City briefs

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 November, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 November, 2004, 12:00am

Couple free suspect after robbery attempt on boat

A fisherman and his wife in Aberdeen reportedly captured, then released a suspect who tried to rob them at knifepoint early yesterday morning. Police said the couple were sleeping in their fishing vessel when they awoke to find a man on board, about 4.30am.

The man threatened the couple with a chopper he found in the galley. They subdued him, but set him free after he pleaded with them, police said.

The police said other people spotted the robber leaving by boat, and as of yesterday afternoon he remained at large.

Sick boy brings number of infected children to 24

One more child developed symptoms of fever and respiratory infection at the Caritas Medical Centre - bringing the total number of children showing such symptoms at the hospital to 24 since the first cases were detected on November 5.

The latest child, a 10-year-old boy, was in a stable condition, the hospital said.

A hospital spokesman said seven children still had fever but no ward staff had shown symptoms.

Visiting hours remain unaffected at the moment, hospital staff said.

eighth phase of smart card replacement starts

ID cardholders born in 1954 or 1955 must apply for a new smart ID card between November 29 and January 22, the Immigration Department said. They should make an appointment with the department by calling 1838 333, or by visiting the government website

This will be the eighth phase of the department's smart ID card replacement exercise. The phase, for people who were born in 1956 or 1957, will end on November 27.

vote to recognise best border officer

Travellers at immigration checkpoints are being asked to vote for the counter officers who give the best service, in the Immigration Department's annual courtesy campaign starting next week. The officer with the most votes will be named Hong Kong Courtesy Ambassador. From November 22 to 28, travellers can place their ballots in boxes behind the counters.