Domestic assaults down but level of violence up
While the number of recorded cases of violence between married couples has fallen by half since 2007, the number of cases to attract criminal charges has only fallen by 25 per cent. In 2007, of 6,400 cases, 2,505 (39 per cent) drew criminal charges. But of 3,170 cases last year, 1,900 (60 per cent) involved criminal violence. A spokesman for the Social Welfare Department put the overall decrease in the number of cases down to heightened awareness of the issue and the provision of various services for victims.
Two trapped in lift after one of its cables breaks
Two people were trapped for about 15 minutes in a lift on The Seacrest private housing estate in Tuen Mun on Thursday night after one of its five suspension cables broke, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department said. Firemen were called in to release the trapped man and woman. They pair were not injured but the woman was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital for observation, firemen said. The safety system had kicked in when the cable broke and stopped the lift at the 18th floor, the department said. The lift's supplier and maintenance contractor, Otis Elevator, said its most recent annual inspection was on November 8 last year. Otis has checked all lifts on the estate since the incident.
Man pays US$38,000 for golden fish in Bangladesh
A Hong Kong businessman paid US$38,000 for a rare golden snapper on Thursday in the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong, a leading fish trader said. The unidentified businessman bought the 37-kilogram fish 'for its tasty bladder and succulent flesh', Jahangir Saudagar, who sold the fish, told Agence France-Presse. Saudagar, who works at the Fishery Ghat market near Chittagong port, had bought the snapper from fishermen late on Wednesday, beating out at least 500 other traders. 'I continued to bid until everyone else gave up because I knew I could sell this fish at [a high] price,' Saudagar said. Zoology professor Noman Siddiqui of the Marine Fisheries Academy in Chittagong said the golden colour of the snapper - usually red or silver - was the reason it commanded a high price. Only 'three or four golden snappers are caught in the Bay of Bengal' every year, he said.