Bow-tie vendors be warned: Apparently there may be two Donald Tsangs around town. At least that's the claim of legislator Cheung Man-kwong, who had trouble following the saga of monetary authority chief Joseph Yam's salary increase in Legco yesterday. According to the HKMA's annual report Mr Yam's salary rose from between $8 million and $8.5 million to $8.5 million and $9 million. Why, asked Mr Cheung, did Yambo get a raise when the government recommended a review of all salaries in the HKMA and Securities and Futures Commission to see whether they should be cut in line with the private sector? Mr Yam explained that his pay rise was approved by Financial Secretary Donald Tsang two years ago, before the HKMA decided to freeze salaries for the year ending next April. 'I have met the FS and he is satisfied with my current level of salary and considers the pay freeze is satisfactory,' said Mr Yam. 'He did not mention a pay cut. I think possibly it's because of the increased workload for the HKMA during the turmoil.' Mr Cheung countered that Mr Tsang had previously expressed his concern to Financial Services Secretary Rafael Hui about the salary levels of the HKMA and SFC. 'It seems the FS you met is different from the FS met by Rafael Hui, or else the same FS got two versions about the HKMA chief's salary,' replied Mr Cheung. Does this mean we'll be out of the financial crisis in half the time? Press freedom for once triumphed over political correctness in Florida over the weekend. Authorities in Miami-Dade County bowed to mounting public pressure, lifting a ban on sales of the June edition of Cigar Aficionado magazine at Miami's International Airport. Fearing a backlash from the large Cuban community in Miami, the magazine, featuring Cuban leader Fidel Castro and US President Bill Clinton was removed from the shelves of all 18 news-stands at the airport. The county was concerned that the edition, which contained a feature on Havana's tourist appeal and nightlife was flattering to Mr Castro. But Knight-Ridder reported that on Sunday, mayor Alex Penelas ordered its reinstatement. This followed the threat of a lawsuit from the Civil Liberties Union and an accusation from the magazine's managing editor that the local government was acting like Mr Castro's regime by attempting to silence alternative opinions. 'Even though we have to be sensitive to the Cuban exile community here, in the end, we have to come down on the side of what has been the tradition in the United States of freedom of expression and freedom of the press,' Dade's aviation director Gary J. Dellapa said. 'Banning the sale of this issue of the magazine at Miami International Airport goes against some of the very principles which make this nation the free society it is.' Bravo. We wouldn't want to see democracy go up in smoke. Lai See always gets misty-eyed at weddings. But we're rather bemused by an invitation that came our way from the Hong Kong Institute of Marketing. The institution's vivid minds are holding a wedding banquet as they seek to tie the knot between marketing professionals and consumers on May 29. But it is the amusing play-on-words contained within the Cantonese characters that is intriguing. The character used by the bride and groom's parents to describe each other's in-laws is lo chun, which is similar to the character for 'old fool'. We just wonder who is the fool in this marriage: the consumer or the marketers? Ah the banks! It only takes a couple of anecdotes and all Hong Kong's financial victims come out of the woodwork. A Hang Seng customer opened a Bank-in-One account a year ago with the standard $100 opening deposit. A year later, with no transactions, apart from being credited with $3.43 interest, the reader received a statement claiming the bank was owed $171.57. What was that line about your money being safer under your bed? They're having a spot of trouble up there at Ville de Cascade in the New Territories. Apparently some deceitful residents have been deliberately disobeying the estate's swimming pool opening hours. Mind you, they could just be confused. A memo from Sino Estates Management sent to each apartment contained the following. 'It has come to our attention that some residents swim in the swimming pool . . . after the closure of the pool. 'The opening hours of the swimming pool is from 0930 hours to 1800 hours and no person should be allowed to swim in the pool within the opening hours.'