City Digest, December 11, 2012
Crocodile too small to move in with Pui Pui
A young saltwater crocodile found abandoned in a Tai Po village on Sunday was not a suitable housemate for the city's celebrity crocodile, Pui Pui, at the Wetland Park although they were of the same breed, an agriculture department spokeswoman said. The reptile, 1.2 metres long and still too young for its gender to be determined, risked being attacked by 12-year-old Pui Pui, who was over 2.4 metres long.
ATV uproar triggers TV standards review
Television standards would be reviewed after a flood of complaints about an ATV Focus programme that contained harsh criticism of people protesting against the now-shelved national education curriculum, Communications Authority deputy director general Vincent Liu told a Legislative Council panel. The watchdog received 42,000 complaints - 10 times the total number usually received in a year - about the show, which included harsh comments about Scholarism, a group of pupils who opposed the curriculum.
Crackdown on signs begins in new year
A validation scheme to control the estimated 190,000 illegal signboards on buildings across the city would begin early next year, the Buildings Department said. Under the scheme, owners had to have professionals assess the safety of such signs and have them checked every five years.
UST student tricked into webcam sex acts
A University of Science and Technology student called police after a woman, believed to be South Korean, he met online threatened to upload a video of him performing sex acts in the university's dormitory in Sai Kung if he did not pay her HK$5,000.
Brain disease victim not infected in HK
Macau health authorities said a resident found to have contracted Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of the fatal mad cow disease, did not contract the condition during an operation at Union Hospital in Hong Kong. The case was related solely to a protein problem inside her body.
Hospital records dumped by mistake
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals said a record book carrying the personal details of 314 users at its Computed Tomography Imaging Centre at Yau Ma Tei had been disposed with other waste paper last week due to negligence. It said the book contained no clinical medical records and the case had been reported to police and the privacy watchdog.