade routes around the world. And the row over Apple's record-breaking €13bn tax penalty continues.
On the economic front India's GDP slows sharply to its slowest pace in 2 years but the country still remains Asia's fastest growing economy. Brazil's economy contracts for the sixth consecutive quarter. In the Eurozone, the latest economic data there shows inflation remains low and well below the central bank's target.
Hong Kong stocks end the month of August as Asia's best performing market and Hong Kong home prices rise in July. However US stocks and the oil price end the month on a sour note whilst the dollar continues to surge as the ADP employment survey suggests a healthy labour market and increasing odds of a US interest rate rise.
We look forward to what September could bring for the local markets with with Enzio von Pfeil of Private Capital and Marc Franklin of Conning Asia Pacific.
A new survey of over 14,000 expats living in 191 countries puts Taiwan at the top of the standings as the best place in the world for expats to live. In our regular Thursday View from Taiwan segment we talk to Maurice Lu, Deputy Chairman of Sinopac Futures in Taipei about what factors rank Taiwan above the likes of the US, Australia and Hong Kong for expats. (8am-8.30am, email to,  text to 63 93 59 25,facebooktwitter

On Backchat, why is independence such a big issue? There are lots of possible explanations for the fact that the idea of Hong Kong going its own way has become so prominent. Is it because young people are unhappy at their prospects, property prices and the wage gap? Is it because of the failure of Occupy Central and attempts to bring in Universal Suffrage? Is it outside forces attempting to stage a Colour Revolution, with localists as knowing or unknowing agents of treason?  Is it CY Leung stirring it up to make himself indispensible? Is it the Liaison Office seeking to discredit democracy? Is it because people just don't like or trust Beijing? Is it all, or none of the above?  After 9.20, expats lose interest in Hong Kong. (8:30-9:30am, call in on 233 88 266, facebookemail or text 6393 5925)

Today on Morning Brew, to celebrate Random Acts Of Kindness Day, we bring you, at almost no expense, Steve Vines. This week: With the Legco election just around the corner, HK Inc has started to make "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" look like a Ladybird Book. Was a damning, out of character, anti establishment article in a pro-government newspaper the last hurrah for it's Chairman? as he seems to have hastily left Hong Kong (which sounds pretty reasonable, under the circumstances) and is now wanted by the Shenzhen 5-0. Fanning the flames of this and other odd goings on here is the growing abject paranoia about a very simple word, that apparently can not be uttered...and it ain't "Voldemort". Join Steve at 10.10 and please bring your copy of "Brave New World". At 11.10 we meet An Di Yi, aka former UK punk and folk artist, Andy Hepburn. Andy is here for tomorrow night's "Electro Rocks". After 11.30 we are joined by newsman and author Rob McBride who will tell us about his new play "Vinalon", which is the story of a group of factory workers in North Korea. At 12.10, Matt Black, one of Australia's great rockabilly guitarists is in town on a mystery mission this week, and he's dropping in with a copy of his new album. We welcome back Chris Watts at 12.40 with more health news, and how he's been bending his way across Asia for the past few weeks. (9:30am-1pm,  facebook,email )
Legco Election 2016
Hong Kong will vote for a new legislature in less than a fortnight. Over the next four years, the winners will be tasked with guiding the territory through deepening social divisions, an uncertain economy and unresolved questions about Hong Kong’s political system and future. The competition has never been more fierce. In the five directly-elected geographical constituencies, a record 84 candidate lists will compete for just 35 seats.

RTHK Radio 3 and the English newsroom present a Legco Election special page, with links to the latest election news and audio and video features, including interviews with the candidates and expert analysis.

Operation Santa Claus 5-A-Side Football Tournament

2015 marked a record-breaking year for Operation Santa Claus. HK$21.3 million was raised for 22 charities and it would not be possible without your support. We’re hopeful for your support again this year in our breathtaking 5-a-side Football Tournament.
Team up with friends, colleagues or family and show off your football skills for a good cause. Enjoy a fabulous day packed full with children’s entertainment, a visit from Father Christmas and more.
Date: Sunday, 4 December, 2016
Event Venue: Stanley Ho Sports Centre, 10 Sha Wan Drive, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

For more, please visit HERE

Rock Solid extended
Starting this Saturday evening, Todd Harding's Rock Solid will be extended to two hours in place of The Saturday Night Ride with Detroit Diamond, who's decided it's time to travel and spread his hip-hop and soul magic in the USA for a while. We wish him the absolute best, thank him for some truly great music programming, and hope to hear him back on Radio 3 sometime in the not so distant future. Peace!  (Rock Solid, Saturday, 8pm-10pm)
The Big Idea is Back!
The Big Idea is back.  Professor Douglas Kerr will explore more significant topics with experts. This week, we’re talking about The Maclehose Years.

Some time ago we did a programme on John Pope Hennessy, the most interesting of the nineteenth-century governors of the colony of Hong Kong. This week we are considering the governorship of one of the giants of the twentieth-century administration of Hong Kong, Sir Murray Maclehose.  (Sundays, 8.30am-9am)

This week the Wide Open Road heads deep into the outback - from the tropical paradise of Broome in the wild north west of Western Australia down epic highways into a desert region that's bigger than South Korea, with less people than your standard peak hour MTR service - and it inspired one of Australia's greatest ever albums. (Saturdays, 8.30am-9am)

Produced by Phil Whelan​ ​

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 Mike 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 Judd Boaz Judd Boaz 
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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