Helped by its massive natural resources, Australia has weathered the global financial crisis better than other Group of 20 economies. In 2012, its economy grew 3.1 per cent, compared with 1.6 per cent in the United States and 1.1 per cent in Canada.
ALLEGED SEX FOR TIP-OFFS OFFICER TO FACE COURT
The ICAC yesterday charged the deputy head of the Narcotics Bureau Senior Superintendent Sin Kam-wah for allegedly breaching the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance by failing to enumerate all his expenditures. Sin, 45, one of the most senior police officers facing prosecution by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, will appear in Eastern Court today, together with two other officers and two civilians. The others are Senior Inspector Ng Po-on, 39, Station Sergeant Eddy Chan Chun-keung, 41, housewife Che Kwai-wing, 47, and businessman Lam Chuen-ip, 42. Sin's arrest last May on suspicion of accepting sex for tip-offs about vice raids sparked a public row between police and the ICAC.
WORKER DIES AFTER BEING BURIED BY FALLING MUD
A 54-year-old worker died after more than 200kg of mud fell on to him at a construction site in Tsuen Wan. The man was working at Yeung Uk Road site when the mud fell from the bucket of a crane, police said. The Labour Department is investigating.
BROWN PAINT SMEARED ON WALL OF THE US CONSULATE
Paint was daubed on a wall outside the US consulate in Central - the second such attack in eight days. Police discovered the three-metre brown smear at 5am. Two men were seen driving away from the scene. On March 19, a slogan saying 'Life is priceless' was painted on the same wall, together with a peace symbol. Police do not know if the two cases are linked.
$540M COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM FOR POLICE
A $540 million digital communications system will be introduced by Hong Kong police next year aimed at helping them shorten emergency response times. Officers will be able to check whether an ID card is fake by entering the data into new radio handsets. The sets will also let police send data and voice information simultaneously to beat officers, said Assistant Commissioner of Police (Information Systems) Andy Tsang Wai-hung. The system will use global positioning technology to locate police vehicles able to respond to emergency calls and has a new 999 system able to identify the number and location of an emergency caller.
There was one winner of last night's $16,455,605 first prize in the Mark Six lottery. The winning numbers were 9, 21, 22, 26, 37 and 48. The extra number was 35. There was no second-prize winner. Third prize paid $66,615. A $1,998,453 jackpot will be added to the next lottery.