Paper talk, May 18, 2013
Sunday, Oriental Daily
Drinking water from Dongjiang fails to make the grade
Oriental Daily reporters recently collected water samples for testing from three places: downstream in the Dongjiang or East River in Dongguan (one of Hong Kong's major water sources), the Plover Cove Reservoir (Hong Kong's second largest reservoir located in Pat Sin Leng, Tai Po) and tap water in a Lam Tin public housing estate. The reporters found lots of rubbish and engineering vessels on the Dongjiang and dead tortoises and dead fish in Plover Cove. The test results revealed that the water sample from the Dongjiang contained iron and pollutants exceeding the standards allowed in the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality, while the nephelometric turbidity unit (the unit measuring the lack of clarity of water) in the Plover Cove water sample was at an unacceptable level. Only the water sample from the Lam Tin household met both foreign and local drinking water quality standards.
Monday, Apple Daily
June 4 victim's helmet displayed in commemorative show
Some personal effects of June 4 crackdown victim Wang Nan, who was shot in the head near Tiananmen Square 24 years ago on his way to take photos of the student demonstration for democratic reform, are being displayed at an exhibition at the temporary June Fourth Memorial Museum at City University. Among them is a motorcycle helmet Wang was wearing when he was shot. The helmet has two bullet holes.
Tuesday, Oriental Daily
Mainland influx to cause shortage of Form One places in 2018
The number of children reaching Form One age is expected to rebound 44 per cent to nearly 70,000 in the school year of 2017/18 after falling by about 10,000 in the coming three years to about 48,000, according to Education Bureau figures. This is because the children born in Hong Kong to non-resident parents will reach secondary school age then. The North District Secondary School Principals' Association is calling on the government to make plans for more new secondary schools in the district in order to avoid a shortage of school places.
Wednesday, Oriental Daily
Police dog attacks senior policemen entering kennel
Two senior police officers, one of them a superintendent with Kowloon West Region's Transport Department, were bitten by a police dog when they visited Hung Hom Police Station on Tuesday morning. They were attacked by the Malinois, or Belgian Shepherd dog, when they entered a kennel where the dog was kept, after finding its door unlocked. Both were bitten on their thighs and were taken to hospital.
Thursday, Oriental Daily
Bus driver in fatal Chai Wan collision case freed from charges
The New World First Bus driver involved in the fatal Chai Wan Road downhill collision that killed three people and injured 56 others last November has been released from police bail conditions and freed from possible criminal liability. The driver was said to have presented a doctor's certificate to confirm that he suffered from a sudden illness, of which he had no prior knowledge, when he lost control of the bus. A legal professional said it was very rare for prosecutors to free suspects, especially those involved in tragedies with many casualties. The legal professional said the medical proof given by the driver might be so strong that the police felt it would be very difficult to get him convicted.
Friday, HK Economic Times
One in six breast cancer patients in Hong Kong aged below 40
One in six breast cancer patients in the city are younger than 40, according to a University of Hong Kong survey. The survey also found tumours in younger patients were generally bigger and more toxic than those in older patients. Dr Ava Kwong Hoi-wai, chief of breast surgery at HKU, who ran the survey, said this might have something to do with the patients' Western diet habits.
Compiled by Nelson Cheng and Wayne Chung