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Teacher sentenced to probation for dropping objects from high height
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A teacher with criminal damage record, claiming she has stress because of unemployment that she disregard passersby safety, threw a porcelain cup out to the street from her apartment, luckily no one injured. The female teacher earlier admitted to the crime of falling objects. Yesterday at the Kwun Tong Magistrate, she was sentenced to probation for one year. Since there was a need to leave record, it is believed that it will be very hard for to find any teaching job again.
Defendant Fong Ka-lam (33 years old) was allegedly charge on December 13th and 14th this year for dropping a porcelain cup and a "Opal 1 minute Hair Treatment" 150 milliliters plastic tube from Wang Tau Hom Wang 2nd floor of Yip village, which caused danger to people in the building and in the vicinity. The defense pleaded that the defendant was a teacher before she was unemployed. Currently, even primary school is not hiring teachers, so under financial stress, she felt 1000 tons of pressure on her that caused her to commit crime.
The prosecution case said when a security guard patrolling in above site hearing a sound of broken things, he looked up and discovered there were many other objects falling from the sky. Security guard worried about injuries to passersby so he called the police. Police later identified the perpetrator's residential unit and arrested the defendant. Under police's caution, the defendant expressed feelings of irritability and stress that she committed the crime to vent anger.
Information showed that defendant re-offended again during probation, as early as July this year, defendant was on trial because of criminal damaging an alarm outside the home. What happened was that the defendant had enrolled in a course at The Chinese University but she found out there was a time conflict. However, she could not successfully ask for tuition fees refund, so she was upset that she used an umbrella to bang on the fire alarm three times to vent her anger. Originally, she was charged with criminal damage, but prosecution approved to be release on bail for 1000 dollars and remained on good behavior for a year, in addition to paying compensation to alarm maintenance costs for 585 dollars. Unexpectedly, during good behavior, the defendant got "out of control" to commit crime once again.
Administrator convicted for 2 years on burglary
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A middle-aged burglar using his opportunity as an office administrator of a property in Central sneaking into a unit in the building last fall to ransack the place taking 6000 dollars. The administrator subsequently became remorseful so in the following month in an attempt to return 1200 dollars he once again sneaked into the residential, but he missed and was discovered by the head of household. The management company reported to the police after investigation. "Thief gaining a conscience" was convicted for burglary and sentenced to imprisonment for two years at the District Court yesterday.
The defendant Chan Wing-chuong (44 years old) admitted sneaking into a unit on 16th floor of 11 McDonald Road on September 21 last year stealing 6000 dollars. Yesterday in sentencing, Foreign judge said it is a serious crime for the defendant to make use of his position to sneak into a unit because it'll undermine resident's security. However, since the defendant later admitted crimes, and had intention to return the stolen item, it can be used as grounds for commutation of sentence.
The defense said though the defendant sneaked into the unit twice, but he had an obvious sense of guilt after stealing, because he could not rest within one month of the incident. The defense explained the defendant serving as a security guard earned only 8000 dollars while his younger brother owed the loan sharks heavily in debt, in addition to his two sons' increasing tuition fees, that he had no choice but to risk to commit the crime. As of sneaking into the unit in October, he was in an attempt to repay the money to reduce his own inner self-reproach.
On the morning of October 1st last year, the Mainland Chinese female tenant in the unit was still sleeping, but all of a sudden, she heard a noise outside the room so she went out to see. Unexpectedly, she saw the building security guard dressed in neat uniform standing in front of her, and before she could react, the security guard said, "Ms Wu, your back door isn't shut! I am sorry that I came in", right after he said the words, the security guard opened the door and walked out. At the same time, the female tenant remembered 6000 RMB was missing in her home a month ago, so she filed a complaint to the management company, and that was how the incident exposed.
Subsequently, Chan, Assistant Manager of the management company followed up with the defendant, and the defendant admitted stealing, but also gave 1220 dollars directly to Chan asking him to return the money back to the female tenant. After knowing the incident, Chan returned the money to the female tenant, and then reported to the police. Under caution, the defendant admitted stealing 6000 dollars, but denied having stolen a watch. The defendant also said that he was remorseful after stealing 6000 dollars and sneaking into the female tenant's home in September 21 last year, that he had decided to sneak back into the home to return part of the stolen money. As for the other portion of the money, the defendant said he had spent it.
"One dollar K singing" attracts 200 people queuing
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"one dollar K singing" promotion attracts a large number of people to queue
Restaurants and entertainment businesses affected under financial crisis, such that in response to earlier Restaurants Association, some karaoke business launches the "one dollar to repay society" self-help action yesterday promoting one dollars singing K benefit, of which a Mongkok branch karaoke attracts more than 200 people waiting in line, and the first in line is an elderly who is a Cantonese opera fan. Karaoke manager says business falls sharply in economic downturn, with promotional offers, he hopes to stimulate spending desire.
Restaurants Association earlier introduces the self-help "one dollar to repay society" action, in addition to restaurants participation, karaoke businesses also participate. Yesterday, California Red Karaoke starts a continuous week of a dollar Karaoke singing activity, of which a Mong Kok branch has attracted more than 200 people waiting in line, and the first person in line is an elderly who arrives as early as 11 o'clock, to which she is a fan of a number of Cantonese opera stars, followed by several students in line. California Red Karaoke Marketing Manager Man Shin-Chun says that financial crisis turns economy into a downturn, in which restaurants and entertainment are affected by a great degree that business is clearly a significant decline, therefore introducing one dollar promotion is to stimulate consumer spending.
As to an enthusiastic response to one dollar promotion, Man Shin-Chun says that it's within their expectation because many customers come because of the promotion since "one dollar discount" stimulates their spending desire. The elderly first in line is a fan of a number of Cantonese opera. She has been waiting in line as early as 11 o'clock, and expresses that she anticipates for a long time after reducing the times to karaoke singing after the economy deteriorated. Also, after the elderly are many students in line. "Many people are affected by the economy, the first and foremost is to reduce entertainment and dining expenses, therefore we have to attract them with a discount."
Man Shin-Chun says that one dollar karaoke singing creates big impact. If customers don't eat or drink, they can sing the full two hours with one dollar, that is very affordable. However, this promotion is only applicable to Tai Kok Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui and Whampoa stores. Mong Kok branch only launches promotion yesterday, and customers need to start queue at 11:00am every day, and the one dollar discount start from from hours 2:00 until 8:00 at night, to which customers simply need to pay one dollar, and they can sing up to two hours of karaoke.
Student driver hit a youth and driving instructor took the responsibility of the accident
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driving school advertisements affixed to the car
Tai Pak Tin Street, a clear road sign was erected where the student driver entered the prohibited area
Yesterday at Kwai Chung, a student driver drove into Tai Pak Tin Street, straying into the restricted area and injured a passers-by, at which the driving instructor hid the "learning" sign claiming he was the driver to the police officers who arrived at the scene attempting to conceal responsibility, but a witnesses spoke out, so the student driver and instructor were arrested for obstruction of justice; the driving instructor was found to have been drinking but level did not exceed drinking limit. The youth hit by car had broken bone and in serious condition.
The arrested student driver was Yau × yue (32 years old), aside from obstructing justice, she was involved in the crime of careless driving; the driving instructor Wong × Kueng (69 years old) worked with a private driving school to teach driving. His private car affixed with a driving school advertisement. Injured youth's last name was Yip (14 years old), and his right foot was fracture.
Car accident happened in Kwai Chung Tai Pak Tin Street, off of 25th street pedestrian walkway, in between Tai Loong Street and Shek Lei Street. This area is a main region for new learner to learn to drive. As a result of ramp sections at the accident scene, the Transport Department prohibited new learners from entering, and hung a sign reminding citizens at the junction of two streets.
Yesterday at 2:13pm, Yau driving the private car with a big "learning" sign, drove along Tai Pak Tin street on a ramp going to the direction of Tai Loong Street. Because driving instructor Wong as her guide sitting next to her, she did not stop at the pedestrian walkway, therefore knocking down a 14-years-old boy who was crossing the road. The student driver drove forward for some distance before coming to a halt, then the driving instructor immediately got off the car to check, and quickly took off the "learning" sign from the rear of the car to put into the car. However, a staff in a hardware store in the vicinity witnessed the whole process.
At the scene, a sport shoe and a sock was left, and police arrived at the scene to send the injured youth to Princess Margaret Hospital. In the investigation of the cause of the incident, the driving instructor claimed to be the driver to police, but the staff of a hardware store revealed he wasn't and was enthusiastic and willing to serve as a witness. Police officers suspected driving instructor to conceal responsibility of obstructing the course of justice, so they arrested both the driving instructor and student driver. In addition to straying into the prohibited restricted section, the student driver was involved in the crime of careless driving. When the driving instructors under an alcohol breath test, he was found to have drank some alcohol, but it was not excessive that he was not drunk driving. The arrested two persons had been granted to release on bail for 1000 dollars, and were required to report back to police station by the end of January.
