Families forced into smaller flats
The Housing Authority is set to move about 2,000 families living in relatively large flats on public housing estates to smaller ones over the next two years. The authority's deputy director, Lau Kai-hung, said this was necessary to better allocate space as some residents were occupying as much as 400 sq ft per person. All families required to move will be offered up to four options for their new residence, and the government can cancel their leases if they refuse to move.
More details for shoppers
Pre-packed foods will have to carry labels containing information on ingredients and additives under a law that will come into effect in July. Food and Environmental Hygiene Department consultant Ho Yuk-yin said retailers and importers should ensure the labels were in line with the regulations. Inspectors recently found the labels on 16 of 58 pre-packed products did not list the additives.
Passengers faced delays
Services on the West Rail and the MTR's Island line were delayed yesterday morning due to signal failures. A fault in the signal system at Chai Wan station at about 7.30am caused delays in services between Chai Wan and Tai Koo. Services returned to normal at 8.30am. A similar problem at the West Rail's Yuen Long station at 10am caused delays between Nam Cheong and Yuen Long. Services returned to normal at 11.30am.
Counterfeit goods seized
Customs and excise officers have seized counterfeit goods worth HK$2 million from a container truck at the Man Kam To border crossing. It contained 66 cartons of goods including sports clothing and shoes, handbags, wallets, watches and computer accessories with forged trademarks. The driver, 46, was arrested but has yet to be charged.
Vietnam cash inquiries go cold
Police had found no evidence that a Vietnam-based syndicate was behind the counterfeit HK$1,000 banknotes in circulation in the city, police commissioner Tang King-shing said. Mr Tang said intelligence had earlier suggested Vietnam might have been the source of many bogus bills. Police would continue to liaise with their Vietnamese counterparts, Mr Tang said, adding that the number of fake banknotes in the city had dropped recently.
City's young ensnared in Web
Nearly 30 per cent of primary school children are hooked on using the internet, while 60 per cent regard surfing the Net as an important part of life, a survey has found. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong interviewed 1,200 pupils and found 27 per cent admitted their habit affected their grades. Forty per cent would be unhappy if they could not access the internet. The church urged parents to encourage children to do outdoor activities and limit time spent on computers.
There was no winner of the first prize in last night's draw. The numbers were 21, 24, 31, 36, 38 and 46. The extra number was 43. Two tickets each won the second prize of HK$980,850. Third prize paid HK$51,285.