In Brief

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 May, 2008, 12:00am

Meet new goodwill envoy: Hello Kitty

Japan will appoint its ubiquitous feline cartoon character Hello Kitty as a goodwill tourism ambassador in Hong Kong and the mainland, Kyodo said. Hello Kitty 'qualified' for the job due to its popularity among Chinese people, Japanese tourism officials said. A Hello Kitty blog will soon begin on the Chinese-language page of a Japanese government-run website promoting tourism. It is the first time a cartoon character has become a goodwill ambassador for Japan under its campaign, launched in 2003, to promote visits to the country. The Japanese government will make the appointment tomorrow.

114 arrested in crackdown

Police arrested 114 people in a three-day operation against organised crime and prostitution. Officers seized items worth HK$2 million in the operation, which ended yesterday, including 85 sex ad signs, 30,000 obscene video discs and 40,000 smuggled cigarettes. The 76 women and 38 men were arrested for drug dealing, illegal gambling, selling obscene materials or prostitution.

Two new EV71 cases confirmed

Two new cases of enterovirus 71 infection involving a seven-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy were confirmed, bringing the number of reported EV71 cases to 20 this year. The girl developed symptoms last Sunday and was treated by a private doctor. The boy showed symptoms on Friday and was treated at a government outpatients clinic. Both children are in stable condition and do not need hospital admittance.

Mark Six

No one won last night's first prize. The numbers drawn were 3, 18, 24, 45, 46 and 48, and the extra number was 31. Two people won the second prize of HK$646,665. Third prize paid HK$76,640.