What the local media says, November 17, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 4:45am

Sunday, Apple Daily

Society chiefs accused of abusing government subsidy

The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention's chief executive, Andy Ng Wang-tsang, and business director, Anthea Lee Shuk-wai have been accused of spending the annual government subsidy of HK$100 million - intended to help former prison inmates lead a normal life - on frequent overseas trips. They have been to Brazil, Britain and Beijing in the past five months.


Monday, The Sun

'Anti-cheating' spy USB for sale on streets and websites

A plug-in computer input data recorder, which resembles a common USB stick, is being sold on the streets and on shopping websites. Priced between HK$500 and HK$1,900 each, the products are popular with lovers who want to track their partners' computer activities. However, the product can dodge virus-scanning software and be used to steal other personal data, such as online banking passwords.


Tuesday, Oriental Daily

Tung Chung residents face risks from poisonous trees

Specimens of a highly toxic tree, Cerbera manghas - known as the sea mango - have been found in at least seven spots at the fourth phase of Coastal Skyline - a Tung Chung residential project being developed by MTR Corp. Physical contact with the plant's leaves, seeds or juice can cause harm and even be fatal. The management office had not informed residents that the plants are poisonous.


Wednesday, Apple Daily

Brainwashing ads found in online learning materials for children

The liberal studies web-based learning materials produced by EVI Services, a main supplier of online education for children, were found to contain commercial advertisements. After using materials featuring a cartoon lion in a T-shirt emblazoned with a certain milk brand, a three-year-old boy kept asking his mother to buy him that product. The Education Bureau does not require web education materials to be censored before use.


Thursday, Apple Daily

Does omission mean Beijing is ready to meddle in HK affairs?

The sentence "act in strict accordance with the Basic Law of the SAR" was omitted from one of the resolutions regarding Hong Kong and Macau passed at the 18th national congress on Wednesday, although the sentence was found in the resolution passed in the national congress last year. Many see this as a sign Beijing may try to tighten its Hong Kong policy.


Friday, Apple Daily

Stray cattle keen to tuck into raw barbecue beef in Sai Kung

A herd of about 20 stray cows was seen wandering around a barbecue site near Wong Shek Pier in Sai Kung during the holidays, scavenging raw meat people had left behind. They particularly like beef. Barbecue-goers had to shoo them away by kicking them and wielding forks.