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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 approves baby BioNTech shots  Listenfacebook
The government has authorised the use of the baby and toddler version of the BioNTech coronavirus jab, but officials say they are not sure when the vaccine will be supplied to Hong Kong. The news comes as the SAR recorded 4,788 new Covid cases on Wednesday, 368 of them imported. The Centre for Health Protection said five more cases of the new subvariant, XBB, were among the imported infections. Meanwhile, nine more Covid patients died. Maggie Ho reports:
Anti-triad police hit diners with Covid fines  Listenfacebook
Police say they issued 36 fixed-penalty tickets to men found to be flouting Covid curbs in a restaurant in Tin Shui Wai. The breach of the social distancing rules was uncovered during an operation against organised crime in the New Territories new town on Tuesday night. Mike Weeks reports:
Up to 12.5% pay rise for labourers  Listenfacebook
Construction workers will get pay rises of up to 12.5 percent after a three-year freeze. This was announced by the Construction Industry Employees General Union, although it warned the increase would not be enough to fill labour shortfalls in the building trade. Natale Ching reports:
Five HK universities among world's top 100  Listenfacebook
Five Hong Kong universities have been listed in the world's top 100 in this year's Times Higher Education World University Rankings. City University is the latest of the SAR's tertiary institutions to make the prestigious list after leaping up the rankings from last year. Frank Yung reports:
Social worker avoids jail for abusing disabled student  Listenfacebook
Eastern Court has opted not to jail a social worker who admitted abusing a special-needs pupil by slapping, choking and pulling his hair at the school where he worked. Instead it imposed a community service order, as Kelly Yu reports:
HK rugby player recalls Bali bombings  Listenfacebook
Hundreds of mourners and survivors have commemorated the 20th anniversary of the bombings that killed more than 200 people on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. 11 Hong Kong rugby players were among the dead. A memorial was held at the Hong Kong Football Club on Wednesday night. Its touring side “The Vandals” was playing in the Bali 10s at the time. Anson Bailey was playing for “The Pot Bellied Pigs” - an invitational touring team made up of players from various sides, including Kowloon rugby club - and recalls walking with friends towards the Sari Club, which was bombed. Bailey, the Honorary President of the Hong Kong Potbellied Pigs Rugby Club, told Annemarie Evans that all those who survived felt they were given a second chance:
HKers not keeping an eye on their vision  Listenfacebook
Today is "World Sight Day", a global campaign that aims to raise awareness about blindness and visual impairment. In Hong Kong, a charity which focuses on eye care says people here have not been paying enough attention to their eye health. Orbis, together with the Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society, surveyed over 6,000 locals last month and found more than half of them had never had their eyes checked. The survey also found that 40 percent of respondents had a medium or high-risk of catching eye diseases. Emmy Li, the society's vice president and a volunteer doctor at Orbis, described the situation as 'worrying'. She told Kelly Yu that people should not ignore symptoms, such as flashes and floaters:
Beijing doubles down on Covid policies  Listenfacebook
Beijing will persist with its Covid-19 policies to avoid losing control over local coronavirus outbreaks. In a commentary, the People's Daily said the Covid battle could not be won if authorities "lie flat". It comes as several big mainland cities ramp up Covid testing, following an uptick in infections since the mainland's "Golden Week" holiday earlier this month. Todd Harding reports:
Top leadership prepares for upcoming five-yearly congress  Listenfacebook
The nation's top leaders have wrapped up their final plenary session ahead of the twice-a-decade national congress that will begin on Sunday. The upcoming congress is expected to hand President Xi Jinping a landmark third term. China analyst, Mark O'Neill, said the Central Committee praised the “unusual and extraordinary” accomplishments made under President Xi over the past five years, despite a complex international environment and domestic challenges. He told Samantha Butler that the leadership reaffirmed President Xi's status as the core of the Communist Party:
Taikonauts deliver out-of-world lecture  Listenfacebook
A trio of astronauts on board the Tiangong space station have delivered a lecture to hundreds of students back on Earth, while in orbit. The three Shenzhou-14 crew members are currently working on the construction of China's space station. Vanessa Cheng reports: