In Brief

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 August, 2009, 12:00am

Li Ka-shing ninth in global ranking of philanthropists

Tycoon Li Ka-shing has been ranked ninth in a list of the world's billion-dollar donors compiled by Forbes magazine, topped by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. It included 14 people who had given away US$1 billion. Mr Li had donated a total of US$1.37 billion. The magazine said he was 'Asia's most generous philanthropist'. Mr Gates had donated US$28 billion, followed by hedge-fund manager George Soros with donations of US$7.2 billion and American investor Warren Buffett with US$6.7 billion.

Tang to lead quake site inspection

Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen will lead a government delegation to Sichuan from Monday to Wednesday to inspect the progress of earthquake reconstruction projects funded by Hong Kong. He will also meet provincial officials and attend the opening ceremonies of Hong Kong-funded schools. Delegates include Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung, Permanent Secretary for Development Mak Chai-kwong and representatives from other bureaus and departments.

Sichuan survivors visited

Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok met five survivors of the Sichuan earthquake at Tai Po Hospital, who are receiving prostheses and rehabilitation services in Hong Kong. The five are participants of the Stand TALL project, initiated by the Chinese Speaking Orthopaedic Society to help quake victims. One came to Hong Kong for an operation last month; the others are undergoing medical assessment and training.