Ex-councillor released from prison on appeal
Former Kowloon City district councillor Virginia Fung King-man was released from prison yesterday upon appeal against an 18-month jail term she received last year for fraudulently claiming HK$604,360 in rent. The Court of Appeal rejected an appeal against Fung's conviction. On the appeal over her sentence, however, the court allowed her immediate release. Fung was jailed in December by Deputy District Court Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong for submitting 72 bogus rental payment receipts for reimbursement by the government from 1998 to 2004.
Entertainers to hone talents with Skills Upgrading Scheme
Members of the entertainment industry are going back to school to boost their skills and make themselves more employable, the authorities claim. Some 2,265 performers are expected to enrol in 116 classes being offered for film, television and entertainment in the Skills Upgrading Scheme. Among new disciplines being taught this year are singing and composing. The scheme was launched in 2001 to provide training and upgrade the skills of people in various trades.
Customs in pirate software bust
Customs officers have arrested seven people and seized 32 computers and 85 pirated software discs in a raid on a spectacle manufacturer and three computer shops. The haul was worth about HK$143,000. A director and two staff members were arrested on Monday when officers raided a Kowloon Bay office and found their computers used software that infringed copyright law.
Unions seek taxi fare increase
Five unions representing about two-thirds of the city's taxi drivers submitted a proposal to transport officials to charge passengers HK$1 more per journey in the face of rising LPG costs. Top Sun-tong, director of the taxi branch of the Motor Transport Workers General Union, said the proposal was backed by 22 drivers' associations.
Police inspect driver's nostrils
A 24-year-old motorist had his nostrils examined to see if he was using drugs, police said. Officers stopped him in Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O, after he was seen acting suspiciously. A small quantity of what appeared to be the drug Ice was found in his car. The suspect resisted arrest, injuring a policeman in a struggle.
Trips hit by shark fears resume
Trips from Tai Mei Tuk, Wong Shek and Chong Hing water sports centres will resume tomorrow after being cancelled early last month because of shark sightings near Hoi Ha Wan Marine Life Centre. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department said trips would resume because there had been no recent reports of sharks.
Dock guard dies in sea fall
A 58-year-old watchman died after he fell into the sea at a dockyard in Cheung Sha Wan. He was reported missing by a colleague after he went on patrol in the Hing Wah Street West dockyard and failed to return to his post after almost three hours.
Brawling passengers arrested
Police arrested two men for fighting on a bus on the Fanling Highway in Lok Ma Chau yesterday morning. Police said the fight broke out when a 32-year-old man accused a 46-year-old of bumping him with his arm as they shared a seat. They were treated for minor facial injuries.