Most closed primary schools to be left unused, says bureau
More than half the primary schools closed since 2003 or scheduled to close in the coming academic year are to be left unused. In a paper prepared for a Legislative Council meeting next week, the Education and Manpower Bureau says 33 of the 54 schools are 'too small, located in remote areas and/or with substandard physical conditions'. Most of these are disused village schools, the bureau says, and will be given to other departments for 'disposal in accordance with established government policy'. The remaining 21 schools had either been allocated or earmarked for other educational purposes.
Help sought on cyclist's death
Police are appealing for information on an accident in which a 70-year-old cyclist died after his bicycle crashed in Sheung Shui last month. The man reportedly fell into a stream when he lost control of his bicycle and hit railings near Tai Lung Experimental Farm, off Fan Kam Road, at about 11.40am on April 18. He was taken to North District Hospital and later transferred to Prince of Wales Hospital, where he died on April 26. Anyone with information is asked to call 2677 6299 or 2455 4210.
Two hurt in candle-stand accident
A couple suffered minor burns after they knocked over a candle stand at a Yau Ma Tei flat and set alight a gas canister. A man, 36, and a woman, 33, were lighting candles in the Parkes Street flat when the accident happened at about 8am. Police said the electricity supply had been disconnected in the flat. The fire had burned out before help arrived. The pair suffered minor burns.
Wan Chai fire sparks evacuation
About 50 office workers were evacuated from Sincere Insurance Building in Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, as cardboard boxes caught fire on a second-floor staircase at about 10.26am. The auto-sprinkler system was activated and the blaze was put out before firemen arrived. No one was injured.
Arrest for drink-driving
A driver was arrested for drink-driving after his car collided with a taxi in Tai Hang Road, Causeway Bay, at about 1.55am. He was released on bail pending further investigation. The man, 43, and the taxi driver, 57, were taken to Ruttonjee Hospital for examination.
Tai Po man in suicide jump
A 29-year-old man committed suicide by leaping out a window of his Wan Lam House flat at Wan Tau Tong Estate, in Tai Po, at about 5.15am.
One ticket won the HK$34,012,760 first prize last night. The numbers were 11, 20, 23, 30, 46 and 48. The extra number was 22. Eight tickets each won second prize of HK$583,865. Third paid HK$50,835.