Sick, damaged old banyan removed to protect public
An old and valued 13-metre tree at St Andrew's Church in Tsim Sha Tsui was removed yesterday. The Chinese banyan of unknown age was damaged from being repeatedly hit by cars and was suffering irreversible decay, the Development Bureau's tree management office said. It had to be removed to ensure pedestrian safety, the office said.
Officials visit girl with Japanese encephalitis
Officials from the Health Protection Centre visited Long Ping Estate in Yuen Long after a six-year-old girl was confirmed to have mosquito-transmitted Japanese encephalitis on Friday. The officials conducted blood tests for residents and held talks about the disease. Anti-mosquito measures were also carried out in the estate. The girl was in stable condition in Tuen Mun Hospital.
Chief Executive's Office in Tamar opens tomorrow
The Chief Executive's Office will start operating at the new government headquarters at Tamar tomorrow. Policy bureaus have started moving into the new headquarters from the beginning of the month, and the relocation is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Pedestrian seriously hurt in tour bus accident
A 66-year-old man suffered head injuries and was in critical condition after being hit by a tour bus in Mong Kok. He was crossing the road at the junction of Prince Edward Road West and Lai Chi Kok Road when the accident happened. A taxi crashed into the bus, which stopped after hitting the man. The bus driver, 39, was arrested for alleged dangerous driving causing serious injury, and was released on bail.
Man found unconscious arrested over drugs
A 26-year-old man was found unconscious in Sheung Shui, yesterday morning. The police found suspicious powder in his nose and on a banknote. He was sent to North District Hospital and was arrested for possession of drugs.
Bus driver collapses with heatstroke
A 31-year-old bus driver suffered heatstroke in a vehicle that was not equipped with air-conditioning as he was driving along Prince Edward Road East to Yau Tong. The KMB driver collapsed after the bus reached Kowloon City, where he sought help from police on patrol.
Peak electricity surcharge seen as impractical
The chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, Bernard Chan, admitted in a radio programme that it would be difficult to charge more for electricity during high-usage hours as suggested by the government. He said there would be a lot of controversy over such a measure. The government might not implement the policy in the end, he said.
Forget traffic lights, keep trees, residents say
A group of Po Lam residents has sent a letter to Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, urging the government to withdraw a plan to cut down 14 trees in the area. The trees have to make way for new traffic lights in Po Hong Road. The residents said the trees had been in the area for more than a decade and were an important source of fresh air. They said the proposed traffic lights were unnecessary.