HK ranked 12th least corrupt place out of 183
Hong Kong was ranked the 12th least corrupt place amongst 183 countries and territories, up one place compared to last year. This is according to the Corruption Perceptions Index released by Berlin-based Transparency International, a non-governmental organisation monitoring and publicising corporate and political corruption in international development. The index decides the ranks based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.
Sino Land subsidiary can take rent case to the top
Best Origin, a subsidiary of Sino Land, obtained leave to appeal to the Court of Final Appeal in a disputed-rent case involving a site in Electric Road bought by the subsidiary in 1996. Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, granting the leave, said the case was of general public importance. The case is being used as a test case for about 200 other firms disputing the way the government calculated the value of land under their developments, amounting to HK$1.2 billion.
Wild mushrooms alert after woman falls ill
The Centre for Health Protection warned people not to eat wild mushrooms seen in parks or the countryside after a 43-year-old woman fell ill after eating wild mushrooms picked from a podium garden at Mei Lam Shopping Centre in Sha Tin. The woman developed abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness and weakness about three hours after eating the mushrooms at home on Wednesday. She was admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital and is in stable condition.
iPhone and iPad news keeping Yahoo busy
News about the iPhone and iPad has become the most searched topic in the local news category on the Yahoo Hong Kong news portal, the internet search engine firm says. The government's HK$6,000 Scheme came third, while news about casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun and fung shui master Tony Chan Chun-chuen were respectively ranked first and second in Yahoo Buzz under 'News Icons'.