In Brief

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 March, 2008, 12:00am

Air pollution recordings remain high across the city

The Air Pollution Index reached 125 at the roadside station in Causeway Bay, 123 in Central and 109 in Mong Kok by 7pm yesterday. Hong Kong recorded its highest pollution reading of the year on Friday, with roadside stations in urban areas recording very high levels of smog. The API rose to 141 in Causeway Bay roadside station on Friday, 136 in Central and 113 in Mong Kok.

Last week, an Environmental Protection Department spokesman said the very high API readings were the result of a buildup of local pollution, because of light winds, coupled with the influence of high regional air pollution.

HK torch route gets tentative OK

Beijing has tentatively approved the Hong Kong route for the Olympic torch relay, Hong Kong Olympic Committee president Timothy Fok Tsun-ting said. Mr Fok said the government was urging Beijing to transport the torch from Hong Kong to Macau by sea, instead of by air, so that it could be kept alight. The government is to put up 18 life-size horse statues in the 18 districts to enhance community involvement in the equestrian events being staged in the city.

CLP offers 5pc pay rise

Some 4,000 full-time employees at CLP Power will receive an average 5 per cent pay rise from next month, the company announced. The China Light and Power Chinese Employees Union said it would consult its 1,000 members on whether to accept the pay rise. The union had sought a 7 per cent increase.