Equestrian finals tickets go fast Tickets for all five finals of the Olympic equestrian events were snapped up within hours of going on sale yesterday. Sixty thousand tickets for all events went on sale, with premium tickets selling out quickly. Tickets are on sale at all CTS branches and online at www.ctshk.com . Finals tickets were only sold at six main branches. Lawyers rap exemption clause The Bar Association has urged the government to reconsider clauses in its proposed Race Discrimination Bill that exempt the administration from liability if its policies have a discriminatory effect. The association rejected claims that inclusion of government bodies in the bill would trigger a flood of litigation, and that drawing up guidelines for government bureaus would be a suitable alternative. University chairmen named Executive councillor Leung Chun-ying has been appointed chairman of the council of City University, with effect from mid-October, the government said. He will succeed Chung Shui-ming, who is retiring. It also announced that lawmaker Bernard Chan would succeed Mr Leung as chairman of the council of Lingnan University. Growth forecast boosted Investment bank Credit Suisse has raised the city's economic-growth forecast by 0.5 of a percentage point, from 3.9 per cent to 4.4. The bank also forecast inflation would rise 0.8 of a point to 5.7 per cent, partly due to higher energy prices. Illegal bookmakers hit Police in Hong Kong and Shenzhen have smashed two cross-border illegal bookmaking syndicates. Six men and three women were arrested in Hong Kong on Wednesday. About HK$30 million worth of betting slips, HK$500,000 cash and five computers were seized. Shenzhen authorities, meanwhile, arrested seven men and one woman and seized HK$4 million worth of betting slips, computers and some drugs.