Six barristers elevated to rank of senior counsel Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang yesterday appointed six new senior counsel. They are Peter Clayton, Chan Chi-hung, Alexander King, Jason Pow Wing-nin, David Pilbrow and Ian McWalters. The appointments take effect next month. More residents satisfied with economic conditions Satisfaction with the city's economic conditions has risen by 15 percentage points in three months, a University of Hong Kong poll shows. The study, conducted last week, found that 68 per cent of 1,017 respondents thought economic conditions had improved in the past three years - a rise of 23 percentage points since mid-September. Twenty-seven per cent of respondents were satisfied with economic conditions, up from 12 per cent recorded in early December. Thirty-three per cent were satisfied with social conditions. Tung expected to return from Shanghai next week Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa is taking a break in Shanghai and is expected to return to Hong Kong next week. State media reported Mr Tung and his wife, Betty Tung Chiu Hung-ping, were resting at their flat in the city after flying in on Friday. Mr Tung was elected a vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on March 12, two days after resigning as chief executive. Alleged drug traffickers appear in Thai court Five alleged drug traffickers from Hong Kong who were arrested on Saturday have appeared in court in Bangkok. Thai media reported the men, aged 36 to 52, had been unco-operative during questioning. Hong Kong police are in Bangkok to help with investigations into the seizure at sea last week of 546kg of heroin.