Grandmom refuses to indulge grandson giving money away, grandson calls police to have metal gate open

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    Grandmom refuses to indulge grandson giving money away, grandson calls police to have metal gate open

    source: sun

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    Firefighters and Police arrive at the scene cuts over the gate to enter into the shop per the grandson's demand

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    Chan Yin-Wan (left) and brother-in-law have been trying to keep the family business, the gas lamp shop

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    "On Chong Gas Lamp", a pre-war shop in Yau Ma Tei, once having glorious days is now owned by a eighty-years-old female struggling to keep the property alone. As the shop's 4th generation owner, the grandson not only does not offer assistance in operating the business, but repeatedly demands money from grandmother. Grandmother is tired of him asking for money that on early morning yesterday, she simply refuses to open the door posing as deaf. Yet, the grandson calls the police claiming his grandmother is trapped causing the police and firefighters to cut down the locked metal gate. The grandmother sees the futile result of turning her grandson away, to which both sides at deadlocked for one hour, but in the end the soft-hearted grandmother gives 1000 dollars to grandson so that she can send him away.

     

    Female shopkeeper Chan Yin-wan, operates "On Chong Gas Lamp" with her husband before the war in Yau Ma Tei on 310 Shanghai Street. They bought the shop in the sixties, operating the shop in the front and living behind the shop. Chan's eldest grandson Wong (age 36) has bad habits who often goes to the shop to find grandmother requesting money. At about two o'clock in the morning yesterday, Wong visits Chan again, but Chan pretends she does not hear the knock on the door and refuses to open the door. Seeing no one opens the door after knocking for a long time, Wong calls the police claiming his grandmother is trapped inside the store. Police and firefighters seeing no one in the shop refuse to break into the shop, but Wong insists that his grandmother is in peril, so firefighters have to cut the lock gates entering into the shop, and find that Chan is well, only that Chan refuses to meet with her grandson and asks the police to send the grandson away. When Wong hearing that shouts, "This is my home, why should I leave!"

     

    Police seeing a robust Wong fear that he will stir up trouble that they send seven police officers on guard to the scene, but also advises him to leave. Wong refuses to leave, who also takes off his T-shirt sitting on a container, "one refuses to leave if one refuses to go", so police officers and firefighters have to persuade both sides. Opposition drags on for nearly an hour later, the female owner offers 1000 dollars to dismiss Wong. Chan later tells reporters that her grandson used to be innocent and obedient when he was a kid, who only turned bad after grow up. Earlier, she has already given up on him.

     

    "On Chong Gas Lamp" is established by Chan Yin-Wan's father-in-law before the war. The father-in-law operates and expands his business as an agent for Singapore and Germany brand name gas lamps, but with electricity and liquefied petroleum gas growing popular, gas lamp sales decline. After Chan's husband passes away in the latter 80s, because her son refuses to take over the business, Chan has no choice but to struggle to keep the shop alone, at the same hoping the grandson she raises will work in the shop as an assistant, but things do not turn out that way. Wong is Chan's eldest grandson who drops out of school after Form. 3 to work in the society, but has gone astray hanging out with triad committing drug-related offenses. When he turns over a new leaf, he says, "Grandmom is like a beacon, leading me all the way to the shop", only then he relapses again.

     

    Against Elderly Abuse of Hong Kong strongly condemns the grandson's behavior of demanding money, and believes the incident shows that the grandson abuses law enforcement officials and misappropriating property of the elderly. To prevent people from "insatiable" desires, the Association hopes police will keep a strict enforcement to protect the rights and interests of the elderly.


    Married woman took nude photos to express her loyalty to her lover in a extramarital affair, but was extorted for 250000 dollars

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    Married woman took nude photos to express her loyalty to her lover in a extramarital affair, but was extorted for 250000 dollars

    source: sun

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    The defendant denied criminal intimidation and blackmail charges

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    A married female clerk had an affair with a married colleague who was a paralegal to the point of not able to leave from the extramarital affair, even if her husband was aware of it, she still continued the development of their relationship. Yet, the female clerk's lover suspected of her "hooking up" to another that their relationship deteriorated. She claimed to be faithful, and even willing to take nude pictures. Unexpectedly, the female clerk was extorted 250,000 dollars for the nude photo, even the female clerk's father-in-law also received her nude photo, and the police finally arrested the suspect paralegal involved in the case.

     

    38-year-old paralegal Shek wing-hung denied a charge of criminal intimidation and two counts of blackmail. The case was brought before the Eastern District Court yesterday. 36-years-old woman Mrs. X conveyed her testimony behind a screen in the court. When she talked about being blamed for "hooking up" to another guy by her lover, her voice suddenly choked, cried in tears saying, "I am upset and was wronged ... I love him with all my heart, I put forward the condition (nude pictures) due to wanting to continue this love". Mrs. X married in 1998, and had a daughter. In 2004, she joined a law firm as a female clerk in Sheung Wan acquainting defendant who was a property office clerk (commonly known as a clerk) in the company. She recalled that in June 9, 2005, the defendant suddenly express his love to her. Though she was aware defendant had a family, she still accepted him. Since then, the two had sexual relations, from time to time they dated in hourly hotel. In October 2005, defendant said he revealed the extramarital affair to his wife and asked X to move in with him, to which X also revealed to her husband about the extramarital affair under a guilty conscience. At first, Mr. X was angry who also requested an individual meeting with the defendant to stop the two from seeing each other. But after the meeting, no one followed up, and Mrs. X even took on clerical duties unconditionally in defendant's newly established company. Until 2006, the defendant claimed to suffer from sexually transmitted diseases to Mrs. X, and also received a CD-ROM of photos with a nude woman. Although the photos revealed no appearance, the defendant took the photos out to contrast Mrs. X nude body in the hourly hotel, and insisted that Mrs. X "hook up to a guy" taking nude photograph, who also transmitted sexual diseases to him. After that their relationship deteriorated, the defendant was suspicious of Mrs. X, "Wear more clothes when we dine outside". Even if Mrs. X went to the doctor to prove that she was "innocent", the defendant still did not believe. In one of the time in hourly hotel, Mrs. X proposed to take a series of nude pictures. But after the photo shoots, the defendant also asked for a copy to give to his wife saying, "He said his wife needs a protection". On April 21, 2008, a group of a total of nine nude photos of Mrs. X was sent to her father-in-law's home. On May 7, Mrs. X and defendant also received the nude photos in the office. Then on May 9, Mr. X also received the nude photos. Later, someone called the police, to which the police arrested the defendant, charging the defendant for extorting Mrs. X of 50,000 dollars and 200,000 dollars separately.

    Case No.: ESCC 2561/08


    Wing On loses on final appeal, travel agent leaders won case of including tips into wages

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    Wing On loses on final appeal, travel agent leaders won case of including tips into wages

    source: sun

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    Tong Kim-Sheng seeks justice for travel agent leaders in the Court of Final Appeal.

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    Yesterday Lam Bik-san made the final victory in the Court of Final Appeal.

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    Although tip is travel agent leaders' main income, travel agencies has always not recognized tip is travel agent leaders' wages that greatly reduces the termination compensation of travel agent leaders. A travel agent leader who has left Wing On Travel had the final victory with Wing On of a lawsuit tangled for up to five years yesterday. The Court of Final Appeal rejected the admissibility of Wing On requesting tipping not to belong to wage appeal and confirmed travel agent leaders of including tips as the wages. Trade union leader estimates that the case will benefit more than 1000 travel agents leaders in each travel agency, involving compensation of more than one billion.

     

    Hong Kong's tourism industry (outbound) leader and leader of trade union chairman Tong Kim-Sheng said that the Court of Final Appeal's decision yesterday helped seek justice for travel agent leaders. The Union now receives 200 to 300 requests for assistance or claims, and believes there will be more travel agent leaders asking for help. There are more than 2000 full-time travel agent leaders currently, and it is estimated that more than half would benefit while the average compensation per person is about 1 hundred thousand.

     

    Tong Kim-Sheng said the union in today and tomorrow will be sending letters to all major travel agencies to discuss arrangements for wages and tips, and believes that the case will increase travel agencies 1 percent to 2 percent on cost, but will not lead to pressure for fare increases nor would trigger layoffs, only that the latter might lead to further exploitation of travel agent leaders by other means. In addition, the Union earlier had contacted the Travel Industry Council calling for reform in the current salary structure, to which the Travel Industry Council has formed relevant Committee in the hope to discuss the issue in depth later.

