Tsang seeks regional co-operation to bolster financial institutions
Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday called for greater regional co-operation and collaboration to strengthen financial institutions, with Hong Kong and Singapore leading the way. Speaking at the Singapore Management University's Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia Public Lecture Series, Tsang reiterated his earlier comments about the prospect of establishing an Asian currency regime as one of the key steps leading to a global currency system, but acknowledged that any sort of financial integration would take years.
Environment chief on sewage treatment mission to Israel
Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah visited Israel to look for new technology that treats sewage in an environmentally friendly manner. One of the sewage treatment facilities he visited was in the densely populated Dan region, and showcased a new system under which sewage sludge is converted into organic fertiliser after treatment, to benefit Israeli agriculture. Yau also visited a water technology company to learn about its experience in developing and implementing innovative solutions for industrial and municipal waste water.
Fifth child confirmed to be suffering from parainfluenza
Another child being treated in the developmental disabilities unit at Caritas Medical Centre has been confirmed to be suffering from parainfluenza. The 12-year-old boy has been isolated and is in stable condition. On Friday, four other children in the unit, aged six to 15, were also confirmed to be suffering from parainfluenza. The centre said new admissions to the unit had been suspended and other children there placed under surveillance. The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority and the Centre for Health Protection.