In Brief

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 December, 2007, 12:00am

Hot solstice brings caution against global warming

The temperature during the winter solstice yesterday was the second warmest in a decade, green activists reported. Quoting Hong Kong Observatory weather data, Green Sense said yesterday's maximum temperature hit 23.7 degrees Celsius, 3.4 degrees higher than the average maximum between 1960 and 1990. The group warned that the warm weather was a manifestation of global warming and reminded people to conserve energy and minimise the greenhouse gas emissions.

Drugs, pornography and cough syrup seized in police raid

Police arrested 34 men and a woman during an anti-pornography and drugs operation in Mong Kok and seized drugs and pornographic discs worth about HK$910,000. Officers searched several venues in the district between midnight Friday and 4am yesterday. Those arrested, aged from 19 to 60, were suspected of involvement in offences ranging from drug trafficking and possession to managing vice premises, prescribing regulated drugs without a pharmacist's approval and possessing obscene articles for distribution. Some 283 bottles of cough syrup and 21,000 pornographic discs were seized.

Naked, injured man found unconscious in car park

Police were investigating after a 20-year-old man was found naked and unconscious on a staircase in a Tseung Kwan O car park. The man was discovered by a resident at about 1pm in the car park adjacent to Sheung Ming House at Sheung Tak Estate. Police said he had wounds to his neck and head. An identity card, a screwdriver and a fire extinguisher with bloodstains on it were also found at the scene. The man was in a critical condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital last night.

Legislator calls for more hospital beds, shorter waiting lists

Legislator Fred Li Wah-ming called on the Hospital Authority to relieve long waiting lists and a shortage of rehabilitation beds at United Christian Hospital. Mr Li made his call after a meeting with Hospital Authority director Cheung Wai-lun. Mr Li said some elderly cataract patients sometimes had to wait for years for a consultation. And a shortage of rehabilitation beds meant about 200 patients have had to be admitted to other hospitals. A Hospital Authority spokesman said reviews and improvements in resource allocations were ongoing.

Boy, 11, says mother abused him

A 36-year-old woman was arrested after her 11-year-old son accused her of abusing him. Police said that the boy, who lives with his parents in a flat in Luk Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate, claimed he was beaten with a plastic clothes hanger by his mother after arguing with her. The mother was later released on bail. The boy was admitted to Yan Chai Hospital and was in stable condition last night.

416,000 leave Hong Kong

More than 416,000 people left Hong Kong ahead of the Christmas holidays yesterday through various land and sea checkpoints, the Immigration Department said. More than 179,000 went to the mainland through the Lo Wu checkpoint. More than 64,000 departed from Hong Kong International Airport.

11 hurt in multi-car crash

Eleven people suffered minor lacerations in a multiple nose-to-tail crash involving three cars, a minibus and a truck in Prince Edward Road East near Choi Hung Estate. The vehicles were travelling east towards Kwun Tong. The road was partially closed and reopened to traffic at about 8.21pm.

Student stopped from jumping

A 22-year-old Chinese University student was rescued by firemen after threatening to jump from his flat in Ma On Shan. Police said the man had become emotionally unstable after learning he had to repeat a year at university because of poor academic results. He was admitted to the Prince of Wales Hospital for treatment.