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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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Govt slams US congressional report on HK  Listenfacebook
The government says it "vehemently refutes" a report by a US congressional committee, saying comments were slanderous and ill-intentioned. It urged the United States to stop maliciously interfering in Hong Kong affairs. Vicky Wong reports:
CE abandons 'zero-plus' Covid label  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee says he will no longer use "zero-plus-something" to label Covid policies. At present, under the "0+3" arrangement, inbound travellers do not have to undergo hotel quarantine but are given an amber health code, barring them from going to restaurants and certain places for three days. The CE says his government is simply trying to ease restrictions as much as possible. Frank Yung reports:
Rugby organisers blame anthem gaffe on 'innocent' intern  Listenfacebook
Asia Rugby says an intern made what it described as “an innocent mistake” playing a song, associated with violent protests in Hong Kong in 2019, instead of the national anthem at the Asian Rugby Sevens Series in South Korea over the weekend. The organisation's head says he believes the person who made the mistake did not have ulterior motives. Aaron Tam reports:
FTU calls for better pay and benefits for carers  Listenfacebook
A union group has expressed "deep disappointment" with, and "strong opposition" to, the Policy Address suggestion of importing foreign care workers. The care industry faces manpower shortages; but the Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) believes the real reasons it is hard to find workers are "low wages and poor benefits". Vicky Kung reports:
Councillor hails 'landmark' tunnel and bridge  Listenfacebook
Sai Kung district councillor, Christine Fong, says the government could be more aggressive in diverting more buses through the new Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel. The tunnel and an adjacent Cross Bay Link will be launched on December 11. Five bus routes will use the tunnel with another four added later. The links are expected to reduce travel times by 20 minutes. Fong told Ben Tse that traffic congestion in Tseung Kwan O was "horrible" and the new infrastructure would be a boost for her constituents:
Watchdog warning over 'carcinogenic' fish oil  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has warned that some health supplements may not be as healthy as they appear. It found contaminants or carcinogens in all the popular fish oil products on sale here that it tested. In some, the levels exceeded recognised safety standards, as Kelly Yu reports:
Gift of sight to HK’s elderly homeless  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus 2022 is in full swing and is raising money for 15 charities this year. One of the projects is ‘Regain Crystal Clear Vision’ - organised by Saint Barnabas' Society and Home - which aims to provide 30 eye examinations and seven eye surgeries for the impoverished and homeless, with priority given to the elderly. Andrew Dembina spoke to the charity’s Vice-Chairman, Andrew Ngo, and to a previous eye-surgery beneficiary, Ho Kai-shing:
Russian missile strike kills two in Poland  Listenfacebook
Poland says it is putting some military units on a heightened state of alert, after an explosion killed two people near the border with Ukraine. The Polish Foreign Ministry said early Wednesday that it was a Russian-made missile, and it summoned the Russian ambassador to demand immediate detailed explanations. Russia's war in Ukraine is dominating the G20 summit in Indonesia. A draft communique backed by the majority of G20 leaders condemned the war and its economic fallout. Annemarie Evans asked Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, if the G20 meeting could influence Russia on the issue of Ukraine: