poultry imports halted after bird flu outbreak The government's centre for food safety has suspended imports of poultry from Denmark after an outbreak of bird flu on one of its farms. Hong Kong authorities are seeking more information about the case. Last year, about 2,000 tonnes of poultry from Denmark were imported into Hong Kong. job shuffle in senior government ranks The government has appointed Maria Kwan Sik-ning as director of government logistics. Keith Kwok Ka-keung will replace Ms Kwan as government property administrator. Mr Kwok was previously permanent secretary for environment, transport and works (environment), and was also director of environmental protection. Both appointees joined the civil service in 1974. bankruptcy filings up slightly on last year The number of personal bankruptcy petitions presented last month was 810, down from 1,016 in March, the Official Receiver's Office said. Compulsory winding-up petitions fell to 49, the lowest monthly figure so far this year. Since January 1, 3,289 bankruptcy petitions have been lodged, slightly more than the 3,244 filed in the first four months of last year. The number of winding-up petitions so far this year is down significantly, to 217, from 336 last year, a 35 per cent decline. journalists take up cause of taiwanese reporters The Hong Kong Journalists Association has protested to the United Nations after the World Health Organisation refused to accredit Taiwanese journalists covering next week's annual meeting of the WHO's 192 members. The association has written to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, saying the refusal, the third in three years, contravened the principle of press freedom. 'Journalists are independent individuals and should not be seen as representatives of their country of origin,' the association said.