Pre-trial appearance for pilot accused of rape
A Cathay Pacific pilot accused of sexually assaulting a woman colleague in a New York hotel on New Year's Eve will make a pre-trial appearance on August 9 in New York. David Tonn, 34, is charged with a criminal sexual act in the third degree, two counts of forcible touching, third-degree rape and third-degree sexual abuse. Tonn was arraigned in May with bail set at US$5,000. The District Attorney's office describes the victim as a 44-year-old cabin crew member who lives in Hong Kong.
Still no trace of missing American man, police say
Police say there is still no trace of an American man who went missing six weeks ago. Gregory Brooks disappeared after visiting a Buddhist temple in Sung Shan New Village, Yuen Long, with his wife. About 1.7 metres tall, weighing 76kg and bald, Brooks, 49, was wearing a yellow and green T-shirt, white shorts, white socks and white slippers. His sister, Leslie, said he had started showing signs of extreme paranoia before his disappearance and appeared to have suffered a nervous breakdown. People with information can contact investigating officers on 2860 1045 or 9886 0034. The missing man's family can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HK$2 fare for over-65s and disabled to start early
About 1.1 million people - over-65s and the disabled - can ride on most buses in the city for a flat fare of HK$2 from August 5, Labour and Welfare Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said. He said the scheme would be introduced a month ahead of the original schedule. The New Lantao Bus Company and ferry operators are expected to join early next year. The scheme was announced by former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in October, and its first phase was enacted last month.
Four more Legco nominations submitted
Four more nomination forms were submitted yesterday for the Legislative Council election in September. That brings the total number of nominations received to 58. The candidates who submitted their forms yesterday included Paul Tse Wai-chun, a tourism sector lawmaker who will run in Kowloon East, and the NeoDemocrats' ticket led by a Sai Kung district councillor, Gary Fan Kwok-wai, who will run in New Territories East. Engineering sector lawmaker Raymond Ho Chung-tai and Patrick Lau Sau-shing, an architectural, surveying and planning sector lawmaker, also submitted their forms yesterday to seek re-election. The nomination period ends on July 31.
Famed Taiwanese writer's talk silenced by a cold
Famed Taiwanese writer Pai Hsien-yung managed to appear for his talk at the Asia-Pacific Taiwan Federation of Industry and Commerce yesterday despite losing his voice due to a cold. Pai - the 75-year-old son of Kuomintang general Pai Chung-hsi - said only that the city's air-conditioning was too cold.