DRUG ADDICT ADMITS ROBBING SCHOOLBOY A drug addict who spent up to $1,700 of his $2,000 social security allowance on drugs bullied a schoolboy into surrendering a mobile phone and an Octopus card, a court heard yesterday. Yau Kin-chung, 22, also attempted to take a mobile phone and an Octopus card from another schoolboy but patrolling officers caught him, prosecutor Irene Poon Oi-lin said. Yau pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery and one of attempted robbery before Judge Ian Carlson in the District Court. The judge adjourned sentencing to March 31. safety campaign sees drop in foot injuries The number of foot injuries in the construction industry fell from 3,722 to 887 cases between 1998 and 2002. Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Mr Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said a safety shoe campaign was launched in September 1998 and by the time it was completed in April 1999 the number of workers wearing safety shoes had increased by about 50 per cent. ambulance service gets more calls in tung chung The number of emergency calls in Tung Chung rose by over 40 per cent from 2,180 in 2001 to 3,075 in 2003. For over 97 per cent of the calls, ambulances were able to arrive at the scene within the standard response time of 12 minutes - with the average time taken being six minutes, according to Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong. west rail on track after solving teething woes West Rail has been operating smoothly since opening in December and has overcome 'initial teething problems' like signalling malfunctions, according to the transport chief, Sarah Liao Sau-tung. Even while facing such problems, during which train speeds had to be reduced at certain sections, a continuous service was maintained nd safety was not affected, she said. Dr Liao said the West Rail system was now achieving high reliability levels with an average service delivery rate of 99.8 per cent and a punctuality rate of 99.4 per cent.