New queries on internet delay
Legislators have asked the Office of the Telecommunications Authority to further explain the delayed announcement of disruptions to internet services following an earthquake off Taiwan on Boxing Day. Lawmakers on the information technology and broadcasting panel also asked the authority to respond regarding compensation for small and medium-sized corporations. The authority will provide an explanation at the next meeting of the Legislative Council.
Media's rating rises
The credibility rating of local news media has increased by 0.34 marks to 5.94 out of 10, although half the 1,009 respondents to a University of Hong Kong opinion poll think the local media exercise self-censorship, an increase of 9 percentage points. The number who think the media is responsible in reporting has increased by 8 percentage points from October 2006 but still remains low at 26 per cent.
Deng's daughter to display art
Paintings by Deng Xiaoping's daughter, Deng Lin , will be among 300 paintings and works of calligraphy by Chinese artists scheduled for exhibition in July as part of celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the handover. Ms Deng and 26 painters from the mainland who arrived in Hong Kong on Monday will each draw a picture today and jointly create three giant paintings.
Kuk handover budget
Rural body the Heung Yee Kuk has earmarked a HK$1.5 million budget for activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the handover. On June 30, the Kuk will organise a fireworks display over Tolo Harbour around the Lookout Tower on the Tai Po waterfront park. An artist has been commissioned to produce a new handover sculpture.
Tsang's weighty problem
Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen launched a blog on the government website to air his feelings and keep in touch with the public. On its debut, he said he had gained weight on his trip to Japan with his family.