Harbour defender calls for easing of his own law
The drafter of the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance says it is time to relax the interpretation of his own law, which prohibits reclamation in Victoria Harbour. Winston Chu Ka-sun made the remark yesterday after the Harbour Business Forum said the government's interpretation of the law was the main obstacle to building piers, landing steps and marinas around the harbour. Maggie Brooke, who chairs the forum's best practice committee, said small-scale reclamation which improved public access and enjoyment of the harbour should be allowed.
Poll finds tobacco tax prompts cut in smoking
Nearly half of smokers polled in a survey said they would smoke less after tobacco tax was increased by 41.5 per cent in February. Chinese University surveyed 260 smokers in May and June and found that the average number of cigarettes smoked per week dropped to 84.1 from 101.4 before the tax rise. The number of smokers who smoked every day dropped from 88.5 per cent to 81.2 per cent. Also, about 40 per cent said they had tried to quit after February, and 30 per cent believed they could succeed within six months. Researchers said it showed that raising tobacco tax was an effective way to cut smoking and encourage smokers to quit.
Business forum marks birthday with free rides
The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce yesterday offered free rides on the Star Ferry and trams - two of Hong Kong's oldest forms of public transport - to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Fifteen trams bearing the chamber's logo offered free rides to the public from Western district to Shau Kei Wan, and ferries running from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui and back offered free journeys for the day. The chamber's chairman, Anthony Wu Ting-yuk, and CEO, Alex Fong Chi-wai, also appeared and gave out 500 commemorative stamps to mark the occasion.