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They may work with money all day, but the city's bankers are still keen to spend their free time raising cash to help the needy - and have some fun in the process. A total of 350 staff from Barclays filled Grappa's Cellar in Central on December 12 to raise funds for Operation Santa Claus through the bank's annual charity talent show and auction.

The cost of increasing the capacity of Hong Kong's reservoirs exceeds that of simply discharging excess water into the sea, the development minister has said as he defends accusations that the government is wasting water from overflowing reservoirs.


A constable drew his revolver to stop a mentally ill man from attacking a paramedic with a chopper amid a violent rampage in a family flat yesterday that left six people injured.

Tyres on about 50 heavy vehicles were damaged by a single screw sticking up from the road surface yesterday, delaying traffic for more than three hours. The incident involved buses, trucks and coaches on a section of Tuen Mun Road, near Yau Kom Tau, travelling in the direction of Tuen Mun.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told a public consultation on population policy that it was not the time for Hong Kong to cap numbers as the city was facing the problems of an ageing population and a shrinking workforce.

Hong Kong is to have a royal visit that may boost international involvement in its culture hub. Belgium's queen, Mathilde, arrives for a three-day visit on Wednesday as part of her first Asian tour since ascending to the throne four months ago.

Police are stepping up the hunt for a six-month-old girl abducted outside a park in Kowloon City on Saturday night. Officers from the tactical unit were seen combing the area for clues yesterday afternoon, while plain-clothes detectives from the serious crime unit went door to door, speaking to shopkeepers and neighbours.

Life in British-ruled Hong Kong as far back as 145 years ago is the subject of a photography exhibition starting in Central today, thanks to the curators of images produced by Scottish travel writer John Thomson.

TVB has banned Next Media from its press conferences and promotional events because of its "biased reports" on the free-to-air TV licence saga and the station's anniversary gala. 

Mong Kok's bustling pedestrian area will be reopened to traffic on weeknights after councillors voted near-unanimously to restrict the road closures to weekends and public holidays.

Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mong Kok is special to street performers as a place where they can really interact with the passing public. Local residents see it differently: to them the performers and their fans are a major nuisance and they want the government to get rid of them.

Mong Kok district councillors are facing a difficult decision as public opinion is split over changing the opening hours of the pedestrian precinct in the area's most jammed street.

The old buildings may be gone, but the street signs in Causeway Bay still hold clues to the city's rich history. Many can be traced back to the two Scotsmen who co-founded Jardine Matheson in 1844, when the company established itself in the new British colony to deal in opium, cotton, tea, silk and a variety of other goods.

Worried that the animal he calls Little Tommy might now be put down, Shing Wing-biu showed off the pig's 50 sq ft room. The pig also has its own outside space to run around in and a pond to swim in.

The development chief got a hostile and emotional reception when he toured the proposed site for a new town in the northeastern New Territories. About 30 villagers could not hide their tears, knowing they would have to leave their homes to make way for the development.

Leases of private clubs due for renewal will be reviewed to see whether their land could be put to better use, the home affairs minister said. Tsang Tak-shing was responding to a critical report from the Audit Commission this week which urged the government to consider taking back some of the land.

Holidaymakers could rest easy when planning their Christmas trips this year as it was very unlikely there would be any industrial action, the spokeswoman for Cathay Pacific's cabin crew said.

Some 30,000 people tried to register online for Hong Kong's flagship marathon in five frenetic minutes last month, leaving its website overwhelmed, organisers said yesterday.

Owners of a building in Sham Shui Po may lose possession of their rooftop under a claim for squatters' rights, the District Court heard yesterday.

Sixteen health-care professional groups have backed the Ombudsman's call for the Health Department to establish statutory controls over their trades, so the public can make informed choices when seeking services.

Queen Mary Hospital could help 30 more leukaemia patients who need bone marrow transplants each year after expanding its stem cell centre. The centre can now treat about 140 patients a year, although the public hospital receives an average of nearly 200 referrals annually.