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


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Top justices weigh in on Beijing ruling over security law  Listenfacebook
The Justice Secretary, Paul Lam, has backed Chief Executive John Lee’s recent move to ask the National People’s Congress Standing Committee to interpret Hong Kong's national security law. The Chief Justice also weighed in on the issue, saying it should be no surprise that some matters related to national security should be dealt with by organs of power other than the courts. Mike Weeks reports:
Livestreaming of court cases under consideration  Listenfacebook
Chief Justice Andrew Cheung says he hopes some legal proceedings can be broadcast live this year. He also said he wanted to develop "e-litigation" in Hong Kong. Natale Ching reports:
Courtroom livestreaming 'long overdue'  Listenfacebook
A legal professor says plans to livestream some court cases is "long overdue". Simon Young, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong, said such a move would not only educate the public over the court process, but help those in the legal profession gain a better understanding of oral advocacy. Professor Young also spoke to Samantha Butler about Beijing's interpretation of Hong Kong's national security law, saying it remains to be seen how the government will use its power over allowing overseas lawyers to handled such cases:
New liaison office head vows to 'love and serve'  Listenfacebook
The new director of Beijing's liaison office, Zheng Yanxiong, says he will try his best to learn about Hong Kong, and to love and serve the city. He also vowed to spare no effort in ensuring the steady implementation of One Country, Two Systems, saying Hong Kong is primed for success as long as it stays on the right track. Maggie Ho reports:
More express rail tickets up for grabs  Listenfacebook
The government has announced that 4,000 more tickets will go on sale each day for the high-speed rail-link with the mainland. Wendy Wong reports:
Rural China gears up for possible Covid surge  Listenfacebook
Luggage-laden passengers on the mainland are flocking to railway stations and airports in megacities to head home for the holidays. But health experts fear the Lunar New Year period could intensify China's Covid outbreak that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Medical workers in rural areas are also gearing up to face a possible surge in Covid infections in the countryside, as Aaron Tam reports:
'Inaccuracies' over mainland Covid death toll  Listenfacebook
Top epidemiologist, Benjamin Cowling, says the mainland's Covid-19 death toll of 60,000 is an underestimate, given its strict definition of Covid deaths and that fewer Covid testing is being done. The mainland released its figure on Saturday for Covid deaths that occurred from December 8, when its epidemic restrictions were dropped. Professor Cowling from the University of Hong Kong told Ada Au that there were other ways to estimate fatalities:
HK Express cancels some Japan flights  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Express has announced it is cancelling some flights between here and Japan next month because of restrictions imposed by the Japanese authorities. Priscilla Ng reports:
Worker dies in candy-making machine  Listenfacebook
A woman has been killed after reportedly falling into a candy-making machine. The factory involved has been ordered to suspend operations, as Andrew Chworowsky reports:
Dating apps not protecting users privacy  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has warned romance seekers to protect their personal data while using dating apps, saying their information could be used for marketing purposes. As Kelly Yu reports, the council analysed nine popular dating sites from October to December and found that all of them had pre-set permissions for using account owners' personal data for advertising:
Dating app users urged to read fine print  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council's chief executive, Gilly Wong, has urged users of dating apps to thoroughly check the terms and conditions in order to safeguard their privacy. She told Vicky Wong about how consumers can not only protect their data, but prevent themselves getting scammed:
Warning over nutritional value of chicken essence drink  Listenfacebook
A Chinese University nutritionist has urged people not to rely on chicken essence as a major source of protein, saying nutrients are best absorbed through a balanced diet. The Consumer Council tested 15 pre-packaged samples of chicken essence, and found that while most met the claim of being a “high-protein food”, the protein levels were much lower than that of real chicken meat, eggs and milk. Nutritionist Dr Mandy Sea told Kelly Yu that chicken essence cannot replace whole foods in the long run:
Self-employed carers under high stress levels  Listenfacebook
A survey has found self-employed carers experience higher stress levels than others and that stress piles up with time spent in care activities. The study was conducted from February to September 2021 and involved 409 people who took care of family members with advanced diseases. Theresa Lai, an associate professor from the school of health sciences at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, says Covid hit those carers particularly hard because supporting community resources were not available during the pandemic and hospital restrictions were in place. She spoke to Ada Au:
Flight data recorders retrieved from crash site  Listenfacebook
The flight data recorders from the Yeti Airlines turbo-prop plane that crashed in Nepal on Sunday have been found. They were discovered as the country observed a day of mourning for the victims of the nation's deadliest aviation disaster in three decades, and as a search continued for the bodies of the last of the 72 people believed to be on board the ATR 72. It plummeted into a steep gorge as it approached the central city of Pokhara on Sunday. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK's South Asia correspondent Murali Krishnan about the disaster:
Tencent fires staff over serious violations  Listenfacebook
The Mainland tech giant, Tencent, says it has fired more than 100 employees for serious violations of company policies. It also revealed that some have been referred to police and later found guilty of bribery and embezzlement. Altis Wong reports: