Egypt balloon tragedy
Nine Hong Kong tourists were among 19 victims killed in Luxor, Egypt, when a hot-air balloon burst into flames as it was descending during a sightseeing tour on February 26, 2013. Only the Egyptian pilot and a Briton survived the early morning accident. The other victims, out of 20 passengers, were from France, Japan, Britain, Hungary and Egypt.
Briefs, March 10, 2013
Return of balloon victims' bodies delayed
The plane that was due to bring home the bodies of the nine Hong Kong tourists who were killed in the balloon disaster in Egypt last month was cancelled on Friday because of poor weather. Another flight has been arranged and is scheduled to depart today, flying via Zurich. The bodies will arrive back on Monday night.
Cooling measures are working: Exco member
Executive Councillor Barry Cheung Chun-yuen said recent measures to cool the property market, such as doubling stamp duty, had started to have an impact on the market. He was referring to lowered selling prices for new flats recently put up for sale. Stressing there was no rift between the government and developers, Cheung said, however, that the authorities must monitor the situation closely and introduce further measures when necessary.
Colombian caught with cocaine at airport
Six kilograms of cocaine were seized on Friday at Chek Lap Kok airport when officers intercepted a man arriving from Colombia. The 21-year-old's suitcase contained 10 jackets with the drugs concealed in their lining, Customs officers said yesterday. The drugs had a market value of HK$6.25 million. The hair stylist was arrested and would be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug, officials said. He will appear in Tsuen Wan Court on Monday.
Civic Party to discuss occupy Central tactics
Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said he would meet the scholar who has suggested that besieging Central business district will help in the push for more democracy. The meeting with University of Hong Kong law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting would discuss how pan-democrats can contribute in the possible campaign. Leong added, however, that the party would only support the move if there were no other means of negotiation.
There was no winner of the first prize last night. The numbers were 9, 18, 24, 34, 40 and 43. The extra number was 28. The second prize of HK$585,570 was won by 2.5 tickets. Third prize paid HK$83,060.