Paper talk, June 15, 2013
Sunday, Apple Daily
Parents say school is selfish for not sharing sports ground
Parents of pupils at the Alliance Primary School in Kowloon Tong have complained about what they say is the selfishness of Dioscesan Preparatory School (DPS). The neighbouring school has refused to make its sports ground available to Alliance pupils for physical education lessons. Without its own sports ground, Alliance pupils have to walk more than 10 minutes to get to Kowloon Tsai Park for their lessons. The parents lodged a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman, accusing DPS of breaching its land lease by turning the sports ground into a parking lot on Sundays. The school leased the sports ground for HK$1 from the Lands Department 50 years ago.
Monday, Ming Pao Daily
AVESCO gives 80pc of renovation work to firm linked to CEO
A renovation firm that worked on the private properties of Chau Foo-cheong, a former senior assistant commissioner of police, has won more than 80 per cent of the renovation contracts for the company he is now chief executive of, Aviation Security Company (AVESCO). AVESCO provides security services at Chek Lap Kok airport. It gave contracts worth more than HK$23.3 million to the firm in the past nine years. Chau said he was not involved in the tendering process.
Tuesday, Ming Pao Daily
At Stanley jail, all the inmates have given up
Inmates at the Tung Tau Correctional Institution in Stanley have given up. Smoking, that is. The jail was the first in the city to ban smoking - so only non-smokers or those willing to quit are incarcerated there. Since the policy began early last year, 738 inmates have kicked the habit, a prison employee said. As well as restrictions on cigarettes, the jail offers a six-week programme to help them quit smoking, with counselling, sports and letter writing.
Wednesday, Ming Pao Daily
HK$2 fare sees minibuses lose one million passengers a month
The city's minibuses are losing passengers to other forms of public transport at a rate of one million a month. That has been the case since a HK$2 concession fare was introduced for elderly and disabled passengers on trains and buses in June last year. The scheme does not extend to minibuses. One operator said that if the situation continued, some minibus routes might have to be cancelled - meaning both the operators and passengers would lose out.
Thursday, Apple Daily
Government not bound by 1994 defence agreement, says lawyer
A senior counsel says the government is not under any obligation to follow the 1994 Sino-British Defence Land Agreement, which it insists the rezoning of a PLA military dock on the Central waterfront is based on. Anthony Francis Neoh SC said that under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, the agreement did not have to be applied. A green group said it would include the opinion in its judicial review bid.
Friday, Apple Daily
Kwoks pay their respects and plan family burial plot in Zhongshan
Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairman Raymond Kwok Ping-luen was seen honouring his ancestors at the Fook Yum Park Cemetery in Zhongshan, Guangdong, last Sunday with his cousin Kwong Ching-wai and several senior executives of the developer. They also went to a new burial ground nearby for an inspection with a geomancer. Sources said they planned to build a family burial plot there.
Compiled by Cynthia Wu and Jasmine Chan