Ballot for buyers of second-hand flats
A ballot to decide the successful applicants for the revised Home Ownership Scheme will be drawn today. The draw will choose the 5,000 - 4,500 families and 500 singles - who are eligible to buy second-hand HOS flats without paying the Housing Authority's premium.
Yang on official visit to South Africa
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi today meets senior officials including his counterpart, Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on an official visit to South Africa. The trip, from February 17 to 23, will be part of Yang's first overseas tour since the Lunar New Year holiday. He will also visit Russia to prepare, it is believed, for Communist Party chief Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow next month.
Nurse to discuss sex-assault allegations
Accompanied by Democratic Party lawmaker Helen Wong Pik-wan at a news conference scheduled for today, a nurse will disclose details of two cases of sexual assault which she alleges occurred at a public hospital. She is also expected to discuss the Hospital Authority's mechanisms for dealing with such incidents and urge the authority to take these cases more seriously.
Chipping Cha pitches for a record
Fitness trainer Brian Cha, 39, will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for charity by whacking 8,000 golf balls over 12 hours into a target area more than 90 metres away. The attempt will take place at the Whitehead Club driving range today from midnight to noon.
Court to consider parole for paedophile
A court in Brussels is today expected to consider a request for the early release of Belgium's notorious serial paedophile killer, Marc Dutroux. The 56-year-old was jailed for life in June 2004 for the kidnap and rape between June 1995 and August 1996 of six girls, ranging in age from eight to 19, four of whom died. The court's decision comes months after his former wife and accomplice won parole to live in a convent. Dutroux's request for release has horrified Belgians and revived demands for reforms of the country's legislation on parole.
72,000 on track for marathon
Tens of thousands of Hong Kong runners, plus elite athletes from around the world, will be putting the finishing touches to their preparations this week for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, which takes place on Sunday. More than 72,000 people have entered this year's race, the largest number being in the 10km event, which will have five starts. A record 13,500 runners will take part in the marathon, while 20,500 have entered the half-marathon. All the races will end at Victoria Park.