Peter Michael

Second shark alert closes Repulse Bay beach

Police and lifeguards yesterday attempted to quell fears that a shark was lurking in the waters off Repulse Bay after a second reported sighting in as many days.

Wednesday, 9 June, 2004, 12:00am

A woman, a rooster and a love that couldn't be

A widow who shared her bed with a rooster for 2 1/2 years is heartbroken after she was forced to give it away because of complaints about its crowing.

3 May 2004 - 12:00am

Import ban quashed appetite for chicken

The bird flu crisis led to a 13 per cent drop in the number of households that purchase fresh whole chicken and chilled whole chicken, a survey has shown. But it appears the decline was largely due to the suspension of fresh poultry shipments from the mainland, imposed from January 31.

1 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Foreign touts make a killing at Sevens

Scalpers are selling three-day tickets for $1,700 - more than double the face value

Foreign scalpers were last night offering three-day tickets to the sold-out Hong Kong Rugby Sevens for $1,700 - more than double the face value - with a Sunday finals ticket costing a minimum of $1,300.

27 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Officials give prying media the runaround

Immigration and customs departments are the slowest to answer questions

Maybe it's the ostrich technique. Or perhaps it's a guilt complex.

But whatever the case, the decision by government departments to offer a 'no comment' or delay a response to a reporter's question for several days is inexcusable, says a media analyst.

21 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Unparalleled parking

A woman yesterday parked her car nose-first into the pavement, after crashing through the barrier of a first-floor car park in Conduit Road, Mid-Levels.

'The woman was trying to park her car in a space in front of the barrier when instead of braking she accelerated through the barrier,' a police spokeswoman said. The woman, 63, was unhurt.

7 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

US sailors to set tills ringing on shore leave

The arrival of up to 7,000 sailors in Hong Kong tomorrow as part of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group is expected to pump tens of millions into the economy as they take shore leave.

5 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Ketamine users seek thrills, despite the risk

Describing what it is like to be inside the 'K-hole', Zoe's eyes seem to take on a new life.

'My hands seem to grow larger and larger,' says the unemployed 20-year-old. 'People's faces turn into triangles and octagons and some even have two heads with germs spreading on their faces.'

6 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

ICAC notches 20pc rise in case victories

The annual report by the ICAC has shown a 20 per cent increase in the number of successful graft prosecutions, with the continued economic slump blamed for a rise in commercial crime.

Both the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the ICAC Complaints Committee's 2002 annual reports were tabled in the Legislative Council yesterday.

3 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

'You want girls? Come back when the police let them go'

It is 12.30am. This is the seedy side of Hong Kong. But tonight the notorious red-light district of Mongkok is eerily quiet.

Police are raiding brothel after brothel. They have already arrested 47 mainland prostitutes and four pimps.

They are acting on fresh intelligence reports that the pimps are using new and innovative ways to ply the flesh trade.

3 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Police rescue three hostages in armed robbery at bird's nest shop

Police broke up an armed robbery at a bird's nest shop in Western District yesterday, arresting five men after a brief hostage incident.

But a search later revealed that about $800,000 worth of the highly prized nests were missing.

A police spokeswoman said: 'We believe some accomplices managed to steal the bird's nest before police arrived.

23 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

The holy grail of Hong Kong journalism: a happy story

Eyes peering suspiciously over the top of his face mask, the slick-haired businessman lowered his newspaper.

'What makes me happy?' he said. 'A very good question. But why do you ask?'

It seemed a straightforward mission: go out and find a happy story. But these are dark times. 'It may be like the search for the honest man, it could go on and on,' said the editor.

5 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Backstreet ballrooms tiptoe around the law

It is 4.18pm on Monday afternoon. A dance restaurant, Causeway Bay.

Behind the simple entrance, swirling and dipping with sartorial elegance are dozens of couples moving across a polished floor in synchronised tandem.

But first you have to get in. Entrance is restricted to only a privileged few.

12 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

3 terror suspects extradited

Three men arrested for allegedly trying to buy arms for al-Qaeda terrorists in return for drugs arrived in the United States last night after being extradited from Hong Kong.

Syed Mustajab Shah, 54, Muhammed Abid Afridi, 29, both from Pakistan, and US citizen Ilyas Ali, 55, flew under escort to San Diego after being taken to Chek Lap Kok airport on Tuesday evening.

7 Mar 2003 - 12:00am