Hi-tech 7-Eleven machines sell tickets, ring tones Some 7-Eleven customers can now buy cinema tickets, flowers, mobile phone ring tones and even travel insurance from machines installed in the shops. MetroNet multimedia machines, which have been installed at 50 7-Eleven stores in Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok, can provide 'almost any kind' of online service, says distributor iMagic Systems. They went into use yesterday. The machines have big screens to show movie trailers and adverts, and touch screens for entering commands. They sell cinema tickets from UA cinemas, HSBC travel insurance, ring tones and fresh flowers for delivery. Similar services are available on the internet, but the MetroNet machines allow the use of EPS and Octopus cards as well as credit cards. Tickets and insurance policies are printed out immediately. iMagic, which has spent $30 million on the project, plans to install the MetroNet machines in 200 7-Eleven stores by March and eventually in all of the chain's outlets in the city. Flu vaccination starts for 250,000 people Public hospitals have begun an expanded flu vaccination programme, although authorities acknowledged it would not protect against a possible pandemic. Up to 250,000 people, twice as many as last year, will be vaccinated before the peak winter flu season. Nearly half of the vaccinations will be administered by the Hospital Authority in the next two months. Recipients will include elderly people on welfare or with chronic illnesses, child patients with chronic diseases and hospital staff. From November 15, poultry workers and civil servants who work with them would receive flu vaccines at designated clinics, the authority said. From Monday the Department of Health will immunise all residents in homes for the elderly and those in centres for the handicapped. Pop star says drugs blotted out bad memories A court has commended pop singer Roy Chow Wing-hang for his progress after a drugs conviction. The 20-year-old budding actor and singer returned to court to give Principal Magistrate Kwok Wai-kin his first progress report since he was sentenced to 18 months' probation on a drugs charge in July. He was found with 20 tablets of the drug Erimin-5 during a raid by Narcotics Bureau officers on April 27. Chow also submitted a letter to the court outlining the damage that drugs can do. He recalled that he bought drugs as a means to blot out unhappy memories. 'Initially I didn't know why I would spend money to buy drugs,' he said in his letter. 'Now I know, apart from doing it for fun, I was running away from problems and responsibilities. [Drugs] cannot change anything.' Mr Kwok heard that Chow had been giving anti-drug talks at schools and social centres voluntarily. He must make another progress report on May 3. Toothbrushes recalled after heads come off Oral-B has recalled its CrossAction Power and PowerMAX toothbrushes and refills after three incidents overseas in which the heads of toothbrushes detached and became caught in users' throats. A government spokesman said last night the products had been recalled from local retailers.