In Brief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 April, 2005, 12:00am

First mainland marrow match for HK patient

Matching bone marrow has been found in a mainland woman for a Hong Kong patient awaiting a transplant, Xinhua said last night.

The news agency said it was the first time a match had been found on the mainland for a Hong Kong patient.

The 200 millilitres of bone marrow arrived at Queen Mary Hospital at 8.45 last night after it was sent from Beijing in the afternoon. It was donated by a woman from Jiangsu .

The hospital said last night that the donation was arranged by the Hong Kong Marrow Match Foundation and doctors would conduct checks to see when a transplant could take place. Further details of the patient and her illness were not released by the hospital.

Poll finds Tung falls short against Patten

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa had more faults than good points compared with last governor Chris Patten, a University of Hong Kong poll found.

The study, carried out last month, found that about 40 per cent of respondents agreed that Mr Tung had more faults than merits regarding Hong Kong's development. This compared with a figure of 19 per cent for Lord Patten when a similar question was posed shortly before the handover.

But about 30 per cent believed Mr Tung had an equal number of faults and good points, a similar figure to Lord Patten. About half the respondents said Mr Tung's faults were related to the economy and people's livelihoods.

No changes to work visa rules for dependants

There were no plans to relax controls on employment of dependants of overseas professionals recruited to work in Hong Kong, Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong told the legislature.

In 2003, a policy allowing such dependants to find work was scrapped and Immigration Department permission was required to protect the local workforce.

Last year, 267 dependants applied for work permits, with 238 approved. Mr Lee said the new policy had had no impact on the number of overseas professionals recruited which had risen by 19 per cent over 2003.

Plans for Kai Tak cruise terminal expected in 2008

Planning for a cruise terminal at Kai Tak will not be completed until 2008. Michael Suen Ming-yeung, Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands, told legislators the Kai Tak land use was still under review to meet requirements under the harbour protection law.

Planning work, including drafting the outline and putting this out for public consultation, meant the proposed cruise terminal would not be ready for construction until 2008.

Idea of cross-border taxi service 'will be explored'

The feasibility of cross-border taxi services between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, is to be explored.

In a written reply to a question by lawmaker Leung Yiu-chung, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said the cities' authorities had not started formal talks, but the government would maintain an open mind towards any proposal that could ease cross-border traffic flow.

Shake-up for battling state enterprises

Shenzhen is to carry out a multi-billion yuan reform on its state-owned enterprises this year, aimed at improving competitiveness and cutting financial losses.

More than 600 state-owned enterprise management and government officials held a conference this week to discuss the reform, the Southern Metropolis News reported.

Shenzhen State Assets Commission director Guo Limin said the city's state-owned enterprises lacked market competitiveness and were badly managed, the China News Agency reported.

Triads on murder charges

Twenty-three members of a Shenzhen triad group appeared in the Intermediate Court on charges of murder, blackmail, robbery and wounding involving crimes from 1997 to last year.

In the closed-door hearing 13 defendants were aged under 20, with the youngest being 15. The outcome of tahe trial was not reported.