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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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Family in custody over influencer's murder  Listenfacebook
Four members of the same family have been remanded in custody after appearing in court on Monday over the murder of fashion influencer, Abby Choi. The murder investigation was launched on Friday after parts of the 28-year-old's dismembered body were found in a house in Tai Po. Frank Yung reports:
HKers welcome easing of Macau's mask mandate  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong tourists heading to Macau have welcomed the SAR's dropping of its mask mandate, describing it as a wise act after three years of the Covid-19 pandemic. From Monday, people are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors in Macau, while supervisors of most indoor venues can decide whether to require masks. Exceptions include public transport, although the rule will not apply to taxis. Some people travelling to Macau told RTHK they expected Hong Kong to quickly follow suit, although one said she would keep her mask on:
Expert says HK can drop mask-wearing  Listenfacebook
A medical expert has strongly recommended Hong Kong drop its mask mandate everywhere, except healthcare centres. Vijay Dhanasekaran, an associate professor from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health, said the population here had enough immunity from vaccinations and previous Covid infections. He told Vicky Wong that Hong Kong needed to think about its Covid strategy going forward, such as when to vaccinate the population, and improving public healthcare:
Countries ease travel ban on mainland visitors  Listenfacebook
The government has welcomed decisions by Japan and South Korea to lift restrictions imposed on Hong Kong flights, starting from March. This came shortly after Tokyo announced that Covid restrictions on travellers from China would be eased from Wednesday. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Company director held over e-waste smuggling  Listenfacebook
The Customs and Excise Department has seized electronic waste worth about $12 million, which they suspect was being smuggled out of Hong Kong. A shipping company director is being held in connection with the case, as Violet Wong reports:
E-waste smuggling 'deep-rooted' in HK  Listenfacebook
A Greenpeace campaigner has described the smuggling of e-waste as a 'deep rooted' problem in Hong Kong that will likely increase, now that quarantine restrictions have been dropped. Chan Hall-sion said the activity traditionally was done by illegal workers. She said smuggling e-waste was lucrative as, for example, circuit boards contained gold. But she said the dismantling and extraction process was toxic to both workers and the environment. She told Janice Wong that consumers should always use licensed e-waste recyclers:
'Missing' chairman co-operating with investigation  Listenfacebook
Boutique investment bank, China Renaissance, says its billionaire chairman, Bao Fan - who disappeared last week - is "co-operating" with an investigation by the authorities. The Beijing-based bank did not disclose details of the probe or what happened to its founder. Its shares rose more than two percent in Hong Kong on Monday after the announcement. Natale Ching reports:
UK strikes new Brexit deal with Europe  Listenfacebook
Britain and the European Union have reached a deal on changes to the Northern Ireland protocol, governing the region's post-Brexit trading arrangements. It includes the scrapping of customs requirements between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Assembly can also veto changes to EU goods rules. RTHK's UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Vicky Wong that there were signs of optimism over the new deal:
Settlers rampage in West Bank villages  Listenfacebook
The Israeli army says an Israeli man has been shot and critically wounded in an attack in the occupied West Bank. The incident comes as Israel deployed extra troops to the area after a Palestinian man was shot dead overnight during rioting by Israeli settlers. The rampage - in which Palestinian houses and cars were set alight - was in response to the killing on Sunday of two Jewish brothers in the West Bank. It followed rare talks in Jordan aimed at de-escalating tensions. But RTHK's Middle East Correspondent, Robert Berger, told Aaron Tam that authorities on both sides would find de-escalation to be a challenge:
HK exports drop most in 70 years  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's exports fell 36.7 percent last month from January 2021. It was the biggest percentage drop since records began in 1953 and marked a ninth straight month of declining trade. Mike Weeks reports:
CLP's profits shrink almost 90 percent  Listenfacebook
CLP Holdings' annual profit has shrunk by more than 89 percent to $924 million, due chiefly it says to operational challenges in Australia. But its performance in its core markets remained strong. Ada Au reports:
Everything Everywhere All At Once wins big at SAG  Listenfacebook
The absurdist sci-fi comedy "Everything Everywhere All At Once" has continued its strong showing at this year's Hollywood awards by earning best film cast honours from the Screen Actors Guild. The film, which is about a Chinese-American family undergoing a tax audit who end up fighting a universe-hopping supervillain, also won best actress for Michelle Yeoh, best supporting actor for Ke Huy Quan, and best supporting actress for Jamie Lee Curtis. Hong Kong-based film critic, James Marsh, told Damon Pang that the wins were a victory for diversity in Hollywood:
Concert held in memory of UK composer, Colin Touchin  Listenfacebook
A concert is to be held this week to remember Radio 4 presenter, Colin Touchin. He was a very active musical director, composer and arranger in the Hong Kong community who worked with a number of bands and choirs here. He died last September and in his memory and to mark the Welsh Saint David’s Day, a concert will be held on Wednesday evening at the Methodist International Church in Wan Chai. Annemarie Evans reports: