City Digest, February 9, 2013
Cathay cancels flights to US amid snowstorm
At least four scheduled Cathay Pacific flights yesterday and today between Hong Kong and New York, and one via Vancouver, were cancelled or delayed due to the severe snowstorm approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport, the airline said. The affected flights, due to depart today, are coded CX845 and CX889; CX845 has been rescheduled to tomorrow. The airline reminded passengers to check the company website before leaving for the airport, and said all rebooking or rerouting charges for its tickets would be waived.
TST shopping mall sues G.O.D. over unpaid rent
Tsim Sha Tsui shopping mall Silvercord is suing fashion and homewares chain G.O.D. for more than HK$1.1 million it claims it is owed in rent. In a High Court writ, Silvercord claims G.O.D. failed to pay a monthly rent of HK$440,000 plus other service charges between November and December last year. The lease for the shopping mall's basement shop expired at the end of last year.
'Abusive' use of pepper spray on inmates
Correctional Services employees had "abusively" used pepper stray against detainees and inmates, the Civil Human Rights Front said. In one case, an African woman detained at the Tai Lam Centre for Women was pepper sprayed twice in one day for keeping bread, resulting in severe burns to her face, it said. The organisation questioned whether pepper spray was necessary in the facility given that inmates were searched for weapons when they were admitted.
Chinese herb may have poisoned man
The Health Department was investigating a case of suspected aconitum alkaloid poisoning after a 58-year-old man fell ill after he consumed a Chinese herb. The man developed symptoms consistent with aconitum alkaloid poisoning, including dizziness, confusion, and an irregular heart beat, after consuming a self-prescribed Chinese herbal medicine, known as Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii. He was in stable condition in hospital.
Board backs lower wage protection fee
The Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund Board said the company levy rate should be reduced from the current HK$450 to HK$250 a year, returning it to the May 2012 level, a Legislative Council paper showed.