EOC slams progress on aiding ethnic pupils
The Equal Opportunities Commission, which slammed the government in April for ignoring the educational needs of minorities, was disappointed at its progress on addressing the situation, it said yesterday. The criticism came after a meeting of EOC members with Undersecretary for Education Kenneth Chen Wei-on at which he announced that 31 kindergartens would soon receive advice from government experts on how to cater for non-Chinese students. But EOC member Dr Tse Wing-ling said much more needed to be done, including designing a syllabus for non-Chinese speaking students and ending segregation of such students. Concern group Unison criticised Education Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung for not attending yesterday's meeting.
Appeal for witnesses to fatal Yau Ma Tei accident
A 58-year-old man crossing the West Kowloon Highway in Yau Ma Tei was killed when hit by a car at about 1.15am yesterday. He was declared dead at the scene by paramedics. Police appealed for witnesses to contact them on 2773 5200. The Kowloon West traffic unit is investigating the accident.
Man jailed for life for killing wife on casino boat
A mainland civil servant was jailed for life yesterday for murdering his former wife by pushing her off a floating casino. A Court of First Instance jury had found 49-year-old Wang Weilie guilty by a majority of six to one of murdering Yang Wenjuan on September 24 last year. Wang, who was a policy research officer at the Guangzhou municipal committee, had claimed he accidentally killed his former wife while trying to stop her from committing suicide. He said he had pushed her body off the floating casino only to fulfil Yang's wish for a sea burial.
New arrivals begin to get HK$6,000 allowance
The Community Care Fund has started to disburse HK$6,000 allowances for eligible new arrivals, its secretariat said. About 11,500 applications were in the first batch of disbursement. About 90,000 applications had been received.