Briefs, December 16, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 December, 2012, 4:40am

Cathay Pacific to meet union in pay row

Cathay Pacific Airways has accepted an invitation to meet Labour Department officials and representatives of its flight attendants' union, which has threatened industrial action in support of its quest for a bigger pay rise than the two per cent the airline has offered. The union said it would continue preparing for action, which would go ahead unless the dispute was settled by Christmas. The airline had said it would not hold talks unless the union first dropped its threat.


Elderly man dies after home burglary assault

An 82-year-old man died yesterday, two days after he and his 75-year-old wife were assaulted by a burglar in their Wong Tai Sin home. Police last night arrested two men, aged 50 and 52, in Wan Chai, on suspicion of murder in connection with the death. The widow remains in hospital.


Warning shots fired after Macau car chase

A Macau police officer fired two warning shots in Coloane after a car ran a roadblock under the Macau Lotus Bridge, and then engaged police in a high-speed chase. The car stopped at a dead end, but when an officer approached, it raced towards the police. One officer then fired two warning shots. In the car were two mainlanders. Both suspects passed breathalyser tests.


Minibus driver dies in Tsing Yi collision

A minibus driver, 29, died in a collision in Tsing Yi at about 5am when a public light bus crashed into a light-goods vehicle stopped at the entrance of the Tsing Yi Municipal Services Building in Tsing Luk Street. The other vehicle's driver and six passengers on the minibus, aged 18 to 58, needed hospital treatment.


State-owned firm's IPO at top end of range

China Machinery Engineering completed its initial public offering at the top end of its marketed range, raising about US$500 million, sources said. The Beijing-based contractor sold 718 million shares at HK$5.40 each. The firm plans to start trading on Friday. Bloomberg


Mark Six

No one won the first prize in last night's draw. The numbers drawn were 18, 21, 28, 33, 41 and 47 and the extra number 48. One ticket won the HK$2,503,600 second prize. Third prize paid HK$99,640.