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PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 March, 2014, 4:57am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 March, 2014, 4:57am

Verdict in Macau graft trial

A Macau judge will deliver his verdict in a corruption case involving Chinese Estates chairman Joseph Lau Luen-hung and South China soccer club convenor Steven Lo Kit-yee. They are accused of offering disgraced former Macau public works chief Ao Man-long a bribe of HK$20 million to secure a site near Macau's airport for a luxury housing development. Both denied bribery and money-laundering charges. Ao is serving a 29-year jail term for corruption offences.


Survey focuses on students' lack of sleep

Chinese University will release details of a survey on the sleeping habits of students. It finds that 58 per cent of respondents consider that they do have sufficient sleep. The university warns that those who don't face various problems, such as mood and behavioural problems, worsening academic achievement and metabolic and cardiovascular abnormalities. The survey results are being released to mark today's World Sleep Day.


Legislators to discuss filibuster proposal

Members of the Legislative Council's Committee on Rules of Procedure will hold a closed-door discussion about a proposal by Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing for the use of closure motions to bring an end to filibuster attempts. This comes amid efforts by some pan-democrats to drag out debates on controversial issues. Members of People Power are expected to mount a filibuster of the budget over the government's failure to give handouts to the public.


US senators visit Kiev for government talks

A delegation of five US senators visits Kiev for meetings with interim government officials. The delegation will be led by Republican John McCain, who strongly criticised what he called President Obama's "tepid response" to Russia's military moves in Crimea. The visit comes as Crimea prepares to hold a referendum on Sunday to join Russia - a move opposed by the US and the European Union.


Mormon head faces criminal charge in UK

Thomas Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah, is due in Westminster magistrates' court in Britain today on charges that the church's practices amount to fraud. British prosecutors claim the practice of asking followers to pay a 10 per cent tithe represents a breach of the Fraud Act. If Monson fails to appear in court, a warrant for his arrest could be granted.


John McLaughlin plays Arts Festival

Jazz guitarist John McLaughlin appears at the Arts Festival tonight in a one-night show. McLaughlin started out in the 1960s. He went on to pioneer jazz-rock fusion in the 70s, heading the new genre's first supergroup, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and recording five albums with jazz great Miles Davis. He's playing Hong Kong with his band, The 4th Dimension.


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