City Digest, December 24, 2012
Democrats extend olive branch to liaison office
Newly elected Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said yesterday the party was open to talking to the central government's liaison office about details for the chief executive election due in 2017 as long as the office showed "sincerity". Lau said agreeing on a plan detailing new arrangements for the election would build trust between the two sides.
Helper falls to her death in Mid-Levels
A domestic helper died after falling from her employer's balcony. The 58-year-old woman, surnamed Pico, was found unconscious on the ground by a resident of Merry Terrace in western Mid-Levels. She was taken to Queen Mary Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police do not suspect foul play.
Frost warning issued for New Territories
The Observatory raised the first frost warning of the year. It warned farmers frost was likely early this morning in the northern part of the New Territories. The cold weather warning was also hoisted.
New incentive to build more studios for artists
The government will assume the cost incurred by owners of industrial units who turn their properties into artist studios, the Home Affairs Secretary Tsang Tak-sing said on his blog post. The Arts Development Council could offer the units to artists at a low rent, he said.
Teens arrested for drugs due in court
A 15-year-old allegedly carrying HK$121,000 worth of ketamine and another 16-year-old will appear in court today on a drug trafficking charge. They were arrested on Saturday during a police crackdown.
Slow-drive protest over plan to raise tunnel toll
Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki initiated a slow-drive effort from the Legislative Council building in Admiralty to Tai Lam Tunnel to protest against a proposed toll increase - reportedly by 10 per cent.
Post office receives 5,600 letters to Santa
About 5,600 "Dear Santa" letters have been sent to the post office, with one child asking for an autographed picture. Hongkong Post said each letter would receive a timely reply.
Three saved from sea after boat overturns
Three men, aged 44 to 52, were rescued from the water by marine police after their boat overturned off Pak Ma Tsui in Sai Kung, amid rough weather. They were unhurt.
There were no winners of the first prize in last night’s draw. The winning numbers were 9, 27, 28, 32, 34, 43, extra number 2. 0.5 tickets won the second prize of HK$1,914,840. The third prize paid HK$104,200.