HK$2.4m Sun Yat-sen stamp sets auction record
A 1941 Dr Sun Yat-sen, New York Print, black-and-blue, centre-inverted $2 stamp sold at an auction of rare stamps yesterday for HK$2.415 million, setting a new world auction record for a Republic of China stamp. The 'Stamps and postal history of China, Hong Kong and other countries' auction, organised by Zurich Asia at the Excelsior in Causeway Bay, also offered a selection of surcharge stamps from imperial China.
Temperature rises above average, but not for long
The temperature rose to its warmest level so far this year yesterday afternoon, hitting 28.8 degrees Celsius in urban areas, two degrees higher than average, and up to 32 degrees in several places in the New Territories. But the forecast for the next few days, under the influence of a weak northeast monsoon, is for cooler and cloudier weather with a few rain patches.
Police find 92 minors in raids on upstairs bars
A police operation against youth crime on Saturday night in Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei saw 92 minors taken back to the police station from several upstairs bars and the seizure of 19 grams of crack cocaine and 22 grams of ketamine. The operation ended at 7am on Sunday.
40pc of parents have left children home alone
A survey by the Women Workers' Association found 40 per cent of parents had left children aged seven to 12 at home alone because of work commitments or an emergency. Almost 80 per cent said the cost of childcare was unaffordable and more than 40 per cent said the service hours did not match their work schedule. Parents said the government needed to allocate more resources for childcare services so that more families in need could be helped.
For many, pay rises beat inflation, survey finds
A Confederation of Trade Unions survey found 60 per cent of grass-roots employees received an average pay rise last year of 5.7 per cent, 0.1 per cent higher than the inflation rate.