A good week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 August, 2011, 12:00am


Gabrielle Giffords

Seven months after she was shot in the head, the congresswoman returned to the House of Representatives on Monday to cast her vote in the historic US debt-limit bill. Republican and Democratic colleagues put aside their differences to welcome Giffords with thunderous applause and emotional hugs in a rare moment of political unity. The congresswoman's aides say she wants to return to her job in Washington if her physical and mental recovery allows it.

Li Na

Li Na, the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam tennis title, signed endorsement contracts worth at least US$42 million, making her the world's second-highest-earning woman athlete. Since winning the French Open in June, the 29-year-old signed seven deals worth between US$2 million and US$3.5 million each a year. All seven contracts are for three years. Deals include those with German carmaker Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz brand and Chinese insurance company Taikang Life Insurance.

Discovery Bay golf cart owners

Owners of golf carts on the Lantau Island settlement were delighted to see the latest sale of a golf cart broke the HK$2 million mark. Carts that were selling for HK$1.5 million at the start of the year are now HK$2.2 million. Prices have doubled in two years and buying a cart is now seen as a better investment than property. With carts renting for HK$8,000 to HK$9,000 a month, they can generate a yield of around 5 per cent - more than most property purchases in Hong Kong.