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


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Stakeholders discuss New Year's Eve travel chaos  Listenfacebook
The government says it will consider opening more border crossings around the clock. It has been meeting with the tourism and transport sectors after many visitors struggled to get back to the mainland once the New Year's Eve fireworks display ended after midnight on Sunday. Violet Wong reports:
Border rush shows HK's limitations as an attraction  Listenfacebook
Roundtable lawmaker, Michael Tien, says Hong Kong should be organising activities that encourage tourists to stay overnight instead of rushing home after late night activities. He told Anne Chan that the problems exposed not only flawed traffic arrangements but Hong Kong's limitations as a tourist destination:
MTR can help ease incidental travel chaos  Listenfacebook
A hospitality expert says the travel chaos after the fireworks' display was an isolated incident although he agreed that border crossings could be open for longer. Dennis Wong from the Vocational Training Council says any extension to border crossing hours should happen in conjunction with the MTR also running over-time, as this was the best way to move people without putting pressure on the roads. He spoke to Samantha Butler:
Jimmy Lai pleads not guilty to collusion and sedition  Listenfacebook
Former media tycoon Jimmy Lai has pleaded not guilty to collusion and sedition charges at his national security trial, with prosecutors laying out their opening arguments in the High Court. Frank Yung reports:
'Youth dashboard can help with data collection'  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker, Nixie Lam, says a new dashboard displaying data on youth is an important tool for policy-makers. She said it could sometimes be difficult to dig out information from officials and the dashboard could help speed up data collection. The dashboard displays info-graphics on different topics, such as education, marriage and fertility, and well-being. Lam told Ben Tse that she hoped important topics would be more frequently updated:
First China-made cruiseliner begins maiden voyage  Listenfacebook
A hotpot restaurant and a mahjong lounge are just some of the highlights of China's first domestically-built cruise ship. It is over 320 metres in length and weighs more than 135,000 tonnes. The massive cruiseliner is now docked at South Korea's Jeju Island. It left Shanghai on Monday on its maiden voyage, which will take it to Japan. Natale Ching reports:
Rescuers rush to reach Japan quake survivors  Listenfacebook
A rescue operation is continuing in freezing weather in central Japan, as aftershocks hamper efforts to look for survivors of Monday's earthquake. At least 50 people are now known to have died in the quake and hundreds of buildings have collapsed or burnt down, many of them in Wajima City. The tremor also triggered tsunami waves more than a metre high. Azam Khan spoke to RTHK's Tokyo correspondent, Julian Ryall, who said widespread damage to roads and infrastructure was making it difficult for rescuers to reach those trapped under rubble:
Home prices forecast to drop a further 10 percent  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's stock market could surge to as high as 23,000 points by the middle of this year if there is a revival in the mainland's economy and the property market, according to Citibank. But the bank said high interest rates would continue to weigh on local property prices, with home prices here expected to drop more than 10 percent by the end of the year. Ka Liu, head of Investment Strategy and Portfolio Advisory at Citibank Hong Kong, also offered a preview of the global investment opportunities in 2024. He said while US stocks may be attractive, investors could also consider Indian and Japanese equities, as well as China's internet sector despite regulatory uncertainties. He told Chloe Feng that investors should be patient in the face of price corrections in the short term:
BYD overtakes Tesla in electric vehicle sales  Listenfacebook
Mainland firm, BYD, has overtaken Elon Musk's Tesla as the top maker of all-electric vehicles. Sales figures for the fourth quarter show BYD selling almost 42,000 more than Tesla, with sales of just over 525,000. Robert Kemp reports: