City Digest, November 14, 2012
Boy's death from bug under investigation
The Centre for Health Protection is investigating the death of a seven-year-old boy from a streptococcal infection. The boy, who had been in good health and had not travelled recently, developed a fever and chills on Friday. He was admitted to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital on Sunday, with symptoms including repeated blood-streaked vomiting and an abdominal rash. He died within a day of toxic shock syndrome. Tests found Streptococcus pyogenes (group A) in his blood.
Chinese identity survey upsets party paper
The latest survey on national identity was attacked in Global Times, the Communist Party mouthpiece . A writer claiming to be a Hong Kong media worker slammed as "unscientific" and "illogical" the study by Chinese University's Centre for Communication and Public Opinion, in which only 12.6 per cent of respondents identified themselves as "Chinese" - the lowest level for 15 years.
Court asked to stop destruction of embryos
A 41-year-old woman is seeking a judicial review from the High Court to stop the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital from disposing of eight of her embryos, which have exceeded the maximum storage period of two years. Wong Cheng was a day late in applying to the hospital not to dispose of them. She wants the court to overturn a decision by the Council on Human Reproductive Technology to allow the hospital to destroy them.
Accountants call for 3pc tax on tourists
Accountants have suggested slapping a 3 per cent tax on tourists who buy yachts, watches, jewellery and other luxury goods, saying it would add HK$3 billion a year to government revenues. The Hong Kong chapter of CPA Australia also called for tax breaks to encourage companies to set up regional headquarters in the city and for a 25-year plan to broaden the tax base.
Funding proposal for HK$3.9b hospital
The Food and Health Bureau said in a document to Legco's health services panel that it would seek funding approval from the Finance Committee for construction of Tin Shui Wai Hospital, which is estimated to cost HK$3.9 billion. It expected it would take 39 months to build and be completed by mid-2016.
There was no winner of the first prize in last night's draw. The numbers were 3, 5, 25, 26, 29 and 30. The extra number was 31. The second prize of HK$943,690 was won by 1.5 tickets. Third prize paid HK$56,760.