Swine flu kills diabetes sufferer
A 53-year-old man with diabetes became the city's 59th swine flu death yesterday. He was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital last Thursday with symptoms of fever and pneumonia, and was transferred to intensive care the following day. He was confirmed with swine flu on Saturday.
Blast blows out flat's windows
A 17-year-old electric water heater exploded in a Kwun Tong flat, injuring a male resident and sending shattered glass onto Shui Ning Street. Residents were evacuated from three floors of the block.
More than 75,000 visit temple
Despite cold weather, 75,700 people had visited Che Kung Temple in Sha Tin by 5pm yesterday. The temple traditionally attracts a large crowd on the third day of the Lunar New Year, when people avoid visiting family and friends in the belief there is a high risk of arguments.
Increased optimism over careers
Workers have higher job aspirations than last year, a survey by the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood found. About 300 respondents gave an average rating of 5.12 out of 10 for their career prospects, up from 4.1.
Marchers descend on city HQ
Various groups marched to the Central Government Offices yesterday to voice their Lunar New Year wishes. Members of the Confederation of Trade Unions demanded an expansion of the travel subsidy scheme and an additional job-hunting subsidy for the unemployed.