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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 March, 2013, 2:40am

Sunday, Apple Daily

Mind the gap - MTR works blamed as cracks appear in houses

Cracks have been found in dozens of village houses at Pat Heung, Yuen Long, probably caused by the drilling and blasting involved in excavating tunnels for the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. Some cracks are wide enough to fit a one-dollar coin horizontally. The MTR Corporation, the company carrying out the project, has yet to shoulder responsibility or compensate the villagers.


Monday, Oriental Daily

KMB, Long Win buses halt fresh air into buses

Kowloon Motor Bus and its sister company Long Win Bus were found to have secretly disabled the fresh-air ventilation function in their 4,000 air-conditioned buses, probably in order to save fuel used to cool the air being taken from outside. Medical, green groups and transport unions all expressed concern about the possible spreading of infectious diseases inside the "stifling" buses during the peak season for flu and at a time when some Sars-like diseases might strike.


Tuesday, Sing Tao Daily

Lion City is Hong Kong's twin brother, says CY's Singapore man

George Yeo Yong-boon, formerly the foreign minister of Singapore and now a member of Hong Kong's newly formed Economic Development Commission led by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, has denied allegations of a conflict of interest in his new role due to the fact he is still a member of the People's Action Party, the political party that has ruled Singapore since 1959. Yeo said he was not an active member of the party and asked people to consider Hong Kong and Singapore twin brothers rather than competitors.


Wednesday, Oriental Daily

First person to jump off Tsing Ma Bridge and survive is arrested

A 30-year-old man survived a 62-metre leap from the Tsing Ma Bridge in an apparent effort to kill himself - only to be arrested by police for cheating the Social Welfare Department out of rental subsidies. He was the first survivor out of more than 10 people to have jumped from the bridge - the equivalent of falling from a 20-storey building - since it opened 16 years ago. He was plucked from the sea by marine police and firemen who discovered he was a wanted man. Police noted that he was fashionably dressed.


Thursday, The Sun

Mainland mother-to-be stopped 3 times at border

A nine-months pregnant mainlander tried to enter Hong Kong three times in eight days to deliver her baby. After her third attempt to enter the city failed on Tuesday, via the Lok Ma Chau checkpoint, she refused to talk, started a hunger strike and threw a lunch box at an immigration officer while being detained pending deportation. A frontline immigration officer said the incident showed mainland border authorities were not cooperating with Hong Kong.


Friday, Oriental Daily

New life for liver patient after St Paul's nurse dies on duty

A nurse who had worked for five years at the obstetrics department of St Paul's Hospital, a private hospital in Causeway Bay, died suddenly from a congenital illness affecting blood vessels in her brain while at work last Saturday. Family members came to Hong Kong from Taiwan and decided to donate her organs to other patients in need. This was said to be a rare case of organ donation from a private hospital patient. Staff from Queen Mary Hospital collected her liver for transplant to a terminal liver cancer patient.


Compiled by Nelson Cheng and Wayne Chung