Former health director admitted to hospital
Dr Lam Ping-yan, who retired as director of health in March, was taken to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam for a sudden health problem yesterday and was being kept overnight. A source at the hospital said he was conscious and in good condition last night.
Women sets herself alight on North Point bench
An 89-year-old woman set herself on fire on a bench in Fortress Hill Road, North Point, at about 11am in what police said they believed was a suicide attempt. A bus driver saw the incident and helped put out the fire. The woman was taken to Queen Mary Hospital with burns to her chest and face.
HKU, SPACE warn of course scam on mainland
The University of Hong Kong and its School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) warned of a scam in which a fake training programme claimed to be organised by them was advertised on the mainland. The institutions became aware of the scam after getting inquiries from mainlanders about the six-day course for top managers at enterprises, claimed to be held at the Hong Kong campus. They said the programme had nothing to do with them and that anyone who had enrolled should seek police assistance.
Workers want earlier departure for typhoons
More than 41 per cent of 518 workers surveyed by the Democratic Party complained that they had not been allowed to leave work in the run-up to the No 8 signal during Typhoon Vicente on Monday last week. The party urged employers to work out plans for releasing staff before typhoons to avoid a huge number of people rushing to public transport at the last minute.