'No concessions' on idling engines
Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah yesterday said the government had not made any concessions to the ban on idling engines, despite recently putting forward a revised proposal that would grant more exemptions to drivers. Mr Yau said the government had fine-tuned the original plan to meet the operational needs of commercial drivers.
7 HK tourists injured in Yunnan
Seven Hong Kong travellers were injured in an accident on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang , Yunnan province . The injured were among 20 Hongkongers on a Kwan Kin Travel Services tour. The coach had broken down on the mountain and it suddenly reversed as the driver failed to put on the handbrake before going to inspect the vehicle. The seven were sent to local hospitals where they were treated and discharged. They have resumed their trip.
Help for panda habitats
Ocean Park donated yesterday's gate takings to help reconstruct panda habitats in Sichuan . The park also launched the 'Devastating Sichuan Earthquake: Wolong Nature Reserve Photo Exhibition', showing the lives of pandas before and after last year's quake. The exhibition highlights the aftermath of the earthquake and what is being done to rebuild the pandas' habitat.
No sum given for Sichuan projects
The government will seek financial approval after the Lunar New Year from the Legislative Council for its reconstruction projects in Sichuan. The secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, Stephen Lam Sui-lung, gave the timetable for the government's second financial application but did not reveal the amount of the extra funding. It will inform Legco next of the developments in the projects, which were supported by a HK$2 billion donation Legco approved last year.
Boy fights for his life
A seven-year-old boy was fighting for his life last night after he almost drowned in waters off Sai Kung. The boy, named Ma, was playing with two other boys in Tui Min Hoi village when the accident occurred at about 4.30pm. He was rushed to Tseung Kwan O Hospital in a critical condition with hypothermia.
Hunt for teenage girl
Police were seeking information about a girl, 14, who went missing in Kowloon City on November 10. Lam Sze-man left the Home Care for Girls on Argyle Street on November 10 and the home contacted the police the next day. She is about 1.5 metres tall, of medium build and weighs about 50kg. She was last seen wearing a school uniform with a white shirt and green skirt. Anyone with information should call 2760 5564 or 9020 6542.
Truck hits child
A boy, six, was slightly injured when he was knocked down by a truck in Shek Kip Mei. The accident occurred at about 6pm when he was crossing Woh Chai Street. He was sent to Caritas Medical Centre in a stable condition.