Donors put Democratic Party back on its feet The Democratic Party may have lost its appeal when fund-raising during the July 1 march, but it is recovering ground elsewhere. A few days after the party's receipt of a HK$155,000 cheque from a supporter, party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan and party lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong received two cheques totalling HK$200,000 from two anonymous donors yesterday. The Democrats collected only about HK$45,000 on the march - a drop of 85 per cent from last year's HK$300,000. In contrast, the League of Social Democrats collected HK$260,000 while the Civic Party got HK$200,000. But the Democrats will have little time to celebrate their bonanza. Party leaders are to urge the government to set up a panel, headed by the chief executive, to lay out a 10-year road map for universal suffrage through legislation during their meeting with Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen today. A newsletter or campaign platform? It's unusual to see a legislator put someone else's picture on the front cover of his or her newsletter, but Lam Tai-fai has done just that. And the picture isn't just of anyone, but his good friend Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, along with a headline, 'Political reform package made history'. The newsletter also reads like campaign material for Tang's much-expected tilt at being the next chief executive. Lam, the legislator representing the industrial sector, is convenor of Community 18 founded by 35 pro-establishment district councillors and community organisers across the city to promote 'social harmony' and voice concerns to the government on district issues. Lam has dismissed suggestions that the group, set up two weeks ago, is a platform for Tang's possible bid. Really? Flambe over Ming Pao luncheon After it came to light that Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao was the go-between for talks between Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan and Elsie Leung Oi-sie in the constitutional reform talks, the League of Social Democrats has found a new target. League legislator Wong Yuk-man is so upset that he is urging chairman Andrew To Kwan-hang to protest by burning a copy of the paper in a show of discontent. 'The leftist papers are only putting their pro-Communist Party views in their editorials, but Ming Pao is manipulating politics to generate news,' said Wong, formerly head of the journalism department at Chu Hai college. The paper's chief editor Cheung Kin-por has said it was sheer luck that a lunch he arranged for Leung and Ho last December turned out to be the entr?for the party's further dialogue with Beijing via Leung. Vice-chancellor a World Cup winner - and loser Chinese University vice-chancellor Professor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu appeared to have won the hearts and minds of most of the 800-plus people watching the live broadcast of the World Cup final with him on campus yesterday morning. He joined students and alumni in cheering on the Netherlands and Spain and blowing vuvuzelas, the musical instruments used by supporters during competition in South Africa. Yeung Tak-ming, who graduated from the university this summer, said the party atmosphere at University Mall was pretty good. 'At least we had the opportunity to have fun alongside Sung, which we have never had with Professor Lawrence Lau Juen-yee [Sung's predecessor],' Yeung said. Yet Sung, wearing an orange jersey in support of the Netherlands, also ended up a loser: his favoured team lost 1-0 to Spain.