A good week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am


Joseph Ng Kwok-chung

The 14-year-old from Kowloon's International Christian Quality Music Secondary and Primary School learned that he had been admitted to Hong Kong University, where he will join a three-year degree programme in the faculty of science, studying chemistry. He was unconcerned about the age gap with other students, who on average will be four years older than him. 'When I studied for the A-levels, I got along well with older classmates,' he said. Ng earned top grades in A-level physics, chemistry and mathematics.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

After eight months in detention, the Philippines' former president was released on bail from a tightly guarded military hospital in Manila, where she had been held pending a trial on vote-rigging charges that could still see her jailed for life. However, when the Manila court hearing the case made the surprise decision to free her on bail, it said the charges against her were weak and the prosecution had failed to establish the 'required quantum of proof' that she had been involved in a conspiracy to fix the elections.

'Fearless' Felix Baumgartner

The skydiver fell 29 kilometres from the stratosphere to land safely near Roswell, New Mexico, setting a personal best in preparation for his attempt to break the world record of 31 kilometres. That was set in 1960 by the US Air Force's Joe Kittinger. Baumgartner was in free fall for three minutes and 48 seconds, reaching a speed of 862.5km/h. Next month he plans to jump from a height of 37 kilometres, and hopes to break the sound barrier at 1,236km/h.