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Man with mental illness stabbed thigh and arm with a box-cutter in Legislative Council
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man in the Legislative Council injured self with a box-cutter and security personnel seeing this approached the man to stop him
A rare "bloodshed" occurred in The Legislative Council yesterday. During the meeting, a middle-aged man suffering from mental illness, suddenly stabbed himself on thigh and arm with a box-cutter, resulting with at least seven stab wounds. Seeing this, security personnel approached and stopped him. The man was sent to the hospital afterwards, furthermore police had arrested and charged him with the crime of contempt of the Legislative Council. This event had the Legislative Council Members concerned about security issues, and they proposed to add a metal detector at the entrance, and raise the fence of the open public forum. Legislative Council Secretariat said that Legislative Council placed a high degree of concern about the incident, and is stepping up security measures in the Legislative Council.
Yesterday at about 11:55am, when the Legislative Council were addressing an issue on environmental-friendly vehicles to Edward Yau, the Secretary for the Environment, a 53-years-old man surnamed Cheng suddenly stabbed his thigh and arm like mad with a box-cutter in the public gallery. A security guard immediately stopped him, followed by three other security guards approaching to assist. Chaos arose in the public gallery after the incident, to which a group of anxious young people walked away from the public gallery to avoid the man, and Jasper Tsang, President of the Legislative Council immediately adjourned the meeting.
During the recess, the man asked to meet with Members of the Legislative Council, to which Paul Tse from the tourism industry, Dr. Joseph Lee from health services sector and Lee Wah-Ming from the Democratic Party offered help. Dr. Joseph Lee immediately put on bandage and dressing for the man, and discovered 7 wounds, each was 1 to 2 cm deep on the man's tigh and arm. The man gave a blood-stained letter to Paul Tse, and the content of the letter described him being persecuted by "a licensed thug" more than 20 years ago, and the illness also tormented him to "not able to seek to live and not able to seek to die".
After the incident, staff from the Legislative Council Secretariat office called the police for help, and the man was sent to the hospital. Police had arrested the man on the crime of contempt of the Legislative Council. The case has been handed over to Crime Investigation now.
Recently, several disruptive incidents occurred in Legislative Council, including a pile of papers were thrown down during the meeting, a Lehman stock investor taking out a pair of scissors shouting at Chief Executive during Question and Answer Session.
Ng Man-Wah, Secretary General of Legislative Council said they will consider the installation of metal detectors and setting up a transparent plastic divider in the public gallery, but at the same time they wanted to respect and ensure the freedom of the observers, so they will further discuss this at the Commission.
Legislative Council Members had expressed concern over security. LAU Kong-wah from DAB said current time is the appropriate time to review the Legislative Council security. He suggested to raise the fence at the public gallery and could consider adding metal detectors at the entrance to prevent the entry of a person with a sharp weapon. However, he did not support sending police to station at Legislative Council because it would affect the independence of the Legislative Council. IP Kwok-him said as compared to overseas countries, Hong Kong's Legislative Council Building was like a "no cover cage", that he believed it was necessary to consider the installation of metal detectors.
Miriam Lau, Chairman of the Liberal Party said that if the public could easily carry destructive weapons into the Legislative Council, the consequences might be very serious, such that parliamentarians and the public personal safety would be affected. She looked forward to the Legislative Council reviewing the security measures, including strengthening security checks and considering additional metal detectors, "but the premise of increasing security is to not make the public feel that their human rights are being violated, so search is not acceptable." When asked whether the Legislative Council should strengthen the security staff, Miriam Lau believed the question did not lie in security and quality of manpower, "the security of the Legislative Council is administered by retired staffs of the disciplined services, therefore they have a lot of experience to deal with emergency cases."
Dr. Joseph Lee expressed that this was only an isolated incident, and this incident should not be a reason to criticize the security loopholes in the Legislative Council. "I am in the Legislative Council for many years and feel that this is a very safe place." But, he was in favor of the Legislative Council to discuss measures to strengthen security arrangements.
Plastic bags containing large number of coins hidden in public housing flower bed
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a large number of coins uncovered by flower bed
Yesterday morning a man passing through Fu Heng Estate's Heng Wing House in Tai Po found several plastic bags in the soil of flower beds, out of curiosity, he opened the bags and found 20 cents and five cents coins inside. Instead of taking the money, the man called the police. Police arriving at the scene to investigate intercepted a man looking around at nearby, and uncovered another group of coins inside the fire hose box, worth a total value of over 14,000 dollars. Police suspected the money came from theft, and is looking for the owner of the coins.
Seven o'clock yesterday morning, a man surnamed Wong passing through Heng Wing House, inadvertently found white plastic bags exposing out of the soil in the flower bed. Out of curiosity, the plastic transparent bags were loaded with 20 cents and five cents coins, thus he called the Police. Police arriving at the scene to investigate believed money to be theft money, hence they informed the officers of the Crime Investigation Team to take over. CIT found a man by last name Kwan (31-years-old) looking suspicious in the vicinity and questioned him, after which he led the police to the corridor on first floor in Heng Wing House, showing police a nylon bag containing a large number of 2 different currency coins in a fire hose box. Kwan claimed that someone directed him to deliver and collect the coins, but he did not know where the coins came from. Later, the officers arrested him.
Efficient housewife turn female lead in advertisement
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Collecting coupons and freebies has become an important daily task for Jojo.
Because the saying "Pinch every penny" arouses citizen's sympathy in economic downturn, one supermarket grasps this opportunity to cast a housewife, Jojo, excellent in collecting coupons, in the latest series of advertisment to demonstrate her various ways to save money in a "live show". Originally just an ordinary housewife, Jojo, becoming a female lead in an advertisement because of her expertise in saving money, is proud of her frugal wisdom, which is no wonder she could be complacent, "only smart people know when is the time to save and when is the time to spend money".
