HK$135m budgeted to secure Olympic meeting for city
A budget of HK$135 million for Hong Kong to bid to host the 123rd International Olympic Committee session in 2011 was approved by the home affairs panel yesterday. But lawmakers doubted whether sport could be promoted among the public through organising the conference. The government estimates the session could bring income of HK$80 million to HK$110 million from overseas visitors and plans to submit the figures to the Finance Committee on Friday.
Shue Yan University couple win Touching China award
Educators Henry Hu Hung-lick and his wife Chung Chi-yung - founders of Shue Yan University, Hong Kong's first private university - were among those selected as Persons of the Year 2007 at annual awards hosted by China Central Television. The couple, praised for their contributions to education, beat about 100 other finalists to win the Top 10 Touching China persons award. More than 56 million people cast ballots via the internet. Mainlanders learned about the couple's work in Hong Kong in a CCTV documentary last year.
Cutter blade sender jailed
A man was jailed for four months for sending a cutter blade in a letter to lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit in January. Lee Man-kit admitted one count of criminal intimidation. Magistrate Douglas Yau Tak-hong said in sentencing that legislators should be protected from any danger to carry out their civic duty.