"One dollar K singing" attracts 200 people queuing

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    "One dollar K singing" attracts 200 people queuing

    source: takungpao

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    "one dollar K singing" promotion attracts a large number of people to queue

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    Restaurants and entertainment businesses affected under financial crisis, such that in response to earlier Restaurants Association, some karaoke business launches the "one dollar to repay society" self-help action yesterday promoting one dollars singing K benefit, of which a Mongkok branch karaoke attracts more than 200 people waiting in line, and the first in line is an elderly who is a Cantonese opera fan. Karaoke manager says business falls sharply in economic downturn, with promotional offers, he hopes to stimulate spending desire.

     

    Restaurants Association earlier introduces the self-help "one dollar to repay society" action, in addition to restaurants participation, karaoke businesses also participate. Yesterday, California Red Karaoke starts a continuous week of a dollar Karaoke singing activity, of which a Mong Kok branch has attracted more than 200 people waiting in line, and the first person in line is an elderly who arrives as early as 11 o'clock, to which she is a fan of a number of Cantonese opera stars, followed by several students in line. California Red Karaoke Marketing Manager Man Shin-Chun says that financial crisis turns economy into a downturn, in which restaurants and entertainment are affected by a great degree that business is clearly a significant decline, therefore introducing one dollar promotion is to stimulate consumer spending.

     

    As to an enthusiastic response to one dollar promotion, Man Shin-Chun says that it's within their expectation because many customers come because of the promotion since "one dollar discount" stimulates their spending desire. The elderly first in line is a fan of a number of Cantonese opera. She has been waiting in line as early as 11 o'clock, and expresses that she anticipates for a long time after reducing the times to karaoke singing after the economy deteriorated. Also, after the elderly are many students in line. "Many people are affected by the economy, the first and foremost is to reduce entertainment and dining expenses, therefore we have to attract them with a discount."

     

    Man Shin-Chun says that one dollar karaoke singing creates big impact. If customers don't eat or drink, they can sing the full two hours with one dollar, that is very affordable. However, this promotion is only applicable to Tai Kok Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui and Whampoa stores. Mong Kok branch only launches promotion yesterday, and customers need to start queue at 11:00am every day, and the one dollar discount start from from hours 2:00 until 8:00 at night, to which customers simply need to pay one dollar, and they can sing up to two hours of karaoke.


    Student driver hit a youth and driving instructor took the responsibility of the accident

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    Student driver hit a youth and driving instructor took the responsibility of the accident

    source: takungpao

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    driving school advertisements affixed to the car

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    Tai Pak Tin Street, a clear road sign was erected where the student driver entered the prohibited area

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    Yesterday at Kwai Chung, a student driver drove into Tai Pak Tin Street, straying into the restricted area and injured a passers-by, at which the driving instructor hid the "learning" sign claiming he was the driver to the police officers who arrived at the scene attempting to conceal responsibility, but a witnesses spoke out, so the student driver and instructor were arrested for obstruction of justice; the driving instructor was found to have been drinking but level did not exceed drinking limit. The youth hit by car had broken bone and in serious condition.

     

    The arrested student driver was Yau × yue (32 years old), aside from obstructing justice, she was involved in the crime of careless driving; the driving instructor Wong × Kueng (69 years old) worked with a private driving school to teach driving. His private car affixed with a driving school advertisement. Injured youth's last name was Yip (14 years old), and his right foot was fracture.

     

    Car accident happened in Kwai Chung Tai Pak Tin Street, off of 25th street pedestrian walkway, in between Tai Loong Street and Shek Lei Street. This area is a main region for new learner to learn to drive. As a result of ramp sections at the accident scene, the Transport Department prohibited new learners from entering, and hung a sign reminding citizens at the junction of two streets.

     

    Yesterday at 2:13pm, Yau driving the private car with a big "learning" sign, drove along Tai Pak Tin street on a ramp going to the direction of Tai Loong Street. Because driving instructor Wong as her guide sitting next to her, she did not stop at the pedestrian walkway, therefore knocking down a 14-years-old boy who was crossing the road. The student driver drove forward for some distance before coming to a halt, then the driving instructor immediately got off the car to check, and quickly took off the "learning" sign from the rear of the car to put into the car. However, a staff in a hardware store in the vicinity witnessed the whole process.

     

    At the scene, a sport shoe and a sock was left, and police arrived at the scene to send the injured youth to Princess Margaret Hospital. In the investigation of the cause of the incident, the driving instructor claimed to be the driver to police, but the staff of a hardware store revealed he wasn't and was enthusiastic and willing to serve as a witness. Police officers suspected driving instructor to conceal responsibility of obstructing the course of justice, so they arrested both the driving instructor and student driver. In addition to straying into the prohibited restricted section, the student driver was involved in the crime of careless driving. When the driving instructors under an alcohol breath test, he was found to have drank some alcohol, but it was not excessive that he was not drunk driving. The arrested two persons had been granted to release on bail for 1000 dollars, and were required to report back to police station by the end of January.

     

    An ordinary traffic accident has turned into an obstruction of justice case, to which some professionals from the teaching driving industry said it is estimated that the driving instructor made a mistake allowing the student driver to enter into the restricted area. There could be a possibility that the driving instructor is at risk of losing his third party insurance because insurance companies have the right to not pay, so the driving instructor make such an unwise move. Professionals point out that, at present, the business competition of teaching drivers is rigorous. In order to allow students to successfully pass the examination, some driving instructors knowing it's restricted area will still allow students to enter to learn to drive.

     

    The existing traffic laws prohibit student drivers to enter into the restricted area. Once police finds out, student drivers would be issued a fixed penalty of tickets prosecution; As of driving instructors, they will be fined of tickets prosecution according to "learn driving legislation". Professionals from industry said it is common to have student drivers driving into the restricted area, sometimes it's a vicious cycle because some student drivers see that if other student drivers could enter, they may question the driving instructor why they can't enter into the restricted area, therefore pressuring the law-abiding driving instructor. In order to preserve their competitive power, sometimes driving instructor will be forced to allow student drivers into the restricted area. He said that at present business is difficult for driving instructors. Driving instructors basically fall into two categories, one is single driving instructors who have their own cars, relying on word-of-mouth to attract customers; another category is linked to driving schools to rent "School vehicle" as self-employed where driving school provides customers and school will split income with the driving instructors, but gas money is fairly split as well. Due to the impact of the financial crisis, there's a decline in the number of learners recently. Existing monthly income of driving instructors who collaborated with schools is only about a million dollars. If an accident occurs during teaching, driving instructors may make foolish decisions.


    leaving 84% food, Hong Kong people seriously waste food when dining out

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    leaving 84% food, Hong Kong people seriously waste food when dining out

    source: takungpao

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    Environmental group Greeneraction conducted a survey on wasted food of Hong Kong people

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    Hong Kong discards as many as 1.2 million metric tons of discarded food every year while it's wasteful it also causes huge damage to the environment. Environmental groups Greeneraction survey showed that in economic downturn, the people of Hong Kong wasting food is still very serious. 84% respondents has habits of leaving food when dining out, but only 13 percent would ask restaurant to reduce food quantity. In addition, the plan of "one dollar less for less rice" has been introduced in the catering industry for over two years, nearly 80 percent of respondents indicates that they are not informed of the plan. Starting next month, Greeneraction will launch a new round of "Cherish Food Day" program, when customers go to patrons of participating restaurants to enjoy food demanding "less rice", one dollar will be rebated to customers, to which there are 50 restaurants currently participating.

     

    EPA data shows that in recent years, the volume of food waste disposal has increased year by year, food waste accounts for the percentage of municipal solid waste. In 2005 of 33 percent has increased to 35 percent in 2007; in 2007, each year's disposed food is up to 1.2 million tons in Hong Kong. In October to December last year, Greeneraction interviews more than 800 customers in the food court, of which only 16 percent of respondents say that they will finish all the food when dining out, compared to 2006 similar investigations of a slight increase of 3 percentage points, therefore food waste is still very serious. In addition, in 2006 survey, 44 percent of respondents indicates that they would have 30 percent or more of leftover, and the survey this year found only 9 percent which is a noticeable improvement from two years ago. Greeneraction Director of analysis, Kwok Ying-ying says survey conducted after the outbreak of the financial crisis, she believes result may be related to the restaurants reducing food quantity.

     

    65 percent of respondents identified themselves as wasteful. In all kinds of food, 64 percent of respondents say rice is the food that's left over, followed by meat and vegetables, each is 15 percent. When asked about the reasons for the remaining food, half of the respondents say that as a result of too much food, followed by 28 percent of poor taste. In respondents who always have left over, only 13 percent demands restaurants to provide less rice.

     

    Greeneraction Project director Yip Chui-man says that the food culture of people of Hong Kong is extreme that they often have the concept of "Since we pay for it, we can not have losses", thus people develop the habit of wasting food. Currently, there is no food waste treatment program in Hong Kong. Due to absence of separation recycling, discarded food from citizens and food restaurants can only be dumped in landfills, that not only increases the pressure on landfills, as well as polluting water and soil due to food not easily decomposed releasing greenhouse gas methane which is damaging to the environment.

     

    Greeneraction plans to set Wednesday each month as "Cherish Food Day" starting February to October this year. Currently, 50 restaurants are responsive, including Hong Kong-style restaurant chains. When citizens dine out in the 50 designated restaurants requesting "less rice", restaurants will reduce portion to one-third of appetite, and give a dollar reward. Yip Chui-man says they are seeking more restaurants to participate, especially large chain restaurants. She also advises people to regain their "cherish food" virtue of considering their appetite before ordering food.


    45,000 dollars transaction for "9413" license plate

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    45,000 dollars transaction for "9413" license plate

    source: takungpao

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    The Transport Department held the traditional auction service yesterday, the 9413 license plate, that had repeatedly withdrew because no one bade for it ("9413" homonym for "9 deaths 1 lives" in Chinese), had finally sold in 45,000 dollars, and the winner was someone claiming to have more than one car, but he said he had not decided to place the license plate on which car.

     

    Yesterday, The Transport Department launched 280 vehicle registration marks for auction, selling a total of 2.679 million dollars, of which "* HK 86" sold for 210,000 dollars for the highest price that day; followed by was "* GM 9" selling for 125,000 dollars; the lowest price was a 1000 dollars transaction, that day there was a total of 28 plates.

     

    Because the number "4" homophonic relation, the number had always been regarded as an ominous number. In May last year, The Transport Department sold 270 traditional license plate in auction, in which license plate with no prefix "4444" became the highest turnover selling for one million dollars. This time, the "9413" license plate, homonym for "9 deaths 1 lives" sold at reserve price of 45,000 dollars. As it is a special plate number, license plate can not be transferred, and relative to "4444" license plate, this one's cost is much cheaper.

     

    Statistics showed that the first three times, no one wanted the license plate "9413". In August 2001 the first auction, the asking price was 65,000 dollars; in August 2002, asking price was 48,000 dollars; to 2004 February 14, Valentine's Day, the license plate was placed in auction again when the offer was 91,000 dollars, to which the auction bid officials declared many times but no one raised their hands, so the final declaration was to recover it.

     

    This is the 4th time The Transport Department launches the license plate over the past nine years, and finally a car fan claiming to have many cars bids for "9413" in public auction. However, not that license plate with "9413" numbers has no "fans", in 2000 when auctioning "AA9413" license plate, there are many competing for the license plate, and ultimately a Mr. Pang who already possesses "FW9413" won the bid for 11,000 dollars. In addition, Mr. Chu who has engaged in license plate purchasing since 2005 won the 1000 dollars bid for "LL9413" license plate.

     

    Though "9413" in Cantonese homonym is "9 deaths 1 lives" sounding bad luck, it has, however been introduced in auction many times. According to the car dealer of sale of the franchise license plate says that any person interests in selling license plate can apply to the Transport Department to auction license plates, they believe "hooking license" has to do with no one bidding for "9413" every time because reserve price could be too high or some people actually feel that 9413 is an unlucky number.

     

    After deduction of expenses, the license plate sold will be allocated to the Lotteries Fund for charitable purposes.


    Mad man threw his niece down the street and jumped to his death

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    Mad man threw his niece down the street and jumped to his death

    source: takungpao

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    Mad man threw his niece down the street and jumped to his death

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    A carpentry worker who always treats his niece as if his own "pearl", all of a sudden getting mad on yesterday morning, threw his two-years-old niece down the street from the kitchen, and then he jumped to his death. Family of 6, three generations, they had always lived in harmony while the carpentry work had no record of drug abuse and mental health issue, it was not be ruled out that he became mad due to personal problems.

     

    The little girl died in this tragic death was Mok Hing-Ken, her mad uncle was Mok Pak-Sing (27 years old), and the police had classified the case as murder and suicide. Sources indicated that Mok family did not have domestic violence issues, and the six lived together harmoniously. Mok Pak-sing did not disclose if he had any money problem, and the day before yesterday he had just been issued a daily wage of 700 dollars. After the niece's birth, Pak-sing loved and adored her who often played with her. Therefore, his sister-in-law was not too concern when Pak-sing went into the room to take the niece.

     

    Family of six lives in Choi Yuen Estate Choi-wah Building 9th floor, owners of the flat are both retired, and the girl being thrown down the street was the daughter of the eldest son, to which the niece called Pak-sing as "2nd uncle". Mok brothers were both carpentry workers, and they had sisters who had moved out to another home. Sources said Mok family moved to the site for about one year, and often greeted the neighbors.

     

    Sources said Pak-sing had been out drinking the night before last, and returned home yesterday midnight, but there was no quarrel happening in the family. Up to yesterday morning, the girl's father left home to work, her grandmother also left home to grocery shopping, so grandfather, uncle, grand-daughter and mother were the only ones left in the house. At about 10 am, uncle went into sister-in-law's room to carry the niece, and since the uncle often played with the niece, the sister-in-law did not put much thoughts on it. However, uncle then went into the kitchen opening the window and threw the niece down the street. Upon seeing this, mother and grandfather were stunned, and uncle also immediately climbed over windows jumping down. The uncle first fell off on first floor platform, and bounced down to the ground whose body was only one meter apart from his niece's body.

     

    Because of a consecutive jumping incidents, a large number of onlookers surrounded the area but no one dared to walk up to check or rescue. Soon after, the residents saw a woman wearing pajamas rushing to the street, embracing the little girl stained with blood crying, to which the woman's clothes was stained with the little girls' blood that the scene was appalling, tragic and sad. No one approached them to provide a helping hand, and all were watching.

     

    The father has been notified of the girl while Grandfather also rushed to the street, to which everyone was giving attention to the girl but no one paid attention to the uncle situation. Ambulance staff rushed to the scene and confirmed the two died on the spot, so they didn't have to go to hospital. The girl's mother was traumatized, and collapsed on the spot. She was accompanied by her husband to hospital for observation who later was consoled by social workers, at the same time Grandfather went to the police station to provide information.

     

    Police cordoned off the area to investigate, and covered the bodies with tents. In addition to sending staff to the apartment for investigation, police also sent a simple questionnaire to the neighbors to understand the case to see if the family had a dispute before the incident, but all answer was "they were peaceful". However, some onlookers claimed that the uncle failed to borrow money from his family, but police said this could not be proved, so police did not rule out that those onlookers were just giving lip service.

     

    Later, the Government Chemist was called at the scene to collect evidence. Seven hours of investigation, workers arrived at the scene to lift away the bodies of two deceased.


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