In Brief

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 December, 2008, 12:00am

Boost for watchdog after leaks

The Privacy Commission would be given an extra HK$2.4 million this year in view of public concern over recent data leaks, a paper to the Legislative Council from the government showed yesterday. The funding would come from the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, to strengthen the watchdog's enforcement team. The addition will mean an 18.2 per cent increase in funding over last year's amount.

More jobs for doctors and nurses

The Hospital Authority is to create 1,300 new jobs in the coming year, including those for more than 470 doctors and nurses and medical staff. This follows the announcement of a new rescue package by the chief executive on Monday, which included a plan to create 60,000 jobs next year. The authority said the remaining jobs would be for administrative and construction workers. Hiring will start next month.

Cruise terminal may worsen air

Development of a cruise terminal at the old airport at Kai Tak might worsen air quality, says the environmental impact assessment report. The report, released yesterday for public comment, said fuel burned by cruisers berthing at the terminal might become an air-pollution threat to a tourism complex nearby. To mitigate the impact, the report said the government was considering building an onshore power supply.