Briefs, December 9, 2012
Two arrested after restaurant fight
Two men were arrested after a brawl over a receipt in a Cheung Sha Wan restaurant. A 31-year-old man, who claimed to be a triad member, attacked a 43-year-old, by kicking him and hitting him with a foldable chair in Yuen Chau Street. The man retaliated by chasing him with a knife. The younger man also hit one of the restaurant's staff.
Union demands better protection for cabbies
The Motor Transport Workers General Union demanded that the government improve protection for taxi drivers after two drivers died in clashes over the past two weeks. Regarded as self-employed, the drivers are not covered by the Employees' Compensation Ordinance which requires employers to compensate workers for work injuries. Most of the time, professional drivers do not buy comprehensive insurance due to its high cost, the union said.
Employee reps join Labour Advisory Board
Four employee representatives, Leung Chau-ting, Chung Kwok-sing, Ng Chau-pei and Lee Tak-ming, were re-elected to the Labour Advisory Board for the next two-year term yesterday. Chau Siu-chung was elected as a new employee representative. Leung said the team would fight for legislation on standard working hours in the coming term. The five representatives would co-operate with employer representatives on the board to offer advice on labour issues to the government.
Civic Party calls for lower stamp duty
The Civic Party called on the government to change stamp duty rates on homes to make it easier for first-time buyers. Since 2007 the average per-square-foot price of flats had surged from HK$3,221 to HK$6,667, meaning there were few flats costing less than HK$2 million, the threshold for the flat-rate HK$100 stamp duty, it said. After this the rate is progressive. The party said the lower stamp duty should apply to flats cheaper than HK$3 million.
Force on the hunt for middle-aged flasher
Police are looking for a middle-aged man who flashed a 22-year-old woman on Tin Ching Street in Tin Shui Wai. The man, who was about 40 years old and about 1.6 metres tall, was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans and carrying a black backpack at the time.
Crime crackdown nets 62 people in one week
Police arrested 62 people in Tuen Mun last week as part of an operation against triad activity and late night violence in the neighbourhood. Yesterday morning they detained 29 men and 12 women gambling illegally in mahjong games at a Palm Court flat in Tuen Mun. They suspect the gambling den brings in HK$4,000 a day.
No one won the first or second prizes in last night's draw. The numbers were 15, 22, 30, 33, 34 and 47 and the extra number 38. Third prize paid HK$100,020.