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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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Amber code restrictions eased, campsites to re-open  Listenfacebook
More pandemic measures are being rolled back. From Thursday, inbound travellers with an amber health code will be allowed to visit theme parks and hair salons, while campsites will re-open. Frank Yung reports:
Health chief rules out scrapping amber code  Listenfacebook
The president of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association has called on the government to scrap the amber health code arrangement so the city can catch up with other places in opening up. But the health secretary disagreed, saying Covid-19 was still a public health emergency. Joanne Wong reports:
Finance summit was almost a 'mission impossible'  Listenfacebook
The head of the Monetary Authority, Eddie Yue, says last week's high-profile investment summit is an indication of Hong Kong's significance to the global financial system. As Natale Ching reports, he said it was almost a “mission impossible” to gather so many top bankers in one place, even before the pandemic:
Colonial flag-waver jailed for three months  Listenfacebook
A woman who waved a colonial-era flag while watching a public broadcast of the Tokyo Olympics has become the first person to be jailed for insulting the national anthem. The 42-year-old was given a three-month sentence. Aaron Tam reports:
City's top court to debate same-sex marriage  Listenfacebook
Gay rights activist, Jimmy Sham, has been granted permission to take his fight to get Hong Kong to recognise overseas same-sex marriages to the city's top court. An appeal court ruled that the issues involved are of great general public importance and that there was a case to be argued, as Maggie Ho reports:
Eight men arrested over $2.7m phishing scam  Listenfacebook
Police say they have arrested eight men on suspicion of swindling dozens of people out of over $2.7 million in a phishing scam. Officers say the gang broke new ground in the way they went about obtaining Sim cards to launch their operation. Violet Wong reports:
Firms need more support to hire disabled staff  Listenfacebook
Experts have called on NGOs and the government to play a bigger role in helping people with disabilities find jobs, after their study found that many employers are unable to source suitable candidates or do not have the knowledge to create a working environment to cater for their needs. The Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service and City University spoke to 200 employers and human resources professionals between February and September. About one-third of employers said they were unable to find candidates who matched their needs, while more than half said they found it hard to create an inclusive environment. Carol Lee from the Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service said the government needed to invest more resources into supporting enterprises to hire people with disabilities. She spoke to Samantha Butler:
Foodlink Foundation keeps bellies full over Xmas  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus 2022 is raising money for 15 charities this year. One of the beneficiaries is Foodlink Foundation, a charity that helps deliver safe-to-eat surplus food from food outlets across the territory to those in need, while reducing food wastage at the same time. The group's head of operations, Aurea Yung, says they will use the donation to launch a charity project called "We Love Green Food Store" - their first direct food distribution outlet. The store, which will be set up in Kowloon East, aims to supply surplus fresh produce collected from its supermarket partner to more than 1,200 elderly residents, and 430 low-income families. Yung spoke to Janice Wong:
Myanmar violence tops Asean agenda  Listenfacebook
Southeast Asian leaders have convened on the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, for the start of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). At the top of the agenda is the escalating violence carried out by the junta in Myanmar, which included the recent shocking execution of four prominent democrats. Myanmar has been barred from the Summit. Neither President Xi Jinping nor Russia's Vladimir Putin are expected to attend the summit, which continues until Sunday, with President Biden arriving on Saturday. RTHK's Southeast Asia correspondent, Luke Hunt, gave Annemarie Evans a preview of the event:
US midterm results a 'disappointment' for Republicans  Listenfacebook
Votes are still being counted in US midterm elections. Both the Democrats and the Republicans can still win the Senate which hinges on three very tight races, while the Republicans are edging towards winning the lower chamber of Congress. Annemarie Evans spoke to Dov Levin, an assistant professor in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong, who said the US Supreme Court's decision overturning abortion rights was a major reason that a predicted Republican "red wave" failed to materialise: