Crane crushes workman to death on building site
A 54-year-old man died after being crushed by a crane while working at a construction site in Happy Valley, police said. According to the authorities, the crane struck the man, crushing him against a fence. He was conscious when was rescued but died after he arrived at Queen Mary Hospital.
City wakes up to coldest morning of 2011 so far
Yesterday was the coldest of the year in urban areas, with the temperature down to 11.8 degrees Celsius in places. The Observatory said the current cold spell will ease in coming days before another monsoon hits the city towards the end of the week.
Electronic poll system will give public say on top job
The public should have the opportunity to express their views on the election of the chief executive even though they don't have a direct say in who is picked, according to the head of the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme. Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu told a radio programme he is working on electronic polling to allow people to express their opinions on matters during the campaign. The results will be given to members of the 1,200-strong Election Committee that will choose the city's leader in March. Chung said the exercise did not amount to a de facto referendum on who should be chief executive - a reference to pan-democrats efforts to trigger what they called a de facto referendum by resigning from five Legislative Council seats to trigger by-elections.
Boy falls from block of flats in Sham Shui Po
A boy was rushed to hospital after falling from a public housing block in Sham Shui Po. He was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital after being found lying semi-conscious on ground following the fall on the Fu Cheong Estate. Last night there was no news of the boy's condition.
Bid to give homebuyers the true picture
Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said draft rules on the sale of new homes will require that adverts be more accurate. There would no longer be 'overblown' images in sales brochures, she said, and the rules would protect homebuyers. The draft rules are currently the subject of a two-month public consultation that will end early next year.