84,000 new jobs this year signals 'real recovery' The labour market has made a 'real recovery', with 84,000 new jobs created in the city in the past year, a top official said yesterday. Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the figure had surpassed that recorded in 1997 by 37,000. Most of the jobs created were in the import and export, services, catering, retailing and commercial sectors, he said. Wind shear accounts for 37pc of aborted landings A total of 822 landings have been aborted at Chek Lap Kok airport since it opened in 1998, Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan, told the legislature. The figure accounted for 0.14 per cent of about 600,000 landings at the airport to September this year. Mr Ip said 37 per cent of the aborted landings were related to wind shear - a sharp change in wind direction that exerts a turning force - while other causes included mechanical problems, adverse weather conditions and poor visibility. He said the Civil Aviation Department had set up a working group to revise and improve forecasts of high winds. No plans in pipeline to ease workload of judges The Judiciary has no recruitment plans to ease the stress and long working hours of judges, legislators were told. Acting Chief Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung admitted that judges were under considerable pressure and worked long hours, but said the government did not plan to appoint more. Between January 2002 and this September, the courts took six months or less to deliver verdicts in 98 per cent of cases. Welfare worker loses bid for standby payments A welfare worker who is regularly on call overnight at a Tsing Yi home for the elderly is not entitled to overtime payments, a Court of First Instance judge ruled. Leung Kam-keung's duties between 11pm and 8am at his living quarters in Hang Lai House, Tsing Yi constituted neither work, nor standing by at his place of employment, Mr Justice Aarif Barma ruled. Pppeal court to rule on housing authority case The Court of Appeal will hand down its verdict on a controversial public housing rent review on November 22. The Court of First Instance ruled last July in favour of two public housing tenants finding the Housing Authority had breached its statutory duty by not reviewing rents every three years.