Woman ‘attacked 83-year-old father with chopping knife’ after family dispute

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    A 36-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday for attacking her elderly father with a chopping knife in Chai Wan. 

    The man, 83, suffered serious injuries to his head and hand after a suspected dispute about “family issues”, a police spokeswoman said. Police were called to the family home on A Kung Ngam Road at 8.30am. “In the heat of the dispute, it is suspected the daughter assaulted her father with a knife,” the spokeswoman said. Officers from the Eastern District were seen taking away a chopping knife and a blood-stained metal walking stick. Pools of blood could be seen outside the entrance of the housing estate where it was thought the attack took place.

    The father was taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan and was in a stable condition. The daughter was arrested for wounding. It was understood the woman’s mother also lived in the flat, though a younger brother had moved out. 


    Leslie Cheung’s suicide: how the King of Canto-pop’s death shook Hong Kong 15 years ago

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    “Pop star, actor and director Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing plunged to his death from the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Central in an apparent suicide last night,” ran the story in the South China Morning Post on April 2, 2003, reporting the Canto-pop star’s death 15 years ago.

    “Cheung, 46 – star of the hit 1993 movie 

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     – fell from the 24th floor window of the hotel and was found lying in Connaught Road at 6.41pm. He was rushed to Queen Mary Hospital where he was certified dead on arrival.” As word of Cheung’s death spread, female fans arrived to lay bouquets near the spot where their idol fell. “Cheung, who was gay and lived with his banker lover in Kadoorie Avenue, Ho Man Tin, shot to fame when he was runner-up in ATV’s Asian Music Contest in 1976,” the story said. “My first reaction on hearing the news about Leslie Cheung was sheer disbelief. His death just wasn’t possible; it was an April Fools’ joke that was in extremely bad taste,” wrote a Post reporter, echoing public sentiment, in the same day’s paper.

    On April 3, the Post reported that Cheung had arrived at the health centre of the Mandarin Oriental soon after 4pm on April 1. He went straight out to the balcony through a glass door, where he sat alone and ordered a glass of orange juice. The juice and a glass of water were delivered from the hotel’s coffee shop. “There were another two or three empty tables at the balcony and the glass door was covered with curtains so that no one could see what he was doing outside the health centre,” a source told the Post. “About an hour later, he returned to the health centre and asked one of the receptionists for a pen and paper, which he used to write his [suicide] note.”

    The note was not addressed to anyone and began with the word “Depression”, the source said. “In it, he expressed gratitude to his closest friends but did not reveal why he committed suicide,” the Post reported. “After sitting alone quietly for about two hours, Cheung is believed to have put the suicide note in his pocket, climbed over the waist-high balcony railing and jumped to his death. It was soon after 6.30


    Smoking phone on MTR train prompts evacuation of 80 passengers

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    Smoke from a mobile phone forced the evacuation of about 80 passengers from an MTR train during the Friday morning rush hour in Hong Kong.

    The incident happened at about 9am, soon after an Admiralty-bound South Island Line train left South Horizons station. An 

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     Corporation spokesman said a passenger alerted staff at the operation control centre through an emergency communication system. “Staff on board the train were deployed to investigate and found a damaged mobile phone on the floor,” he said. “Passengers informed us that the mobile phone emitted smoke, and a commuter used an extinguisher to spray the phone.”

    As a safety precaution, all passengers were evacuated from the three-carriage train after it arrived at Lei Tung station, the spokesman said, adding that about 80 passengers were involved. He said the train was then driven to a depot for inspection, while affected commuters took the next train.

    According to police, no casualties were reported. A police spokeswoman said initial investigation found nothing suspicious, and an overheating battery was the suspected cause of the incident.


    Two turtles killed after being thrown from same building as Victoria Harbour dog

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    Two turtles were found dead on Thursday after being thrown from a building in Cheung Sha Wan – the same block where a dog was 

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     and killed a day before.

    Police are investigating at the scene and are searching for the culprit. A force insider said they were looking into whether the two incidents were related. The suspect linked to the dog’s death is still being detained at a police station. A police spokeswoman said a 27-year-old woman made a report at 11.39am after spotting two “dried up” turtles on the podium of Cheung Fai Building on Cheung Wah Street. “The turtles were found dead from the fall. Officers found the incident suspicious and are treating the case as cruelty to animals,” she said. The source said: “The spot where the dead turtles lay was not at the same location where the dead dog was discovered the day before.”

    Officers from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took the bodies away. An SPCA spokeswoman said the woman told the organisation that she spotted the dead turtles several days ago. She reported the case on Thursday in wake of the dog’s death the previous day. “Our inspectors found that the turtles had been dead for a period of time. We are not yet certain about the breeds, but they are the size of a palm,” the spokeswoman said.

    A 10-year-old Japanese spitz died on Wednesday, just days after it was 

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    . Police suspect it was thrown from the roof of the same 23-storey residential block. Officers arrested the dog owner’s son, 23, for animal cruelty at his home on the ninth floor. The man, who was released from prison last year after serving time for burglary, admitted to throwing the dog from the building on impulse as he found it annoying. But he denied dumping the animal in the sea last week. The source said the man would likely be charged by Thursday night and would appear in West Kowloon Court the next day.

    The incident sparked an uproar among animal lovers, with lawmakers and concern groups calling for more respect for animals. Cruelty to animals is a serious crime in Hong Kong and carries a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment and a fine of HK$200,000 (US$25,480). In the first half of 2017, authorities prosecuted 10 people and convicted another 10 for abusing animals, compared with 15 prosecutions and 11 convictions in 2016.


    Hongkonger, 19, seeks to be youngest person from city to climb Mount Everest

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    If all goes to plan, 19-year-old Benjamin Chan will conquer Earth’s tallest mountain come early May and tick an item off his bucket list. The Hongkonger is attempting to make history by becoming the city’s youngest person ever to scale Mount Everest – 8,848 metres in height and the highest above sea level in the world.

    But the trek will be a mere stopover in a more ambitious goal: to become the youngest person in the world to reach the seven highest summits on all seven continents plus the North and South Poles, a feat known as the Explorers Grand Slam. He aims to complete everything within the year. “My sponsor told me this was the craziest, stupidest idea ever,” Chan told the Post from Kathmandu, as he prepared to journey to Nepal’s Lobuche, en route to Everest Base Camp, where he will prepare for the most nerve-racking climb of his life. “Then they told me they just had to support me.” 

    The idea came to him just a year ago, after graduating from secondary school. “I left high school and wanted to do something that I would remember for the rest of my life,” the young outdoorsman and former King George V School pupil said. “I also wanted to inspire people to get outside and see how beautiful the world is. I want to show Hongkongers that anything is possible.” He has raised money for his trips by tutoring and setting up campaigns via GoFundMe. Earlier this year, his school in Ho Man Tin launched a fundraising effort called Everthon. After scouring for gear sponsorship, Chan recently managed to secure backing from Hong Kong outdoor brand Re:echo. “I annoyed a lot of people, spammed everyone on Facebook ... and visited companies,” he recalled of the funding drives. “In the end, it was all about perseverance,” he said.

    Only 61 people have completed the Explorers Grand Slam. The current record-holder for youngest climber is Marin Minamiya of Japan, who completed the feat last April at the age of 20. Minamiya spent several of her adolescent years in Hong Kong. Inspired by Minamiya’s achievement, Chan has already finished two of the continental summits: Aconcagua in South America’s Andes and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.That leaves Everest, Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, Denali in Alaska, Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia, Vinson Massif in Antarctica, and 111km skiing trips at both the North Pole and South Pole.

    Chan discovered a love of hiking, mountaineering and the outdoors after joining the scouts when he was 13. He acknowledged the possibility that he would not even make it off Everest alive, as at least 290 climbers have died on its treacherous passes over the decades. He will have to traverse Everest’s deep crevasses, which can only be crossed by ladder, and brave the risks of avalanches and earthquakes. Nepal sits on the boundary of two massive tectonic plates and suffered 

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     in 2015. “I guess my parents are just as crazy as me for allowing me to do this,” he said. “When I told my dad, he sort of just chuckled and said ‘good, you’ll have lived a short but sweet life’. I guess they knew I had already made up my mind. They support me.” Chan is also entering a video competition, and vowed if he succeeded on Everest to donate all proceeds to a Nepalese charity working with the impoverished and human trafficking victims.


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