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A police woman slapped her female friend's son, sentenced to community service
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Once awarded "Excellent model to apply knowledge Award" female Police Constable, she was suspected of slapping face, pinching ears, kicking back, using fingernails to harm the 9 years old son of her female cohabiting friend on MTR Tsuen Wan footbridge in the direction of Discovery Park. The female police was frustrated with the boy losing Octopus card, and having the need to return to Community Center to retrieve it that she used such four "lynching" methods to batter the child. The female police involved in the case earlier was convicted of 3 counts of child abuse in Fanling Magistracy, and on yesterday she was fined 200 hours community service after remanded in jail for 2 weeks.
According to charge sheet on last year July 31, August 1 and August 14 in Tsuen Wan, outside of Shing Mun Valley Swimming Complex, and on the footbridge of MTR Station to Discovery Park, the defendant was alledged of neglecting the duty of care of a nine-years-old boy and of deliberate abuse. According to the abused boy in the trial giving evidence via video system, recalled that after his parents separated, he and his mother lived with the defendant. He said he initially liked the defendant, that she "appears to be a very good person", but later defendant chided him from time to time, and since then he didn't like her. The boy also pointed out sinister "lynching" included pinching ears, slapping face, kicking back, injuries by fingernails etc.
On August 14 last year, the boy recalled that he admitted to the defendant of losing an Octopus Card at Tsuen King Circuit Indoor Recreation Center the day before. The defendant brought him along the Tsuen Wan MTR Station footbridge leading to the stadium, hoping to locate the Octopus Card, but during which she kept on scolding loudly at him, who also pinched his ears and slapped his face which frightened him and he cried aloud. Yet, the defendant failed to stop, and continued to pinch his arm, and even kicked his back. The boy only cried, and did not verbalize to stop, and later a police officer happened to pass by saw this and stop it.
Man transported drugs by cycling pants but caught by airport customs
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Man wear cycling trousers to transport drug, but one can be see pants bulging that can't escape Customs' eyes
The day before yesterday, a man using tight cycling shorts in an attempt to transport dangerous drugs to take onto the plane to Sydney, Australia, but was seized at the departure hall at the airport by Customs uncovering 900 grams of "ice" in market value of 500,000 dollars. He was arrested on suspicion of trafficking in dangerous drugs, and is on trial today at Tsuen Wan Magistracy.
The arrested man was 35 years old, reporting as unemployed. He divided drugs into small packets of ten, respectively stitching them in cycling shorts. The day before yesterday at about 5:00pm, the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau officers conducted anti-narcotics operation at the airport departure hall, and found a Hong Kong man wearing tight bicycle shorts ready to leave for Sydney, Australia looking anxious. Bureau officers thought his clothing was "different", so they stopped him for questioning. They discovered his cycling pants had "hidden treasures" and uncovered ten bags suspected to be methamphetamine, which was commonly known as ice, weighing 900 grams, so they subsequently arrested him for inquiries. Customs subsequently charged the man on "trafficking in a dangerous drug", and today he will be convicted at Tsuen Wan Magistracy.
Mainland Chinese Artists seek opportunity in Hong Kong
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oil painting "sister" is about to take part in Hong Kong auction
Due to financial tsunami, Hong Kong's art market with record breaking transaction is also affected in which turnover rate has dropped, and art transaction price has also dropped correspondingly. When transaction is low in art market in the moment, a group of young and middle-aged Guangdong artists carrying their works to Hong Kong to promote, hoping to occupy Hong Kong art market in order to transit through Hong Kong into the international platform. At the same time, many Hong Kong artists are keen to go north to seek opportunity in order to explore and expand the Mainland Chinese market.
Hong Kong, an auction center that is monopolized by both Christie’s and Sotheby's international auction houses, is an important transit point for Mainland artworks to the international market. But Hong Kong has been a art market that benefit developments of both low and high-end arts; the development of high-end auction house is very good, a lot of rocket-high price of art is purchased by foreign buyers. On the other hand, due to living in a small environment where it is difficult to place bulky artworks as home furnishings, small pieces of artworks are usually more favored by the middle class.
Tan Lian, manager of Guangdong auction house said, high-end artworks are currently affected by the financial tsunami that prices are not rising while low-end artworks has no investment value. Therefore, this is the time to invest in potential artists. However, Hong Kong's mid-range art market is not sophisticated. Yet, with the Chinese nation getting more prosper, more and more people in Hong Kong are acknowledging Motherland's culture, hence now is a good time to develop mid-range art market.
Tan Lian will be holding a showroom for Guangdong artists in early April in Hong Kong, in which some of the famous Mainland Chinese artists will carry their oil painting, painting, watercolors and other works to come to Hong Kong to promote their works. Telling reporters, Lian Tan says he has organized a Mainland Chinese artwork auction showcase since 2004 in Hong Kong, and discovered that Hong Kong is more influenced by Western culture and can not accept things purely from China, so oil paintings and other Western works of art has better market in Hong Kong currently. In addition, Hong Kong enterprises, apartments, hotels, associations are a potential customer base.
