Hong Kong’s Celine Tam brings house down at America’s Got Talent

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    Local singing sensation Celine Tam has stunned the world with her rendition of “My Heart Will Go On” during an audition on America’s Got Talent, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.


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     of the nine-year-old’s impressive performance has attracted 36 million views in just two days since it was uploaded. As to whether Celine will progress to the next round in the reality TV show, viewers will have to wait for a few more days for the next installment of the series.

    According to Ming Pao Daily, Celine won the standing ovation of judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Mel B. Celine, who was born in Hong Kong and goes to an international school, started receiving singing lessons from her father Steve, who is a vocal coach, at the age of three. Incidentally, Celine has a younger sister named Dion. Steve said he was overwhelmed by the tremendous response that his daughter was getting online. In fact, he and Celine were recruited by China 3D Entertainment chief executive Siu Ding-yat a year ago to become contract artists. Steve remembers that he would sing for Celine when she was still in her mother’s womb.

    At the age of two, Celine displayed a distinct liking for songs, preferring One Direction and Justin Bieber to nursery rhymes. At three, she mastered the skills to sing with vibrato. That was when Steve decided to help his daughter hone her gift and not let it go to waste. After Celine swept almost all local singing awards, Steve had to promise the students of his music school that he was no longer entering Celine in local competitions so that others would have a chance to compete.

    Celine first made a name for herself when she performed “You Raise Me Up” at a mainland singing competition, and since then, she has made many appearances on TV.



    Three women injured in HK’s third dehumidifier fire in two weeks

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    Source: ejiinsight/On.cc



    Three women suffered burns and other injuries after a dehumidifer caught fire at their apartment in Wong Tai Sin in the wee hours of Sunday. The explosion took place at around 2am in a unit on the 12th floor of Lung Chak House, one of the buildings at the Lower Wong Tai Sin Estate, Ming Pao Daily News reports. 

    The occupants of the flat, a 60-year-old lady surnamed Chan and her two daughters, aged 29 and 24, tried to put out the fire after being forced awake from their sleep, but failed in their attempts. Fearing for their safety, the three women rushed out of the apartment and fled the building.

    Firemen arrived at the scene later and put out the blaze. Around 30 residents from nearby flats in the building were evacuated as a safety precaution. Chan and her daughters, meanwhile, were taken to a hospital where they were being treated for smoke inhalation and burns to their limbs. Sunday’s incident marked the third dehumidifier fire in the city in the past two weeks, Headline Daily noted. Fire Services sources suggested that the latest accident was the result of a short circuit in a dehumidifier, the paper said.

    Last Tuesday, around 200 residents of Grand Waterfront in To Kwa Wan had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in one of the units at the residential complex. That accident is also believed to have been caused by a dehumidifier short circuit. In yet another incident in the past two weeks, a woman staying in a flat at Elgin Street was hospitalized on June 6 after she inhaled smoke from a fire caused by a dehumidifier.

    Wan Koon-san, chairman of Hong Kong & Kowloon Electrical Engineering & Appliances Trade Workers Union, said fires related to dehumidifiers are usually caused by obstruction at the dust filters or the air outlets. Urging safety precautions, Wan said dehumidifiers should not be made to share a power source with other electrical appliances. Also, the dehumidifiers should never be used continuously for ten hours or more.

    The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, in safety instructions posted on its website, has also recommended that dehumidifiers should be not turned on for an extended period of time. Such electrical devices should never be used inside bathrooms or underneath dripping laundry.

    Filipino son of Hong Kong domestic worker touches hearts with tribute to her 20 years of hard labour

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    Source: SCMP




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    "Hi Ma, it's time to go home! Finally, dumating na ang araw ng Graduation mo! I know excited kana at Susunduin na kita dahil overstaying kana dito sa Hongkong. I still remember I was still 6 years old nang iwan mo kaming pitong magkakapatid para makipagsapalaran dito sa HK to give us a better life and good education na paulit ulit mong sinasabi na yun lang maipapamana mo
    Sa aming magkkapatid. Galit na galit ako sayo noon ng iwan mo kami kasi diko pa naiintindihan lahat why you have to leave us. Di naging madali ang lahat para sa atin dahil maraming pagsubok ang dumaan at halos magkawatak watak pa tayo. I couldn't imagine how hard it is for you makatanggap ng masasamang balita galing from Pinas habang nagpapakapagod ka. Di rin madali ang Nagpalipat lipat tayo ng tirahan at ng school. After 20 years of working hard and sacrifice heto na nagbunga narin ang pangarap mo para sa aming lahat. Look at us now, di mo namamalayan you already have produced an Certified Public Accountant, A Licensed Teacher, A Registered Nurse, A Pharmacist and Midwife, A Civil Engineer and Registered Master Plumber, and soon to have an Information Technologist. Looking back, di madali ang lahat para sa atin, marami tayong paghihirap na pinagdaanan. Sa pangungutang mo kung kani kanino para may pangtuition kami at sa laging pagadvance kay Mr. Lee na wala ka nang swinesweldo makabayad lang ng utang. Ma, we owe you a lot. Di kami makakarating kung nasaan man kami ngayon kung di dahil sayo. We are so blessed to have a mom like you na hindi sumuko sa amin. Di tayo pinabayaan ni Lord at andyan lang sya ginagabayan tayo para maging matatag at matupad ang pangarap mo para sa amin at ngayon may magandang buhay na at may masasayang pamilya na ang iba. Gusto ko din magpasalamat sa mga kaibigan ni mama na walang sawang tulungan sya sa hirap at sa ginhawa. The best po kayo Maraming Salamat! Kaya Ma, Today, your Graduation has come and finally you'll be free from stress and work. In behalf of my siblings I am congratulating you! Job well done my mom! It's been a long hard years kaya It's time for you to enjoy life naman. Kaya before you go home for good, let's have an ASEAN TRIP 🇸🇬🇮🇩🇻🇳🇹🇼🇲🇾🇹🇭🇲🇴🇵🇭 All expense paid! We love you Mom! So First Stop, Singapore! "

    A Filipino son of a Hong Kong 

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     has touched hearts worldwide with his heartfelt tribute to his mother to thank her for 20 years of hard work, as he whisked her on an all-expenses-paid tour of Asia.

    Hans Alcanzare, an urban planner, shared an emotional tribute to his mother Terisita as he went to collect her from Hong Kong International Airport on the day of her retirement on June 10. The pair plan to stop in seven countries including Singapore, Vietnam and Taiwan before returning home to the Philippines.

    Once back at home, the Alcanzare family has pledged their mother will never need to work again. Alcanzare and his six siblings said they had set aside money in a bank account to provide their mother with a monthly allowance. Alcanzare’s emotional Facebook post about his mother’s retirement has attracted more than 125,000 reactions, with internet users praising his tale.

    In the post, he describes his motive for giving his mother a surprise holiday as a thank you for enabling him and six siblings to gain professional qualifications. “After 20 years of working hard and sacrifice, it resulted in a dream for all of us,” he said. “Look at us now, you produced a certified public accountant; a licensed teacher; a registered nurse; a pharmacist; a midwife, a civil engineer and registered master plumber, and soon to have an information technologist. Looking back, everything was easy for us.”

    There are more than 330,000 foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong. Most come from Indonesia and the Philippines to find better paid work than they would at home. Under Hong Kong law, they are required to live with their employer and are paid a minimum wage of HK$4,310 per month.

    Foreign domestic workers have limited opportunity to return to their home country. Only after finishing a two-year contract is an employer required to cover the expenses. Additionally, foreign domestic workers are only given one week’s paid leave annually.

    Writing on Facebook, Alcanzare went on to say that he recalled feeling angry on the day his mother left the Philippines for Hong Kong when he was only six years old.


    FEHD slammed for charging old woman who sold cardboard scraps

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    Source: ejinsight/On.cc/Appledaily

    In his plea letter to the court, Eastern District Council member Joseph Lai said the woman is too old to get a job and being a scavenger is the only way she knows to earn a living. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Lai Chi-keong


    The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has been called merciless after it charged a 75-year-old woman who sold scavenged cardboards to a foreign domestic helper for HK$1 with conducting unlicensed sales activities.

    In a plea letter addressed to an Eastern magistrates’ court and posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday, Joseph Lai Chi-keong, a member of Eastern District Council, asked the judge to show kindness and mercy to the old woman, surnamed Chu. The woman is too old to get a job and being a scavenger is the only way she can survive, Lai said, adding that she has been in a state of panic after learning that she could be jailed and slapped a fine she could not afford.

    Lai told Ming Pao Daily that the woman came to him for help a few days ago, asking him to seek court leniency on her behalf after she was called to appear before the court hearing her case next Wednesday. According to Lai, Chu, who insists on self-reliance even though she suffers serious arthritis and other chronic diseases, has been earning a living by collecting cardboard scraps near the Hong Kong Observation Wheel in Central for some time. Selling the cardboards to recycling shops near her residence in Chai Wan is her only source of income, he said.

    Last Sunday, as the old woman was picking up cardboards in Central, a foreign domestic helper reportedly approached her and offered HK$1 for the three cardboard pieces in her trolley. Soon after the deal was made, an FEHD officer showed up and accused Chu of being an unlicensed hawker. She was then taken to the police station where she was given a ticket, and her cardboard scraps and trolley were impounded. She begged for mercy, but the FEHD officer ignored her.

    Lai said the incident was an example of excessive law enforcement that could give rise to perceptions of a cold-hearted society. He said he hopes the judge will just give her a light penalty, Apple Daily reported. The FEHD declined to comment on the case on the ground that it has entered the judicial process. Under the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance, a first offender who is convicted of conducting unlicensed sales activities is liable to a HK$5,000 fine and one-month imprisonment.


    Man found dead on pavement after ambulance missed him

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    Source: SCMP/Appledaily



    A 65-year-old man was found dead on a pavement in Portland Street, Mong Kok, on Friday morning, about 2½ hours after an ambulance he requested failed to find him and left.

    Lai Chi-chiu was alone when he made a 999 emergency call with his mobile phone at about 6am complaining of feeling dizzy and asking for an ambulance, according to a source with knowledge of the case. The call was transferred to the fire department’s ambulance control centre, which sent an ambulance to find him. It is understood the control centre was told he was at the junction of Prince Edward Road West and Portland Street.

    “An initial investigation showed an ambulance failed to find him at that location and two phone calls were made to find him but no one answered,” the source said. “The ambulance searched for about 15 minutes but failed to find him and then it left.” At about 8.30am, Lai was found unconscious by a woman passer-by outside a shop on the pavement in Portland Street near the junction with Argyle Street – about 600 metres away from the junction of Prince Edward Road West and Portland Street.

    Police and paramedics were alerted after the woman’s call and Lai was certified dead at the scene. The source said it was possible Lai gave the wrong address to the control centre or moved before the ambulance arrived. A police spokesman said their initial inquiries revealed nothing suspicious and an autopsy would be carried out.

    A Fire Services Department spokesman said a call was received at 6.02am. An ambulance was sent to the scene but failed to find anyone and it left at 6.20am. Another call was received at 8.35am and the ambulance arrived at 8.39am. It is understood Lai lived with his wife in Park Avenue in Hoi Wang Road, Mong Kok. He had left home at daybreak, telling his wife he was going to mainland China.

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