City Briefs

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 January, 2005, 12:00am

Education chief considers school takeover plan

Education chief Arthur Li Kwok-cheung confirmed yesterday the government is considering allowing popular schools to take over those struggling to attract students and then implementing small-class teaching. While the proposal would speed up the closure of schools with recruiting problems and be unpopular with some parents, Professor Li felt others would welcome it because popular schools would be able to take more students.

3 arrested in raid on illegal pay-tv sellers

Police and the Office of the Telecommunications Authority launched their second raid in a week on sellers of unauthorised pay-television decoders in Shamshuipo, arresting three people and seizing four decoders, 21 smart cards and nine card programmers. This came after a larger haul of seven unauthorised decoders, 41 smart cards and 30 card programmers on January 13.

proposed medical fee rise gets authority's backing

Hospital Authority chief executive William Ho Shiu-wei welcomed a government plan to raise medical charges, saying it would help the authority balance its budget and address the imbalance between the private and public health sectors. His comments came as dozens of protesters marched to government headquarters to protest against the proposed increases.

writer robbed

Taiwanese writer and critic Lung Yingtai was robbed of $7,000, credit cards and her identity documents while sightseeing in Guangzhou at the weekend. Ms Lung is a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong Journalism and Media Studies Centre.

skeleton found on hill

Police found a human skeleton, believed to be that of a man, on a hillside in Lung Mun Road, Castle Peak, but believe there are no suspicious circumstances.

red tide at trio beach

Beach-goers were advised not to swim at Trio Beach in Sai Kung because of a red tide.