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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Samantha Butler


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Masks, vaccine pass, 0+3 here to stay  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive John Lee says mandatory face masks, the vaccine pass and medical surveillance for inbound travellers are all here to stay. But he stressed that there could be special arrangements to allow major events to take place as he hailed the success of last week's big financial and sporting showcases. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Travel council calls for more eased curbs   Listenfacebook
The chairwoman of the Travel Industry Council has described the easing of amber code restrictions on tour groups as a good start, but says more rules should be relaxed to attract tourists. Priscilla Ng reports:
Panel recommends Omicron-targeted jab  Listenfacebook
A panel of government advisers says it is recommending that the health minister authorises the use of an updated vaccine that is designed to target the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The administration says it welcomes the panel's findings and will make a decision soon. Vicky Kung reports:
HK's common law system 'here to stay'  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Paul Lam, says Hong Kong’s common law system will stay in place in the long run, given President Xi Jinping’s assurance that One Country, Two Systems is a long-term policy. But he says that has not stopped it from developing mutual legal agreements and arrangements with the rest of the country, as Maggie Ho reports:
Health chief mulls raising legal age for smoking  Listenfacebook
At a seminar on tobacco control, the health chief has suggested raising the legal age for smoking as one method to ban future generations from buying tobacco products. Last week, the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health said the Health Bureau was considering banning anyone born after 2008 from buying cigarettes in their lifetime. Natale Ching reports:
Anti-smoking campaigner hails past 40 years of efforts  Listenfacebook
The woman labelled one of the most dangerous people in the world by the tobacco trade has hailed the work of Hong Kong in bringing down its smoking rates over the past 40 years. But Judith Mackay, director of Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control, says there are still hundreds of thousands of smokers in the city. She threw her support behind an idea mentioned by the health chief on Tuesday to raise the legal smoking age, saying the average age to take up the habit was under 20, when youngsters brains were not fully-developed. She also told Ben Tse that raising the tobacco tax had a significant impact because then young people could not afford to smoke:
HK residents glimpse total lunar eclipse  Listenfacebook
A "once-in-a-thousand-year" astronomical event has unfolded above Hong Kong. A total lunar eclipse and the Moon obscuring the planet, Uranus, occurred at around 5.30pm and ended before 9pm on Tuesday night. Scientists say the next window to observe the two events happening together in Hong Kong will be in the year 4862. Huey Pang, president of Astrolink - an NGO that promotes and educates the public about stargazing - explained to Maggie Ho that the Sun, the Earth, the Moon and Uranus were in an almost-perfectly straight line:
For sale: 9,000 govt-subsidised homes  Listenfacebook
Thousands of government-subsidised homes are being put up for sale at between $1.2 million and $5.4 million. The new Home Ownership Scheme price list was announced by the Housing Authority. Joanne Wong reports:
China shows off new homemade passenger jet  Listenfacebook
China has shown off its first domestically-produced large passenger jet, the C919, after the aircraft was approved by regulators. The jet made its appearance at the Airshow China in Zhuhai. But the event was a scaled-down version compared to previous editions as the nation reports higher-than-normal Covid numbers. Altis Wong reports:
China's uber-wealthy see fortunes decline  Listenfacebook
China's super-rich saw their wealth tumble by the most in over two decades this year, as the Russia-Ukraine war, Beijing's zero-Covid policy and falling mainland and Hong Kong stock and property prices pummelled fortunes. That is according to the Hurun Report's annual rich list. Mike Weeks reports:
NGO provides STEM activities for less advantaged kids  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus 2022 is underway, and this year we are raising money for 15 charities. One of the projects is Hong Kong Children in Need, which aims to achieve high education equality for less advantaged children in Hong Kong. RTHK’s Peter Lewis met up with the organisation’s founder and director, Matthew Ho: