Court acquits Hong Kong man accused of pushing policeman during protests

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    A Hong Kong man accused of pushing a 

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     during last year’s anti-government protests has been acquitted of assault after the magistrate ruled he had been coerced into making a confession.
     
    Kwun Tong Court on Tuesday ruled that Kwong Chi-wai had been subjected to physical and verbal abuse by police officers following his arrest on the night of November 12, when protesters blocked roads in Kowloon Bay as a continuation of a 

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     that took place a day earlier. The 39-year-old interior designer was said to have ignored police warnings and walked towards a cordon on the pavement of Kwun Tong Road, outside Kowloon Bay MTR Station, before using his right shoulder to hit Constable Tse Chun-hung’s shield. The defence counsel contested the account, saying Kwong was merely a resident of the neighbourhood who was on his way home after doing his laundry. 
    Fiona Nam Hoi-yan, for Kwong, complained during the trial that officers had used pepper spray on Kwong at close range before pouring an unknown liquid on his head, making the inflammatory substance flow down his body and causing searing pain. He later felt unwell and vomited inside a police van after arrest, but was asked by an unknown officer to “clean it up with his tongue” before he was allowed to get off, Nam continued, adding that Kwong was repeatedly intimidated during the car journey to the police station.

    That submission was accepted by Principal Magistrate Ivy Chui Yee-mei, who found Kwong could not have signed the confession with full understanding of his legal rights while he was sick. Chui said her conclusion was supported by the evasive attitude of Constable Wong Ka-chun, who took the caution statement from Kwong, as he had deliberately omitted important details of the case in his own testimony – including the fact that Kwong vomited but was not given timely medical attention.

    The magistrate further rejected Constable Tse’s evidence in court after finding his explanation for his course of action to be contradictory. She said the policeman did not provide a truthful account of the events, especially when he failed to explain why Kwong would assault him having complied with Tse’s initial request to stay clear of the police-check line. Chui also found it strange Tse had forgotten what happened to Kwong after the alleged attack, including how he was subdued and arrested. “I found the defendant an honest and reliable witness,” Chui said. “The prosecution has failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.”
     
    The magistrate ordered the prosecution to bear Kwong’s legal costs for the proceedings. Asked outside court whether he had anything to say to the police officers involved in his case, Kwong said: “We are all Hongkongers. The same goes for the police.”

     


    School condemns bullies after girl filmed being beaten with fire bucket lid and pushed to eat sand

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    Source: SCMP/On.cc

    The girl being bullied in the video was wearing a jacket with the initials of Tack Ching Girls’ Secondary School. Photo: Handout

    The bullies also tried to make the girl eat sand. Photo: Handout

    A Hong Kong secondary school has condemned a bullying incident caught on camera, which shows a pupil being beaten with the lid of a fire bucket and pushed to eat the sand in it. Tack Ching Girls’ Secondary School (TCGSS) in Sham Shui Po on Saturday vowed to deal with the matter seriously and said it regretted the incident between students earlier this week.

    In a video circulated online, a young, short-haired girl wearing a jacket with the initials TCGSS was left cowering in a stairwell in an attack involving at least two culprits. The girl was repeatedly hit on the head and arms with the lid, and she was ordered in Cantonese to eat the sand in the bucket, the video showed.

    A police spokesman confirmed the force received a report from the father of a 13-year-old girl who was injured during an incident at a staircase of Hoi Lai Shopping Centre in Cheung Sha Wan. A preliminary investigation found the girl was suspected to have been attacked with hard objects, and the case was listed as assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The victim sustained injuries to the head and arms and was sent to Caritas Medical Centre in Sham Shui Po for treatment.

    TCGSS said in a statement on Saturday: “The school deeply regrets the video circulating online a few days ago about the school’s student being bullied … we are investigating the matter with the related person and will deal with it seriously.” The school said it had always focused on instilling respect among students. “Students grow up in the face of difficulties and challenges. Our team of teachers, as always, provides appropriate training and guidance to allow students to learn how to get along with others, respect others and take responsibility,” the statement added.

    Hong Kong has a serious problem with school bullying, surveys have found. One ranking suggested Hong Kong was the worst globally among 53 countries and regions. About a third of 15-year-olds said they were bullied a few times a month. In one high-profile incident last year, eight students, aged 17 to 19, were arrested for common assault after a video emerged of a pupil being stripped and assaulted by classmates.


