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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 June, 2005, 12:00am
 

Disney invites families to enter competition


Disney has invited families to enter its 'First Family' competition, with the winning family to walk down the red carpet hand-in-hand with Disney characters at the park's opening ceremony on September 12. The competition - only open to families of four - involves three stages. The first is to submit a photo of 'a happy moment', taken less than a year ago, to Disney by June 24. The 25 best entries will be invited to design costumes and take part in a fashion show on July 17. Disney will then select the top 15 fashion show entries to participate in a TV game show to decide the winning family. The show will be shot in the theme park and each family will be allowed to bring a four-member cheer squad.


Condition of injured helicopter pilot improves


The condition of the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in Sai Kung on Saturday has been upgraded to satisfactory. Solicitor Matthew Chan had been listed in a critical condition. Passenger Lily Fenn Kar-bak - the first woman in Hong Kong to qualify for a helicopter pilot's licence - and a female friend were both listed in stable condition last night. The husband of Ms Fenn's friend escaped injury in the crash. Police and Civil Aviation Department investigations are continuing.


boat skipper arrested over fatal collision


The skipper of a speedboat involved in a collision with a sampan in which a married couple were killed on Sunday was arrested for endangering the safety of others at sea, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of $200,000 and four years' jail. The 46-year-old man, surnamed Shek, was released on $2,000 bail and ordered to report back in two weeks. The Marine Department has begun an investigation into the crash, which occurred in rainy conditions near Pak Ma Tsui, off Tui Min Hoi in Sai Kung.


TAXI PASSENGER ARRESTED FOR HEAD-BUTTING OFFICER


A police officer was assaulted early yesterday while investigating a dispute in Ap Lei Chau. After being sent to the scene of a violent argument involving a taxi driver, the officer was allegedly head-butted by a passenger in the cab. A 29-year-old was arrested over the incident. The officer was sent to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment to an eye injury.


SMART ID CARD DEADLINE


Identity card holders born in 1947, 1948, or 1949 should apply for smart ID cards by Saturday. Further information about the card replacement exercise and how to make appointments can be found on the website www.smartid.gov.hk.


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