Oscar Pistorius

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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 5:03am


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Hong Kong's Tourism Board sets out its work plan for the 2013/14 financial year. Board chiefs are expected to face questions about how it will balance its promotional work with concern about the strain on the city's infrastructure caused by a growing number of mainland visitors. Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun said last month that the organisation was "sandwiched" between rising anti-mainland sentiment and its mandate to promote tourism.


Legco discusses social workers' future

Members of the Legislative Council's panel on welfare services meet to discuss issues including the future of 80 social workers whose government contracts are not being renewed when they expire next month. The community work organisers, who help social security recipients find jobs, are having their duties transferred to non-governmental organisations. A protest by social workers is expected to take place outside Legco before the meeting.


Pistorius appeals for release on bail

Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius returns to court in Pretoria seeking his release on bail on charges of murdering his girlfriend. Pistorius, who denies the charge, has been in custody at a police station since the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp . Nicknamed "the blade runner" due to his prosthetic legs, Pistorius became a national hero in South Africa and was the first amputee sprinter to appear in the Olympics when he competed in London last year.


Activist back in court for biting policeman

A social activist found guilty of assaulting a police officer by biting him on the arm during last year's July 1 protest march will be sentenced in Eastern Court. League of Social Democrats member Yim Man-wa, 21, was found guilty of attacking Wong Sau-ying at Causeway Road when three policewomen and Wong were removing her from the road.


Minister promotes Gansu culture

Minister of Culture Cai Wu and Gansu provincial party secretary Wang Sanyun meet the press to promote the northwestern province's blossoming cultural industry. The province is home to the Silk Route Museum, a stretch of the Great Wall and, from more modern times, the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert.


ICC considers charges against Gbagbo

A possible war crimes trial for former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo moves a step closer as the International Criminal Court in The Hague assesses whether there is enough evidence to charge him. Gbagbo is suspected of crimes against humanity stemming from the 2011 civil war sparked by his refusal to accept the election victory of rival Alassane Ouattara .