City Digest, March 4, 2013
Tsang: criticising my budget is 'dangerous'
Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah yesterday defended the budget plan he announced last week, branding some of the criticisms as "dangerous". Tsang said those who opposed short-term relief measures were not taking into account macro-economic considerations. He said the lack of financial allocation to areas such as post-retirement protection and free kindergarten education was due to a lack of social consensus. He said there was a 10 per cent increase in funding for social welfare.
Minibus thief crashes into railing
A 29-year-old man stole a minibus, then drove it into another vehicle and crashed into metal railings in Ma On Shan yesterday, police said. The man was arrested for stealing the bus, refusing to provide officers with a breath test sample, driving without a licence and driving without third-party insurance.
Rowers in deep water due to strong winds
A rowing boat turned over on Shing Mun River yesterday, because of strong winds. Nine rowers had to be rescued by marine police, who carried them back to the rowing centre. None were injured.
UN to assess protest policing in Hong Kong
Civil Human Rights Front, which believes Hong Kong is losing freedom of speech, has filed a report on the city's prosecution of protesters to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The group is concerned over the use of the Public Order Ordinance to prosecute protesters, and the police's use of violence to dismiss demonstrations. The UN committee will be examining the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Hong Kong on March 11.
Facebook flag group loses 6 core friends
A group that waves the colonial Hong Kong flag in protest against the government has lost six core members in the past week. We're Hongkongians, Not Chinese was set up on Facebook in July last year. Internet forum users, who claimed to have inside information on the split, said it was caused by people with a mainland background joining the group. Dickson Cheung Hon-yin, one of those who left the group, denied this claim citing personality clashes.
There were no winners of the first prize in last night's draw. The numbers were 7, 8, 26, 31, 35, 39. The extra number was 37. The HK$2,616,000 second prize was won by one ticket. Third prize paid HK$93,630.