Beijing-friendly groups unite to urge free CCTV in HK
About 30 Beijing-friendly groups have urged the government to introduce free broadcasting of the mainland government television network CCTV in Hong Kong. Chairman of the China Civic Education Promotion Association of Hong Kong Charles Chiang Yutui, who is leading the campaign, said Hongkongers still lacked knowledge of the mainland. 'Hong Kong might have been politically reunited with China, and yet Hongkongers still do not have a very comprehensive understanding of what is happening on the mainland,' he said. 'Watching CCTV will be the best way to let them gain information.'
New industry federation chief seeks innovative products
Dennis Yau Tat-wang, the new director-general of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, is looking to local and international designers to help manufacturers increase competitiveness with innovative products, which will likely be toys and watches to be sold in Hong Kong and then on the mainland. The federation is also seeking government support for 'environmental parks' in the Pearl River Delta for manufacturers, and will meet Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.
Alan Leong third most popular
Failed chief executive candidate Alan Leong Kah-kit has become the third-most popular legislator, according to a University of Hong Kong poll. He entered the top 10 for the first time and rose to third place in the latest survey conducted two weeks ago. There is no change in the top two spots, which are held by Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai and Audrey Eu Yuet-mee.
Boats may switch to cleaner fuel
Operators of more than 5,000 pleasure craft may be asked to switch to cleaner fuel to curb marine air pollution, the environment chief told legislators. Sarah Liao Sau-tung also said the bureau would study whether it was possible to put in place clean fuel clauses when it renews the licences of some ferry routes this year. Dr Liao said there were limits to what the city could do to reduce emissions from ocean-going vessels since this required international collaboration.