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


Now playing: Legco 2021: New Territories South East
Selected audio segments:
On-track accident mars prestigious horse race  Listenfacebook
One of the biggest days of Hong Kong's racing calendar has been marred by a serious on-track accident. Three jockeys, including a visiting competitor, remain in hospital on Monday morning while two horses had to be euthanised because of injuries sustained in the accident. The pile-up involved four horses and happened during the prestigious Hong Kong Sprint in front of 17,000 spectators at Sha Tin on Sunday. Steve Dunthorne reports:
BioNTech jab less effective against Omicron  Listenfacebook
Researchers in Hong Kong have found that the BioNTech coronavirus vaccine may be much less effective against the recently-discovered Omicron variant, although they say it’s still likely to prevent death and severe diseases. The World Health Organisation says so far, early data shows the Omicron variant is more transmissible than the Delta strain and reduces vaccine efficacy but causes less severe symptoms. The WHO says Omicron has spread to at least 63 countries. Natale Ching reports:
Poorer residents appeal for priority travel  Listenfacebook
Low-income residents in Hong Kong are urging the government to give them priority to attend to sick relatives across the border, when quarantine-free travel with the mainland resumes. So far, the government has indicated that business people with interests benefiting the city will be first in line when the border re-opens. But the Society for Community Organization urged officials not to forget the poorer members of society. Jimmy Choi reports:
Nanjing marks 84th anniversary of massacre  Listenfacebook
The mainland city of Nanjing will fall silent on Monday to remember the 84th anniversary of the start of the Nanjing Massacre. Invading Japanese troops killed as many as 300,000 people in the nation's former capital in a six-week campaign of violence that's remembered as one of the most brutal incidents in the second world war. In Hong Kong, the massacre is continuing to cause controversy amid reports that children as young as six have been shown graphic footage from that time in class. Ben Tse reports:
Health minister in call to vote  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Health, Sophia Chan, says Hong Kong will be able to contribute to the global fight against Covid-19 if the legislature acts together with the administration. She's among several prominent officials who've recently been encouraging people to vote in Sunday's Legislative Council elections. Maggie Ho reports:
Legco 2021: New Territories South East  Listenfacebook
The first Legislative Council elections following Beijing’s revamp of Hong Kong’s electoral system take place on December 19. Voters will choose a new legislature consisting of 90 lawmakers - 20 of whom will be elected by people living in 10 geographical constituencies. In a special series, RTHK is meeting Legco candidates from around Hong Kong. This time, we feature those in the New Territories South East geographical constituency:
TST clock tower chime deemed a 'gimmick'  Listenfacebook
An art critic says the government has a "strange" approach to conservation. John Batten, the convenor of the Central and Western Concern Group, was commenting after hundreds of people turned out last week to hear the bell in the historic clock tower in Tsim Sha Tsui chime again for the first time in more than 70 years. But the chime - which is heard hourly between 8am and midnight - is a recording of a similar bell. Batten labelled it a gimmick and told Janice Wong it was fake history:
Forever homes for those with special needs  Listenfacebook
This year, Operation Santa Claus is raising money for 18 charities. One of them is the Home of Loving Faithfulness, which provides homes for children and adults with special needs. Noreen Mir visited its centre in Sheung Shui and met Gretchen Ryan and Wenda Wong to hear about how it'll be spending the funding from Operation Santa Claus and what a typical day was like for its residents and family members:
Full-time athletes win cross-harbour swim  Listenfacebook
After a two-year hiatus, the cross harbour swim made a come back on Sunday. As Damon Pang reports, full-time athletes took home the gold medals:
Impact of US democracy summit may be short-lived  Listenfacebook
Last week, the United States imposed sanctions on dozens of people and entities in China, Myanmar, North Korea and Bangladesh. It also added Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime to an investment blacklist. The measures coincided with President Biden's two-day virtual Summit for Democracy, where he announced initiatives to bolster democracy around the world and support for pro-democracy legislation in the United States. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler it wasn't clear if Biden's "pep rally for democracy" achieved much or would have a long-lasting effect: