Waste sent to treatment centre while radioactive
A substitute cleaner at the nuclear medicine unit of Tuen Mun Hospital accidentally sent a refuse bag of radioactive material to the Tsing Yi chemical waste treatment centre on Thursday, two days before the end of its radioactive cycle, the hospital said yesterday. The level of radioactivity was low and did not pose a danger, it said. Checks on two workers who handled the material found no ill effects.
Council nominations hit 366 after two days
Some 123 nomination forms for November's district council elections were received yesterday, taking the total since nominations opened on Thursday to 366.
Deputy to replace retiring census department chief
The deputy commissioner for census and statistics, Lily Ou-yang Fong, will succeed Fung Hing-wang as commissioner, the government announced. Fung, who has served the government for 37 years, will go on pre-retirement leave on September 24.
9pc decline in number of reported drug abusers
The number of reported drug abusers fell 9.1 per cent to 7,111 in the first half of the year from 7,821 in the same period last year. There was also a 28.3 per cent drop in reported drug abusers aged under 21, from 1,752 to 1,257, in the same period.
Audit director to remain in post extra six months
The director of the Audit Commission, Benjamin Tang Kwok-bun, who was due to retire when he turned 60 in December, will remain in the post until June 30 next year, the government announced.
Grace period expires on energy efficiency labels
Washing machines and dehumidifiers sold from Monday must carry labels that specify their energy efficiency. The Mandatory Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme was extended in March last year, with a grace period of 18 months.