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Source: Coconuts HK/MingPao
Leo Ku Kui-kei and his wife were among those caught up in the terror of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, the worst in US history.
Leo told a local radio station the couple hid with friends under a gambling table in a casino not far from where a lone gunman shot dead at least 59 people and wounded more than 500. “I was holding my wife in my arms under the table, having no idea [where exactly was the shooting occurring], what I could do, and what would happen next,” said Leo, according to the South China Morning Post, which quoted from a radio interview the singer gave from Las Vegas this morning.
Leo had been in the Nevada city for a few days off with his wife after a concert in San Francisco. They were at the Bellagio hotel at about 10pm when the sound of intense gunfire broke out about 2.6 kilometres away at the Mandalay Bay Resort.
The gunman, later identified as 64-year-old local resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire on more than 22,000 people at an outdoor music festival at Mandalay Bay from a room on the hotel’s 32nd floor.With so many wounded, the death toll expected to rise. Leo described scenes of panic at the Bellagio, which, together with the Mandalay Bay Resort, is among more than a dozen establishments owned by MGM Resorts on the Las Vegas strip.
MGM Resorts is a 50 percent partner in the nearby MGM Grand Macau. Leo said patrons were haunted by rumors and speculation during the night as hotels went into lockdown and emergency responders tended to the hundreds of victims. He took to Facebook this morning to thank patrons and staff at the resort who helped by providing water and towels in the hours after the attack.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that the government had so far not received any call for help from Hongkongers in Las Vegas, according to the SCMP.
Source: Asian E-News Portal/Ming Pao
Miriam Yeung is currently filming the MV of her new song " Wonder Woman" . She has been trying out different characters such as playing the role as a wife, mother, actress and singer everyday. She is indeed a wonder woman!
It has been 2 years since Miriam releases new album and she definitely feels excited and nervous . It is her first time singing such song and the whole process makes her feeling unbelievable. The concept of the song comes from the film " Wonder Woman" and Miriam loves the female lead in the movie: "The wonder woman today is no longer a movie and role character but a woman with motivation, patience, determination and it is applicable to the modern women now. Please do not assume I am a wonder woman although I may resemble one in the future." However, Miriam said if the school informs her that her son finishes his class early that day, she will have to pick her son up early, hence playing the role as a mother. After that, she would resume her singer's role. This song expresses everyone's efforts and it is considered a satisfaction despite good or bad.
Three dead, twenty-seven injured and two critical after bus mounts pavement in one of Hong Kong’s busiest districts
Three people were killed and 29 injured, two of them critically, when a double decker bus mounted a pavement and ploughed into pedestrians in one of Hong Kong’s busiest districts during rush hour on Friday. The accident, at around 6.30pm at the junction of Yen Chow Street and Cheung Sha Wan Road in Sham Shui Po, left four people trapped under the Citybus vehicle and four passengers stuck on the upper deck. Police said the bus had been trying to avoid hitting a taxi which suddenly slowed down in front.
The accident, one of the worst in recent memory, sparked a full-blown emergency, turning the roadside into a triage zone as stunned victims were treated by paramedics on the scene. A middle-aged woman, who was sitting on the fifth row on the upper deck, was declared dead at the scene, while two men, aged 48 and 60, succumbed to their injuries in hospital. All passengers were rescued within 30 minutes.
Acting chief executive Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, who visited the injured in hospital, promised full assistance and support for the victims. The 44-year-old driver, who escaped unhurt, was taken away by police for questioning and later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death. Citybus said the driver had been working for the franchised operator since May 2012, and had started his shift on Friday just an hour before the crash.
The bus slammed into the pavement railing, a road sign and an overhanging building canopy, part of which went through the front window of the upper deck. Concrete rubble was scattered on the upper deck and the windows on the left side of the bus were smashed as well. The route E21A double decker operated by Citybus was on its way to Oi Man Estate in Ho Man Tin from Yat Tung Estate in Tung Chung on Lantau Island. “Everything just happened too quickly. When the driver swerved, before I knew it, the bus was already on the pavement,” a passenger said, adding that the double decker did not appear to be speeding at the time.
