In Brief

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 November, 2007, 12:00am

Minister seeks to avoid strike by social workers

The labour minister has urged social workers to be rational, saying there is no need for them to stage a strike at the end of the month. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the government had always been in close talks with the sector about welfare funding, and he hoped the Hong Kong Social Workers' General Union would be patient because a new proposal would be introduced around the end of the year. The union says social workers will strike on November 28 to push for a review of the welfare funding policy and demand the same pay as their government counterparts.

Airport handles more cargo, passengers, flights

Hong Kong International Airport recorded steady growth last month, with passengers and cargo volume rising. The number of passengers stood at 4.13 million, up 7.1 per cent from October last year, while cargo and air traffic movements went up by 7.6 per cent and 5.8 per cent, respectively, reaching 353,000 tonnes and 25,830 movements. For the 12 months ending October 31, the airport handled 47.1 million passengers, which was 7.4 per cent more than the same period last year. It handled 3.7 million tonnes of cargo and 292,740 air traffic movements, up 4.4 per cent and 5 per cent.

Motorcyclist fights for life

A 36-year-old novice motorcyclist, surnamed Tse, was fighting for his life in hospital last night after losing control and hitting a road sign on Route Twisk at 11am.

Two held over vehicle thefts

Two men aged 24 and 48 were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft during a police operation in On Lok Mun Street, Sheung Shui. Officers found a light goods vehicle and a car that were reported missing this month in Yau Tong.

Docker breaks bones in fall

A 39-year-old worker fell about 6 metres from the top of a barge while working at Kwai Chung Container Terminal. Firefighters rescued the man, who was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital with a number of broken bones.

Pair hurt as car slams into barrier

Two passengers in a car were injured when it hit a barrier trying to avoid another vehicle on Tolo Harbour Highway at about 4am. They were admitted to hospital.

Mark Six

One ticket won the first prize of HK$25,947,485 in last night's draw. The numbers were 1, 4, 6, 20, 25 and 32. The extra number was 43. Three tickets each won the second prize of HK$860,615. Third prize paid HK$44,130.