Councillor's phone skills are up to scratch
If there's something lacking, with your smartphone skills, who ya gonna call? Chris Mak Yun-pui! Not only has the Sha Tin district councillor been organising courses teaching stay-at-home mothers how to use the devices, he's also proving a dab hand at sticking on those fiddly anti-scratch plastic covers. Over the past year and a half, Mak has not only given away 50 anti-scratch covers free to members of the public in Ma On Shan, he has also - you guessed it - helped the lucky recipients stick them on. "Some internet users said I was wasting my time on this meaningless task, but actually I'm happy to do it. I am providing a platform for the people to communicate with me," Mak, 26, said yesterday. Phila Siu
Historic first: Legco makes smart move
And it's not just the district councillor showing himself to be on-trend in this age of the smartphone - the Legislative Council is doing its own bit, too. The Legco secretariat launched its mobile app yesterday on both Apple's iOS and Android platforms. The app, developed 'in-house' and free to download, gives users access to lawmakers' contact details, the Legco calendar and even a gallery featuring snapshots of the council's premises, its members and visiting foreign dignitaries. Exciting as this may be in offering a glimpse of the legislature at work, we're not sure it'll catch on quite as quickly as Candy Crush Saga. Tanna Chong
Young liberals seek key to female hearts
The Liberal Party's youth committee is hoping to attract more young women, especially from the business sector. "Don't you think that political parties in Hong Kong are too predominantly male?" asked its chairman Dominic Lee Tsz-king on Tuesday, as he revealed a plan to boost membership from about 150 to 250 by the end of the year. The key to winning them over? In addition to "Social Wednesday" happy hour gatherings featuring political figures and celebrities, Lee is planning a series of "business brunches" in which entrepreneurs and business leaders share their stories. Tony Cheung
Lawmaker Chiang: doth she protest too much?
Lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan was ridiculed by critics after she joined 300 passengers in a sit-in protest on a cruise ship that missed a stop in Vietnam. But she received a slight boost yesterday from Tam Yiu-chung, the chairman of her party the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. "A Tuen Mun resident who was on the cruise ship asked me to thank Chiang for her help," Tam said. "It wasn't easy to handle this kind of situation." However, even Chiang admitted she would have "done better" to have left the Costa Victoria earlier than she did. Last Thursday's sit-in delayed about 2,000 passengers for hours before their voyage could start. Let's hope there's not another protest brewing. Tony Cheung