City Digest, November 6, 2012
Court idea an attack on judges: lawmaker
Legal sector lawmaker Dennis Kwok Wing-hang yesterday described as an attack on judges a proposal by two Basic Law experts that only Chinese nationals be eligible to be judges in the Court of Final Appeal. He said the proposal by mainland scholar Professor Cheng Jie and Basic Law Institute chairman Alan Hoo defied the Basic Law, which says members of the judiciary "shall be chosen on the basis of their judicial and professional qualities and may be recruited from other common law jurisdictions".
Weighty issue of people too busy to exercise
Obesity is a becoming more common because people are too busy to exercise, a survey shows. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's study found that no more than half of any age group worked out enough. Less than 40 per cent of adults and elderly respondents were considered "active" - defined as doing moderate or high-intensity exercise at least three days a week for 30 minutes or longer.
HKU to award three honorary doctorates
Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary, who stepped down last month from the Court of Final Appeal, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Hong Kong for his contributions to the legal sector. New World Development chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun and retired basketball star Yao Ming will also receive honorary doctorates.
12 held in raids on firms' pirated software
Customs officers involved in a crackdown on piracy arrested 12 officials from seven companies that were found to be using bootleg computer software. They were detained over the past two months after investigations into their companies, engaged in design, advertising and publishing.
Baptist U to investigate claims of interference
Baptist University's vice-president Professor Rick Wong Wai-kwok is to set up a panel to investigate a complaint about a publication, Blue Book of Hong Kong, chief edited by Victor Sit Fung-shuen, head of the university's advanced institute for contemporary China studies. The book claimed that a US foundation interfered in the university's general education programme, a claim the university has dismissed.