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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


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China Covid cases remain high  Listenfacebook
Mainland authorities have reported 39,303 new Covid cases. It is the fourth consecutive day of over 30,000 infections. Maggie Ho reports:
CE back at work after recovering from Covid  Listenfacebook
Health officials reported 8,033 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, including 503 imported infections. 20 Covid patients died. Meanwhile, Chief Executive John Lee said he was back at his desk after testing negative for Covid two days in a row. He became infected after his first overseas trip as Hong Kong's leader to the Apec submit in Bangkok. Former ExCo convenor, Bernard Chan, says the visit by the Hong Kong delegation to Apec sent an important message that the SAR was further opening up. Kelly Yu reports:
Stage safety plan mooted by government  Listenfacebook
The Culture Secretary, Kevin Yeung, says the government is planning a pilot scheme that is intended to ensure stage safety during large-scale performances. It follows an investigation after a giant screen fell onto dancers at a local concert in July, severely injuring at least one of them, who remains in hospital. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Authorities probe reports of fishy price-fixing  Listenfacebook
Staff from the competition watchdog, police and other government departments have visited the Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market to investigate reports of price-fixing. Ada Au reports:
Govt urged to provide subsidies to ease bills burden  Listenfacebook
An economist says the government has a responsibility to provide subsidies, to help people cope with planned hikes in public transport and electricity charges, which he called 'outrageous'. From January, electricity bills will go up by 20 to 45 percent. The city's four franchised bus firms are seeking a 10 to 20 percent fare hike, while a taxi trade association wants a six-dollar increase in flagfall for urban cabs. Andy Kwan, director of the ACE Centre for Business and Economic Research, told Janice Wong that while fare hikes were expected, they were too high, given the recession:
MPF chair tries to ease concerns of funds performance  Listenfacebook
The chairwoman of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority, Ayesha Lau, has called on the public not to be overly concerned about market fluctuation because the scheme is "a very long-term investment". It comes amid concern over the recent performance of pension funds, as Damon Pang reports:
Train buffs greet next generation of Q-Trains  Listenfacebook
It was not the usual peak rush-hour on Sunday, but Choi Hung Station was packed from early in the morning. Most of the people there were transport enthusiasts, eager to greet the first in a new generation of trains on the MTR network. Maggie Ho reports:
Charity helps girls 'wise' up through sports  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus is in full swing and is raising money for 15 charities. One of the projects is the “Women In Sports Empowered Hong Kong”, in short, “WISE”–a charity that aims to empower teenage girls to become more active for their health and well-being, and support girls to develop positive mindsets to help prevent bullying. Alyson Hau spoke to founder Alicia Lui about their project, "Yeah! Girls Stand Up!”:
Black Friday online sales rake in over US$9 billion  Listenfacebook
US shoppers spent a record USD$9.12 billion online this Black Friday, as consumers weathered the squeeze from high inflation and grabbed steep discounts on everything from smartphones to toys. Adobe Analytics said online spending rose 2.3% on Black Friday. In-store sales rose 2.9 percent year-on-year. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that online sales were booming while the country's malls were relatively quiet: