CHARMAINE CHE

It was National Day last year. And what was supposed to be a family outing with friends to see the fireworks display in Victoria Harbour became a nightmare for Lee Ming-sun as he tried to keep his family alive in one of Hong Kong's worst maritime disasters.

Complaints about dripping air-cons have doubled since 2004, as have nuisance notices issued by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) warning property owners to fix leaks within three days. However, even though there were 20,000 complaints last year, only 631 nuisance notices were issued.

Apple is launching a trade-in programme for chargers after a Chinese woman died from a suspected electric shock while using a fake device on her iPhone. For less than HK$80, Apple will swap fake or third-party chargers for authentic Apple-manufactured ones from August 16.

Hong Kong's credentials as a truly international city are set to receive a boost from the growing influx of tourists, business investors and long-stay expatriates from Russia.

Partly disabled rough sleeper Wong Wah has no hard feelings towards staff who manhandled him out of a Mong Kok shopping mall last month, despite public outrage.

It seems that not only young and beautiful girls can make it into the competitive world of flight attending in China after all. A recent move by Shanghai-based Spring Air, China’s biggest budget carrier, will give preference to hiring married women with kids.

In days gone by, typhoon warnings came in the form of big balloons rising above the city and the firing of guns - all part of the gadgetry and history on show at an exhibition celebrating the Hong Kong Observatory's 130th anniversary.

Nostalgia with a sophisticated twist will be a fashion trend next year as the trade takes aim at middle-aged professionals in need of a wardrobe pick-me-up. That's the prediction of leading fashion forecasters at the 20th Hong Kong Fashion Week for spring/summer that opened at the Convention and Exhibition Centre yesterday.