Hongkongers aware of impact of carbon emissions, survey finds
Most Hongkongers were aware that carbon emissions were to blame for global warming and said they would cut down on waste, a survey found. Baptist University's Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre recently surveyed some 1,000 people on their electricity usage, and found that some 70 per cent slept with their air-conditioners on. Half of the respondents used disposable cutlery when having takeaway meals. But 90 per cent said they would reduce electricity usage, and 50 per cent said they would reduce waste. The centre called on the government to campaign for emission reduction.
Exco's Leung on urn niches' land
Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying said the city's supply of land for burial urn niches was limited. He called on district representatives not to think only of their own districts but to consider the issue from a holistic point of view. He also said it was necessary to consider whether a permanent resident had to have lived in the city continuously for at least a year before being eligible to apply for the old age allowance, or 'fruit money'.
Protests over Sai Wan project
More than 100 people marched to the Cheung Sha Wan government offices to protest against the construction of a private retreat at scenic Sai Wan beach in Sai Kung. Spokesman for the newly formed Tai Long Sai Wan Concern Group criticised landowner Simon Lo Lin-shing for starting the construction work near a beach which is close to or within a country park. The spokesman suggested the government should review the laws governing country parks so they could be better protected. Green Sense president Roy Tam Hoi-pong said the incident showed loopholes in conservation laws.
Wait over refund of yoga fee
A creditors' meeting decided that former members of bankrupt chain Planet Yoga would have to wait until August 6 to know if they could get their membership fee back. More than 100 former members who attended the meeting urged the firm to repay them as soon as possible. The yoga chain, with three outlets and 13,000 members, closed suddenly on May 14. One member questioned if provisional liquidator Danvil Chan Kin-hang was suitable for the job because he was a director of a sister company of Planet Yoga. Chan, however, denied he was a director of the sister company.
Woman injured in bike accident
An 18-year-old woman riding on the back seat of a bicycle that crashed into a lamp post on the Wah Kwai Estate in Aberdeen was in stable condition in hospital. The rider, a 16-year-old boy, took the woman for a ride around Wah Kwai Road at about 1pm, but he apparently lost control of the bicycle when they approached a football pitch. The boy suffered minor injuries and was later discharged from hospital.
Tests for drug driving 'suitable'
Behavioural reaction tests, such as walking along a straight line, and reasonable suspicions would help police to tell if drivers have taken drugs before driving, Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said on a radio show. She said the practice, in use in Britain for a decade, would be suitable for Hong Kong. She said she would initiate legislation against drug-driving in the next Legco session.
Taxi hits mother, daughter
A taxi hit a woman, 35, and her eight-year-old daughter on On Po Lane in Tai Po at about 1pm. Both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital for check-up.
Man collapses in restaurant, dies
A 23-year-old man died after he lost consciousness in a restaurant in Parkes Street, Yau Ma Tei. Hospital doctors declared him dead. Police say his death was not suspicious.