elderly fear plan will raise medicine costs
Elderly people are worried they will not be able to afford necessary medicines if the government goes ahead with plans to make patients buy their own medication, according to a survey of 960 residents of seniors' homes. About 65 per cent of those surveyed have long-term illnesses such as heart problems and diabetes. The survey found the majority of respondents did not know the details of the government's plans. Those who knew were worried that medicine costs would be driven up if patients had to buy their own medicines. They are also worried they will be sold fake medicine.
crackdown launched on drivers and pedestrians
The police will begin a six-day operation today to crack down on drivers and pedestrians breaking traffic laws. Operation Foxfire will be conducted at traffic black spots in Wan Chai and Eastern districts. Jaywalkers and drivers will be prosecuted without prior warning.
Karaoke giant fined over employees' holidays
Karaoke giant Neway has been fined $32,000 for failing to grant statutory holidays to four employees. The Labour Department reminded employers yesterday that all employees are entitled to12 statutory holidays a year, and a substituted holiday must be arranged if the workers are required to work on the statutory holidays. Those breaking the rules face a maximum fine of $50,000 for each offence.
TAXIS gather at Tamar site to promote Jumbo
About 100 taxis gathered at the Tamar Site yesterday to promote free taxi rides to the floating restaurants in Aberdeen. The Jumbo Kingdom, formerly known as the Jumbo and Tai Pak floating restaurants, will reimburse customers for their taxi fares, up to $80, if they spend more than $600.
KCRC to spend 2.3m on first-class barrier
The KCRC's East Rail line is spending $2.3 million this year to install a system to admit only authorised first-class passengers to the first-class cars on its 37 trains, it was revealed yesterday. The doors between the standard and first-class compartments will only open for passengers who have validated their Octopus tickets for first-class travel once the new system becomes operational. Passengers will have to pay the first-class fare even to pass through a first-class carriage to another standard-class car.