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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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Police work to identify head of murder victim  Listenfacebook
Police say they believe they have found the head of a 28-year-old murder victim, surnamed Choi, two days after they discovered body parts from a woman in a fridge at a village house in Tai Po. Officers say the head was found in a soup pot which was seized on Friday. A few ribs, hair, and human tissue were also found in the pot. Work is ongoing to confirm they belong to the same person. Todd Harding reports:
One dead, another in a coma after speedboat crash  Listenfacebook
One man is dead and another in a coma after a boat crash in the waters off Sai Kung on Sunday. Three people onboard a speed boat that crashed into a sampan have been arrested on suspicion of endangering the lives of others at sea. Leung Pak-hei reports:
Macau goes mostly maskless  Listenfacebook
People in Macau will be able to walk around mask-free from Monday after the government eased its mask mandate. Announcing the change, the SAR authorities said going mask-free was possible because the epidemic situation there had stabilised. Face coverings will still be required in certain circumstances and Macau officials are telling people it is not yet time to throw away their masks. Kelly Yu reports:
'Masks give protection while HK drops Covid rules'  Listenfacebook
The future of Hong Kong's mask mandate has also been under scrutiny with officials indicating the rules will soon be scrapped. Infectious disease specialist, Leung Chi-chiu, says Hong Kong could follow Macau in allowing people to remove masks outdoors. But he told Vanessa Cheng that indoors, the policy should remain for the time-being:
New criminal checks for talent visa scheme  Listenfacebook
The Immigration Department says it is putting into effect new rules from Monday intended to stop criminals from coming to Hong Kong under five schemes offering visas or entry permits to talented people. It follows last week's row over a visa granted to a controversial mainland scientist under a separate scheme. Sean Kennedy reports:
HK needs more talent in push to attract family offices  Listenfacebook
The government should target the mainland's wealthy elite, in its push to attract family offices to Hong Kong. Such offices control billions of dollars in investments on behalf of wealthy families around the world and the government has set aside $100 million to attract such funds to the city. Professor Winnie Peng is the director of the Roger King Centre for Asian Family Business and Family Office at the University of Science and Technology. She told Janice Wong that as well as the mainland, the government could consider targeting those places with a high inheritance tax, such as Japan and South Korea:
New listing regime for high-tech firms  Listenfacebook
Officials have continued their push to cement Hong Kong's status as a global financial centre and an attractive place to do business, in the wake of last week's budget. The financial services minister has said it will soon be easier for cutting-edge technology companies to list here, even if they do not make any money. Meanwhile, the Financial Secretary has been talking up the SAR's status as a hub for green finance. Violet Wong reports:
FTU wants public housing in Greater Bay Area  Listenfacebook
The SAR's biggest unionist group says the Hong Kong government should be allowed to buy property in the private sector in the Greater Bay Area for use as public housing for people from the territory. It is one of a number of suggestions that the Federation of Trade Unions will take to the annual "two sessions" meeting in Beijing. Kelly Yu reports:
Call to extend Cash Allowance trial scheme  Listenfacebook
The Society for Community Organisation is calling on the government to extend and expand a trial scheme offering monthly cash handouts to people who have been waiting for public housing for three years or more. The group says it carried out a survey of 240 grassroots people since December and found many people in need who want to access the scheme are excluded, such as non-elderly single people. The group also wants the government to keep the payments going after an initial three-year trial ends next year. Its deputy director, Sze Lai-shan, says some of the cash recipients had their payments cut before they moved into a public flat. She spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
Oxfam Trailwalker returns after three years   Listenfacebook
Organisers say the first Oxfam Trailwalker event in three years has raised an estimated $15 million. Michael Wong, the director of fundraising and communications at Oxfam Hong Kong says donations are still coming in, after around 1,600 people joined the 100km trek from Sai Kung to Yuen Long. He described the weekend's event as a "dress rehearsal" for the return of the full Trailwalker in November, when it is traditionally held. That event usually attracts around 4,000 entrants and can raise up to $40 million for the charity's poverty alleviation projects. Wong spoke to Vicky Wong:
G20 ministers at a stalemate over Ukraine war  Listenfacebook
Finance ministers of the world's largest economies have failed to agree on a closing statement following a summit in India, after China refused to condemn Russia's attack of Ukraine. Beijing declined to accept parts of a G20 statement that deplored Russia's aggression "in the strongest terms". RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, in Washington said discussions at the G20 had reached a stalemate. He first told Vicky Wong about the rare winter storms affecting the West Coast of the United States: