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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler


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NZ men's and women's teams win Hong Kong Sevens  Listenfacebook
Some Hong Kong rugby fans will likely be nursing hangovers on Monday morning after the SAR's big party weekend returned. While the previous Hong Kong Sevens in November broke a three-year Covid hiatus, this was the first to be completely free of pandemic restrictions and rugby fans were determined to make the most of it. Hailey Yip joined them at the Hong Kong Stadium:
Lower than expected turnout at Sevens  Listenfacebook
More than 30,000 spectators packed into the Hong Kong Stadium for the three-day Sevens event. It was the biggest international sporting festival in the city since before the pandemic. Organisers said one of their priorities was to put the rugby tour back into the consciousness of international fans. Hailey Yip spoke to some of those who flew in for the big weekend:
HK women's welcome Sevens' experience  Listenfacebook
This year's Hong Kong Sevens was an extra-special occasion for women's sport, with the competition for women taking place simultaneously with the men's contest for the first time. It has given Hong Kong's women's team a first opportunity to play before passionate local fans. And despite losing their five games and finishing 12th out of 12, the players loved the experience. The youngest woman on the Hong Kong squad is 18-year-old Julia Mba Oyana. After the group stages, she spoke to Hailey Yip:
Justice chief defends security law convictions  Listenfacebook
The justice minister, Paul Lam, has defended the convictions brought under the national security law. The minister made the comments on a radio programme on Sunday, marking three years since the law's implementation. Damon Pang reports:
FS woos university graduates in SE Asia  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says his visit to Southeast Asia last week gave him plenty of opportunities to talk up Hong Kong's advantages, and he says students there are eager to find out more about the SAR's schemes to bring in talent. Leung Pak-hei reports:
Palm Sunday marchers confused over arm ribbons  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's Catholics have been able to mark Palm Sunday with a traditional march for the first time since before the pandemic. But as with a protest on Sunday last week, the police put in place new rules to ensure the security of the event, leaving some of those involved a little puzzled. Violet Wong reports:
HK holds UK doctor recruitment drive  Listenfacebook
Hospital Authority chief executive Tony Ko has met Hong Kong medical professionals and students attending school in Britain as part of a recruitment drive to address the SAR's doctor shortfall. Stella Lam reports from London:
Hospitals to upgrade virus testing  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says it plans to upgrade its virus testing services at all public hospitals to include tests for Covid and other respiratory diseases. It says a method which can test for 11 kinds of virus at the same time will be available by 2024. Respiratory diseases expert Dr Leung Chi-chiu welcomed the plan, but told Vanessa Cheng that the test should be made available as soon as possible:
Call to act on foster care recommendations  Listenfacebook
A child rights advocate has welcomed what she called a 'sound and comprehensive' review of foster care services. But Priscilla Lui, who is also a former member of the Commission on Children, said she hoped that 39 recommendations made in the report would be acted upon, as it was not the first time that some of them had been raised. The review was done following a series of child abuse scandals. Lui also told Janice Wong that support for foster families was unsatisfactory:
Differential toll charges may be reduced  Listenfacebook
Cross-harbour commuters who are bracing for two major shake-ups in the way tolls work have been told that the changes may not be the end of the matter. The adjustments are due to begin in August when the Western Harbour Crossing comes back into public ownership. They will continue later in the year with the introduction of differential tolls for rush hour, daytime and overnight journeys. But, as Robert Kemp reports, a transport official has indicated that those tolls may yet come down:
China, Japan's foreign ministers meet in Beijing  Listenfacebook
Foreign Minister Qin Gang has told his Japanese counterpart during talks in Beijing that Tokyo's new export controls on semiconductor equipment will only drive Beijng's quest "to become self-reliant" in the sector. Yoshimasa Hayashi was on a visit to China, the first by a Japanese foreign minister since December 2019. Kenny Hodgart reports:
Trump gearing up for New York court battle  Listenfacebook
When Donald Trump steps before a judge on Tuesday to be arraigned in a New York courtroom, it will mark the first time a former US president has faced criminal charges. He is expected to fly to New York City from his Mar-a-Lago home on Monday. He then plans to return to Florida following his court hearing, where he will address his supporters. Trump has continued to deny any wrongdoing. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that Trump is believed to be facing 30 counts related to business fraud: