CONCERT TECHNICIAN SUES OVER INJURIES A technician injured when helping to set up the stage for singer Sandy Lam Yik-lin's concert series in 2002 has launched a $1 million lawsuit against former employer AV Promotions and the concert's promoter, East Asia Entertainment. Bangi Wong Ching-wa, 34, fell from a scaffold on May 2, 2002, while installing equipment at the Coliseum in Hunghom. He claims injuries to his limbs have made it impossible to play the drums or saxophone, or to work in the entertainment industry. CATS NEUTERED AFTER MONGKOK TORTURE SPCA veterinarians yesterday neutered more than 40 cats captured over the weekend in Mongkok, following the torture of at least four in the district. The aim of the exercise was to reduce the number of stray cats and was part of a city-wide programme. One of four cats tortured between September and November in Mongkok died. A suspect was arrested this month. CHICKEN SALES RISE WITH INCREASED IMPORTS Chicken traders reported big sales on the first day of increased live imports from the mainland. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department stepped up tests for H5N1 bird flu in chickens as the daily import limit was raised by 20,000 to 50,000. Despite heightened concern about bird flu, the government has stuck to its plan to raise import quotas; they increase to 70,000 a day from tomorrow to Friday, after which the quota drops to back to 30,000. CONSULTATION ON BUILDING INSPECTIONS EXTENDED A public consultation on a proposal for mandatory inspections of buildings 30 or more years old is being extended to March 15. The Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau said it had received requests for more time to examine the proposal, which would require owners to hire qualified inspectors to check on buildings and pay for repairs.