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


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HK fully reopens mainland border  Listenfacebook
Nearly a quarter-of-a-million people crossed the border as of 8 pm on Monday night, on the first day of a full reopening of frontier checkpoints - meaning no quarantine, crossing quotas or Covid tests were needed. Most people were heading north and said they were happy with arrangements although some complained about the digital health declaration. Damon Pang reports:
Manpower shortage hampers pandemic recovery  Listenfacebook
The tourism and retail sectors say while they are hopeful business will slowly pick up with the full reopening of the border with the mainland, the pace of recovery may be undermined by a shortage of manpower. Maggie Ho reports:
Saudi Arabia hears HK is 'open' for business  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee has told a conference in Riyadh that Hong Kong is now “wide open” for tourists and businesses. He spoke before flying out of Saudi Arabia on Monday for Abu Dhabi. Violet Wong reports from the capital of the United Arab Emirates:
Online shopping complaints surge  Listenfacebook
The pandemic-driven shift of consumers to online shopping saw disputes and complaints jump by almost three-quarters last year. The Consumer Council said it received more than 10,000 complaints last year about internet purchases, and that it struck deals with other jurisdictions to try to afford Hong Kong shoppers some redress. Wendy Wong reports:
Consumer watchdog expects online complaints to grow  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Consumer Council, Clement Chan, says 28 percent of complaints that the organisation handled were related to online shopping. He said of these, the biggest problem centred on food delivery - such as late or non-delivery, or an incorrect order. He told Janice Wong that people should check the past history of the website and customer reviews when making online purchases:
HK's largest national security trial begins  Listenfacebook
The national security trial of 47 people linked to unofficial Legco primary polls in 2020 has opened. As Wendy Wong reports, two more defendants admitted wrongdoing:
Court rules transgender men had rights breached  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's highest court has decided that the authorities breached the rights of two transgender men by refusing to record their new gender on their identity cards because they had not undergone full sex reassignment surgery. Ruling in the men's favour, the Court of Final Appeal called this "an unacceptably harsh burden". Mike Weeks reports:
Green groups urge govt to scrap Lantau project  Listenfacebook
Eleven green groups have jointly called on the government to scrap its huge reclamation plan off Lantau after snubbing a closed-door briefing on the Kau Yi Chau Artificial Islands project. Officials launched a three-month consultation exercise in December to seek views and advice on the scheme from District Councils and professional bodies. But Greenpeace, which joined Monday's boycott of the briefing session, says the consultation is not transparent or open enough. Senior Campaigner, Chan Hall-sion, told Kelly Yu that the planned development would irreversibly damage marine life in the area:
Director halts screenings of school documentary  Listenfacebook
A professor has described the pulling of a documentary from cinemas over issues of consent a "rare" situation. The documentary, "To my Nineteen-Year-Old Self", was halted in Hong Kong cinemas from Monday. It follows the lives of six girls from director Mabel Cheung's old secondary school over 10 years. But one participant said she had not given consent for the film to be publicly screened, and Olympic cyclist Sarah Lee said she did not realise her interview would end up in cinemas. Mabel Cheung said it would not be shown publicly again unless all participants gave their consent. Assistant professor Kristof Van Den Troost, from the Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University, told Vicky Wong that it was a complex case involving participants who were formerly children:
Beijing confirms second balloon is Chinese  Listenfacebook
Beijing has acknowledged that a balloon spotted flying over Latin America is from China. A similar balloon that flew across the US was shot down, a decision that the Foreign Ministry said "seriously impacted and damaged" relations between the two countries. Beijing has lodged an official complaint against what it described as an "obvious overreaction" from the Americans, who are now searching for the remnants of what they suspect to be a surveillance balloon. Aaron Tam reports: