In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 February, 2008, 12:00am

Freed reporter to meet press

Freed journalist Ching Cheong will meet the press on Thursday in his first public appearance since he was released on parole from a mainland jail this month. His brother, Ching Hei, indicated that Ching Cheong might not have too much to say as he was still on parole. The 58-year-old correspondent for Singapore's The Straits Times newspaper returned to Hong Kong on February 5. He was detained in April 2005 and was sentenced to five years' jail by a Beijing court in August 2006 for spying for Taiwan.

Minimum-wage move

The government will launch a consultation on the definition of a security guard and a cleaner in preparation for legislation on a statutory minimum wage in two months, if the voluntary campaign fails. The Labour Department said the administration had to work out a clear definition of a cleaner to decide whether foreign domestic helpers should be protected by the minimum-wage law.

More aid for snow-hit areas

A further HK$4 million from the Disaster Relief Fund will be granted to World Vision Hong Kong for rice distribution in the hard-hit provinces of Anhui and Jiangxi , bringing the total aid granted by Hong Kong after the mainland snowstorms disaster to HK$235.4 million.

Citizens' account urged

The Professional Commons, a pro-pan-democrat think-tank, has proposed the government set up a citizens' account to help save money to cope with the ageing population. It said the administration should initially give HK$4,000 to each adult Hong Kong resident, and in future a percentage of the surplus should be allocated to the account.

University pushes Olympic spirit

City University launched a campaign to promote the knowledge and spirit of the Olympics. The City-lympics Campaign will run on campus until March 11.