Poultry deliverymen demand to know government plans
Poultry transporters, struggling under new restrictions introduced to control the spread of bird flu, have demanded that the government explain its plans for managing the chicken trade. Kowloon Poultry Transporter and Poulterer Association chairman Wong Tak-leung said workers were suffering from a drop in business with retailers ordering fewer chickens. Mr Wong led a group to meet the director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, Cheung Siu-hing, seeking a two-month waiver of parking fees. Under a licence buy-back proposal, the government is offering HK$180,000 per truck to the transporters, but Mr Wong wants HK$300,000.
HK singers miss out on top honours at Golden Melody awards
Hong Kong singers Eason Chan Yick-sun, Khalil Fong and Karen Mok Man-wai lost out to Malaysian Gary Chaw and Tanya Chua of Singapore last night in Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards, dubbed the Chinese-language Grammys. Chaw received the accolade of best Mandarin male singer. Chua was crowned best Mandarin female singer for the second time. Mok won the album of the year award for Live Is. Taiwan's pop prince Jay Chou won the most awards.
HK$7m help for fishermen
Licensing fees for fishing boats will be waived for a year and it will be easier for fishermen to get loans, Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok said, announcing moves to help the fishing industry cope with rising oil prices. Dr Chow said the government also proposed exempting fishermen from paying interest on special loans granted to them. It is estimated the relief measures will cost between HK$7 million and HK$8 million, and benefit about 6,000 boat operators.
Unpaid workers block traffic
About 100 angry construction workers blocked How Ming Road, Kwun Tong, causing big traffic jams, to press a demand for HK$2 million in back pay. After a three-hour standoff, the subcontractor who owes the money agreed to pay by Wednesday. The company said another firm owed it money.