     

    Lam Bik-San who won the case joined Wing On as travel agent leader in 1997 until she left in 2004, during which her basic salary was only 1800 dollars, therefore her income came mostly from tips, but Wong On did not calculate in tips when calculating the compensation for her resignation. She and the other 14 colleagues had left Wing On later filed a lawsuit at the Labor Tribunal to recover from Wong On, but lost. She then appealed to the High Court, as a result she had a successful appeal, and subsequently the Court of Appeal also maintained the High Court's decision.

     

    Yesterday, when Wing On applying to the Court of Final appeal expressed that giving tips to travel agent leaders was not travel agencies, but tours. Although travel agencies proposed travel tours to give tips to travel agent leaders, but it did not mean the tours must paid tips while the amount of tips travel agent leaders received was not clear. Due to the above uncertainties, there are difficulties in calculating the tip, therefore the tip should not be included in wages.

     

    Yet, The Court of Final Appeal has ruled that "the Employment Ordinance" has set out that tip should be included in wages. Though travel agent leaders receive tips from tours, travel agent leaders have to share tips with travel agencies, local tour guides and drivers, coupled with tips in the calculation is not difficult , therefore tips should be included in the wages of the travel agent leaders. On the grounds for appeal, the Court of Final Appeal thought Wing On had no reason therefore the Court will not accept the appeal.

     

    Industry estimates the case will start a more than 1 billion recovery tide. Both Wing On Travel and Industry Council expressed disappointment with the ruling. The Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong said in order to cope with influx of travel agents provision, travel agencies had to prepare funds, so they have to raise fares to 10 percent, and some District Council members think the public will accept the fare increase. Xinhua Tourism and Kongtai travel agency all think the ruling would trigger a wave to recover wages.

     

    Cheung Lei-Ha, Director of Civilian Clothing Retail Trade estimates that about 50 percent of a total of 200,000 wage workers wages is commission, to which she believes that the beauty, hairdressing and massage and other industries will also take recovery action.

    Case No.: FAMV 55/08


    4.1 percent unemployment rate continues, wage worker pray to gods to keep their jobs

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    4.1 percent unemployment rate continues, wage worker pray to gods to keep their jobs

    source: sun

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    high unemployment rate increases in Economic downturn, and many wage earners pray to deities to keep their jobs.

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    Financial crisis impact gradually emerges after another layoff in the world. The Government announces the October to December unemployment rate as 4.1 percent, representing a significant increase of 0.3 percentage points since last year, and the ranks of the unemployed increases to 141,300 people. It is expected that the period after Lunar New year will be the peak season of laidoffs, that "Will I lose my job" has become the biggest worries of wage earners. Because losing confidence in future prospect, people of Hong Kong praying to deity to ask for fortune or change names to change fortune has already become a trend. Statistics from The Immigration Department shows that as economy turns poor, the number of name change applications increase significantly. Many fortune tellers say customers asking to change name to change fortune has surged 3 folds in recent months. In addition, even the British have asked about their fortune through tarot card reading. A United Kingdom survey found that after the outbreak of the financial crisis, the number of people asking about their future remarkable surges, the people asking about their future including high paid financial elite.

     

    The Government expects there will be negative growth in the first half of the economy, and the unemployment rate is likely to deteoriate. Yesterday, the Government announced that the latest unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in October to December last year, representing a significant increase in the previous survey of 0.3 percentage points which is similar to mid-year 2007 level. Unemployed rate increased to 141,300 people, and the underemployment rate edged up to 1.9 percent. Government expected the period after the Lunar New Year is the peak period of lay-offs and called on employers not to give layoff. Some economic analysts and academics are expecting the future unemployment rate continues to deteriorate, and the maximum is expected to rise to 6 percent.

     

    This newspaper found that many Hong Kong people will pray in times of hardship. The Immigration Department statistics show that the number of applications for change of name will increase under economic downturn, for example, in 1997, there were more than 480 applications, as it continued to 1998 of consecutive poor economy and the number of applicants soared nearly 90 percent to more than 900 applicants. In 2003, during period of SARS, there were more than 1500 applicants. Until economic upturn in recent years, numbers have dropped, but last year name changes applicants were over a thousand people.

     

    "There are 40 customers asking for name change each month in these 3 month, which is 30 to 40 percent more than before!" Fortune-teller Au Chong-Tak said that many customers seeked name changes because of economic downturn or poor luck in order to change luck. They were even willing to spend 4000 dollars, some people even do not hesitate to ask fortune-teller to go door-to-door to look at feng shui, "One customer has two houses, but he/she has to sell one due to bad economy, so he/she asks me look at feng shui in order to see a house with lesser feng shui."

