80-years-old woman makes a living by pushing a cart

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    80-years-old woman makes a living by pushing a cart

    source: takungpao

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    80-years-old woman makes a living by pushing a cart

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    Perhaps rich people also love to buy grocery and cook, because BMW and Benz are parked everywhere on Wan Chai Road near Wan Chai Market area.

     

    A 80 years old woman earning living on the street swifts through these expensive cars. She's petite, thin, has a bend waist, appears sad, who always pushing a cart, picking up pieces of cardboards on the streets to earn nickels and dimes to make ends meet daily. In her apron pocket, she has a small blade knife. Though joints at finger are no longer flexible, she can still skillfully opens the carton up for collection. Occasionally, old woman will sit alone in a corner staring and holding carton boxes.

     

    About the old woman's background, residents don't want to ask for fear that their curiosity would hurt her self-esteem. The residents only know she lives alone. This 80-years woman has witnessed so many years of the history of Hong Kong, but all of Hong Kong's ups and downs have nothing to do with her, because she doesn't have anyone to take care of her, and there is no one to share her plight and joy. Once, some residents with soft hearts, secretly buy lunch boxes and bread to her, but she remains impervious, and although she has no money, but money can not buy dignity and self-esteem.

     

    Today, she looks for treasure in the streets again. Hope she has a good harvest every day.

     


    "Ping-pong balls eggs" suspected to flood into Macau

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    "Ping-pong balls eggs" suspected to flood into Macau

    source: takungpao

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    Yesterday, people in Macau suspected they had bought the legendary ping-pong balls eggs, and it appeared that these fake eggs had flood into Macau. Macau food and safety group said it had yet to receive a report on people getting sick as a result of eating fake eggs, but they had high concern and will closely follow up the matter with relevant organizations to further check, quarantine, and stepped up testing and tracing of suspicious fake eggs source.

     

    Macau food and safety technical team said preliminary information showed that samples of suspected fake eggs had similar appearance with normal eggs, and samples of fake eggs had been sent for further testing to find out the eggs' ingredients. Economic Services Bureau, Health Bureau and the Home Department also took joint action yesterday, going to each district market and supermarkets in Macau to take samples from eggs, submitting samples to laboratories for further testing; in terms of law enforcement, Customs and Excise Department will step up inspection at border.

     

    Mrs. Wong who believed she bought ping-ping balls eggs in a grocery store in Macau, said after she cooked the eggs, the eggs would "bounce up and down", up to two inches, when she threw the egg yolk on table. She said she saw there was nothing wrong when she cooked scrambled eggs, only found the egg white to grow mold. Importers said that they suspected fake eggs looking like normal eggs, which would be the same after cooked that eggs would broken up once they were thrown down to a table. One importer single-handedly dropped a fake egg saying, "look, broke asunder!"

     

    Hong Kong Center for Food Safety said yesterday that it is working with Mainland china and Macau authorities about the incident. The spokesman said that Hong Kong has imported eggs from Hubei province, but the industry has not seen the fake eggs. Food Safety Center called on the industry to provide information if there is any suspicion of fake eggs.

     


    Baby sale in Shenzhen clinic; girl for 20,000, boy for 50,000

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    Baby sale in Shenzhen clinic; girl for 20,000, boy for 50,000 RMB

    source: sun

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    Lau's home as well as the delivery room which is very simple.

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    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

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    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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    2000 shops will promote days without plastic bags next month

    source: takungpao

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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.

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    on the 3rd of next month, Retail Management Association will introduce "no plastic bag day" program in as many as 2000 stores

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    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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    "leg fetish" boy was given a lenient sentence to probation

    source: takungpao

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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.

     

     

     

     

     


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