Diploma scores higher mark than A-levels
Britain's higher-education admission body UCAS yesterday reached an agreement with Hong Kong recognising the city's Diploma of Secondary Education exam's two highest scores. Level 5** - the highest in the local system - is now rated higher than the UK's top score of A* in A-levels. "We're happy to see that the standard of a 5** of the HKDSE is even higher than theirs," said education minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim.
Woman gets bail in kidnap case
A woman suspected of involvement in the abduction of a two-year-old girl on Monday has been released on bail. The 56-year-old has to report back to police in the middle of next month. She is suspected of arranging the kidnap of the daughter of her husband and his mistress from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The girl was found safe soon afterwards. Police also released surveillance footage of the man who allegedly took the child. Police are still searching for the man, believed to be aged 30 to 40.
Good news for youth as jobless rate stays same
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.4 per cent from September to the end of November, unchanged from the three months from August. Labour minister Matthew Cheung Kin-chung noted a decrease in the jobless rate for people aged 15 to 24 and those with post-secondary sub-degree education.
HK$12m New Year's fireworks all set to go
Hong Kong Tourism Board announced an eight-minute New Year's Eve fireworks show at a cost of HK$12 million, kicking off at midnight on December 31. Fireworks will be launched from the harbour and the exhibition centre.
There was one winner of the HK$42,704,240 first prize in last night's draw. The winning numbers were 8, 14, 21, 41, 45, 48. The extra number was 34. Three tickets won the second prize.