Village residents may get early relocation and compensation
The government will consider the unusual move of compensating and relocating residents of the city's oldest village before redevelopment plans are complete, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said. A study of the problem was urgent because living conditions in Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen, Kowloon City, were 'considerably bad', she said, but the Urban Renewal Authority had to tackle ownership issues before starting redevelopment work. The village is one of 25 on the former Land Development Corporation's list of redevelopment sites.
Discrimination case thrown out
District Court Judge David Lok Kai-hong yesterday dismissed a former administrative officer's claim against the government for disability discrimination, saying much of the evidence was his own subjective perception of events. 'Mickey', who resigned from his post in 2000, claimed he was discriminated against by supervisors and Civil Service Bureau officers because of his anxiety disorder.
Woman hit by bus dies
A 60-year-old woman died after being knocked down by a KMB bus in Tseung Kwan O. Police said Chow So-hing was crossing Yan King Road near a bus terminal when she was hit by a double-decker at about 11.45am. She was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where doctors declared her dead at 11.57am. Police said no arrests were made. The 51-year-old driver passed a breathalyser test.
Fireman falls in hiker search
A 38-year-old fireman fell about 20 metres down a slope and injured his left hand at 1.30am during a search for a hiker at Shek Lung Tsai in Ma On Shan Country Park. The hiker was later found. Both were flown out by helicopter at 6am.
Bird shops face loss of licences
A bird shop in Shek Yam Road, Kwai Chung, and one in the Mong Kok Bird Garden, face loss of their licences after being caught selling white-eye birds without valid health certificates. Under new rules introduced this month to protect against avian flu, all birds for sale must have health certificates.