Amputee files High Court appeal
An amputee who lost his challenge after the government refused to grant him disability allowance last month filed an appeal yesterday at the High Court. Lee Shing-leung, 60, who lost his right leg in an industrial accident three years ago, had sought a judicial review after he was refused disability allowance five times. Though the Court of First Instance said the welfare system was deficient and unsatisfactory in its judgment, he still lost. Lee, who worked as a labourer on container ships, has been granted legal aid for his appeal.
Tumbling cabbie sues Fairwood
A taxi driver is suing Fairwood for unspecified damages after he allegedly fell on the floor while trying to sit down at one of the branches of the fast-food chain in Sha Tin. Leung Yiu-ming is claiming damages for what he says are personal injuries that might have taken up to 22 years off his life as a professional driver. Leung says that as he was about to sit down in one of the chairs on June 13, 2008, he fell onto the floor. He accused the restaurant of negligence.
Debt collection attack on firm
A man is being sought by police after flammable solution was poured outside the office of a listed company in a suspected debt collection attack in Admiralty. The attacker, wearing gloves, poured thinner from two bottles on the floor outside the front door of New Smart Energy Group on the 37th floor of Far East Finance Centre in Harcourt Road at 10.15am. It was the second attack in the building in a week. An unidentified man with what appeared to be an axe smashed the glass door of law firm Gilt Chambers on the eighth floor on October 11.
Staff demand unpaid wages
About 50 workers demanded HK$600,000 in unpaid wages and severance pay after the sudden closure of Lung Wah Imperial Restaurant in Tuen Mun. A spokesman for the Community Social and Personal Services (NT West) Employees Union said the restaurant owner told the staff they would get their unpaid wages tomorrow but would have to sign a document agreeing to forgo any severance pay.
70pc oppose Games bid
Just over 70 per cent of people oppose the city bidding for the right to host the 2023 Asian Games, which could involve a direct cost of up to HK$14.5 billion plus HK$30 billion on building sporting venues, a Democratic Party survey found.