Midnight fire in Hong Kong flat leaves two critically injured, 40 evacuated

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    A fire broke out in a residential flat in Hong Kong early Saturday, critically injuring a woman and her domestic helper. After initial inspection, police said the blaze in Kowloon Tong could be caused by a heater placed too close to a chair cushion.

    The fire broke out at midnight in the flat occupied by a family of four and their domestic helper. Sources said it started in the daughter's room where an old heater had been turned on. The mother, 59, was unable to extinguish the fire. Her face and arms were injured. As black smoke filled the home, the family escaped after failing to wake up the sleeping domestic helper, also 59. Firefighters later came and rescued the unconscious helper. She was sent to Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei.

    The blaze was extinguished after 90 minutes. Forty people in the residential building were evacuated. Both the mother and domestic helper were in critical condition on Saturday. The mother was sent to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung. The husband said his wife’s condition had been improving but that the domestic helper’s prognosis was less positive. 


    Rose Li from New York Wins Miss Chinese International 2018

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    Rose Li from New York Wins Miss Chinese International 2018

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    The 2018 Miss Chinese International Pageant, hosted by TVB, concluded on Saturday, February 3.  22-year-old Rose Li  from New York City, won the crown while  Angela Liu from Los Angeles was named first runner-up. Juliette Louie, Hong Kong’s own contestant, was second runner-up. Crystal Yang  from Hawaii was awarded Miss Friendship.

    Sixteen contestants from around the world competed for the Miss Chinese International crown. The girls, ages 16 to 26, showed off their wits and talents as they answered challenging questions from the judges and hosts. 24-year-old Crystal Yang, who stands at 5 feet 11 inches, accidentally knocked down the mic stand as she was about to leave the stage, but the awkward moment was quickly 

    TVB actress Kristal Tin, 2005 Miss Chinese International winner Leanne Li, 2007 winner Sarah Song, 2010 winner Eliza Sam, 2012 winner Kelly Cheung, 2013 winner Gloria Tang, 2014 winner Grace Chan, and former Miss Hong Kong beauty queens Tracy Chu and Sisley Choi made up the Diamond Judging Panel. They eliminated six contestants on the spot, including Tiffany Teh Malaysia, Yoyo Wong from Laos, Sabrina Shi Melbourne, Jessica Chau Montreal, Summer Meng from Sydney, andLinda Chung from Tahiti. Popular contestants Arrixy Li Foshan and Eliza  Santo from San Francisco managed to reach the semi-final round

    22-year-old Rose Li is an alumna from the New York University Stern School of Business, and has a rich background in stage performance. She started learning dance at six years old, and won a dance competition when she was 15. In 2015, Rose competed and won Miss Chinatown USA, and won four more awards at the New York-based Miss Chinese Beauty Pageant, including the crown. Rose won the judges over with her experience, confidence, and multi talents. She was in tears when she accepted the crown, professing that it’s always been a dream of hers to win Miss Chinese International. Rose is five feet five inches tall, with measurements of 32, 23.5, and 34.

    19-year-old Angela Liu was not a popular candidate during the pageant’s competition run, but she performed amicably on the night of the finals. Angela, who stands five feet eight inches tall, has measurements of 35, 26, and 37. She dreams of being a strong career woman and a philanthropist. Angela herself said she was taken by surprised when she was announced to have won first runner-up.

    23-year-old Juliette Louie, who won Miss Hong Kong 2017, came in third place. She appeared anxious and confused during the question and answer segment, but she commanded attention during her stage performances. Juliette is five feet and seven inches tall, and has measurements of 34, 25 ½, and 35 ½.

    Miss Friendship winner Crystal Yang is 24-year-old and performed Hula dancing for her performance segment. She was a popular favorite throughout the competition, and her loss surprised many viewers


    Raymond Wong Gets Violent for “The Forgotten Valley” Ending

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    Raymond Wong Gets Violent for “The Forgotten Valley” Ending

    Success has been steady for the TVB drama "The Forgotten Valley" , which just ended its third week of being the number one most-watched television program of the year. The period drama takes place in a village where women are treated as second-rate individuals, and stars Raymond Wong, Louisa So, Grace Chan, Lau Kong, and Katy Kung in lead roles.

    Bearing the cold winter wind, the cast of "The Forgotten Valley" promoted the show outdoors yesterday, passing out Lunar New Year candy and collectibles for the fans. The cast attracted a huge crowd and nearly blocked traffic.

    With " The Forgotten Valley" entering its last week of broadcast, Raymond and Grace, who play a married couple in the show, was asked to tease the fans about spoilers and upcoming things to expect. Raymond smiled and said his character will go crazy. “There is this one segment where I whip [Grace],” he said. Grace added, “When we watched the playback for the scene, it was quite heartbreaking.”

    Reporters pointed out that Raymond will also slap Grace in the face. Asking if it was a real slap, the actor said, “Watch the show to see!” However, when it came to getting whipped for real, Raymond said, “I may have accidentally whipped a senior. It was Tsoi Kwok-hing. There was this one scene where Uncle Hing was in all fours and I had to whip him. He was of course very professional—that scene took about four to five hours to film and he was in his knees the entire time. Although he had on protection, there were about two to three whips where I actually did hit him. The next day, when his son told the producer that Uncle Hing was in the hospital, I got so worried! Was that because of me? I felt so guilty! It turned out that he had injured his waist!”

    Louisa, who just returned from a three-week stage acting class in London, was asked if she would return to TVB if "The Forgotten Valley" would get a sequel series. Louisa said, “I don’t know. It really depends on the script. A good script is hard to come by.


    Father awaits sentencing after trying to force children to drink rat poison in drunken rage

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    A Hong Kong father who demanded his young children drink rat poison, then picked up his 8-year-old daughter by the throat after she refused, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to child abuse. 

    Despite the disturbing account of violence heard at the High Court the man, 35, was supported by his family – including the children he abused. Mitigation letters from his wife, son, 6, and daughter praised CSK – as the man was known in court to protect the children’s identities – as a loving husband and father. The court heard he had suffered a breakdown because of financial pressure after he left his job as a clerk at a funeral home. He became a salesman, hoping to earn more from commissions, but did not.

    But Justice Maggie Poon Man-kay doubted that portrayal, asking why a good father would harm his children. Poon said CSK would be sent to jail for his crime and it was only a question of how long the sentence would be. She said she would sentence him on March 7 and ordered pre-sentencing reports to study his mental state and background.

    The abuse took place on February 6 last year at family’s village house in Tuen Mun, according to the allegations prosecutors submitted to the court. “He shouted loudly and demanded [the two children] die with him by drinking the mixture of rodenticide before he killed himself,” according to the allegations written by senior public prosecutor Andrew Cheng Chi-hang. “He then grabbed hold of [the daughter’s] left hand and placed the glass near her mouth.” The children’s aunt snatched the glass and poured the liquid into the toilet, before she heard her brother threaten to strangle the daughter. The daughter, who felt dizzy and out of breath, recalled she was lifted off the floor as her father choked her.

    The aunt called police then locked herself and the daughter in the bedroom as they waited for help to arrive. Meanwhile, the father continued to threaten to kill the girl as he kicked the bedroom door. The police arrested the father after they found redness on both sides of the girl’s neck and chest. They also found an empty box of rat poison in the living room.


    Police arrest parents of student without winter clothing who was made to have cold showers

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    Police have arrested on suspicion of child abuse the parents of a primary school student who was made to endure cold showers and not given adequate clothing for winter weather, according to reports. 

    A social worker at Po Yan Oblate Primary School in Kowloon City found the 11-year-old surnamed Wu was shivering non-stop yesterday 

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    , Apple Daily reported. The student was wearing just a dress and cardigan and no jacket, and teachers noticed that her school uniform was also dirty.

    The newspaper reported that Wu lived with her parents and younger sister in a sub-divided flat, and that she had also been made to endure cold showers each morning because she was made to shower last, at which time the house’s electric water heater ran out of hot water.

    At 10am yesterday, the school contacted police, who 

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    , The Standard reported. The girl did not appear to have any external injuries but was taken  Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a check-up.

    According to The Standard, the school began noticing the girl’s lack of adequate clothing last week as temperatures dropped to single digits. Apple Daily reported the girl suffered from a cleft lip, for which she had undergone surgery as a young child. She reportedly told teachers that her parents did not love her as much as her sister because of the cleft lip. Investigators are looking into the case, and added the girl had been monitored by a social worker since 2016, when she was given back to the family from a foster home.


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