In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 September, 2010, 12:00am

Welfare department to appeal against housing subsidy decision

The Social Welfare Department is seeking to appeal against a High Court ruling last week that those receiving housing subsidies from the department should still be entitled to the payments even when the Housing Authority waives public housing rents and rates. Court of First Instance judge David Yam Yee-kwan last Monday found in favour of 60-year-old public housing resident Tang Yee-yu, who was seeking to claim HK$2,397 from the welfare department in rates and rent allowances that had been deducted in the months when charges were waived by the Housing Authority.

Exam authority chief to step down at end of the year

Dr Francis Cheung Wing-ming, secretary-general of the Examinations and Assessment Authority, will not seek reappointment at the end of the year on completion of his contract. The authority said his position would be filled by standard recruitment procedures. The authority's council has formed an appointment panel and started a global search. The authority quoted Cheung as saying he had decided to spend more time with his family after working there for six years. Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung said he regretted Cheung's departure.

Ocean Grand leniency plea

Lawyers representing Ocean Grand Holdings' former chairman Michael Yip Kim-po pleaded for leniency at the District Court by urging the judge to consider that three of the four charges he was convicted of were interrelated. Yip and five others were convicted on Thursday of 15 charges concerning fake and overly expensive purchase orders for metal-processing machinery. Judge Kevin Browne adjourned sentencing to October 8.

District councillor burgled

A total of HK$50,000 in cash and HK$550,000 worth of jewellery and watches was stolen from the home of Yuen Long District Council vice-chairman and businessman Tang Yun-chor, 68, in Tin Shui Wai. Police were called to the ground-floor flat of a three-storey house in Tong Fong Tsuen on Sunday night after Tang returned home to find the back door broken open and the flat ransacked. Tang is also the Ping Sha Rural Committee chairman and the village representative of Hang Mei Tsuen.

Mainlander faces robbery charge

A mainlander, 29, will appear in Kowloon City Court today over a robbery in Sham Shui Po on Saturday. A 41-year-old woman was stabbed in the stomach and robbed in Tai Nan Street last Wednesday.

Drivers held over road racing

Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of illegal road racing after their cars were seen switching lanes dangerously and at high speed on the Tsing Long Highway in Yuen Long on Sunday afternoon.

Street sleeper found dead

A 66-year-old man believed to be a street sleeper died after being found unconscious on a bench near the Cultural Centre on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Salisbury Road.