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HK marathon gets 'M' Mark

The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded the "M" Mark status to the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon to be held on February 12.   The committee's Chairman Wilfred Ng said the event will add colour and vibrancy to Hong Kong, like all other "M" Mark events.   “The 'M' Mark events showcase Hong Kong's capability to host world-class events and enhance Hong Kong's position as a centre for major international sports activities.   “These events also allow the general public to enjoy and participate in high-level competitions and nurture a sustainable sporting culture in the community,” he added.   Launched in 2004, the "M" Mark system aims to help local national sports associations organise more major international sports events and nurture them into sustainable undertakings. http://dlvr.it/Sj0HBF

Trade art stamps to be issued

Hongkong Post will launch a special stamp issue and associated philatelic products on the theme Hong Kong Museums Collection - 19th Century China Trade Paintings with the Museum of Art on May 25.   The department said this follows the success of its collaboration with the museum for the Hong Kong Museums Collection last year.   The special issue includes a set of six stamps and two stamp sheetlets which showcase people's lives and customs as well as the landscapes of Guangzhou and Hong Kong, where merchants converged in the 19th century, giving stamp lovers a glimpse of these scenes in miniature.   The associated philatelic products include a collector pack which has a set of six stamps, two stamp sheetlets of $10 and $20 each, a serviced first day cover and two serviced collector covers.   The two collector covers are not for sale separately, the department added.   Advance orders can be made through the ShopThruPost website.
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