Lung Mei beach

A controversial proposal to turn, by 2015, a stretch of coastline near Tai Po, in the New Territories, into a 200-metre-long artificial public beach. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chung-ying gave the plan the go-ahead in October 2012, but environmentalists and green groups argue the project is a disaster for the 200 marine and bird species inhabiting the area. 

 

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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 November, 2012, 3:27am
 

Opponents rally against artificial beach

After sea snails with dud sex organs were found near the proposed artificial beach site in Tai Po, campaigners will hold a "Protect Lung Mei" rally tomorrow at the government headquarters. But the tide is turning against them: the government has said it is sticking to its plan and the local council has given its backing, with Eric Tam Wing-fun of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong comparing the controversy to a pregnant woman being told she is not suited to giving birth just as she goes into labour.
 

Royals go along for the ride

Britain's Prince Charles and wife Camilla arrive in Papua New Guinea at the beginning of a regional tour as part of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. They then head to Australia for six days before travelling to New Zealand, where Charles will celebrate his 64th birthday. It seems no coincidence that the couple, who share the queen's passion for horse racing, have timed their trip perfectly to watch the Melbourne Cup, one of the world's biggest horse races.
 

G20 meets to talk, but minus some big players

G20 finance chiefs from the world's 19 major economies plus the European Union gather for a two-day meeting in Mexico City … at least they should be. But no-shows include European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and French and Brazilian ministers. People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan is uncertain. Without these top players, chances of having meaningful talks are slim to none, analysts say.
 

Former Maldives president back in court

Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically elected leader of the Indian Ocean island state of the Maldives, who says he was forced to resign at gunpoint, is back in court on abuse of power charges. Two of his four lawyers have been barred from court and Nasheed says it is part of a plot to stop him running in presidential elections.
 

New York marathon goes ahead

The 43rd New York City Marathon goes ahead tomorrow amid the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. With rescue workers still helping victims of the storm, some of the 50,000 runners feel torn over whether the race should go on. The marathon brings in an estimated US$340 million.
 

Sex abuse conference in shadow of Sandusky

American experts on child sex abuse attend a conference at Pennsylvania State University, where football coach Jerry Sandusky got away with molesting boys for more than a decade until a first-year student sparked an inquiry in 2008. Sandusky is now serving at least 30 years in jail, and on Thursday ex-university president Graham Spanier was charged with covering up his crimes.

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