In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 November, 2008, 12:00am

YMCA gives paternity leave

The Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong is giving its male staff three days of fully paid paternity leave beginning this month. The policy change was aimed at allowing men to spend more time at home when they had a newborn - a situation where both the mother and father faced immense pressure and demands, it said. The Chinese YMCA has 600 staff, 470 of whom are men.

Triad gang attacks hawker

A 35-year-old hawker selling roasted food outside Fu Tai Estate in Tuen Kwai Road, Tuen Mun, was attacked at midnight by five or six youths claiming to be members of the Sun Yee On triad society. He was treated at Tuen Mun Hospital and discharged. Police said the hawker started selling food at the estate only recently and officers were investigating whether the attack was part of a triad bid to demand protection money.

Hunt on for tourist hot spots

A study, including a public consultation, is expected to begin early next year into the potential of Sha Tau Kok and neighbouring islands as tourism spots, with the Planning Department inviting proposals from planning consultancies yesterday. Areas being studied include Sha Tau Kok Chuen, Fung Hang, Kuk Po, Yung Shue Au, So Lo Pun, Lai Chi Wo, Sam A Tsuen, Ap Chau and Kat O.

Puffer fish poisons fisherman

A 61-year-old man was poisoned by a puffer fish on Sunday. The man, who caught the puffer fish in Hong Kong waters, became dizzy and suffered numbness of his face and limbs four hours after eating the fish. He was treated at Tseung Kwan O Hospital but was not admitted.

Maid falls from 2nd-floor flat

A 25-year-old domestic helper suffered leg injuries when she fell out the window of a second-floor flat in Tin Hau Temple Road, Tin Hau, at 3.45pm while collecting clothes from a drying rack. She was taken conscious to Ruttonjee Hospital.

Airport the warmest place in HK

Chek Lap Kok has the city's highest mean temperature, while Tap Mun is the coldest region, according to the newly launched 'Regional Climate of Hong Kong' webpage of the Observatory. Residents of Tseung Kwan O may also consider bringing their umbrellas more often, as the website shows the district has the highest rainfall at 2,506mm per year. And Lau Fau Shan has the lowest annual rainfall of 1,487mm.

School bus burns in Tuen Mun

The driver of a school bus evacuated two teachers and 34 students from his vehicle when its engine began smoking in Hoi Wong Road, Tuen Mun, at about 9.30am. Police said firemen extinguished the flames. No one was injured.

76-year-old hit by taxi

A 76-year-old woman was in serious condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being hit by a taxi in Tai Kok Tsui Road, Mong Kok, at 9.30am. The driver, 47, passed a breathalyser test. In a separate case, an 85-year-old man was hit by a taxi at the junction of Mong Lung Street and Factory in Cha Wan at 10am. He was in stable condition in Eastern Hospital.