Increasing global demand for seafarers that even social worker switches job

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    Increasing global demand for mariners that even social worker switches job

    source: takungpao

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    problem of aging mariners getting serious, and the world in need of at least 10,000 mariners. Kwok Ka-Him (right) saw the prospect of mariners that he changes job from social work to Professional mariner

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    Worldwide, seafarers are aging, and problem is getting serious, for which the average age of a mariner is fifty years old. There is much-needed new blood in the industry, at present it needs at least ten thousand advanced mariners. Principal of Maritime Training Academy says that the demand for seafarers has not been reduced despite being in the period of financial tsunami, and some companies even give five percent pay rise. In addition, the Government will even increase the subsidy of ocean crew from 4000 dollars per month to 5000 dollars in order to encourage local mariners to get in touch with foreign mariner experience.

     

    Marine Training College President Yang Pei-Qiang says the school will increase the number of people enrolling in a 3 year diploma in Marine Technology from 30 to 40 people in September 2008, and junior seamen curriculum will increase from 48 people to sixty people to meet industry demand. The School has an 80 percent graduate rate annually, and employment is up to 100%. The financial tsunami has little effect on the industry because owners of ships have experienced repeated turmoil and therefore they have a lot of experience who will normally take orders before booking ships, and many foreign companies are under orders for a decade; if the recession continues, companies will reduce to rent boats. He points out that worldwide 98 percent of containers are conveyed by ships. Not only transport by ships is cheaper than by planes, ships' capacity is larger than planes. At present, the world's largest shipping capacity can be 560,000 tons of freight. And each vessel's crew numbers have capacity which will not decrease because of the financial tsunami.

     

    Academy graduate Kwok ka-him graduated in 2006, followed by training at ocean going shipping line as deck crew. His current monthly salary is 700 U.S. dollars, which is not closed to 6000 in Hong Kong dollars. He says he was a social worker before but he sees prospects as SEAFARERS so he changes job. This year in January, his company even rises salary to 5%. He is currently back to college for three exams, after getting a license, if he has opportunity, his salary can be over 4000 U.S. dollars.


    Illegal man hid on top of a train, eletrocuted by high voltage cable and died

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    Illegal man hid on top of a train, eletrocuted by high voltage cable and died

    source: takungpao

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    firefighters climbing to train's top to remove body

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    Yesterday morning, a man was found dead on MTR train top who was suspected to have died from electric high voltage cable. Deceased person came from Mainland China, and believed he had entered Hong Kong illegally hiding on train's roof, but unexpectedly lost his life due to the accident.

     

    Yesterday at 9:58am when a train from Canton to Hong Kong passing through Fanling station, people noticed someone lying on top of the train, so they notified MTR staff who called the police. MTR made arrangements for the train to enter into ShaTin Racecourse station, and firefighters climbed up to the train top to search and found a man sitting on the train top, body appearing rigid. The man was then confirmed dead, and his body was carried away. Because the train was affected by the incident, train was delayed about an hour before arriving to terminal.

     

    A Mainland ID card was found on the deceased, his last name was Pan, and was 28-years-old. The train had a total of eleven passenger cars and Pan's body was on top of ninth car. From Police initial investigation, Pan was an illegal immigrant, and electric shocks were found on his body. There were traces of black char on thigh, pants were also split open, which police induced that he accidentally touched the high voltage electric shock device on train top that caused his death. But the real cause of death was pending for forensic examination. MTR representative said they did not know how the man boarded the train roof. After MTR was informed by Shenzhen authorities that yesterday at 9:19am, the train when passing Dongguan Zhangmutou Station, Zhangmutou train's electric power system circuit breaker had once tripped, and they wondered whether this incident was related to the case.

     

    The deceased was a illegal immigrant who was not familiar with high-voltage electrified train device resulting in accident, to which police described the case to be extremely rare.

     


    Shaw Brothers will move to privatization and delisted as of tomorrow

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    Shaw Brothers will move to privatization and delisted as of tomorrow

    source: takungpao

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    The Hong Kong High Court officially promulgated on the 17th of approving Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong) Ltd. privatization, the company will be delisted on the 18th at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

     

    According to Hong Kong Xinhua News Agency, Shaw Brothers, a Hong Kong listed company for thirty-seven years was established by Run Run Shaw and Runme Shaw in 1958 and subsequently officially became a publicly listed company in 1971. A special general meeting of shareholders held last month on the 28th, in just one and a half hours, the minority shareholders in respect to more than 90 percent passed a privatization proposal put forward by Chairman of Shaw, Run Run Shaw, by the price per share of 13.35 HK dollars. Shaw Brothers suspended at 13.3 HK dollars, and shares was up more than 50 percent at the end of last year when news broke out for privatization.

     

    Shaw Brothers holds about twenty six percent of Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) rights and interests. Mona Fong, Vice-Chairman of Shaw Brothers, has indicated that she has never thought of selling control of Shaw and TVB rights after the privatization is completed.


    A police woman slapped her female friend's son, sentenced to community service

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    A police woman slapped her female friend's son, sentenced to community service

    source: takungpao

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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 transported drugs by cycling pants but caught by airport customs

    source: takungpao

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    Man wear cycling trousers to transport drug, but one can be see pants bulging that can't escape Customs' eyes

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    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.

     


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