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.


    After decades-long search, Anthony Wong united with his brothers thanks to BBC, social media sleuths

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    Source: Coconuts HK/Appledaily/On.cc

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    Every now and then the internet, responsible for all manner of social ills, does something extraordinarily beautiful.

    After a 

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    , social media users helped to unite the star with a family that didn’t know he existed. Their efforts culminated this month, the BBC reports, when the veteran actor met for the first time with his two half-brothers, 74-year-old British-born twins who reside in Australia.

    The meeting came after a lifetime of searching for Wong, who earlier this year spoke to BBC Chinese about trying to find his British father, a former Hong Kong government official who left when he was 4 years old. Possessing only a handful of photos and knowing little more than his name — Frederick William Perry — and some basic biographical details, Wong said he hoped the internet would help him find some answers.

    The day after the story ran, a 

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    was set up to do just. In particular, three women following the page began looking for information and passing it on to the actor. Eventually, someone reached out to twins John and David Perry, who upon watching the documentary, immediately recognized their father. “We were quite amazed about the whole thing,” John Perry, told the BBC.

    The trio met in Hong Kong on March 20 to piece together the story of their father, who passed away in 1988. Perry Sr had been a Royal Air Force Pilot who moved to Hong Kong in 1955 with his wife and family, including David and John. While his family returned to the UK, Perry remained in Hong Kong and met Wong’s Cantonese mother. He then left for Australia to join his other family, exchanging letters with Wong’s mother for several years before dropping out of contact, according to the article.

    The Perry brothers told the BBC said they were not upset about learning of their father’s secret, saying they wanted Wong to feel like part of the family. They said they knew nothing of his renowned acting career, which includes more than 150 films and four Hong Kong Film Awards trophies. Wong called it “a life lesson” — that when he is finally able to make peace with the past, a new journey can begin. “Dad used to say in his letters that if I was a good boy, he would take care of everything for me,” he told BBC. “I think he knows I’ve become a good boy since then and he’s sent two brothers to me.”


    TVB to film "Triumph In The Skies 2020" with a budget of 200 million RMB

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    TVB announced plans to film "Triumph In The Skies 2010" at FILMART 2018 on March 18.  This is the first collaboration between TVB and Beijing Tencent Pictures with a budget of 200 million RMB. Shooting will start at the end of the year. 

    TVB will consider the viewers's suggestion in the casting and they plan to include Moses Chan, Ruco Chan and Kenneth Ma whilst Tencent Pictures will also invite William Chan, Yang Mi, Angelababy, Dilraba Dilmurrat and Huang Zitao.  However, Chilam Cheung and Myolie Wu will not be in the cast due to TVB's legal problems with Stephen Shiu Jr's company. "Triumph In The Skies 2020" will be filmed in Europe, Canada and United States.


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