100 telescopes are placed in Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars

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    100 telescopes are placed in Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars

    source: takungpao

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    Avenue of Stars will have Hong Kong's largest refracting telescope

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    Four hundred years ago, astronomer Galileo created the first refracting telescope to observe the constellation, and discovered his universe. Four hundred years later, citizens only needed to go to the Avenue of Stars on Saturday night, and they could explore the vastness of the wonderful universe through the telescope to undergo Galileo's experience.

     

    The 2009 International Year of Astronomy commemorates the 400 years anniversary of Galileo using a telescope to observe the space for the first time; this will be the first activity to celebrate many grand astronomical activities throughout the year at "Avenue of Stars Sidewalk Astronomy" Event starting the international astronomical year.

     

    This week Saturday at 7:00pm to 10:00pm, the Avenue of Stars will have nearly hundreds telescopes, including the Hong Kong's largest refracting telescope (diameter up to 8.5 inches), and 14-inch diameter large catadioptric telescope. Citizens can get a glimpse of the celestial universe through the high-magnifying telescope to grab the distant horizon to fingertips and this activity is free of charge.

     

    The 2009 International Astronomical activities opens in Hong Kong on the same day at 6 o'clock at night. The opening guests included the Vice-Chancellor of Chinese University of Hong Kong Kenneth Young, Chairman of the Sik Sik Yuen Lee Yiu-fei and Hong Kong Space Museum curator Chan Yee-hung.

     

     


    Police smashed "instant sex club" in Yau Ma Tei yesterday

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    Police smashed "instant sex club" in Yau Ma Tei yesterday

    source: takungpao

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    Police arrested five mainland chinese women in operation

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    The day before yesterday, police discovered a home-style operated sex club in Woosung Street, Yau Ma Tei that yesterday they launched an anti-vice operation at the site smashing a prostitution ring operated in building. Police officers posing as customers to raid a residential unit and arrested 5 Mainland Chinese women and a local man in charge. Among the six arrested persons, five Mainland Chinese women held two-way permits coming from Sichuan and Hunan, aged between 24 to 36-years-old. After the Spring Festival, a prostitution ring coordinated the women to come to Hong Kong to earn "quick cash". The women are now detained in police station in violation for over staying in Hong Kong; another local man (49 years old) was charged with suspicion of living on earning of prostitution.

     

    The scene was at a residential unit on second floor in No. 67 Campbell Building on Woosung Street, Yau Ma Tei. The unit was with an area of more than 800 feet and turned into a 7 independent suites for the prostitutes to receive customers daily. The unit was packed with regular clients at lunch time daily. Prostitutes would also solicit customers on the street and brought customers back to the suites to conduct transactions, to which each transaction cost 200 dollars, and earnings was split between the male host and prostitute. It is learned that the "service time" was only 15 minutes per person, and the prostitution ring was in charge by the triads.

     

    Senior Inspector, Leung King-man, in charge of the third team of Yau Tsim District Special Duty Squad, said that earlier the police received tips that there were Mainland Chinese prostitutes at the aforementioned site, so they started investigation shortly after. At noon yesterday, the officers posing as customers to accept prostitutes solicitation in the street, and followed them to the unit. At the time of them attempting to carry out transactions, police revealed their identities and arrested the people, thereby smashing an instant sex club controlled by traids arresting six persons.

     


    Residential style prostitution only receive frequent customers

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    Residential style prostitution only receive frequent customers

    source: takungpao

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    Mainland Chinese women suspected of prostitution were taken away from the scene

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    A prostitution organization has a new approach to attract business by converting a 800-feet residential unit into four suites operating it as a home business, specializing in working population during lunch hour in Yau Ma Tei. At the same time, the organization employs "double lost youth" with triad background to chair charging price ranging from 200 to 500 dollars. Yesterday, police sent undercovers to arrest four prostitutes and chairs.

     

    Senior Inspector, Leung King-Man, responsible for this operation of Yau Tsim District Special Duty Squad, said that the organization operated about three months leasing a residential unit on Woosung Street in Yau Ma Tei, who only transacted business with familiar customers. Therefore, those wanted to patronize had to be introduced through a friend, uttered a code word before one could enter into the unit "patronizing." The organization practiced business in a different way by taking advantage of office workers lunch time as "break". As a result of cheap prices, there was a regular group of clientele. After the successful operation, there were still 6 to 7 men knocking on the door wanting service, but because there was no direct soliciting for immoral purpose, those men were not arrested.

     

    Leung King-Man said they received tips about a month ago pointing there was immoral business being implicitly operated in the residential unit, so police immediately sent officers to investigate. There was tight security, just cameras alone and there were four closed-circuit television systems to monitor the situation outside the house on the floor. On the first sign of trouble, people will stop clamoring that it increased the difficulty of police investigation. One o'clock yesterday afternoon, police officers posing as clients knocked the door, and successfully mixed into the unit being received as customers, so they secretly tipped off colleagues for an ambush outside the house, and arresting the people together. The arrested man was 19 years old dropping school at Form.3 with a triad background earning 400 dollars daily, who was still ignorant to the gravity of the crime after he was arrested, because once he was convicted of living on earnings of prostitution, he could be sentenced to imprisonment and a life jail term with record left in his file. At the same time, four Mainland Chinese women who were detained for investigation all held two-way permits and they were from HuBei, therefore they will be transferred to the Immigration Department to follow up.


    Woman sat on window ledge because upset and agitated by teaching kid

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    Woman sat on window ledge because upset and agitated by teaching kid

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    After a quarrel, the emotional woman sat on a window ledge

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    A middle-aged women turned agitated teaching kid and attempted to kill self by jumping off a building. The woman, who lives in Aberdeen Hongfu Court on 10th floor, sat on a window ledge after a quarrel with her husband yesterday. Firefighters broke into the flat to save the woman, but she rushed into the kitchen to get a knife for a standoff, to which the police dispatched negotiators to persuade. After dragging for two hours, she was persuaded to go to a hospital for observation.

     

    Woman with emotional problem was Ching × Mei (41 years old) living in Hongfu Court 10th floor. Sources said the woman had a 10-years-old son, and because of discipline problems, it often led to no peace at home. Yesterday at 11:22am, the couple revisited the issue again, and they started an argument in which Ching became emotional climbing onto the window ledge sitting there crying which alerted neighbors to inform the courts security guards for help.

     

    Firefighters rushed to the apartment in two teams, first opened a life-saving air cushion on the ground, at the same time sent staff to the apartment above having staff tied in safety belts waiting to rescue the woman from mid-air at any time. Incident dragged about half an hour, firefighters assessed the need to break into the apartment that there was a need for immediate action, but the woman voiced out and immediately returned to the house running to the kitchen to grab a knife to threaten rescue personnel of self-mutilation. Police wearing riot gear waiting at the scene, at the same time calling negotiators to assist in talking with the woman. Due to the woman's unstable mood, often shouting "He ignores me, He is like that, what can I do", police negotiators patiently listened to her words and offered advice at the appropriate time. To 1:30pm, the woman eventually quiet down, accepting the arrangement to go to a hospital for observation.


    Allegedly corrupt Mong Kok Sergeant turned into another "Infernal Affairs" copy

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    Allegedly corrupt Mong Kok Sergeant turned into another "Infernal Affairs" copy

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    Following the earlier occurrence of a rape case involving police, the Mong Kok Police Station had another police misconduct scandal

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    A sergeant in Mong Kok District is alleged to have used his powers to open a private club to engage in prostitution and drug trafficking activities, and also suspected of taking the club's shares as a reward to secretly provide "protection" tipping off before police raids. Independent Commission Against Corruption subsequently sent undercover intelligence to gather and investigate, to which police arrested the sergeant charging sergeant with misconduct in public office; also arrested the other two defendants involved in the provision of interests. Cases was heard in the District Court yesterday.

     

    Defendant Sergeant Fung Hin-wah (48 years old), involved in 2007's case of harboring prostitution and gambling clubs giving suggestions and tipping off in exchange for shares of a private club. The two involving in conspiracy to offer an advantage to a public servant, Lau Kim-Hung and Chu An-bun (both 40 years old), had denied the charges yesterday.

     

    The prosecution's case revealed that Fung allegedly gave recommendations to Lau and Chu, etc to open a "private club" in June 22 to July 5 of 2007, mainly to provide services such as prostitution and drugs for frequent customers. The club will be protected by defendant serving in Mong Kok District as sergeant. Each time police started anti-prostitution and anti-drug operations, the defendant would inform in advance so that "the private club" had sufficient time to be vigilant. As for the other two defendants, Lau and Chu, were in connection with conspiracy to provide benefits to Fung in the period giving shares of another club they operated as a reward. Lau and Chu were charged with one count of conspiracy to offer an advantage to a public servant, allegedly violating "the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance" and "Crimes Ordinance." In the same year in July ICAC started investigations following up on four people including Lau and Chu. Yesterday, ICAC invited the alleged sergeant for investigation and immediately arrested him on aforementioned charges. Each defendant had been permitted by ICAC to be released by bail and will be sentenced on next Tuesday at the Kowloon City Magistracy.

     

    ICAC undercover investigators alias "Ah Chun" and "Brother Yiu" were introduced to Lau and Chu. The 2 undercovers heard the defendants seeking police officer "Brother Wah" for help in a "bonesetter club" in Mong Kok Portland Street. They heard the words of before "Brother Wah" promoted to Sergeant, he was Mong Kok anti-drug officer, and the two defendants intended to use a private club shares as reward. They then followed the two defendant to meet first restaurant, "Brother Wah" in a Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant, learning that the trio intended to open a private club in Hang Lung Building on Nathan Road. The three also mentioned not to use illegal prostitutes and to establish closed-circuit television system to enhance security.

     

    It is understood that sergeant in connection with the case joined the Police Force for 28 years, once won the Hong Kong Police Long Service Medal first-honor. At the time of the crime, sergeant was in the Mong Kok District Special Duty Squad, responsible for anti-crime and anti-theft and other tasks.


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