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The Mei Foo resident won HK$75,000 in compensation from neighbours who constantly burned incense in the corridor outside their flat. Hu claimed the fumes caused the premature birth of her baby. She was also granted a court injunction regulating the family's incense-burning. Ma Hung-wing, and his wife were ordered to burn incense sticks, which must be environmentally friendly and just 11cm long, no more than twice a day in the corridor, with each session lasting for only 30 minutes.
After a 33-year absence the annual cross-harbour swim will return in October. The last race was held in 1978, after which the water was deemed too filthy for such an event. A new two-kilometre route has now been mapped out between Lei Yue Mun and North Point after tests showed that the water quality was acceptable in this area. The number of swimmers will be limited to 800 for the first year. The Environmental Protection Department, which is cleaning up the harbour, had no objections to the race, although it had said the water would not be clean enough until 2013.
China's defence minister attended a regional security forum in Singapore for the first time and met US Defence Secretary Dr Robert Gates. The meeting indicated a breakthrough in military relations with the US. The PLA has traditionally sent a relatively low-level delegation to the annual event, widely seen as being dominated by the US, its allies and partners. Liang's appearance was a further sign of intensified military diplomacy by Beijing after a tough year in the region.