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Old man picking metal scrap entangled in legal issue
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old man suspected of sneaking into an abandoned stone house
A 60 years old hiker was found yesterday morning by patrolling police of sneaking into an abandoned stone house to casually pick up a few sticks of scrap metal to sell.
Arrested old man was sixty-years-old. Incident happened in Shing Mun Reservoir, in an abandoned stone house in Shing Mun Village. The stone house had an area of over a hundred feet, and house's inside filled with expire old newspapers and scrap metal. Ten o'clock yesterday morning, a team of police officers implemented inspection of anti-crime encountering the old man in the path when they saw the old man holding a few sticks of scrap metal which was strange to them, so the officers stopped the old man for questioning. The old man then admitted taking the scrap metal from the stone house. Thus, Police arrested the old man on suspusion of stealing and took him back to the station for Investigation.
A barrister said that existing legislation clearly explains the definition of burglary for stealing, that is, without the owners consent, intruding into a private place and "take away any articles" will be a "burglary", and is punishable by imprisonment of three years in accordance with legislation. Because this is to protect public property. He explained that in most people's consciousness, stealing money or valuables is only considered to be committing a serious offense. However, the provisions set out in existing legislation showed that as long as one illegally entered a private place, whether by stealing or theft of valuable items, such as eating a cup noodles of the head of the household or taking a shirt, that which will be the same as stealing money and jewelry, to which the police may invoke the relevant provisions for prosecution, but of course, the final sentence will be given by a judge on the level of leniency. He reminded people not to entrap themselves into unnecessary legal issues because of a moment of greed.
Eight-years-old sister takes care of a two months old baby due to having neglect parents
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Female defendant (person covering face) with eldest daughter(front) and another daughter were sent to hospital
bleeding baby was confirmed dead after sent to hospital
police collected evidence
Female defendant was anxious waiting in hospital
In order to fulfill her husband family's dream of a male heir, a young woman with only an IQ of 85, has been pregnant on four occasions in her 8 years of marriage hoping to give birth to a son, but instead giving birth to 4 girls. The young woman unaware of suffering from postpartum depression, and the husband coming from a single-parent family who does not know how to take care of the 4 girls, not only leave her daughters unattended at home with no food, but they also leave a two months old baby girl to their eldest daughter, an 8 years old girl, to take care of. On one night, the 2 months old girl suddenly has an unprovoked nose and mouth bleed, and the baby is confirmed dead of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome after sent to hospital. Parents of the four girls admitted to four counts of child neglect charges yesterday in the District Court, and the judge sent the two accused to jail waiting for reports, also the case was adjourned until March 11 for sentencing.
Described as 29-years-old female housewife, she and her 31-years-old husband who was a plumper were convicted of four counts of child neglect charges yesterday. The charges referred to the two in May 28, 2006 to July 1, 2007 in apartments of Shau Kei Wan and Tsuen Wan for neglecting four female children at the time aged eight, four, two and two months and 20 days old. The judge sent the two to jail during the period pending for the background check, psychological, and the current report from children's home by the Social department of the eldest and second daughters before sentencing. The judge made it clear that the case was serious, therefore considering jail term for the two accused, to which the two accused lowered their heads helplessly after listening.
The prosecution said that the two defendants originally lived with three daughters in Shau Kei Wan. And neighbors complained to social workers that the two defendants frequently left daughters unattended at home, so social workers made home visits and found that the seven-years-old eldest daughter was left at home with the third daughter who was only ten months old. There was no food and clean water at home, and 3rd daughter's soaked diapers was not replaced. The male defendant later returned home claiming he went out to find a job while the whereabouts of his wife was unknown. Social worker then reminded the two not to leave their children unattended at home, but soon after the family moved to Tsuen Wan.
In April 2007, female defendant gave birth to another daughter. Her aunt could not take care of their eldest daughter so she returned eldest daughter to the family. But the two defendants did not properly take care of their four daughters, not only did the two not prepared any supper when they went out, much less than making breakfast or waking their daughters up for schools or washing their uniforms. The two defendants who often went out, did not even notify their eldest daughter of their whereabouts or gave out emergency contact. If the 2 defendants did not go out, they were often sleeping at home.
The eldest daughter studying primary Two, as young as eight-years-old since then had to shoulder the responsibility of taking care of her sisters, who only witnessed her mom of holding up the youngest sister's head to draw milk from a milk bottle, which then was how she fed the 2 months old baby with milk, doing "wind sweeping" and washing milk bottles, and was also required to prepare dinner for her 2nd sister.
