Activists' trip scuttled
More than 10 members from the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands who planned to leave for the islands today were told by the Marine Department yesterday that their boat, Kai Fong No 2, was a fishing vessel and was not allowed to carry passengers. In a faxed notice to the activists, the department said that they would be breaking the law if the vessel was used for purposes other than fishing. The group plans to hold a protest tomorrow.
Scholars to discuss 'interference'
Political and legal scholars will hold a forum on May 9 to respond to the latest row in which Beijing is accused of interfering in Hong Kong's affairs. The forum, organised by groups including the Democratic Foundation and Power for Democracy, will discuss the rationale behind an article by the central government's liaison office head of research, Cao Erbao , in which he said a team of Beijing cadres had become a significant governing force in the city.
John Tsang touts HK wine intake
Hong Kong's wine imports increased by 80 per cent year on year to US$350 million in the 10 months after the scrapping of wine duties in March last year, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah told a lunch in Napa Valley, California.
Save power to 'generate business'
Upgrading the energy efficiency of buildings could generate business opportunities worth HK$1.5 billion, Secretary for Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah said in Washington yesterday. He was outlining Hong Kong's subsidy scheme for carbon audits of buildings at the HK-US Business Council.
Anson Chan joins Jackie rebuffs
Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang yesterday joined the long list of critics taking aim at Jackie Chan - after the veteran kung fu actor said 'chaotic' Hong Kong showed the need for Chinese people to be 'controlled'. Mrs Chan said she had been surprised by the actor's remarks.