City Digest

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 December, 2011, 12:00am


Woman dies of burns six weeks after Jordan fire

A 58-year-old woman seriously burned six weeks ago when fire swept through an old tenement building in Jordan died of her injuries in Prince of Wales Hospital on Saturday. Her husband died in the blaze. An 18-year-old girl also severely burned remains in hospital.

Jobless rate rises for second month in row

The city's three-month unemployment rate rose for the second month, from 3.3 per cent in the three months ending October to 3.4 per cent in the quarter ending November. It had been 3.2 per cent in September, the lowest level since 1998. The government attributed the increase to the European debt crisis. It said the surge in consumption over Christmas and the New Year should ease the situation.

Tests clear boy and mother of bird flu

Tests have confirmed a woman and her 11-year-old son, both of whom developed flu-like symptoms after she handled a sick wild bird at Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School last week, do not have bird flu. However, the bird was confirmed to be infected with H5N1.

Government presses 3 to 5 days of paternity leave

Three to five days of paternity leave was a suitable term, the government told a Legco panel. Legislators called for seven days and accused the government of discriminating against the children of unmarried couples by not planning to extend paternity leave to unmarried fathers.

Police complaints unit to get 38 extra staff

The Complaints Against Police Office is to draft in 38 officers from other police departments to handle the rise in caseload when the force centralises all complaints next year. At present, the office only deals with serious complaints; minor cases - 80 per cent of all complaints - are dealt with by the departments concerned.

Two Li Keqiang visit cases still under investigation

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has received 14 reports out of 16 complaints from the Complaints Against Police Office on incidents during Vice-Premier Li Keqiang's visit in August. Five cases were informally resolved, five could not be pursued due to lack of information, one was withdrawn and three were fully investigated. Police are still investigating the remaining two complaints.

Hong Kong office opens doors in Taiwan

The Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office started operating in Taiwan yesterday to promote long-term development of closer relations. '[We will] support Hong Kong residents and businesses in Taiwan,' director John Leung said.