Net passport applications open
Eligible applicants aged 18 and over will be allowed to apply for a Hong Kong passport on the internet starting tomorrow. Online applications forms are available at www.gov.hk/passport. Applicants are required to upload a recent colour photograph taken against a white background and supporting documents. Fee payments may be made by PPS, Visa or MasterCard. Applications for a passport replacement caused by loss or damage must be made in person.
Bird species find at Mai Po
A wild bird species has been found in the Mai Po nature reserve for the first time. WWF Hong Kong said a juvenile black scoter, or Melanitta nigra (americana), was found on December 9. The species breeds in northern latitudes and had only been recorded as far south as Fujian. Bena Smith, an officer at the reserve, said the bird, about 10 months old and probably a female, might have lost its way. Also, a Japanese marsh warbler (Megalurus pryeri), a globally threatened species, was recorded for the first time in the reserve last month.
Tsang Tak-sing will not run
Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said he would not run to be a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress because he is busy. The poll is next month.