City news in brief, August 13, 2012
15 HK activists head for Diaoyu Islands
Some 15 activists from the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands reached international waters last night. The activists, aboard fishing vessel Kai Fung No2, are expected to assert China's sovereignty over the islands on Wednesday. Japan also claims, and has control of, the islands, which it calls the Senkakus. Mainland and Taiwanese activists will meet the vessel tomorrow.
Nutrition labels for infant formula due by year end
A code on nutrition labelling for baby milk formula would be launched by the end of the year, health minister Dr Ko Wing-man said. The move would be a stopgap until a law can be brought in, he said. The government last week warned three Japanese brands were low in iodine, and babies fed them could suffer thyroid and brain damage. Of 98 babies tested, one may have a thyroid problem, but it appeated unrelated to its diet.
Boy, 4, missing off beach in Tuen Mun
A four-year-old boy is missing in waters off Butterfly Beach in Tuen Mun. Lifeguards rescued his Nepali father, who was sent to hospital.
Food prices rise 2.7pc on average, survey shows
The prices of more than half of the 65 items in a Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs survey of 71 supermarkets and wet markets have risen by an average of 2.7 per cent in the past year.