Regulation changes for buskers
Acting Secretary for Home Affairs Florence Hui Hiu-fai said the bureau was amending regulations to allow buskers to collect money in three designated places for performances. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department launched a six-month pilot scheme this month to allow buskers who pass an audition to perform in the designated piazzas. Hui said the department had received 20 performance applications so far.
Hawker prosecution defended
Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung said the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department exercised discretion in prosecuting a licensed hawker with physical disabilities last year. Ice-cream vendor Chu Chung-wah, 53, was charged with obstruction and selling an item not allowed under his licence near the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry pier. The obstruction charge was later dropped. But he was still fined HK$100 for the latter charge. Wong said department officers gave four warnings in two days before the prosecution was brought.
Worker dies in Discovery Bay fall
A 53-year-old worker died after falling from a ladder in a flat in Discovery Bay. The man was taken unconscious to Princess Margaret Hospital, where doctors declared him dead. Police said the Labour Department was investigating.
149 caught in breath-test blitz
During the month-long soccer World Cup, police carried out 828 anti-drink driving operations across the city and arrested 149 drivers. Since the Road Traffic Legislation (Amendment) Ordinance, which empowers police to conduct random breath tests on drivers, came into effect in February last year, 80,289 drivers have been given random breath tests.
Pharmacy workers arrested
Police arrested two Tuen Mun pharmacy employees - a man, 23, and a woman, 46 - after an undercover officer posing as a customer bought a bottle of cough medicine classified as a Part One poison. The two were arrested on suspicion of selling the poison without the presence of a pharmacist.
Wakeboarder in critical condition
A 27-year-old woman was in critical condition in a hospital after she lost her balance and fell into the sea while wakeboarding off Kau Sai Chau, Sai Kung. She was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital.