Beijing woman jailed for blackmailing doctor
A Beijing woman was jailed for 14 months for blackmailing a doctor with a rape allegation when he refused to invest in her business after they had sex. Yeung Chak-yan, 43, was sentenced in the District Court by Deputy District Judge Pang Chung-ping. She had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of blackmail and one of failing to report bail. Yeung had consensual sex with the doctor in 2006 after he showed interest in contributing HK$200,000 to her Shenzhen venture, but he later refused to invest, the court heard.
Another knife attack on suspected triad member
A 37-year-old suspected triad member is in serious condition in Kwong Wah Hospital, Yau Ma Tei, after he was attacked early yesterday by three knife-wielding men on Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok. Police believe it was revenge for an attack on another suspected triad member on Monday. They blamed a series of chopping attacks this month on a leadership struggle in the Wo On Lok triad society.
Driving permit system for Guangdong starts
Eligible owners of right-hand-drive Hong Kong private cars with five seats or less will be able to apply for ad hoc permits to drive into Guangdong from Friday, the Transport Department said. The ad hoc permits will be available via the government website or reservation hotline, and will allow a maximum stay in Guangdong of seven days.
Bureau sees no problem with removal of facades
The Development Bureau said it had 'no objection' to the way in which the facades of two historic buildings at 6 and 8 Kennedy Road in Mid-Levels were removed. The grade-two buildings, owned by banker David Li Kwok-po and his uncles, were razed and elements of their facades taken to a warehouse to be reassembled later.
Five days' paternity leave for government workers
Eligible government employees whose child's expected or actual date of birth falls on or after April 1 will get five days of paternity leave on full pay, the government said. All full-time employees - including civil servants, non-civil service contract staff and political appointees - who have done a minimum of 40 weeks' continuous service are eligible.