Extend scope of powers of attorney, commission suggests The Law Reform Commission, in a consultation paper, has recommended extending the scope of enduring powers of attorney so the person to whom legal authority has been delegated can decide on issues of personal care for the donor of the legal right. At present in Hong Kong, such delegated authority can only be exercised regarding the property and financial affairs of the donor. The consultation will last until September 30. 40 join Bauhinia course About 40 people enrolled in a training programme to nurture political talent run by the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre. The centre, a think tank close to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, launched the two-phase programme in May. Centre chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk said some of those who enrolled came from political parties and other think tanks. New Taiwan cruises planned An Italy-based cruise operator, Costa Crociere, will launch cruises between Hong Kong and Taiwan in January. A total of 15 cruises will leave from Keelung and Taichung in the first half of next year. The fare for the five-day trip ranges from US$289 to US$1,999. The company's vice-president, Massimo Brancaleoni, said he expected the new itinerary to attract 50,000 passengers and 80 per cent of those would be mainland visitors travelling to Taiwan via Hong Kong. HK$188b in spending approved The Legislative Council's Finance Committee has approved HK$188 billion for 67 government expenditure items in the 2008-09 legislative session, statistics showed. Members have raised 2,985 written questions on the administration's spending, the highest since 2002-03. City's women No 2 in lifespan Hong Kong women have the world's second-longest lifespan, 85.5 years, according to a report by Japan's Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry. Japanese women have the longest average life expectancy, 86.05 years. Iceland topped the men's list with 84.3 years, while Hong Kong and Switzerland shared second place with 79.4 years.