City Digest, October 20, 2012
Death scandal beauty firm denies closure
The beauty firm that gave controversial blood transfusion treatments allegedly to blame for the death of one woman and leaving three others seriously ill has denied it is closing most of its retail branches. The DR firm also quashed rumours it was winding up. "The company is on a normal course of business," it said. Police had earlier started a criminal probe into DR staff, following the scandal. Founder Dr Stephen Chow Heung-wing has also been questioned.
Overseas cash block for local card holders
Holders of locally-issued ATM debit and credit cards - both chip and magnetic-stripe - will not be able to withdraw money from overseas ATMs if they have not applied to banks to remove the "deactivated" mode from March 1.
Man leaves HK$65,000 at park after con job
A 62-year-old man left HK$65,000 in cash in a park in Kowloon City after receiving a telephone call from stranger saying his son was in trouble and in urgent need of HK$100,000. The man reported the deception after relatives contacted his son.
Mexico, Malaysia double tax pact begins
Agreements with Mexico and Malaysia to avoid double taxation yesterday came into force with the gazetting of two implementation orders by the chief executive. The pacts ensure investors do not have to pay tax twice on one source of income. They bring greater certainty on taxation liabilities for investors in Mexico and Malaysia trading and investing in Hong Kong.
HKU student leader seeks lawmaker pledge
The president of the student union of the University of Hong Kong, Dan Chan Koon-hong, called on five lawmakers newly named to the university council, three of whom are from the government-friendly camp, to pledge to uphold the university's academic freedom and to address students' demands.
Legislator asks for Kai Tak use clarification
Civic Party lawmaker Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok has asked home affairs minister Tsang Tak-sing if sport facilities meant for the Kai Tak area have been reallocated to residential use.
Inmate stopped from harming herself
Prison officers stopped a 35-year-old woman harming herself after an emotional outburst at Lo Wu Correctional Institution.