Philippine courts allow Marcos to visit mainland and Hong Kong
Courts in the Philippines yesterday granted former first lady Imelda Marcos permission to leave the country for 15 days to travel to Hong Kong and the mainland for medical treatment, and to attend a trade show. Her lawyer, Robert Sison, said she had an appointment for a knee examination at the People's Hospital in Changchun, Jilin province on Saturday, and had been invited to attend the Third Jilin-Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo. In Hong Kong, she would seek eye treatment. Reuters
Views sought on policy address
Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah met representatives of various professions to hear suggestions for the chief executive's policy address in October. Writer, actor, director and producer Clifton Ko Chi-sum said there was a consensus among creative professionals for the West Kowloon Cultural District project to be revived as soon as possible. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen heard views from district council chairmen on the address.
Beef shortage due to feed costs
The Ministry of Commerce said dwindling beef supplies to Hong Kong were the result of rising feed prices that had added to costs for cattle farmers. A spokesman said supplies were increasing and would soon return to the normal level of 130 head of cattle a day.
1,000 firms back wage scheme
More than 1,000 enterprises have pledged to support the 'wage protection movement', Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said. One-third of 187,000 cleaning workers and security guards were benefiting from wage protection, he said.
Jockey Club post for Stephen Ip
Former secretary for economic development and labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan has been elected a Jockey Club steward, replacing Victor Hui Chun-fui.
July visitor numbers rise 12pc
Over 2.45 million people visited Hong Kong last month, up 12.3 per cent from a year ago. The total for the first seven months was an increase of 7.7 per cent year on year.