Website on handout details ready in 10 days
A website explaining how Hongkongers can get the government's HK$6,000 handout will be ready in 10 days, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Chan Ka-keung said yesterday. Details including eligibility for the handout and procedures that people should go through will be available on the site, while the government is scheduled to run more advertisements about the handout on buses, the MTR and television early next month.
Pedestrian, 75, dies after being hit by van
A 75-year-old woman was killed in a car accident in Kowloon City yesterday. She was crossing the road at the junction of Fuk Lo Tsun Road and Prince Edward Road West and was hit by a van. The 49-year-old driver was arrested for alleged dangerous driving causing death.
Police commissioner defends pepper spray use
Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung defended the use of pepper spray and plastic strings, used to wrap around protesters hands, during a protest on July 1. He said proper procedures were followed before the tools were used, and that action taken by police was aimed at ensuring public safety. Human Rights Monitor Law Yuk-kai argued that there were no valid reasons for police to use pepper spray against protesters if they did not turn wild.
Husband aims to fight mainlander-births policy
A Hong Kong man married to a mainlander is seeking legal aid to file for a judicial review over a recent policy that limits the number of mainland women who can give birth in local public hospitals, according to the Mainland-Hong Kong Families Rights Association.
Company settles with kin after fatal accident
Family members of two barbenders who died in an accident on Friday will receive ex gratia payments, funeral fees and living costs from the construction company, after a meeting with the company at the site yesterday. The family members said they were satisfied.
Fare increase no help, taxi drivers complain
Cabbies' representatives say incomes will drop by HK$1,000 a month despite the fare increase of HK$2 per trip from today, because of the increase in taxi rents of HK$10 to HK$30 per shift from next month. They hope the owners will delay the increase, and would not rule out further action including a strike.