29 flee after fire breaks out in restaurant kitchen
Nine staff and 20 residents were evacuated after fire broke out in the kitchen of a restaurant on Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po, at about 9am yesterday. A worker was taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation.
Judge orders unfair dismissal case to proceed
Acting Chief District Judge Poon Siu-tung found yesterday that a 2004 District Court writ alleging unfair dismissal against Polytechnic University had been delayed too long and ordered that it to go to trial in July. Alice Li Miu-ling says the university unfairly sacked her as a professor after she complained of sexual harassment by the nursing department's chair professor.
Mei Foo resident files writ against developer
Mei Foo resident Ho Mei-ling has filed a High Court writ against developer Billion Star over a 20-storey building under construction at the Lai Chi Kok estate. Ho claims Billion Star is not entitled to build the tower because existing blocks have used up all the allowed building rights. She says the developer would be unjustly enriched if it is allowed to go ahead. Ho filed the private claim after losing a judicial review challenging the Building Authority's approval of Billion Star's plan.
Lifeguards protest against workplace monitoring
About 30 members of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Life Guards' Union protested outside the Leisure and Cultural Services Department headquarters against superiors browsing Facebook accounts and checking footage from surveillance cameras at pools to monitor their work. General secretary Alex Kwok Siu-kit said a superior printed out Facebook photos while investigating a complaint from the public. A department spokesman said the pictures - of off-duty lifeguards - were provided by the complainant, and that surveillance cameras were only used to ensure swimmers' safety, not to monitor lifeguards.
Graft-busters lay conspiracy charge
Eddie Lai Yuk-leung, a legal executive with the firm Cheung, Chan & Chung Solicitors & Notaries, has been charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption with conspiracy to solicit a policeman to divulge information about the investigation of a murder case and deception over legal fees. The case involves an alleged bribe of HK$13,000. Lai will appear in Fanling Court today. Wong Wing-kai, one of the police constables responsible for investigating the murder case in Fanling five years ago, is being sought for his alleged involvement.