City Briefs

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 March, 2007, 12:00am

Polluters handed 24 convictions last month

Twenty-four convictions were recorded last month for breaches of anti-pollution laws, the Environmental Protection Department said. Fifteen convictions were related to air pollution, five were under the Waste Disposal Ordinance, three under the Noise Control Ordinance and one was for water pollution. The heaviest fine, HK$100,000, was handed to a company that used construction equipment without a valid noise permit.

Pay rises thin on the ground for retail sector

Forty-two per cent of 228 retail workers had no pay rise last year, a poll has found. It shows 60 per cent of those who had pay adjusted last year were given rises of 1 to 2 per cent, while 27 per cent were given rises of 3 to 5 per cent. The Department Stores Commercial Staff General Union, Electrical and Audio-Visual Trades Employees Association, and the Retail and Wholesale Trades Employees Association conducted the poll.

Washing machine on fire

A 79-year-old woman was treated for smoke inhalation after a washing machine burst into flames at her Lam Tin flat. Four fire engines and an ambulance were sent to the unit in Hong Nga Court.

suspect held over assault

A purported triad was arrested after allegedly beating a man in Tsim Sha Tsui. The suspect, 31, was kicking the victim, 42, outside an Austin Road pub when police were called at 2.30am. He claimed to be a triad while being questioned.

Ex-aviation chief in crash

Former director of civil aviation Peter Lok Kung-nam, 71, escaped injury when his car tipped on its side as he swerved to avoid a dog on Po Lo Che Road in Sai Kung.

Mainlander falls to death

A mainland visitor on police bail after being arrested on Saturday for weapon possession fell from a roof in Wan Chai. The man, 44, was found dead outside Tai Fat Building in Morrison Hill Road.