In Brief

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 November, 2008, 12:00am

Lowest temperature of year blamed on monsoon

This year's lowest temperature, 2.9 degrees Celsius, was recorded in Ta Kwu Ling at daybreak yesterday. Yeung Kwok-chung, scientific officer at the Observatory, said the temperature in most parts of the New Territories was below 10 degrees at around 6am. The mercury fell to 5.8 degrees in Shek Kong, 6.6 degrees in Sheung Shui and 7.9 degrees in Sha Tin. He said the minimum temperature in urban areas was between 12 and 14 degrees. Mr Yeung said the cooler weather was brought on by a northeast monsoon and would last through the weekend, but the minimum temperature would rise to 16 to 17 degrees tomorrow and Tuesday.

HK$15m in electronic goods seized, but smugglers escape

Marine police seized HK$15 million worth of electronic goods and impounded two delivery vans in an anti-smuggling operation in Sai Kung. But 11 men, who abandoned the goods and vehicles, escaped towards the mainland on two powerful speedboats when officers moved in on the waterfront near Wong Chuk Wan at about 8.30pm on Friday. The owner of one vehicle was arrested. Seized goods included computer chips, hard disks, printers, mobile phones and hand-held personal computers. Senior Inspector Roger Mak Chi-man of Marine Outer Waters District believed the consignment was destined for Nanao in Guangdong.

Hunt for Ferrari driver

Police are looking for the driver of a black Ferrari who fled after crashing into railings in Yau Ma Tei. The car was found abandoned at the junction of Chatham Road South and Gascoigne Road shortly after 1.30am. The front of the car had been heavily damaged and the front left wheel had rolled into the bushes. A police spokesman said the number plates had been removed.

Stanley Ho bags prize truffle

Casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun last night paid US$200,000 for a 1.08kg white truffle in an international charity auction. It was the largest of 16 of the prize tubers auctioned at the televised sale, held simultaneously in Macau, London, Rome and Abu Dhabi. Last year, Mr Ho paid US$330,000 for a 1.5kg white truffle in the annual sale.