The road junction was cordoned off as crowds of onlookers gathered. Police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances occupied a long section of Cheung Sha Wan Road near the scene. Waqas Khan, owner of a nearby restaurant, recalled hearing the loud sound of the bus crashing. “There were people bleeding and running everywhere, including elderly and children,” Khan said. “We were very scared ourselves. I ran over there and tried to help pull out [those trapped under the bus] but I couldn’t. So I told them not to move. They were conscious and some of them were crying.”
A member of staff at a Korean snack stall opposite the crash site saw passengers getting off the bus, while some remained on the upper deck, unable to move. “I think they were stuck,” she said. “They had to be removed by rescuers.” She praised passers-by for trying to help those trapped under the bus and attending to victims amid the chaos.
The accident was one of the worst since 2008 when a speeding bus went out of control at a Sai Kung roundabout, leaving 18 people dead and 44 injured. In an even more horrific crash, 21 people were killed in 2003 when a double decker plunged off a Tuen Mun flyover after colliding with a container truck. Mong Kok fire station commander Choi Wai-fung said: “Many seats on the upper deck were twisted, and [the deceased] was trapped in between seats.” “When we arrived at the scene, there were many who were injured and we needed to find a way into the bus. It was very narrow inside the bus, especially the upper deck, so we needed to rescue those who are trapped inside as soon as possible,” Choi added. A spokesman from Citybus said they were “deeply saddened” by the accident and said they would provide assistance to families of the wounded and the deceased.
Aaron Kwok Fu-shing is celebrating fatherhood at the age of 51. The singer-actor broadcast the good news by posting a picture of his first child’s hand grasping its parents’ fingers on his official social media account on Friday morning.
He did not show the baby’s face, reveal the date of birth, or specify whether it was a boy or girl. “Happy ... grateful! Us three!” Kwok wrote on his Sina Weibo account, China’s version of Twitter. “Grow, family, protect,” the caption continued, accompanied by smiley face emoticons. Another image in the Weibo post showed a pair of pink footprints with the title: “Welcome, little one”.
Kwok wed Shanghai model Moka Fang in April at Hong Kong’s Peninsula hotel. He announced his relationship with the 29-year-old model in December 2015 on Weibo. By 11.30pm, the post had attracted more than 130,000 likes, and over 9,500 comments.
Netizens and fans congratulated Kwok on becoming a father, wishing him “every happiness” and “blessings for the rest of his life”. Kwok rose to fame in the 1990s as one of Hong Kong’s “Four Heavenly Kings” – alongside Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, Andy Lau Tak-wah and Leon Lai Ming – and was the last of the four to get married.
A diamond ring worth HK$1 million was found by a cleaning woman in Kowloon Park and turned over to the police, hours after three men robbed a Tsim Sha Tsui jewelry shop in broad daylight. Two sledgehammers believed to have been used in the HK$24 million smash-and-grab heist were recovered at the site, Apple Daily reports.
Police officers combed Kowloon Park to gather evidence after a diamond ring was found on Tuesday night by a cleaner. The jewelry was later confirmed to be one of nine pieces stolen from the shop. The woman, surnamed Wong, said she was on a lunch break when she spotted the ring on the ground. At first, she thought the diamond was fake as it was nearly as big as a 10-cent coin.
After hearing news of the burglary, Wong checked the ring again and noticed that there were fine carvings on it including the words “Chow Sang Sang”. Thinking the ring might have been part of the loot, she took it to the Tsim Sha Tsui police station. Wong later told reporters that did what she had to do. “It was a very simple act. I got what wasn’t mine and I returned it, that’s all.”
Many of her colleagues praised Wong for being a “good person with strong moral values”. Another cleaner, surnamed, Lee said they would generally pick up things inside the park and bring them to the lost and found counter at the security center. “The more expensive the item, the more dangerous it is,” he said. “Even if I give you a big diamond, you wouldn’t be able to sell it without getting caught,” Lee said
Lau Hak-bun, director of Sales at Chow Sang Sang, was notified of the lost item on Wednesday. The ring is being kept as evidence while investigations are continuing. No one has been arrested. Lau said they would offer Wong a souvenir as a token of their appreciation.