Journalists concerned at delay of Tibetan self-determination talk The International Federation of Journalists yesterday expressed its concern over the delay of a luncheon speech at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club scheduled for last week by Tibet self-determination activist Kate Saunders, of the International Campaign for Tibet, after officials from the Foreign Ministry voiced their objections to the event. 'It is inappropriate for any government or official to make demands that have the effect of stalling or restricting the free expression of diverse opinions,' IFJ general secretary Aidan White said. HK$13 million earmarked for unemployed as layoffs increase Funding of HK$13 million has been earmarked for workers who have lost or will lose their jobs in the next two years, Commissioner for Labour Cherry Tse Ling Kit-ching said in response to legislators' questions. She said the department would give such people priority when trying to find them jobs. The department estimated the number of job seekers registered with the department would reach 180,000 this year, marking an increase of 7 per cent over the figure for 2008. Mrs Tse said the department planned to organise about 20 large job fairs in the city, 30 district job fairs and 200 mini job fairs in the 2009-2010 year. Career exhibition opens at Central Library with 1,000 jobs on offer A three-day career exhibition at the Central Library to introduce infrastructure-related employment opportunities provided by the Development Bureau and private organisations began yesterday. Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, who opened the event, said that about 1,000 professional and technician vacancies would be offered. The government would promote 10 major infrastructure projects, and others medium-sized or small projects. Estimated capital works expenditure for 2009-10 would be as high as HK$39.3 billion, an increase of 71 per cent over the HK$23 billion in 2008-09. About 47,000 jobs would be created and the Housing Authority would also create an extra 10,000 jobs. Palau confirms new visa rules Palau authorities confirmed that HKSAR passport holders will get free entry permits on arrival for stays of up to 30 days. The move came after previous entry difficulties experienced by Hongkongers.