On June 30, 2007 morning, the eldest daughter found the youngest sister crying, so she woke her mother up to feed milk, but the female defendant ignored and continued to sleep. The eldest daughter had no choice but to mix formula with water, fed the baby and changed her diapers. When the male defendant returned home, he quickly went to sleep. After the female defendant made lunch for the daughters, she went out to pick up a friend discharged from hospital. Until 8 o'clock at night, the baby cried again, as usual the eldest daughter fed the baby milk and "wind sweeped" baby, but soon after baby vomited milk, to which the eldest daughter cleaned the baby up and put the baby on a bed, the eldest daughter then slept next by baby's side. That evening, after the female defendant picked up her friend discharged from hospital, went to a bar in Tsim Sha Tsui to drink alone. She returned home shortly after midnight and after bathing, she found the baby's mouth and nose was bleeding, and the baby was unresponsive. Immediately, she woke up her husband to take the baby to hospital but the baby girl was confirmed dead in hospital later. Medical report showed that the baby had no apparent injuries, simultaneously post-mortem reports and clinicians did not think the baby died of a non-natural death, believing that the girl died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This disorder is primary seen in infants less than 1-year-old, usually happens in sleep of death.
Social Welfare Department spokesman said that it is at no position to comment on ongoing court case and the case has been followed by non-governmental organizations and the Social Welfare Department. The three girls from the case are taken care by homes and relatives in Mainland China.
It is understood that the family has always been followed by Shau Kei Wan Caritas Integrated Family Service Center. After the family moved to the Tsuen Wan District in 2006, case was followed by the Social Welfare Department.
Case No.: DCCC 893/08
Abandoned phone booths
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telephone booth obsolete
In subway compartments, buses and on the street, everyone always has a cellphone in hand; from the elderly down to primary and secondary school students, if not sending SMS, then they'd talk non-stop, cellphones have become a part of our daily lives. However, in the last century in the nineties, public telephone booth was popular, one can see a long line of telephone booths on the street everywhere, and people queuing especially at Subway station, ferries terminals, and from time to time a group of Filipino domestic helpers, people gathered at a long queue to use the phone. With changing times, even a long line of telephone booths at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier were removed, instead a few scattered in the streets bearing the cold wind alone. Passers-only treat the booths coldly, as if they have never been there, and only the tourists would glance at them, occasionally taking pictures with them. Rapid advancement of technology not only turn people lazy, but also make people stop cherishing, just as the telephone booth has become a boring street decoration.
Hong Kong population breaking the seven million mark
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Hong Kong has officially broken seven million population mark
Statistics Department's latest statistics show that at the end of 2008, Hong Kong Population was 7,008,000, representing an increase of 56, 000 people comparing to the statistics at the end of 2007, that is, a growth rate of 0.8 percent. The main reason to Hong Kong's population increase is due to new-born babies and increase in the number of new immigrants. Some scholars believe that a rising population is a good news to Hong Kong because young people will help to relieve the increasing aging population.
Hong Kong's population exceeded 6,000,000 in 1994, and fourteen years after, breaking into seven million. According to Hong Kong's total area of 1104 square km, the average capacity can allow 6300 people per square kilometer. Government figures show that the number of births reached 78,700 last year, representing a 1.3 percent increase from previous year. To minus deaths of 41,300 people from births, the natural increase of population of last year is 37,400 people. According to the Hospital Authority, as of November last year, figures show that pregnant women from Mainland China giving birth to infants who are born in Hong Kong accounted for 4.2 percent of Hong Kong's baby population.
During the same period, the number of one-way permit holders coming to Hong Kong is 41,600 people, which is an increase of 22.7 percent growth over the previous year of 33,900 people. The move to cut out the "net migration", the number of 18,700 people has been reduced comparing to figures over the previous year of 4200 people.
Senior lecturer at City University of Public and Social Administration, Cheung Chor-Yong says, the general migration of people into Hong Kong is young people which is a relief to the problem of an aging population that has a positive effect to the problem. He says, "The government has new immigrants background information, therefore it should develop appropriate policies so that new arrivals in Hong Kong can fully developed their lives, as well as calculating the population growth effect on social welfare spending.", as to whether the increase in the birth rate is related to the economic environment the year before, he sees that economic environment can affect the public's confidence in birth, but generally, the fertility rate in developed countries or regions is lower, therefore it's difficult to make a positive comparison between the two.
