45,000 dollars transaction for "9413" license plate

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    45,000 dollars transaction for "9413" license plate

    source: takungpao

    translated by cici@Asianuniverse.net

     

    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

    translated by cici@AsianEU

     

    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.


    Obsessive video games kids turn back to good kids by "Justice, E Scheme"

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    Obsessive video games kids turn back to good kids by "Justice, E Scheme"

    source: takungpao

    translated by cici@AsianEU

     

    Children participate in this program in photo with their volunteers

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    Young people addicted to playing computer games is becoming increasingly serious! "Used to play video games the whole night, I even ignore friends when they ask me to play football with them", sixth grader Vinson said he has a habit of playing video games since three or four years old, and he usually just play video games right after school, that his parents are very worry. Tang Chi-kit, another sixth grader's first "homework" after school is playing video games, "I use the fast time in half hour to complete my homework, and then I will play video games, playing five hours every day." After attending the "justice, e Scheme", these 2 games-addicts unanimously agree that they learn to control time to play video games, and their relationship with their parents are closer, as a result school grades have also improved.

     

    The Salvation Army Integrated Service for Young People Social worker Chai Wan-Him says young people are increasingly more and more obsessed with playing video games, but many parents do not know how to discipline, so it is easily lead to confrontation with their children, and even frequent occurrence of clashes. And "e Scheme" aims at counseling 9 to 13 years-old teenagers and their parents, with camping out in the wilderness, parent-child groups and field activities to promote communication between parents and children. Eventually, through a carnival, children can work with parents to design their own games and performances to allow children to display their talents. "e Scheme" lasts for 5 months that it not only takes nine children away from the illusory internet world back to reality, it also helps them to earn a "E Scheme" certificate from the Social Welfare Department Eastern and Wan Chai District Social Welfare Office.


    "King of smugglers Family" directs 200 smugglers to smuggle 28 tons of bird's nest

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    "King of smugglers Family" directs 200 smugglers to smuggle 28 tons of bird's nest

    source: sun

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    A Hong Kong "King of smuggler" joins forces with his mainland Chinese relatives controlling more than 200 Hong Kong and Shenzhen smugglers to commit the largest smuggling case of bird's nest in China by smuggling 28 tons of bird's nest that worths 700 million RMB (Chinese dollars) in one year. Shenzhen Customs has announced crack down on the smuggling syndicate and found that they used a "ants moving home" approach to smuggle bird's nest out of Hong Kong via Shenzhen port to hand over to shippers, and then distributing goods to over half of China's bird's nest shop for sale, evading tax of 226 million. Including five Hong Kong people, the 19 members have been arrested, and police is hunting for the Hong Kong mastermind.

     

    The mastermind of the smuggling syndicate active in China and Hong Kong is Mok × Shui and his family. The Mainland Chinese core group is four siblings with last name Poon, Mok and Poon families are relatives.

     

    Mok family is responsible to receive orders from Mainland buyers, and sweep goods from 80 Hong Kong bird's nest shops. They control more than 200 Shenzhen and Hong Kong smugglers, using "turning all to nothing" to deliver goods to Shenzhen. Poon family will then lead their henchmen to receive cargo at checkpoints, and then using the "turning nothing to all" approach to deliver goods to more than 480 nationwide bird nest stores in Shenzhen, Sui, 15 provinces and 40 counties. After ten months of the hunt for them, Customs and Excise Department has arrested five Hong Kong smugglers, including transport personnel and 19 members from the core group while the Hong Kong mastermind of surname Mok is still at large, and is being wanted by the country.

     

    The case came to light by the end of 2007, upon receiving tips, Shenzhen Customs found Shenzhen smugglers using "ants moving home" approach to ship bird nest from Hong Kong to Shenzhen and handed over goods to receivers. So, Shenzhen Customs then traced the receivers. Through a comprehensive analysis, Shenzhen Customs found the different origins the receivers boarded on car which threaded together forming a circle on the map, at which the center of the circle was a small district of Shenzhen in Liantang. In February 20th last year, law enforcement officers arrested 2 middle-age receivers when they traded in Shenzhen subway station. On the same evening, law enforcement officers raided Liantang which was the warehouse of goods and seized goods worthed more than billion dollars of bird's nest, abalone and Cordyceps sinensis and other high-grade dried seafood and medicinal herbs, arresting four core members on the spot.

     

    Shenzhen Customs subsequently established a "2.20 task force" to conduct a large-scale survey and collaborated with the Supreme People's Procuratorate and the Supreme People's Court on this project. The survey found that the syndicate ran a well-organized bird nest smuggling group. In order to escape, members all used black plastic bags to smuggle bird's nest, taking 5 mins to report they were "save" every time they pass customs. If one smuggler was stopped and searched, other smugglers would immediately alert the others and smugglers would no longer take risk that day to pass through border, even such that receivers in Mainland Chinese would not appear to take the goods. One arrested person said the smuggling syndicate operated like a management company, that it provided training and award system to members, sent officials to survey and filmed the process of smuggling.

     

    Mainland Chinese Customs believes the organization forms a solid interest group evading state's tax that causes the country heavy losses. Therefore, Mainland Chinese Customs starts rounding up and making inventory in the Pearl River Delta. In the end of last year, Customs arrested a mastermind by last name Poon in Zhuhai and arrested a dried goods owner in Canton while 15 dried goods owners surrendered in Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Following Shenzhen's clues, other customs of provinces and cities such as Hangzhou, Nanjing and Shantou have also broken down big smuggling bird's nest operations.

     

    According to the Mainland Customs, from March 2007 to March last year, the smuggling syndicate has smuggled a total of 28 tons of bird's nest, worth up to more than 700 million RMB (Chinese dollars), and evades a total of 226 million dollars of tax, which is the country's largest ever cracked case of smuggling of bird's nest. Shenzhen Customs anti-smuggling bureau spokesman says the Customs has cracked 9 smuggling cases targeting smuggling syndicates in these recent 2 years, uncovering goods worth nearly one billion dollars and arresting more than 50 people.

     

    Seized bird's nest worths about 700 million RMB

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    One suspects under questioning

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    Wong fong-chi, operating a bird nest store says due to heavy taxes, importing bird nest through legitimate way gains no profit

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    1. Mok family in Hong Kong purchases bird nest from 80 stores in Hong Kong

    2. Mok family hires over 200 smugglers delivering the goods

    3. After Poon family in Mainland Chinese received the goods, they sell it to over 480 dried goods stores in Mainland China

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    Little Cantonese Opera Star uses games to learn words to break free from dyslexia

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    Little Cantonese Opera Star uses games to learn words to break free from dyslexia

    source: mingpao

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    "Little Cantonese Opera Star" Wong Ka-wei (left) suffers from dyslexia. For her, singing Cantonese opera isn't hard, writing characters on the other hand gives her a big headache. At present, she and other people with dyslexia are placed in Chinese learning courses to learn with small games to learn the basics.

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    Wong Ka-Wei, a 14-years-old little Cantonese opera star has been passionate learning Cantonese opera since the fifth grade. She can memorize and recite long lyrics and difficult words in music scores with no problem, but almost every Chinese word she writes is wrong--if not forgetting to write the word or will write the wrong radical, and the reason to this is she suffers from dyslexia. So she participates in “Read & Write” Project, in particular learning Chinese from images through special games, her progress is gradually improving.

     

    3 years ago, the Hong Kong Jockey Club allocates 150 million dollars supporting “Read & Write” project with the Hong Kong University, the Department of Education, Society of Boys inviting 7 secondary schools to participate in the program. The program includes teaching schools to identify students with dyslexia, providing experts to students with dyslexia teaching Chinese in classes.

     

    Wong Ka-Wei studies at Kwai Chung Methodist College in Form. 2, last year in Form. 1 she has been identified with dyslexia. She also often forget the words she learned in primary school, but because she sings operatic songs well remembering all the lyrics that the family is not aware she suffers from dyslexia. Until she goes to secondary schools, she often not finish the remaining half of tests. She later is identified to be suffering from dyslexia and is arranged to take part of school hours to do "tailor-made" homework in Chinese class, such as learning lessons in comic style, using games to learn words, and using video games to finish electronic homework.

     

    Executive Director of Jockey Club Charities William Yiu said the earlier to identify children with learning disabilities, the more able to provide support in earlier stage, so the Jockey Club has provided support in primary schools and kindergartens. Kwai Chung Methodist Secondary school principal Wong Siu-Hung welcomes the project. He said most school teachers have not received such training, so it is difficult to identify and support the students with dyslexia.


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