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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Cathay refuses to rule out more job cuts after record loss   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's flag carrier Cathay Pacific suffered a record HK$21.6 billion loss last year as the pandemic wiped out demand for travel. And while the airline says it has no immediate plans to cut more jobs, it's refused to rule this out. Vicky Wong reports:
Huge loss for Cathay Pacific ‘expected’  Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific has refused to rule out further staff cuts after posting a loss of HK$21.6 billion last year. The airline axed 8,500 jobs in October as part of a major group restructuring. Cathay chairman Patrick Healy said while there were no immediate plans for more redundancies, the airline was still in survival mode and everything remained on the table. Priscilla Ng asked Dr Achim Czerny, from Polytechnic University's Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, what he thought about the massive loss incurred by Cathay:
MPF withdrawal made difficult for BN(O) visa holders  Listenfacebook
The Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority has instructed pension managers not to accept the new BN(O) visas issued by the UK as proof that people are leaving Hong Kong for good. This could prevent people moving to Britain from withdrawing their pension funds early. Frances Sit reports:
BN(O) visa holders face delay of up to six years to get MPF   Listenfacebook
Immigration lawyer Janine Miu says the instructions from the MPF authority for BN(O) visa holders came as a surprise. She told Mike Weeks it means people will have to wait for five or six years after leaving Hong Kong before they can withdraw their funds:
HK moving backward on democratic development: Bernard Chan   Listenfacebook
The convenor of the Executive Council, Bernard Chan, has conceded that the changes Beijing is planning to Hong Kong's electoral system will wipe out democratic development here since the handover. Jimmy Choi reports:
Activists get suspended jail terms for breaching covid gathering limit   Listenfacebook
Eight activists from the Labour Party and the League of Social Democrats have been handed suspended prison sentences after being found guilty of breaching the government's public gathering limit by staging a protest on Labour Day last year. Joanne Wong has details:
Up to 10 infected in gym outbreak   Listenfacebook
Health authorities are urging people who have visited Ursus Fitness in Sai Ying Pun since the beginning of March to contact them as soon as possible. That’s after a fitness trainer there was confirmed on Wednesday to have Covid-19. As Frances Sit reports, nine other staff and customers at the gym have also tested preliminary positive for the virus:
Concerned patients advised to see a doctor before booking jabs   Listenfacebook
There have been an increasing number of no-shows at Covid vaccination centres as reports of severe illness and three deaths among people recently inoculated appears to be detering people from getting the jab. Figures show that about 72 percent of people who made bookings to get the Sinovac shot actually showed up on Wednesday. That was an improvement on the day before. Just over 90 percent showed up for their BioNTech jabs, although a 39-year-old man was taken to hospital after falling ill shortly after he received the vaccine on Wednesday. Janice Wong asked Dr Samuel Kwok - the Chief Medical Executive at the Kwun Chung Sports Centre – if these sorts of reports were having an impact at the in Jordan inoculation centre:
Virtual summit ‘shows' importance US places on Quad alliance   Listenfacebook
The US has confirmed that Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is to meet top Chinese officials next week in Alaska. It will be the first high-level in-person contact between the two sides under the Biden administration. It will also come hard on the heels of joint talks on Friday between the US President, Joe Biden, and the leaders of Australia, India and Japan, seen as boosting the emerging four-way alliance often cast as a bulwark against China. Richard Pyne reports:
Five arrested over compensated dating scam   Listenfacebook
The police have detained five people over a compensated dating scam. They are alleged to have conspired to lure in victims with the promise of dates with models, before threatening to expose them unless they handed over more money. Natale Ching has more: