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Baby sale in Shenzhen clinic; girl for 20,000, boy for 50,000 RMB
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Lau's home as well as the delivery room which is very simple.
1. Female doctor illegally abort and assist in labor
2. many women didn't want to raise the baby so female doctor offers to buy the baby with money
3. Female doctor sees patients for illness. When patients ask about the babies in the clinic, she will ask for a high price to traffic the babies
Shenzhen police uncovered a baby trafficking case the day before where a mistress of a Hong Kong man sold two babies blatantly in an underground clinic operated by her. A 12 days old baby girl demanded a price of 20,000 dollars (in RMB) while a baby boy of more than two months-old demanded 50,000 dollars. Local neighbors reported that the clinic has been providing service as midwives, traders and buyers, such baby-friendly "one-stop" service, to which as many as 40 to 50 babies were sold. At present, the two babies at risk of being trafficked had been rescued, and the mistress had also been arrested.
Mistress of a Hong Kong man had last name Lau who is 40 years old this year. The underground clinic she operated did not have a business license, which was located in Bao'an District on Big Wave street in 2nd Longsheng Village. The clinic comprised of 2 areas of about 15 square meters metal housing.
Trafficking of babies was first discovered by a female patient. A few days ago, the female patient suffering from common cold went to the clinic, during which she heard baby crying in the next room so the patient went next door and saw two baby was crying because of starving. Patient picked up a baby girl with pity, and unexpectedly Lau soon wanted to sell the baby to her. Lau said she was the midwife of the two babies. The baby girl was bore from a couple from Jiangxi Province, and the couple only wanted a boy that they abandoned the baby girl. The baby boy was bore by a female farmer worker. Because the female worker was dumped by her boyfriend, she also abandoned the baby, and Lau even gave the female worker 20,000 dollars.
Lau said both babies were for sale, asking price of the baby girl was 20,000 dollars, and baby boy sale price is 50,000, for which a lot of people had come to see the babies expressing an interest in buying while there was a family that had decided to buy the baby girl. Lau also stressed that the two babies were physically healthy. Buyers can take the baby to a hospital for examination after they bought it, if the infant was found out to have disease, a full refund would be reimbursed.
When Lau was busy "selling", the two babies appeared to know they were going to be sold, as if by prior agreement, that they started to cry. But, Lau had not the slightest pity, who said the two infants had no name, and had no impression of their biological parents, therefore customers would not have trouble after sold, and they did not have to fear that the babies' birth parents would find them.
After the news of trafficking babies, on the day before yesterday afternoon, local police officers went to the clinic to inspect, and arrested Lau negotiating with a person about to buy. Local neighbors said the clinic had been in operation for seven or eight years. On surface clinic was mainly of obstetrics and gynecology, but in fact it had provided services as midwives, acquisition and sale of babies such "one-stop" service, babies sold by Lau was up to 40 to 50.
Local Police did not confirm whether the public had said was true, but said preliminary result found that Lau had the motive to earn profit with illegal sale of babies. At present, two infants had been rescued and sent to hospital in nursing, the police also linked to the baby girl's parents, and the case was still under investigation.
2000 shops will promote days without plastic bags next month
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Starting March 3, Hong Kong's 18 retail business's 2000 stores will introduce "no plastic bag day" in which the shopkeeper does not take the initiative to provide customers with plastic bags. It is expected to distribute 400 million fewer plastic bags a year.
on the 3rd of next month, Retail Management Association will introduce "no plastic bag day" program in as many as 2000 stores
On the 3rd of next month, 2000 stores under 18 retailers will launch "no plastic bag day" in which the shopkeeper would not take the initiative to provide customers with plastic bags. The retail industry is expected to distribute 400 million less plastic bags after the implement of this project. And The Government welcomes the action. However, some environmental protection specialists have reservations about the effectiveness of such action who believe voluntary behavior that lacks of economic incentives will not substantially reduce the amount of plastic bags.
18 retail businesses in participation of "no plastic bag day" includes:7-ELEVEN, China Resources Vanguard Supermarket, CITY'SUPER, Park'n Shop, Wellcome, Mannings and Watson's and so on. On the 3rd of next month when "no plastic bag day" comes into force, clerk at the checkout will first ask customers if they have brought bags, if the customer says that he or she did not have a bag, the clerk will only provide free plastic bags under this circumstance.
Hong Kong Retail Management Association Chairman Mak Sui-King says at yesterday's press conference that since "no plastic bag day" launches weekly to date, it has made a significant effect. According to EPA data, in 2006, voluntary measures are effective in reducing 150 million plastic bags, and she hopes after implementing "no plastic bag day" project, 400 million plastic bags can be reduced in a year. Mak Sui-King says that the retail association will continue to negotiate with other retailers, hoping that they join in.
The sub-committee of Legislative Council "Product Eco-responsibility (plastic shopping bags) Regulation" will hold its first meeting today to discuss matters relating to tax plastic bags. Mak Sui-king stresses that the retail association's plan for the introduction of "no plastic bag day" has nothing to do with plastic bags tax. She says that environmental protection should start from the heart, the result of voluntary is more effective than mandatory, and believes that voluntary measures, coupled with consumer education, are most effective in reducing the use of plastic bags. Also, Government should give the retail sector and consumers more time to prove the effectiveness of voluntary measures. However, she says that if the plastic bag tax becomes effective, "no plastic bag day" action will be canceled immediately.
In addition, supermarket chains Wellcome has introduced free plastic bags day on weekly Tuesday and levies voluntary contributions of plastic bags in the past. Wellcome spokesman says that customers voluntarily give contributions, donating 5 cents for each plastic bag, on every Tuesday free plastic bags day. Wellcome then donate the money to environmental organizations; after "no plastic bag day" comes into force, Wellcome still accepts voluntary contributions. PARKnSHOP spokesman says apart from participation in "no plastic bag day", PARKnSHOP and Watson will introduce Moneyback rebate. If a customer spends over 25 dollars, without the need for plastic bags, the customer can receive rebate from Moneyback.
Secretary for the Environment, Edward Yau says the Government welcomes the retail industry implementing "no plastic bag" activities. He says that the society has been widely supportive to reduce the use of plastic bags, and hopes that Legislative Councilmen will pass the bill on plastic bag tax as soon as possible after the discussion today in Legislative Council.
Meanwhile, General Director of Greeners Action, Ho Hon-wai is skeptical about the effectiveness of "no plastic bag day". In his opinion, the lack of economic incentives will makes it difficult to reach 400 million plastic bags reduction. He points out that since April 15, 2006, many people have been accustomed to every Tuesday's voluntary five cents donation or self-prepared with plastic bags; if "no plastic bag day" implements completely, doing away with the imposition of any fee, many people will use plastic bags with a frivolous manner. He says that it's different between plastic bags tax and consumption tax, as long as one provides a bag, one will not need to pay any fee. As of plastic bag charges, the Government has consulted with the environmental industry for many years, and society has reached a consensus at this time. If there is absolutely no charge to plastic bag, it will be a regression on environmental protection progress.
"leg fetish" boy was given a lenient sentence to probation
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An excellent athlete who score academically well on exams is suspected of suffering from "leg fetish" that he caressed female sales' legs, two times incidentally, on the streets in Mong Kok, and then he would exert his strength in short running distance managing to escape by running. Female victims later recognized the boy from photos, so police arrested the Form. 6 student. The boy said he had a soft spot for female legs that he could not help but to commit crimes. Earlier, the boy pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault and yesterday at Kwun Tong Magistracy, he received a light sentence of 18 months probation.
During yesterday's sentencing, Magistrate Director Wu said it was appropriate to sentence the defendant to probation because the defendant pleaded guilty, and since he achieved excellent academic results, sentencing him to imprisonment will affect his education. Although victims were alerted by the incident, but the extent of the indecent assault compared with the same types of cases was not serious, simutaneously the judge also saw the defendant having a sense of shame and regret.
Judge also pointed out that the defendant had a record of touching female legs, but he was only cautioned due to being young and therefore there was no criminal record. However, the defendant did not see a psychologist, with the defendant also being a repeated suspect, therefore police suspected him again when he committed the crime, and eventually he was recognized by the witnesses. At present, the defendant is seeing a psychologist, and had surrender a medical certificate to the court promising he would continue to receive treatment. thought the defendant had a clear understanding of his own problem, and since he promised to turn over, thus judge made a final decision to give a lenient sentence on probation. Judge also reminded the defendant to comply with probation officers to accept psychological therapy.
Aged 17-years-old defendant Lee bo-cheng earlier pleaded guilty to two indecent assault, and frankly stated problem of having a fetish for legs. Lawyers on behalf of defendant in mitigation earlier said leaving a criminal record was defendant's maximum punishment. The defendant did academically well in school who could be described as "having excellency in sports and literature", to which the defendant earning Grade 5* level on Chinese Examination wrote a pleading letter disclosing that he saw a psychologist immediately after arrest. He then realized he had a problem and had special interest to female legs. Lawyers said the defendant has a sense of regret now, and implored the court to weight in his young age, and good conduct in schools to give a light punishment.
According to the prosecution's case, in July of this year in Tung Choi Street, when the female victim was selling insurance, she felt her leg being touched, and when she turned around she saw a man running away. To September 27th, she sold insurance at the same location again, and her leg was touched once again, at which she saw the same man running away. In accordance with similar crime conduct, police showed photos of suspects for identification, and the victim's colleagues recognized the defendant right away. Police later arrested the defendant, and under caution, he admitted to having a soft spot for women's leg.
According to information, defendant studied in a secondary school in Tai Po. On many occasions, he won 400 meters and 800 meters first and second place in the track and field competition, and he was a record holder in Group C 400 meters men competition of the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation Tai Po and North District Branch Secondary School, and had represented on behalf of Tai Po in all Hong Kong athletic competitions.
Old man threw stuff like mad down the street from home
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Old man threw a bunch of junk from apartment to street
An old man claiming "No one would know" he dies after his death, threw junk down the street from home ceaselessly for more than an hour in Ho Man Chun Man Court apartment yesterday morning. Dozens of onlookers gathered around and asked, "How come he doesn't throw money down the street"? Eventually, police had to break into the flat to put the old man under control and sent him to hospital for tests because they suspected the old man had psychiatric problems.
Old man's last name was Wong (78 years old), living in a flat in Chun Man Court. At Eleven o'clock yesterday morning, old man was home alone and suddenly he became erratic throwing junks continuously from kitchen's window to the street, including a TV remote control, cellphone, carpet, kitchen cleaning supplies, fruit, etc. Fortunately, the junks fell onto a open courtyard across from the building, and there was no passersby, so no one was injured, but this startled the security guard who went to check. It was believed that the security guard couldn't stop the old man that he had to call the police for help. Police arrived at the scene who was also at a lost and requested firefighters assistance, and notified negotiators to help persuade. But old man turned a deaf ear, throwing even more objects down the street. Both sides deadlocked for more than an hour later, and police thought it would be unwise to let this kept going that after a discussion with the firefighters, they decided to take stronger action. Therefore, police officers and firefighters inspected the environment, considering storming into the house would solve the problem, and they immediately took action. Surprisingly, the old man did not resist and let ambulance staff loaded him onto a stretcher bed. A woman, who was a relative of the old man rushed to accompany the old man to a hospital for observation.
Two uncooperative smokers attack female director of Tobacco Control
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Female Director of Tobacco Control was injured and taken to hospital
A total ban on smoking in public places has been implemented for some time, but smoking frequency is still serious in terms of smoking in pubs and nightclubs. Yesterday midnight, a team of Tobacco Control Office were on duty in a Sha Tin karaoke nightclub when a female director was shoved down to the ground giving out tickets to fine two men who were smoking. Fellow officers seeing it immediately shouted at the two men to stop and called the police. Police rushed to the scene, and the person allegedly assaulting another also reported suffering injuries. After an investigation, one person was arrested and another person was detained for filing a false report.
Injured female Director of Tobacco Control Office last name was So (thirty-years-old). Her left arm was injured, but after taken to hospital for dressing she was physically stable. Two men arrested were Chui × Yiu (27 years old), who reported his bridge of nose was injured during confusion, requiring hospital tests, and then charged with suspicion of "attacks on public officer" offense; another man was Tang × kit (24 years old), who also reported suffering injury, but was confirmed to be a false accusation after investigation, and was immediately charged by the police.
The scene of offense was a karaoke nightclub in Sha Tin Plaza. On yesterday midnight at 2:48am, a team of Tobacco Control Office went to aforementioned site to conduct a surprise check-up to see if there was citizen violating the law to smoke in public places. Director So and colleagues found two men smoking in the nightclub who were in violation of the no smoking regulation, so the female staff requested identity cards and issued penalty tickets. However, someone was uncooperative and stirred up trouble with others shouting abusive language at the staffs. In chaos, female director of the Tobacco Control Office was pushed and fell on the ground suffering injury, and her colleagues immediately intervened telling the men to stop. At the same time, Chui also fell on the ground claiming he was hit, so the staff had no choice but to call the police. Police officers immediately rushed to the scene to keep everything under control. After police examined all stories, they arranged the two injured persons to hospital for injury assessment, at the same time starting an investigation. Police initially believed someone smoked illegally in the nightclub and assaulted another, so they arrested the two men.
In response to media's inquiry, Department of Health spokesman said female staff under attack was the Director of Tobacco Control Office, whose hand had abrasions and she was treated in a hospital and discharged. The spokesman also said the Tobacco Control Office do train front-line staff and provide guidelines for when they encounter unexpected events. From 2007 to date, the Tobacco Control Office has conducted over 27,000 inspections issuing 11,000 tickets.
Some Tobacco Control Office staff have said that they frequently encountered uncooperative and aggressive people and under attack when they prosecute violators, such that their safety is threatened.
Some nightclub staff has said that no smoking law has been implemented in the public places for some time, but there's difficulties to ban smoking entirely in restaurants, karaoke bars and nightclubs, etc..., and the reason is the ambiguity of powers and responsibilities, that food service providers do not have power of prosecution, and can only persuade smokers to extinguish cigarettes or using the reason of "someone complained" as an excuse to ask smokers to stop smoking. Staff say that this trick can work when they meet nice customers, but when customers are drunk or aggressive, in order to procure safety, they would only verbally persuade the smokers to extinguish cigarettes, because fist is near and those who suffer are always the staff themselves. Although nightclub has "monitoring" system, but for a smoking problem, the shop owner will not hurt business for a little issue, so under normal circumstances, owner will "one eye open, one eye closed" to placate the complainants by dismissing trivial matters such as smoking. The need to call the police is very rare, and it is due to fear of retaliation. At the same time, nightclub custumers generally comply with the rules of the "game". If things are not too severe, customers do not complain therefore the issue of smoking in pubs has not been able to improve.