In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2007, 12:00am

Businesses want government to act on climate change: survey

The business sector wants the government to devise policies to cope with the possible impact of climate change on Hong Kong, according to a Greenpeace survey released yesterday. Thirteen local and overseas chambers of commerce, representing 9,365 firms, were polled last month on global warming and ways to tackle it. All but one agreed the government should take the lead against global warming. Six chambers of commerce complained the government was not doing enough, nine said the government should promote energy efficiency and eight called for the development of renewable energy.

Conviction for scaring lawmaker

A jobless man with a history of mild mental illness was convicted in Eastern Court of criminally intimidating Civic Party lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit by sending him three threatening letters containing a metal knife and plastic fork. Lau Shu-wing, 58, a retired bank employee, had earlier pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal intimidation. His sentencing was adjourned to November 19 pending a psychiatric report.

Ruling over indigenous villages

The Court of Final Appeal has ruled that the secretary for home affairs does not have the power to add indigenous villages to a list of those already covered by the Village Representative Election Ordinance. The ruling came at the end of an appeal by Lai Tak-shing, who had sought to have his village, Tsing Yi Hui, added to the schedule attached to the ordinance.

Hub authority bill on track

Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said he was confident that a bill on setting up a West Kowloon Cultural District authority would be passed before the current legislature concludes in July. Mr Tsang said the government hoped to start drafting the bill after consultations ended next month, and present it to the legislature early next year.