In Brief

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 March, 2007, 12:00am

public housing tenants can pay rent at 7-eleven

Public housing tenants will be able pay their monthly rent bills at more than 700 7-Eleven stores from tomorrow. They must have their Housing Department electronic-payment cards with them. Only cash payments are accepted. Lee Cert-quinn, assistant director of housing, said the rent collection network would be further expanded to cover customer service centres at 50 MTR stations from May 24. An auto-dial rent-reminder service is also being tried out at 28 public housing estates until May. Tenants receive a reminder for overdue payments in SMS or recorded form. The service will be extended to all public housing estates later.

kidney failure patients urged to avoid star fruit

The Centre for Food Safety has warned patients with chronic renal failure to avoid eating starfruit since consuming even small amounts may cause irreversible damage. Thomas Chan Yan-keung of the Expert Committee on Food Safety said starfruit contains a powerful neurotoxin. Symptoms, which normally appear within eight hours, include vomiting, agitation, muscle weakness, confusion and fainting. There have been fatalities in some cases.

reports on west rail explosion out next month

Two reports on the West Rail explosion on February 14 will be submitted to the government by next month, according to the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation. Its senior transport director, Lee Yun-tai, said the reports would be available to the public. One on the cause of the accident follows an examination of a faulty transformer by Polytechnic University. The other is an evaluation carried out by the police, fire services and KCRC. Mr Lee said Guangzhou-Hong Kong through-train services would be disrupted until next month because of rail construction work. Journey times will be about 10 minutes longer.

south americans held for alleged thefts

Three South Americans were arrested for attempted theft in two separate cases in Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei. In the first case, Tsim Sha Tsui police officers spotted a man acting suspiciously at the Star Ferry pier at 10am. They followed the 75-year-old suspect to Sai Wan and arrested the Colombian as he appeared to be trying to steal a man's wallet on a bus in Eastern Street. Police officers arrested two Peruvians, aged 36 and 38, in a restaurant on Boundary Street for allegedly trying to steal a bag a customer had placed under a table. A laptop computer, mobile phone and HK$1,000 in cash were also recovered.

taxi in hit and run

Police are looking for a taxi driver involved in a hit-and-run accident in which an 83-year-old pedestrian was hurt in Tsuen Wan. Police said a driver reported that he saw an elderly man injured by a taxi on Cheung Shan Estate Road West at about noon.

Stolen car torched

A car was found on fire in Mong Kok, three hours after it was reported missing. Police said the owner parked his car near Sycamore Street at about 12.15am and discovered it was missing 15 minutes later. At about 4am, police received a report of a burning car on Sycamore Street.

mark six

There were no winners of the first or second prizes in last night's draw. The numbers were 21, 23, 26, 36, 45 and 49. The extra number was 2. Third prize paid HK$84,435.