     

    Another fortune-teller Chow Hon-ming said overall business this year increases over 20 percent than last year. His business isn't affected by the financial crisis, but the clients have changed. Previous ratio of men and women customers are 3:7, but male customers surge over the past three months and now the ratio is 5:5, of which some customers are in banking and finance industry. "Never thought I'd suddenly have more male customers. There is one bank staff who asked me, if the aggrieved parties from Lehman division really sue me, how can I diffuse this problem!" Chow Hon-ming says customers have all kinds of strange questions, and 80 percent question their career prospects. Fortune content changes as economy turns poor, fortune-teller LEE SHING-Chak says customers asking about their marriage propspect dwindles in financial crisis because issues such as bankruptcy, name changes have replaced it. He said, "One customer asked me if there is chances of an accident this year because if there isn't then he/she will stop paying insurance to save money."

     

    On the other hand, according to the British Association of Astrology and Psychics (The British Astrological Psychic Society) statistics, beginning last year in October, number of people seeking fortune tellers for help have increased while high-income, highly educated people of the financial sector has become a new source of customers, of which dominated by men. "Should I leave the financial industry?" "Will I become unemployed?" Has become the most popular issue in to fortune-tellers. The association also found that the past focus on marital problems has turned to career and economic outlook in recent months, and that customers will hand the right to decide their future to psychic calculation.

     

    "People of the financial industry have sufficient analytical skills to keep an eye of the stock market, they ought not to depend on the metaphysics." Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Finance and the decision-making Associate Professor Mak said. Metaphysics can not accurately predict the stock market, so public citizens should face with calmness, and should not be over-confident that the metaphysics would solve the problem. When the stock market boom, people of the financial industry are considered to be God's favored sons. But swiped by the financial crisis, former financial analysts stressed by data and rational analysis have become helpless and even rely on fortune-telling to predict future. Clinical psychologist Yip Miu-Yin points out that rational people's self confidence can reduce even in the face of adversity because they hope to solve the problems through fate.


    Seventy-years-old female volunteer died under cement truck

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    Seventy-years-old female volunteer died under cement truck

    source: takungpao

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    police used a tent to cover the old lady's body

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    A retired 70 years old restaurant dim-sum staff who is passionate in being a volunteer not matter what current she is under, works at Aberdeen as a volunteer and had been awarded the Gold Outstanding Volunteer for six consecutive years. Yesterday when passing through the area in front of a cement plant entrance in the afternoon, a cement truck was backing up and she was knocked down by the vehicle rolling over by it. Her skull was burst open, and killed on the spot. District council board members who had worked with her felt extremely sad hearing her death.

     

    Old lady died in this tragic death was Cheung Kam-ying (73 years old), and her husband died two years ago. She lived in Wah Fu Estate in Aberdeen, and she worked as a volunteer after retirement to pass the time, to help other elderly in need or she would involve in local public services, including visits to other elderly people living alone, to participate in flag activities or other activities for public interest. Those District council board members who knew her said she was eager to help others. She was the first one to arrive in each event, and was also among the last batch of volunteers to leave. She earned great respect among peers and they were upset by her death in traffic accident.

     

    Sources at the scene said the old lady who was eager to help others had two sons, but the sons had moved back to Mainland China to settle, so she could only rely on herself. She once had an "uncle" who had keys to her premise, but theft once occurred in her home and she believed theft happened behind closed doors, since then she put all her asset, including valuables, bank books, all types of documents, in a backpack which she carried around on herself. Police later had to identify her in accordance with her voluntary work identification by contacting the relevant organization to ascertain her identity.

     

    Fatal car accident happened at Aberdeen, Tin Wan, Hai Bong Road, in front of the entrance of a cement plant. The incident occurred at 1:59pm yesterday afternoon when a cement truck driver Chow (60 years old) driving the cement truck into the plant, passing a gate of about 5 to 6 meters, when he heard someone telling him to stop the truck because he injured a passersby.

     

    Driver stopped and got off the truck to find a person's head crushed and burst open with the body lying in a pool of blood not far from the rear of the truck. The driver immediately reported to police, unfortunately, the old lady had been confirmed dead on the spot due to her burst skull by ambulance staffs. The police immediately blocked the main entrance of the cement plant, took a tent covering the body of the deceased, and investigated the causes of the accident.


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