Tests confirm H5N1 in dead black-headed gulls
Two dead black-headed gulls found in Tuen Mun and Lantau carried the H5N1 virus, an Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department spokesman confirmed yesterday after tests. The dead gulls were found on December 30 and January 1. Gulls often visit Hong Kong during winter. The department warned people to avoid contact with wild birds or live poultry, and clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them.
38 arrested after raid on illegal mahjong den
An illegal mahjong den in a unit at 67 Chuen Lung Street in Tsuen Wan was busted at 1am yesterday. The regional crime and anti-triad units of the New Territories South region arrested 14 men and 24 women aged 24 to 59 under suspicion of illegal gambling. The police confiscated HK$26,000 in cash, HK$24,000 worth of mahjong chips, seven electronic mahjong tables and other gambling equipment. All 38 of the arrested suspects are being detained pending further investigation.
Hygiene alert issued after stomach flu outbreak
The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health appealed to the public to maintain personal and environmental hygiene after an outbreak of stomach flu. An outbreak at an elderly home in Kwun Tong District on January 2 infected 19 residents aged 79 to 104. Two staff members were also infected, one of whom was admitted to hospital. Their symptoms were fever, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Adviser in University Grants Committee post
Dr Richard Armour, 54, will be the new secretary general of the University Grants Committee. He will start his new post on Monday. Armour was previously the senior adviser to the president at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since January 2009. Prior to that, some of his experience included serving as director of academic planning at City University of Hong Kong, and as registrar and secretary of the Open University of Hong Kong.
Golden monkeys heading for new home in HK
Ocean Park will receive a pair of golden monkeys from Sichuan, but only on loan for three years. The monkeys will debut to the public in April. Golden monkeys are very rare: there are less than 10,000 in the wild.