People's satisfaction with lawmakers tumbles in survey
Public satisfaction with legislators has dropped from 32 per cent in September to 25 per cent last month, according to the latest poll conducted by the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong. The poll also showed that dissatisfaction with lawmakers' performances increased 7 percentage points to 27 per cent. Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the programme, observed that the latest satisfaction findings showed a reversion to the level registered last March. The university's programme interviewed 1,019 people on the telephone between December 19 and 24.
Mai Po Nature Reserve reopens as no new virus cases found
The Mai Po Nature Reserve, which has been closed to the public since December 14, reopened yesterday. It was closed as part of precautionary measures adopted to minimise human contact with birds after the H5N1 virus was found in a dead grey heron. The dead bird was found within 3km of Mai Po. No new cases of birds infected with the H5 virus have been found near the reserve in the past 21 days, so the government decided it could reopen, an Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department spokesman said.
District council chiefs elected
Appointed district councillors Wong Kwok-keung and Christina Ting Yuk-chee were elected chairs of the Kowloon City and Eastern district councils, respectively. The Liberal Party's Chan Tak-chor, an elected councillor, was elected chairman of the Central and Western District Council, while Chris Chung Shu-kun of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong was elected Eastern District Council's vice-chairman.