In addition, of the total population of last year, 6,790,000 people are Usual Residents and Mobile Residents accounts for 2,180,000 people.
60 percent college students will to go to Mainland China to earn money
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nearly half of the respondents of university graduates in Hong Kong are interested to go to Shanghai to develop their careers, but they require a monthly salary of more than ten thousand dollars
It is not easy to find jobs in Hong Kong during financial crisis. A survey announced yesterday that 60 percent of university graduates in Hong Kong would like to return to Mainland China for employment, nearly half of the respondents preferred to develop their careers in Shanghai, but require a monthly salary of more than ten thousand dollars which is more than the salary of Mainland China's top students. Scholars say that the employment competition among Mainland Chinese university graduates is more intense than in Hong Kong. Under financial crisis, scholars offer a piece of advice to Hong Kong graduates going to Mainland China that they should adjust their expectations to salary, so as not to having greater hope that leads to higher disappointment.
In response to the Chief Executive call for an increase in the Mainland Chinese internship, Talent Exchange Centers of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Clerical and Professional Association visit more than 550 local college students this month, found that sixty percent college students are willing to go north to work, that is a 20 percent increase from a similar survey conducted in 2006. Respondents selecting the reasons for working in Mainland China, of which is it will help career development, who feel that it is the general job trend of going northward while expanding their knowledge accounts to 50 percent of respondents, but a quarter of graduate students who have difficulty in finding jobs in Hong Kong only go to Mainland China as their second best option. Of the 30 percent respondents who do not consider working in Mainland China, 60 percent think that China has poor law and order enforcement, together with missing friends and relatives accounting for far more than half of the reasons of not to consider working in China.
In addition, nearly 30 percent of respondents select to be engaged in the financial industry, followed by import and export trade. Of those who consider to work in Mainland China, half are willing to develop their career for one to three years. Nearly 65 percent of respondents feel that Hong Kong people has more advantage in pioneering thinking than the Mainland Chinese, followed by having an international perspective and analytical capabilities to crisis management, but 65 percent feel that the Hong Kong people has a disadvantage of not aware of Mainland China's present condition.
Chairman of Hong Kong Clerical and Professional Association Ng Chau-But says that the respondents desire to work in Mainland China has increased from 40 percent to 60 percent in a similar survey conducted in 2006. This result reflects Hong Kong college students considering the economic development of Mainland China to have more potential than Hong Kong, together with the integration of the two places and "Closer Economic Partnership" agreement, that all attract Hong Kong graduates to go northward to develop their career. Hong Kong people also consider short working period does not help with career development, but they are reserved with long-term development.
However, the survey also found that Hong Kong graduates will use Hong Kong's pay levels to estimate pay in Mainland China, to which almost half of the respondents want 11,000 dollars and above monthly salary. This number is similar to the median monthly income of 10,500 dollars in Hong Kong at present.
Suen Pang, General Director of Hong Kong Talent Exchange Centers points out that Hong Kong graduates not understanding the situation in Mainland China because the monthly salary of Mainland graduates is between 2000 to 4000 dollars, even top students of Beijing University or Tsinghua University, earning 7000 dollars monthly salary is considered good already. "Hong Kong graduates should adapt to local level, should understand more on local level's consumption and income standards", he hopes that when Hong Kong students work in Mainland China, they can make adjustments to salary expectation. They should not have too high expectations or else they have greater disappointment. Ng Chau-But adds that employment competition in Mainland China is more intense than in Hong Kong, competition is especially more fierce in financial crisis. This year, job vacancies in Mainland China to Hong Kong people are also affected, and Hong Kong people must remember to be modest when applying jobs in Mainland China.
Though half of Hong Kong graduates respondents have higher expectation of pay than top notch Mainland Chinese graduates. However, Poon Kwok-kei, a Shue Yan University prospective graduate of Business Administration who once interned in Mainland China expresses willingness to reduce the requirement of salary. He says if he stays in Hong Kong he hopes to find a 9000 to 10000 dollars monthly job, but he chooses to go to Mainland China, the minimum acceptable monthly salary is 7000 dollars. He started interning at ShangHai Pudong Development Bank in Nanjing in the end of last year. "3000 to 4000 dollars can maintain my own living expenses, but not enough to give home, if I can have a promotion within one year, I do not rule out the possibility of accepting a position here". He says finding a job in Mainland China is not easy, "At present, I issued thirty to forty applications, of which 10 applications sent to Mainland Chinese companies, but so far there is no response."