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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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Fraudsters copy police anti-scam site  Listenfacebook
Police have alerted the public to a fake version of the force's anti-scam mobile application. As Elvis Yu reports, they say fraudsters have tried to use it to pose as officers to trick individuals into handing over their personal details and money:
FTU wants more action against credit card fraud  Listenfacebook
Unionist lawmakers say the government is not going far enough to combat a rising tide of credit card fraud, saying regulations introduced last month have failed to tackle the problem. The Federation of Trade Unions says more and more cases now involve scammers taking stolen card information and linking it to a mobile app to carry out transactions. Under regulations issued by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority last month, banks must now require an additional level of authentication before connecting a card to an app. But the FTU's Bill Tang told Vanessa Cheng that more could be done to protect credit cardholders:
Thousands of withdrawals made from organ donation register  Listenfacebook
The government has accused some people of “vilifying” its organ donation system and a plan to facilitate cross-border organ matching, after its organ donation register saw a substantial surge in withdrawals. The Centralised Organ Donation Register recorded nearly 5,800 withdrawal applications over a five-month period from December, which is significantly higher than past figures. Wendy Wong reports:
Outrage over power outage puts focus on penalties  Listenfacebook
The government has promised to consider suggestions for amending the operating agreements with the SAR's power companies to ensure they do not profit from disruptions that they are responsible for. This came after lawmakers urged the administration to rethink how it holds them to account after last month's power outage on the Island provided Hong Kong Electric with an opportunity to increase its profits. Leung Pak-hei reports:
Support for expanding wild animal feeding ban  Listenfacebook
Animal rights campaigner, Fiona Woodhouse, says she is hopeful that a government proposal to massively increase fines for illegally feeding wild animals will be effective in deterring repeat offenders. The government has proposed amending the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance, to raise the maximum penalty from $10,000 to $100,000 and a one-year imprisonment. A fixed penalty of $5,000 is also being proposed. The amendments will also cover illegal feeding of feral pigeons. Dr Woodhouse from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told Janice Wong that the problem was widespread, and caused environmental damage while harming animals:
Save the Children pins its hopes on the power of sports  Listenfacebook
A children's rights group says it is launching a football training programme for hundreds of low-income schoolchildren that is designed to help improve their mental health. Save the Children Hong Kong says its Play to Thrive programme is aimed at reversing the impact of three years of disruption throughout the Covid pandemic. Its CEO, Carol Szeto, told Vicky Wong why they chose the sport of football:
Lamma residents oppose doubling of ferry fares  Listenfacebook
Organisers of a petition against the proposed doubling of ferry fares to Lamma have gathered the signatures of more than 500 of the island's residents. The Transport and Logistics Bureau revealed last month that it was considering a request from Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry Limited for a 100 percent increase in the cost of trips on the two routes it operates between Lamma and Central. Submitting the petition to the government, one of the organisers, Caan Chui, told Vanessa Cheng that they want answers about the ferry company's plans and sustainability:
After eight years in the black, Disney is looking up  Listenfacebook
Tourism minister Kevin Yeung says he is hopeful Hong Kong Disneyland will be able to balance the books again soon, after eight consecutive years of losses. But the head of the theme park told lawmakers that recovery would take time, as Kelly Yu reports:
April inflation hits 2.1 percent  Listenfacebook
Official figures show Hong Kong's inflation rate reached 2.1 percent last month, a jump of almost half a percentage point from the March figure of 1.7 percent. As Mike Weeks reports, the government warns that price pressures are likely to remain significant for some time:
HSBC says local rates will remain high for some time  Listenfacebook
HSBC economists have warned that interest rates in Hong Kong are likely to remain high for the next year or so. But they say there are good signs for optimism about economic recovery here and on the mainland. Ada Au reports:
Trade deals expected as DRC leader visits China  Listenfacebook
Foreign Minister Qin Gang says China "warmly welcomes" the upcoming state visit by the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As Aaron Tam reports, Qin said China was willing to help Congo turn its advantages in resources to drive the country's economic development:
Police to resume search for Madeleine McCann  Listenfacebook
Portuguese police will resume searching a reservoir inland from where a three-year-old British toddler, Madeleine McCann, disappeared in 2007. It is the first formal development in the case in several years. RTHK's UK correspondent, Peter Anderson, told Vicky Wong that there was still considerable public interest in the case, 16 years after the child's apparent abduction:
Mandarin's long-staying chief concierge, remembered  Listenfacebook
Giovanni Valenti, the well-known former chief concierge of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Central, has died. Valenti, who joined the Mandarin in 1979, was an iconic figure in the lobby and worked at the hotel for 38 years. Annemarie Evans looks back on his life: