Runner, 50, in critical condition after collapsing at marathon

    By johnwai82,

    Source: Ejinsight / Apple Daily HK

    A file picture shows runners during the 2017 Hong Kong Marathon. Chief Executive Carrie Lam flagged off an event in this year's race early Sunday (inset pic). Credits: HKEJ, TVB News video screen-grab

    A 50-year-old male runner was in critical condition in a hospital after he collapsed during the Hong Kong Marathon race on Sunday. The man, who was among the thousands who participated in the annual event that is sponsored by Standard Chartered, collapsed about 6 kilometers from the starting line. Apple Daily reports that he fell face down to the ground at the Island Eastern Corridor during the 10-kilometer race. Although paramedics were soon called to the scene to help him, and one runner had even performed external cardiac massage for him, he is still battling for his life. The man, who was said to have heart problems, was rushed to the intensive care unit of Ruttonjee Hospital before being transferred to Eastern Hospital, where he remained critical. According to reports, he had been put in an ambulance not until at least 26 minutes after he collapsed on the road. Dr Axel Siu Yuet-chung, president of the Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine, called the emergency response for the man not ideal, and said there is room for improvement in the systems and procedures.

    Time factor is critical, especially when a patient has been unconscious or without a heartbeat, Siu said, noting that the death rate might increase 7 to 10 percent for each minute delay in treating a person who suffers fast and irregular heartbeats. Dr. Duncan Ho Hung-kwong, a specialist in cardiology, suspects the runner might have suffered problematic blood circulation in the heart or even cerebral hemorrhage or stroke judging from the way he fell. Kwan Kee, chairman of Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, said it is possible that there were too many participants in the event and the running course at the Island Eastern Corridor was somewhat too narrow.

    Data from the organizers show a total of 31 runners were hospitalized after the race. While three of them, including the 50-year-old man, were in serious condition, the Hospital Authority announced at 4:30 pm Sunday that the other two turned better after treatment.

    Hikers outraged at man photographed hanging off Suicide Cliff

    By johnwai82,

    Source: Coconuts HK


    Some people go the extra mile for the perfect Instagram photo of themselves hiking or scaling the side of a cliff, but this latest attempt by someone hanging onto the side of the ominously-named ‘Suicide Cliff’ was a bit too far for some netizens. Photos of a man wearing a red jacket hanging onto the side of the famous spot on Kowloon Peak were posted on a Facebook group dedicated to hiking in Hong Kong on Sunday under the caption “is this really necessary for a photo?”

    The shots quickly prompted outcry from avid hikers who criticized the people in the photos for not taking safety seriously. The pictures showed a man dangling off the precipice, gripping the hands of another man lying on the rock. At one point, he holds on with just one hand. A large number of netizens expressed concerns. “I’m all for taking risks to get ‘the’ shot, but not worth risking your life for a photo,” said one commenter. “What is wrong with their brains?” remarked another.

    Others used the moment to reference an astonishing scene from TVB crime thriller Sniper Standoff where one character played by actor Michael Tse Tin-wah hangs onto the side of a cliff with one hand, uses his free hand to accept a phone call.

    The outrage comes months after a 48-year-old female hiker scaling the same cliff lost her footing and then fell. She was taken to the hospital but died hours later. Conway Leung Nim-ho, a professional climbing instructor who was interviewed by when the photos emerged, warned others not to copy the climbers, calling the 16 meter-high Suicide Cliff “dangerous”. He added that anyone interested in climbing should take a mountain climbing course first and, where appropriate, safety equipment would be provided.

    South Korean man arrested over Ritz-Carlton double murder

    By johnwai82,

    Source: Ejinsight / Apple Daily

    The 42-year-old suspect (inset) was found highly intoxicated and unconscious inside a suite at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in West Kowloon, while his wife and son lay dead in the bed, on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ/i-Cable News

    South Korean man was arrested on Sunday after he was suspected of killing his wife and seven-year-old son with a knife at a luxury hotel in West Kowloon. Police said the suspect, surnamed Kim aged 42 was highly intoxicated and unconscious when officers forced themselves into a suite at The Ritz-Carlton hotel at the International Commerce Centre while his wife and son were found dead on the bed, Apple Daily reports. The wife aged 42 had multiple wounds to the neck while the boy’s throat was cut. After Kim was put in an ambulance he kept shouting, struggling and vomiting, prompting paramedics to tie up his hands and legs.

    Investigation showed that the family arrived in Hong Kong on 01/06/18 and after touring the city and Macau in the next few days, they checked in at the hotel on 01/10/18. On Sunday, at around 7 am, when they were about to check out, Kim called one of his friends in South Korea and said he wanted to commit suicide along with his family because of the failure of his business. Shocked at Kim’s words, the friend immediately called the South Korean consulate general in Hong Kong. After confirming the family’s whereabouts, a consulate staff asked hotel personnel to help see what was happening in the suite. The hotel staff knocked on the door but got no answer, although they said they heard strange sounds coming from the suite. They then called the police. Police officers found a knife that did not belong to the hotel and some pills, which turned out to be vitamins and flu medicine according to the initial investigation.

    Post-mortem examinations will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death of the deceased. The Regional Crime Unit of the Yau Tsim Police District is handling the case.

