Taichung mayor confirms invitation to forum The mayor of Taichung, Jason Hu Chih-chiang, confirmed the Hong Kong government had invited him to visit the city, Taiwan's Central News Agency said. Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung has written to Mr Hu inviting him to visit Hong Kong, a spokesman for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said, adding that a team from Hong Kong would visit Taichung 'over the next few weeks' to prepare for an inter-city forum to be held in Hong Kong in April. Starbucks recruitment drive Starbucks is planning to hire as many as 100 people in a recruitment exercise on Wednesday and Thursday at its store in the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. The company said the drive was also an effort to help stimulate the market. Anyone with Form Five qualification is eligible and experience in retailing or the service industry is not essential. There will be interviews on site and successful candidates are likely to receive an immediate offer. Germany bestows top award on HK artist Danny Yung Director, producer, artist and curator Danny Yung Ning-tsun has received one of Germany's highest awards - the Merit Cross of the Order of Merit. Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said the accolade was in recognition of Yung's contribution to Hong Kong-German ties and underscored his ability to connect with the international community. Mr Tang and Germany's consul general in Hong Kong, Frank Burbach, attended the award ceremony at the Academy for Performing Arts. Disciplinary measures gazetted Proposals on a disciplinary framework for sacked civil servants whose retirement benefits are provided under a scheme that started in June 2000 were published in the Government Gazette. The proposals include three levels of punishment for civil servants with 10 years' service or more. If dismissed, they would lose all the government's voluntary contributions. The Legislative Council will begin a first reading of the bill on Wednesday.