Health bureau will try to reduce threat to public from poisonings
An initiative to reduce death and injury from poisonings is being launched this month. The Health, Welfare and Food Bureau aims to enhance treatment, laboratory analysis, information services and surveillance and will be advised by doctors and a Consumer Council representative. At least 400 people have died from poisoning since 2001, and between 4,000 and 5,000 people a year receive hospital treatment. Hospital figures show a sixth of cases are accidental. More than three-quarters of all cases involve medicines.
Tribute to former power broker
Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen paid tribute to Sir Sidney Samuel Gordon, a former chief of CLP Power and government power broker, who died yesterday at the age of 89. 'Sir Sidney has a long record of dedicated public service and he will be remembered for his contribution to Hong Kong, ' Mr Tsang said. Funeral services are yet to be announced.
Harbour seen as UN heritage site
Victoria Harbour and the city's cha chan teng teahouses should be on Unesco's World Heritage List, says the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. It plans to lobby the government to apply to the UN cultural agency. Last month, a Cultural Services official said the city's heritage is not world-class.
Injured hiker airlifted to safety
A hiker was airlifted to Eastern Hospital after he tripped and suffered injuries to his head and hands in Pak Shui Wun, near the University of Science and Technology. Last night, the 49-year-old man was in a stable condition.
Man attacks wife, mother-in-law
A man was arrested for assaulting his wife and mother-in-law in a flat in Wong Tai Sin early yesterday. The woman's half-brother, who tried to stop the assault, was also arrested. The women, aged 29 and 52, received treatment for scratches.
10 nabbed in nightclub drug raids
Police arrested 10 people and seized drugs including ketamine and Ecstasy worth HK$2,460 in raids on two nightspots in Tsim Sha Tsui.