Paper talk, May 11, 2013
Sunday, Oriental Daily
Professional drivers agree to having health checks at 60
The government plans to revise Hong Kong's laws and require all drivers to undergo health checks when they reach the age of 60, instead of 70 currently. Statistics show that in the four years between 2009 and 2012, 55 traffic accidents in the city were related to the drivers' health. Professional drivers' unions from the taxi, minibus and truck sectors have agreed to the proposal. They have even suggested the government subsidise the health checks.
Monday, Oriental Daily
Lavish 'Donald penthouse' now for sale at 67m yuan
The 9,000-sq-ft, luxury penthouse in Futian, Shenzhen, which was once leased to Hong Kong's former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen for 800,000 yuan (just over HK$1 million) a year, is now for sale for 67 million yuan. Oriental Daily reporters obtained photos of the apartment, which show it contains luxury decorations and installations, such as a massage bathtub. A mainland real-estate industry source said the price of the flat and the lush decoration reflected that the rent Tsang paid was concessionary.
Tuesday, Apple Daily
Design faults delay Rail Link completion on HK line
A confidential document obtained by Apple Daily revealed that the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link project, which is supposed to open in April 2015, will take at least another year to complete because of design faults at the West Kowloon stop. Because of the delay, the project is now over budget by 12 per cent, or about HK$4.4 billion, and nearly all the funds allocated for contingencies have been used up, according to the document.
Wednesday, HK Economic Times
More women predicted to suffer from cancer
The Hong Kong Hospital Authority forecast new cancer cases in the city would increase 24 per cent to 32,600 cases, from 26,000 in 2011. However, it says three out of five kinds of cancer that are increasing more rapidly are gynaecological - including breast cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer - thus bringing the number of female cancer patients in the city closer to the number of male cancer sufferers.
Thursday, Oriental Daily
Tong's request to borrow helicopter turned down
Former ICAC commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming, who is accused of spending public money entertaining mainland officials, was found to have tried to borrow a helicopter from the Government Flying Services in 2003 so that former lawmaker David Chu Yu-lin could make a parachute jump to celebrate the handover anniversary on July 1 that year. Tong was then deputy secretary for security and Chu was also a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress. The service rejected his request.
Friday, HK Economic Times
More senior career women having babies over past decade
The total number of babies born to senior career women in the city, including managers, senior executives and professionals, surged to 5.7 times the figure in 2001, reaching 33,799 in 2011, according to government statistics. The ratio of babies born to women with high career positions also more than doubled during the period. In one case, a manageress was asked by her husband to change her job or seek demotion to get shorter working hours so she could take better care of her son.