City Briefs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 August, 2006, 12:00am

Court forces companies to pay mpf contributions

The MPF won HK$120,000 on behalf of eight employees who were owed MPF contributions. Kwok Yin Ping formerly trading as Choi Kee Fast Food, Regent Forex Cargo and China Smartly trading as Hoi Fai Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant, did not dispute the amount claimed. In the Small Claims Tribunal, the adjudicator ordered them to pay the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority HK$28,181, HK$11,340 and HK$5,412. Maxwell Engineering, A-one Sightseeing and Vito Designs did not appear at the hearing. In their absence, the adjudicator ordered them to pay HK$43,581, HK$18,379 and HK$13,189. The amounts will be reimbursed to the employees' MPF accounts. China Smartly trading as Hoi Fai Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant pleaded guilty at Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court earlier to failing to make MPF contributions on time and was fined HK$4,000.

Transport worker preyed on the elderly, court told

A transport worker appeared in court over an alleged scam and was said to be involved in 10 other similar cases, the Kwun Tong Court heard. Wong Kwok-ming, 43, entered no plea to a fraud charge and was remanded in custody until Friday. The prosecution alleged Wong tried to get elderly women to invest money and, on August 17, he called Leung Yuk-kam, 80, and tried to get her to withdraw HK$10,000 for an investment.

Patients in insolation

Four patients and one staff member at a ward for the severely mentally handicapped in Siu Lam Hospital were transferred to an isolation ward at Tuen Mun Hospital after they began vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea on Friday. They were in a stable condition yesterday.

five-day week for council

The Productivity Council announced yesterday it would adopt the five-day work week from September 4. The new Monday to Friday hours will be 9am to 6pm.