A Bad Week for ... , June 2, 2013
Francis Liu Hon-por
The Marine Department chief finally managed to issue an apology to the Lamma ferry tragedy victims and their families, but it did little to ease criticism of Liu and his department. The families say Liu should have apologised directly, rather than through the Legislative Council and the media, and questioned why he waited almost a month after a damning report into the tragedy condemned the department's behaviour.
China's mahjong players
As the birthplace of the game, China could have been expected to clean up at an international event in France. Instead, the Chinese were beaten by the hosts, prompting howls of derision online. The best Chinese player ranked only seventh in a field of 108. The Chinese can at least better understand the plight of England, the "home of football", when its team is dumped out of a soccer World Cup.
Speaking of English soccer shame … the former Manchester United star was slammed by organisers of the Hong Kong Sevens for failing to show up for a match after a late-night drinking session. Sheringham was famously one of the England stars involved in the "dentist's chair" incident, when players on a pre-Euro 96 visit to Hong Kong were strapped down and had spirits poured down their throats in a Causeway Bay bar.