Human swine flu genes found in pork samples The Centre for Food Safety found 15 out of 1,000 pork samples from the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse contained swine flu virus H3N2 that had picked up some genes from human swine flu. The centre said there was no major health risk as human swine flu could not be contracted by consuming pork so long as it was handled properly and thoroughly cooked. 'Stolen' road signs found in raids on recycling sites Two men and a woman were arrested for allegedly stealing 22 manhole covers, six road signs and other government property. It followed raids by over 120 police on more than 20 recycling sites in New Territories North. A manager at one of the raided sites claimed government contractors had been storing the items and they had not been stolen for their metal value. Number in need of financial help falls The Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload in October showed a drop of 759 cases, or 0.3 per cent, compared to September, the Social Welfare Department said. The caseload at the end of October stood at 278,862, involving 446,783 recipients. There was a month-to-month decrease of 1.5 per cent to 27,775 in the number of unemployed, while low-earners fell 1.3 per cent to 12,766 cases. Anti-triad police swoop over sex-worker threats Anti-triad police arrested five men in Pak Hoi Street, Yau Ma Tei, after they allegedly tried to extort money from sex workers. They were said to have thrown paint over victims who refused to pay up. Maid accused of taking HK$60,000 earrings A 37-year-old maid from the Philippines was arrested at the home she has been working in at Hong Kong Parkview, Tai Tam, after her employer claimed she had stolen a HK$60,000 pair of earrings.