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Daily Archives: December 26, 2007

Mainland man arrested over 90,000 patacas robbery

by Natalie Leung


A 20-year-old man who allegedly snatched a woman's handbag that contained some 90,000 patacas in cash in Avenida Leste do Hipodromo was arrested by police within 30 minutes after the robbery occurred yesterday.

According to the Public Security Police (PSP), the 30-year-old victim, who worked in an international consultation company, was robbed by a man in a brown top at around 2am yesterday when she was walking home alone in Avenida Leste do Hipodromo, Areia Preta, Macau.

After about 20 minutes, the suspect was located by police near a supermarket at the Border Gate.

The suspect was a man surnamed Low whom police said was an illegal immigrant from Hubei province, China.

The man had once fled from the supermarket but was soon caught by the PSP officers whereby the contents that belonged to the woman were all retrieved.

The stolen goods valued at 110,500 patacas included a 15,000 pataca handbag, a 5,500 pataca mobile phone and a large quantity of cash.

The woman's credit cards, bank passbook and identification documents which were abandoned by the suspect on the street were also retrieved.

The man was sent to the Public Prosecutions Office yesterday and will be charged with robbery.


Hong Kong stages logo design contest to promote Wi-Fi initiative

The special administrative region government of Hong Kong on Tuesday announced that it was holding a competition to seek for logos and slogans that could best convey the benefits of a Wi-Fi promoting initiative."Creative minds are now invited to come up with a representative logo and slogans that help convey the benefits of the government Wi-Fi program," the Information Services Department and the office of the government chief information officer said, referring to GovWi-Fi, the project aimed at turning Hong Kong into a wireless city.Under the program, the SAR government of Hong Kong, dubbed China's world city, would progressively provide Wi-Fi facilities from March 2008 to June 2009 at about 350 government premises throughout the Chinese territory for free use by the public.All Hong Kong identity-card holders aged 11 or above could enter either the logo design or the slogan creation parts of the competition, or both. They may submit up to 3 designs for each part of the competition with a deadline of Jan. 25, 2008.A judging panel would evaluate the works, based on the principle that they should best express the theme and idea of the GovWi-Fi program, aside from their aesthetic level, creativity and suitability for printing as a visible sign and onto souvenirs.Winners would receive gift coupons and their winning entries may be displayed on relevant publicity materials and hotspot locations of the GovWi-Fi such as libraries, inquiry centers, cultural centers, community halls, government offices and parks.Hong Kong has recently been promoting the development of creative industries heavily in hope of cultivating support industries alongside the pillars of financial services and properties, with government-sponsored activities like the innovation festival.Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, set the goal of developing Hong Kong into a creative capital in his policy address recently after winning a second term as chief executive of the SAR.

Intended to improve the interoperability of local wireless networks products, Wi-Fi or wireless fidelity, is a wireless technology brand owned by the Wi-Fi Alliance, a consortium of separate and independent companies agreeing to a set of common standards. Its applications include internet, VoIP phone access, gaming and network.