    10 deaths in 9 days as Hong Kong enters winter flu season

    By sh33pymd,

    Source: SCMP/Appledaily




    Hong Kong has entered the winter flu season with 10 associated deaths recorded in the first nine days this year, the Centre for Health Protection said on Wednesday. But health officials said it was still too early to tell whether the flu season this year would be more severe than before. “It would be hard to gauge the condition of the entire [flu] season from figures in one to two weeks,” said centre controller Dr Wong Ka-hing. He said based on statistics collected so far, the city’s flu situation does not appear to be particularly serious.

    As of Tuesday, the city recorded 24 adult severe flu cases this year, in which 10 died. Seven of those who died were aged older than 65. One child case was also categorised as severe flu. Those suffering from severe conditions meant they were admitted to intensive care units or died after being diagnosed with flu. But admission to the units or death might have been caused by other acute medical conditions or chronic diseases intensified by flu.

    Respiratory specimens testing positive for the flu virus also saw a rise since late last month. The figure increased from 9.76 per cent in the final week last month to over 15 per cent the following week. Over the same period, the overall rate of admission at public hospitals for those diagnosed with flu increased from 0.26 per 10,000 population to 0.4. Cases of flu outbreaks in institutions, such as elderly care homes and primary schools, also saw a rise. But Wong said it was not yet known when the flu season would reach its peak. “As the winter flu season has just started, we won’t know at the moment when the peak will appear,” he said. “In general, a flu season lasts for around 16 weeks.”

    Dr Liu Shao-haei, the Hospital Authority’s chief manager in infection, emergency and contingency, said public hospitals have implemented measures to prepare for the flu season. Areas such as cases surveillance and infection control were ready, Liu said. As all patients with flu symptoms would be able to receive rapid tests this year, he estimated the amount conducted would increase from 30,000 last year to 100,000 this year.

    The centre this year would regularise the surveillance of severe flu cases among adults all year round by recording the cases. Wong said surveillance only applied to flu seasons in the past but the change was to improve the system and does not indicate more severe flu conditions.

    Wong urged the public, in particular children, the elderly and chronic patients, to receive the flu vaccine as soon as possible to stay protected. He said it usually takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body. Hospital Authority statistics showed that on Tuesday, 4,842 people sought help from public hospital accident and emergency services, with 818 admitted to medical wards. The overall bed occupancy rate at public medical wards was 108 per cent.

    Two Chinese men carrying 50 bank cards robbed of HK$350,000 at ATM in Hong Kong

    By sh33pymd,

    Source: SCMP/


    A visitor from mainland China suspected to have been recruited by underground banks to cross the border and withdraw cash from ATMs was robbed of more than HK$350,000 (US$44,770) in a hold-up in Hong Kong before dawn on Thursday.

    The 28-year-old man from Heilongjiang was waylaid by five robbers after he took about 30 minutes to withdraw the cash from a machine on Nathan Road in Yau Ma Tei at about 4.45am. The Post understands that a friend of the man – a 30-year-old also from the mainland – was withdrawing cash from another ATM nearby at the time of the robbery. The pair had 50 bank cards between them. Police said the victim was attacked from behind a short distance from the machine. “The man was beaten on the back with an unknown hard object and pushed to the floor before the robbers grabbed his bag containing the money,” a police source said.

    The attack lasted about one minute before the five perpetrators fled on foot along Nathan Road, heading towards Mong Kok. The two mainlanders then returned to nearby Eaton Hotel where they had been staying, and sought help from hotel staff, who called the police. Officers scouted the area, but no arrests were made. Detectives from the Yau Tsim police district are handling the case. According to police, the five robbers were Chinese men thought to be aged between 20 and 30. One was carrying a fruit knife. “We don’t rule out the possibility that the culprits were opportunists who noticed the victim had occupied the ATM for a long time,” the source said. He said officers were checking security camera footage to gather evidence.

    The victim suffered minor injuries to his head and limbs. He was treated at nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital and later discharged. At lunchtime on Thursday the two mainland men were helping police with their inquiries at Tsim Sha Tsui police station. Officers are also investigating why the two men were carrying so many bank cards issued on the mainland. It was understood the cards were from multiple account holders. “We suspect the pair worked for underground banks in mainland China,” the source said. Such withdrawals were made because the exchange rate offered in Hong Kong was better than that on the mainland, he added. When asked whether the withdrawals involved illegal activity such as money laundering, the source said: “Bank cards are not stolen cards. Police were told by the card users that the cards were from their relatives and friends on the mainland and they had been given the authority to use them in Hong Kong,” he said.

    It was understood police first noticed such withdrawals being made in the city in the middle of last year. Separately, a mainland man, 29, was robbed of 240,000 yuan (US$36,900) by a motorcycle rider on San Fung Avenue in Sheung Shui at about 4.30am last Thursday. The hold-up happened after he deposited about 160,000 yuan into bank accounts at an ATM. Police said a pillion passenger got off a motorcycle and threatened the victim with a knife before snatching his bag. The man then made his getaway on the same motorcycle. According to official statistics, police handled 137 reports of robbery across the city in the first 10 months of 2017, down 39 per cent compared with the figure for the same period in 2016. 

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