Worker who lost leg appeals against denial of legal aid
Lee Shing-leung, 59, who lost his right leg below the knee after he tried to stop an eight-tonne steel roll from falling into the sea, has lodged an appeal with the Legal Aid Department against its rejection of his application for legal aid to take the Social Welfare Department to court for refusing to grant him a HK$1,200 monthly disability allowance. The Social Welfare department has refused his application four times since the accident at Cheung Sha Wan food market in November 2007. It said a doctor assessed Lee as having lost only 65 per cent of his working ability, not the required 100 per cent. The Ombudsman has said the department should have been more understanding of Lee's plight and should have asked if the doctor really understood his situation. The Legal Aid Department will hear Lee's appeal next month.
Searchers rescue windsurfer
Police rescued a cold and exhausted windsurfer from the sea 400 metres off Tai Po after a two-hour search launched when the 46-year-old man was reported missing at 9pm. The man, who had set sail from Tai Mei Tuk Water Sports Centre at 4pm, was unhurt but suffering from hypothermia and was taken to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital. His sail had broken.
TV fire forces 30 people to flee
About 30 residents were evacuated from Shek Kuk House on Shek Wai Kok Estate, Tsuen Wan, after a television burst into flames in a flat on the 22nd floor yesterday. The blaze broke out at about 12.50pm while a 79-year-old woman was watching television. Her daughter, 49, carried her to safety. A short circuit was to blame, police said.
Fine for unlicensed restaurant
A man was convicted for running an unlicensed rooftop barbecue restaurant in Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, and fined HK$8,000 in Kowloon City Court.
No tickets won the first prize in last night's Mark Six draw. The numbers were 2, 4, 9, 28, 42 and 43. The extra number was 45. No tickets won the second prize. Third prize paid HK$39,905.