    These pictures of a double rainbow in Hong Kong will make you fall in love with the city all over again

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    Source: Coconuts Hong Kong

    Double rainbow spotted in Ma Wan on June 16, 2020. Photo: Facebook/Lui Ching

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    Hong Kong has been 

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     lately. Two weekends ago, the observatory hoisted the first black rainstorm warning in three years. Last Saturday, a typhoon battered the city.  

    The weather gods must have heard our complaining. Yesterday, after a noon downpour, a stunning double rainbow lit up still-stormy skies. The touch of color was a sight for us—and our smartphones—to behold. 

    In the New Territories town of Sham Tseng, the light reflected in the surrounding waters created the illusion of an almost 270-degree rainbow. The arch framed a four-lane highway, the iconic Tsing Ma bridge and towering apartment blocks blessed with a view. Another photo taken in Ma Wan shows the double rainbow over the Tsing Ma Bridge…  which still managed to filter through overcast skies in Yuen Long.

    On Cheung Chau island, a rainbow overlooked the village’s fishing port and brought light to a hazy sky. In Tsim Sha Tsui, home to tourist icons like museums, the Avenue of Stars and countless luxury malls, it was the rainbow across the Victoria Harbor that stole the show.

    A ferry ride away in Central, a double rainbow proved a symbol of hope for pro-democracy protesters gathered at IFC shopping mall, where they were marking the anniversary of a 

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     against an unpopular extradition bill last summer. Between singing protest songs and chanting slogans, they stopped to take a picture of the rainbow through the mall’s floor-to-ceiling windows.


    Gambling king Stanley Ho dies aged 98

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    Source: The Straits Times/On.cc

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    Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho (centre) died on May 26 at the age of 98.

    Mr Stanley Ho, a one-time kerosene trader who built a casino empire in Macau that propelled the Chinese island past Las Vegas as the world’s 

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    , has died at age 98, local media reported. 

    Known as the King of Gambling, Mr Ho dominated gaming in the former Portuguese colony after winning a monopoly licence in 1961. His SJM Holdings flourished as China’s economic opening created a flood of new wealth in a country with a passion for gambling. SJM now controls 20 casinos on an island of about 26 sq km.  Mr Ho’s rise transformed Macau from a commercial backwater into the “Las Vegas of Asia” by exploiting its big advantage over the rest of China – casinos were legal. As his fortune swelled, he expanded beyond the island, building residential and office buildings in Hong Kong.

    In 1984, he won a licence to operate a casino in Portugal and spent US$30 million to open the Casino Pyongyang in North Korea in 2000. Mr  Ho’s Macau monopoly expired in 2001, two years after China regained control of the island from Portugal. China then granted licences to competitors, including 

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     and Wynn Resorts. Rather than hurting Mr Ho, the increased competition, coupled with China’s booming economy, accelerated Macau’s growth into the world’s biggest gaming hub and Mr Ho’s fortunes ballooned. 

    The city’s gaming revenue has become a barometer of the economy of China, where two-thirds of its gamblers are from. While casino takings have usually grown with China’s GDP, it plummeted in 2014 when China launched an anti-corruption campaign and again in 2020, after 

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     triggered a 97 per cent drop in revenue as Chinese gamblers were prevented from travel into the enclave. 

    Mr Ho fathered 17 children with four women and when he retired around mid-2018, he passed some of the top roles at SJM to his heirs. Ms Daisy Ho, his daughter, became chairman and executive director. Ms Angela Leong, SJM’s second-largest shareholder whom Mr Ho referred to as his fourth wife, became co-chairman with another executive director.  Still, the succession reopened long-simmering family rivalries. In January 2019, Pansy, his eldest daughter with his second wife, joined forces with some siblings in an alliance that holds sway over a controlling stake in SJM, giving her the upper hand over Ms Leong in the 

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     of Mr Ho’s US$14.9 billion(S$21 billion)  empire. Pansy, one of Hong Kong’s richest people, is also executive chairman of Shun Tak Holdings, which runs most of the ferries between Hong Kong and Macau. 


    Mother, daughter die from fall

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    Source: The Standard/Appledaily

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    A 71-year-old woman and her 41-year-old daughter died at the scene after falling from a height in Tseung Kwan O at about 9:00am today. The police said they are believed to have fallen from a unit at Block 2 of Metropolis, Metro City Phase 3. No suicide note was found.

    The case has been classified as suicide pact and it is being handled by the Tseung Kwan O District regional crime unit. The daughter reportedly suffered from congenital bowel disease and required frequent hospital visits.


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