Call for transparency on power-tariff changes
Lawmakers yesterday passed a motion urging the government to raise the transparency of electricity tariff adjustments and review the permitted returns of the two power firms. Civic Party legislator Audrey Eu Yuet-mee put the motion, while Democrat Fred Li Wah-ming and DAB lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king amended it. It comes after CLP and Hongkong Electric implemented tariff rises of 4.7 per cent and 6.3 per cent respectively for this year, after slight changes. But an amendment by Miriam Lau Kin-yee, Liberal Party chairwoman, concerning the legislature's special powers to seek further information from the firms on the tariff rises was vetoed. She wanted the powers to be used on condition that sensitive commercial information was not divulged.
HK$1.26m worth of live lobsters seized in raid
Five Hong Kong men were arrested and 188 boxes of live lobsters, worth HK$1.26 million and destined for the mainland, were confiscated. The men, aged 18 to 39, were intercepted in a fishing boat off Lantau South Country Park at 1.30am.
Shark fin cut from all Shangri-La menus
Shark fin will no longer be served at any of luxury hotel chain Shangri-La's properties worldwide. For the past few years, the delicacy has been off the menus, but it said it would no longer even be available on request. Critically endangered bluefin tuna and Chilean seabass will also be phased out over the next year.
Fuel surcharges reduced for three airlines
The Civil Aviation Department approved cuts in passenger fuel surcharges on All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines. From February 1 to 29, the new maximum charges will be HK$215 for short-haul flights and HK$988 for long-haul flights.