In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 June, 2009, 12:00am

Community Chest reports deficit

The Community Chest, the umbrella organisation that provides funding to the city's charities, recorded a net deficit of HK$110.9 million in 2008-09, according to its annual report, compared with a net surplus of HK$79.7 million in the previous financial year. The organisation recorded a net investment deficit of HK$102.4 million. Donations also fell from HK$258.5 million in 2007-08 to HK$196.6 million.

League member fined

League of Social Democrats member Koo Sze-yiu was fined HK$2,000 yesterday for assaulting a security guard in the Legislative Council car park last December. Magistrate Douglas Yau Tak-hong, in Eastern Court, said the guard was executing his duty when he tried to stop Koo entering the car park. Koo said he would not pay the fine.

More Expo tickets go on sale

The second phase of Shanghai World Expo 2010 ticket sales begins tomorrow and runs until the end of the year. Tickets are priced at HK$233 for peak days and HK$166 for non-peak days, and are sold through the 40 China Travel Service branch offices and its website.

Tutu may visit HK to promote Cup

South African cleric and activist Desmond Tutu has indicated he would be happy to visit Hong Kong to help publicise his country's soccer World Cup next year. Organisers of a promotional campaign are also trying to get South African writer Nadine Gordimer to attend the city's Literary Festival in March.

Lawyer to chair committee

Barrister and former executive councillor Andrew Liao Cheung-sing has been appointed chairman of the Land and Development Advisory Committee, which advises the newly established Development Opportunities Office.

Former housing chief to testify

Former housing chief Leung Chin-man is to testify next month at the Legislative Council inquiry into his employment by New World China Land. Mr Leung will be questioned on July 20, 22 and 24. Company chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun and executive director Stewart Leung Chi-kin will appear on July 15.