File-sharing pirate hires IT expert for appeal The world's first BitTorrent user to be convicted of piracy has rejected legal aid and hired a lawyer who specialises in information technology for an appeal. Chan Nai-ming, 38, has engaged Kevin Pun Kwok-hung, an associate professor of computer science and law at the University of Hong Kong, after rejecting a lawyer provided by legal aid. 'I don't just need an experienced criminal lawyer for my appeal, but an expert in information technology,' said Chan, sentenced to three months' jail on November 7 for uploading three Hollywood films using BitTorrent file-sharing software. He was released on bail pending his appeal. Fraud suspected as discount firm closes Police are investigating a suspected case of fraud after a group offering food and health services suddenly closed on Saturday. On Sky Holdings, at Cheung Sha Wan Plaza in Lai Chi Kok, charged people a membership fee of about $5,000 in return for discounts on restaurant and hair treatment bills. The Labour Department said 70 workers had complained over unpaid wages and a meeting between workers and management was to be held today. Minister vows support for nursing academy The city may get its first nursing academy in two years under a plan by the Nursing Council, which has set up a working group in preparation, council chairwoman Adela Lai Shuet-fun said. Health minister York Chow Yat-ngok said the government would do its best to support the project. Vans go slow in turf war About 100 van drivers staged a slow-drive protest in Central in a continuation of their turf war with taxi drivers over arrangements at Chek Lap Kok airport. Inmate falls sick, dies A 57-year-old male inmate of Tung Tau Correctional Institution fell ill after eating breakfast and died.