Having a seven-years-old son, Jojo not hesitate to say that the life of a housewife is mundane, which is why she tries to make life fun. She says that in the process of saving, she gradually realizes saving is as fun as playing games, and she is proud to say that she has never failed. In the morning, after Jojo sends her son to school, she will start reading the newspapers to cut down coupons and categorize them, in addition to look for freebies on the internet. Jojo, who likes to maintain her appearance, says the most recent satisfaction is that not only she can buy her favorite comestics, but also has the opportunity to exchange 6 free concert tickets.
Wellcome Supermarket marketing director, Chiu Man says that the company believes it is suitable to use saving as advertising theme since economy deteoriates last year, thus they will release a series of related advertisements.
Parents spend four million to find a dream school
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Yesterday, 80 percent of people get their first 3 choices of school in the Hong Kong primary allocation result. However, some parents, unsatisfied with the result, plan to knock on the doors of their favorite school
The sadness and happiness of over 20,000 parents of primary school students is on the line in yesterday's primary school allocation result. In order to help their children to get into a prestigious school, some parents spend 4 million to move to the vicinity of her children's 1st choice school, some spend a few thousand dollars to pay for extracirricular classes for their children, and some parents even quit their jobs to look after their children in full time. In one extreme case, one "filial" grandmother queues from 2:30am to night in front of the school entrance in order to get a application form for her granddaughter.
This year there are about 21,000 students participated in the Primary School Place Allocation (PSPA) system, of which 79 percent have been allocated to their first 3 choices of schools that leaves many parents disappointed who go to different schools to knock on their doors. Yesterday morning at 9:30, under over 30 degrees in the high temperature, outside of Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong District Central Allocation Center, dozens of parents are already waiting for "result" not fearing of sun exposure.
Mrs. Chung immediately smiles when she finds out her daughter is given her first choice of school. To pave the way for her daughter to enroll in the first choice primary school, she sold her Tsuen Wan home for 2 million under the trend of retrenchment and financial crisis, then spends more than four million dollars to buy another property in Mong Kok, and arranges for her daughter to learn piano, Mathematics and spelling, such extra-curricular activities. She says that there are certain risks to buy a home in the times of financial crisis, but her job is stable, so she believes she can afford to pay the mortgage. She did this all for the sake of her daughter's academic future. Another "filial mother", Mr. Ng who works in the construction industry, moves to Kowloon Tong from Sha Tin 2 years ago, spending ten thousand dollars per month to rent an apartment, in order to let his daughter stay in Kowloon City schools network. In addition, he arranges for her daughter to participate in piano, painting, ballet classes, with monthly expenditure up to 7000 dollars. Though his daughter is not allocated to their first choice school of Maryknoll Convent School (Primary Section), only allocated to their third choice, but he and his wife are still elated. He says, "Competition to enroll in prestigious schools has become fierce, all depend on luck, hence I am very satisfy to have been given the third choice." While many parents spend a lot of money for the development of their children, some parents resign their jobs dedicating their time to care and nurture their children. Mrs. Yau is one of these parents who resign her job which she works at for 5 years. Now that her daughter is assigned to their second choice, Diocesan Preparatory School, she describes the result as "more happy than winning the lottery". She says that since her daughter entered the kindergarten stage, she needs her mother's care and attentive teaching more than ever, therefore two years ago, she resigned from her retail job which she has been working there for 5 years to prepare her daughter for primary school, such as enrolling her in interviewing classes.
However, there is always sad news in annual Primary School Place Allocation, to which Mrs. See and her son are one of the people who are greatly disappointed as they are allocated to their 7th choice of school. She says she has prepared his son's report card and other information to knock on the door of their first choice school to enroll in the school. She criticizes the central allocation system as "lottery", that it doesn't depend on students' achievement.
Constructor pulled under truck, lost testis
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Man injured lower body part was taken to a hospital for surgery
Male worker was injured when working in the CLP Castle Peak Power Station.
Yesterday a "painful" accident happened at Lung Kwu Tan in Tuen Mun where CLP established a Power Station at Castle Peak, in which a man was standing next to a truck to move cargo but a truck driver who failed to realize there was a man next to the truck, moved the truck and hit the man. The man was dragged under the truck for about three meters distance. His lower body was heavily damage, to which his scrotum was torn, and a testis was broken off from body. He had to be rushed to the hospital for surgery, and the impact of the accident might affect his sexual function and reproductive capacity. Police are investigating whether the incident was related to careless driving.
Injured man last name was Kwan (42 years old) who was a contractor working as an out-source worker for CLP. Yesterday morning around 10, following the truck for out-source-contractors, he arrived to a construction site on the 9th Lung Yiu Street of CLP Castle Peak Power Station. As he stood next to a truck to move cargo, driver surnamed Chan (59 years old) appeared to have not check whether anyone was standing near the truck, drove the truck forward that knocked Kwan down and pulled him under the truck. Driver Chan drove for about three meters before other workers noticed Kwan, and they immediately screamed at Chan to stop the truck. Kwan was suffering serious injury bleeding in the lower body part and immoblized. Ambulance crew arrived at the scene to have found Kwan's scrotum was torn and a testicle broken off, thus they sent him to a hospital as soon as possible. Kwan was conscious on the way to the hospital and he is in stable condition now. Police arrived at the scene investigating the cause of the incident afterward.
CLP spokesman expressed concern about the accident and had immediately sent a specialist to follow-up the contractor and review the issue. Spokeman stressed that CLP has always valued safety.