MTR escalator accidents up nearly 22 per cent The MTR Corporation - which saw a 21.5 per cent increase in escalator accidents to 474 incidents in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year - launched a four-week safety campaign yesterday. Red-shirted safety 'ambassadors' at 50 stations will remind commuters to take care. Staff, students demand say on next president Institute of Education staff and students launched a signature campaign in protest against the institute council's decision to bar elected members of the staff council from the committee filling the position of president, which Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung quit in May to become secretary for transport and housing. HK$200m in grants to five local research groups The University Grants Committee announced HK$200 million in grants to five research teams for studies deemed crucial for the city's future. Subjects include stem-cell strategies for nervous system ills, LED technologies and how to enhance the city's competitiveness. Slapped-cheek disease hits kindergarten The Centre for Health Protection is monitoring an outbreak of the mild viral illness slapped-cheek disease, whose symptoms include fever and a rash on the face, involving 21 children and four staff at a Yuen Long kindergarten. No one has required hospital treatment.