HK to step up fight against tuberculosis
The Department of Health marked World Tuberculosis Day yesterday with a pledge to strengthen efforts to stop the spread of the infectious disease. Acting Health Director Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai urged the public to seek immediate medical attention if they developed symptoms. Hong Kong saw 4,900 cases of tuberculosis last year, down from 5,100 in 2010.
Vehicle importers checked over pricing violations
More than 60 vehicle distributors have been investigated for selling their imports at prices higher than those they registered with customs. Companies bringing vehicles into Hong Kong must submit the retail price to customs for tax to be calculated, after which it cannot be changed. Officers investigated 66 companies over 331 vehicles.
Eight arrested in police raid on brothel
Two local men and six mainland women have been arrested in a police raid on a brothel in Yau Ma Tei. Police officers visited the brothel on Woosung Street disguised as clients. The women, who are between the ages of 21 and 35, were arrested for illegally staying in Hong Kong, while one of the men was arrested for soliciting clients and the other for operating the brothel.
Speeding driver tosses drugs out of window
A 24-year-old man was arrested for drug driving on Castle Peak Road in Yuen Long, and for driving with an expired licence and violating traffic rules. Police initially tailed the car for speeding and asked the driver to pull over, when the driver tossed 20 grams of suspected ketamine out of the window before stopping the car. A further 17 grams of suspected ketamine was found inside the car.
Knife-wielding robbers steal HK$2,300 from store
Two men wielding knives stole HK$2,300 from a store on Sai Yee Street in Mong Kok and remain at large. The men threatened a store employee before taking the money from the cash register. Police have launched a manhunt for the robbers, believed to be in their mid-40s and about 1.75 metres in height.
Students call for health warnings on alcohol
A group of medical students from the University of Hong Kong are petitioning the government to put health warning labels on alcoholic beverages, the same way cigarette packets are required to carry warnings. The students collected 230 signatures in Causeway Bay yesterday.
75-year-old pulled from the sea dead
A 75-year-old man was declared dead at a hospital after he was found floating unconscious in the sea off Yau Ma Tei's public cargo working area on Hoi Fai Road. Foul play is not suspected.