HKU estimates democracy march turnout at 12,000 Sunday's march for universal suffrage had a turnout of between 10,000 and 12,000 people, according to an estimate by the University of Hong Kong. The figure is substantially lower than the 22,000 claimed by the organisers, but higher than the 6,800 reported by police at the starting point in Victoria Park. The university's public opinion programme found 8,393 people had walked past its counting point in Arsenal Street, Wan Chai. The HKU estimate took into account those who had left the march before that spot or joined later. 88pc of dentists want vouchers given to elderly, survey shows A survey found 88 per cent of dentists agreed that the government should consider launching dental care vouchers for the elderly. Of the 121 dentists who responded to the survey by medical sector lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki, 106 were in favour of dental care vouchers worth HK$200 to HK$250. Dr Kwok suggested that the current trial scheme of giving five health care vouchers, worth HK$50 each, should be extended to 12 vouchers worth HK$100 each, to ensure that the elderly benefited from the subsidies. Under the scheme, only people aged 70 or over are entitled to the HK$250 subsidy from the government. Dr Kwok also recommended that the age limit be lowered to 65. Rising rents 'hurt small retailers' Hong Kong Retail Management Association chairman Bankee Kwan Pak-hoo warned that quickening inflation may weaken consumers' spending power. Mr Kwan, speaking on a radio show, also said smaller retailers could face more difficulties because of sharp increases in rents. But he said the strong economy had increased demand for luxury goods. ATV cameraman still in coma The condition of ATV cameraman Li Tung-kit, injured covering the Taiwanese elections, has improved although he is reported to be still in a coma. Li's doctors were said to be more optimistic about his recovery. Li, 45, underwent surgery for a brain haemorrhage after he fell from a jeep on Friday. Chief secretary Japan-bound Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen will make an official visit to Japan next week. Mr Tang will call on principal members of the Japanese cabinet and meet business leaders and media representatives to brief them on Hong Kong's latest developments. The chief secretary will also visit cultural and arts facilities.