Also, labor, auction site and advertising expenses, such operating costs is higher when Mainland art auction showcase is held in Hong Kong because operating cost is about eight times of Canton's showcase. Price is another problem Mainland Chinese artists face when promoting artworks in Hong Kong, because most Mainland Chinese artists have high expectation on Hong Kong market, especially artists who have achieved a certain reputation in Mainland China. But in fact, these artists lack popularity in Hong Kong, and may require to sell their artworks in a price lower than those sold in Mainland China. Tan Lian says Hong Kong is an international platform that promotion is of greater significance than sales, because the correct attitude is to have room for its appreciation in order to accumulate popularity.
While Mainland Chinese artists move south to develop their international market, at the same time in recent years, many Hong Kong artists see the vast market in Mainland China and its rising purchasing power. Many artists turn to China, through organizing exhibitions and other forms of display to increase their visibility hoping to grab a slice of China's market in China's art auction and collection market. Similar to Mainland Chinese artists coming to the south, price is also the biggest problem Hong Kong artists face. On one hand, Chinese culture is extensive and profound that Mainland Chinese arts are diverse and whether Hong Kong artist's artistic style has been widely accepted by the market still needs to be verified; on the other hand, ignoring the well-known appeal factor, in similar techniques and artistic level, whether Hong Kong artists' works will attract buyers in higher asking price than mainland Chinese artists is also unknown.
28.5 billion to see blue sky again
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For the public wishing to see the blue sky, breath fresh air, they must pay the "price"
Advisers to the Government have completed "air quality objective" report, proposing three phases to complete project: the first phase to improve the air with 19 approaches, including a substantial increase in the proportion of natural gas for power generation to 50 percent; advance replacement of highly polluting buses and so on. If such measures were implemented, tariffs in Hong Kong will rise up to 20 percent, and transportation fare will increase 15 percent. Government sources said it is recommended to wait until August to September, following a public consultative review, and it has not set a concrete timetable.
For members of the public to see the blue sky, breath fresh air, they will have to pay a certain "price." Consultants appointed by the Government have completed a review of the report of air quality objectives, it proposes to improve the air in three phases, and believes Hong Kong should follow the guidelines published at the World Health Organization in 2006 as the goal to improve air quality.
The first phase of the report put forward 19 measures to reduce emissions, including emission limit, traffic control, improve energy efficiency and so on. If the first phase of measures are implemented entirely, the expenditure will involve of about 28.5 billion dollars.
The first phase on proposed natural gas as a proportion of the fuel is up to 50%, from the current 28 percent, in order to reduce power plant emissions.
Government sources say that the increase in natural gas for power generation will add stress to two electric companies, and after the proposal is implemented, it is expected that electricity will be increased over 20% in separate phases. Sources expect that the two electricity companies will have to spend five to six years to add natural gas installation. The report also suggests earlier replacement of polluting vehicles, including franchised buses, as well as reorganizing bus routes. Sources say if implementation is likely to happen, it will possibly increase bus fare by 15% in one year.
Hong Kong Air Quality Objectives have been in use for Twenty-two years, though report's recommendations to improve the standards is accused of only to be taken lightly, but sources say the current air pollution indicators lag behind others, and the WHO has also made clear that each place can set standards according to its environment. And consultants when developing the report only made Reference to the WHO guidelines, and the International countries and regions experience, as well as measures to make an appropriate match.
As described by sources as "19 martial arts", the first stage of the improvement measures, includes reorganizing bus routes, establishing low-emission zone in Central, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, establishing low-emission zone, and expanding railway network and other different aspects. And electronic road pricing scheme that has been discussed for many years, is recommended to be implemented in the second phase. As to having a timetable for the measures, the Government sources say they have to wait, to hear the views of the public, to observe the members of the public whether they agree with the report and the direction of development before establishing a timetable. Sources say the report will be discussed in the Legislative Council next Thursday, and the consultants will conduct a public consultation on the 20th of this month expecting to submit a report to the Government in the first half of year; the Government will be carrying out another public consultation in August to September to observe the public and to review the proposal.
Woman fainted, head submerged in a bucket filled with water and died
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body taken away
A 28-years-old woman was discovered with her head inserted in a half metre high bucket, next to a bottle of shampoo by her older sister who just returned home. The woman was instantly certified dead. Police did not consider the incident to be suspicious, but did not rule out the victim suddenly became unconscious when her head was submerged in the bucket, and died of negligence.
Deceased woman surnamed Poon lived with her older sister in an apartment on Aberdeen Main Road. Two o'clock yesterday midnight, 32-years-old sister returning home from outside, calling her sister but no one answered and found her younger sister in the bathroom with her head submerged in a bucket. Younger sister was not responsive when older sister tapped on the body, to which older sister became alarmed and immediately called the police. Ambulance staff rushed to the scene, upon examination, they confirmed she was dead on the spot without the need to transfer the woman to the hospital.
The police took over for further investigation. Due to a bottle of shampoo next to the deceased, police believed that the victim was using the half a metre high bucket filled with water to wash her hair, suddenly fainted when sticking her head into the bucket, therefore head was submerged in the water and because no one found her in time, she died in a helpless death. Police saw there was no suspicion, and immediately arranged for her body to be taken away while taking the red plastic bucket and a bottle of shampoo away as evidence.