An ordinary traffic accident has turned into an obstruction of justice case, to which some professionals from the teaching driving industry said it is estimated that the driving instructor made a mistake allowing the student driver to enter into the restricted area. There could be a possibility that the driving instructor is at risk of losing his third party insurance because insurance companies have the right to not pay, so the driving instructor make such an unwise move. Professionals point out that, at present, the business competition of teaching drivers is rigorous. In order to allow students to successfully pass the examination, some driving instructors knowing it's restricted area will still allow students to enter to learn to drive.
The existing traffic laws prohibit student drivers to enter into the restricted area. Once police finds out, student drivers would be issued a fixed penalty of tickets prosecution; As of driving instructors, they will be fined of tickets prosecution according to "learn driving legislation". Professionals from industry said it is common to have student drivers driving into the restricted area, sometimes it's a vicious cycle because some student drivers see that if other student drivers could enter, they may question the driving instructor why they can't enter into the restricted area, therefore pressuring the law-abiding driving instructor. In order to preserve their competitive power, sometimes driving instructor will be forced to allow student drivers into the restricted area. He said that at present business is difficult for driving instructors. Driving instructors basically fall into two categories, one is single driving instructors who have their own cars, relying on word-of-mouth to attract customers; another category is linked to driving schools to rent "School vehicle" as self-employed where driving school provides customers and school will split income with the driving instructors, but gas money is fairly split as well. Due to the impact of the financial crisis, there's a decline in the number of learners recently. Existing monthly income of driving instructors who collaborated with schools is only about a million dollars. If an accident occurs during teaching, driving instructors may make foolish decisions.
leaving 84% food, Hong Kong people seriously waste food when dining out
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Environmental group Greeneraction conducted a survey on wasted food of Hong Kong people
Hong Kong discards as many as 1.2 million metric tons of discarded food every year while it's wasteful it also causes huge damage to the environment. Environmental groups Greeneraction survey showed that in economic downturn, the people of Hong Kong wasting food is still very serious. 84% respondents has habits of leaving food when dining out, but only 13 percent would ask restaurant to reduce food quantity. In addition, the plan of "one dollar less for less rice" has been introduced in the catering industry for over two years, nearly 80 percent of respondents indicates that they are not informed of the plan. Starting next month, Greeneraction will launch a new round of "Cherish Food Day" program, when customers go to patrons of participating restaurants to enjoy food demanding "less rice", one dollar will be rebated to customers, to which there are 50 restaurants currently participating.
EPA data shows that in recent years, the volume of food waste disposal has increased year by year, food waste accounts for the percentage of municipal solid waste. In 2005 of 33 percent has increased to 35 percent in 2007; in 2007, each year's disposed food is up to 1.2 million tons in Hong Kong. In October to December last year, Greeneraction interviews more than 800 customers in the food court, of which only 16 percent of respondents say that they will finish all the food when dining out, compared to 2006 similar investigations of a slight increase of 3 percentage points, therefore food waste is still very serious. In addition, in 2006 survey, 44 percent of respondents indicates that they would have 30 percent or more of leftover, and the survey this year found only 9 percent which is a noticeable improvement from two years ago. Greeneraction Director of analysis, Kwok Ying-ying says survey conducted after the outbreak of the financial crisis, she believes result may be related to the restaurants reducing food quantity.
65 percent of respondents identified themselves as wasteful. In all kinds of food, 64 percent of respondents say rice is the food that's left over, followed by meat and vegetables, each is 15 percent. When asked about the reasons for the remaining food, half of the respondents say that as a result of too much food, followed by 28 percent of poor taste. In respondents who always have left over, only 13 percent demands restaurants to provide less rice.
Greeneraction Project director Yip Chui-man says that the food culture of people of Hong Kong is extreme that they often have the concept of "Since we pay for it, we can not have losses", thus people develop the habit of wasting food. Currently, there is no food waste treatment program in Hong Kong. Due to absence of separation recycling, discarded food from citizens and food restaurants can only be dumped in landfills, that not only increases the pressure on landfills, as well as polluting water and soil due to food not easily decomposed releasing greenhouse gas methane which is damaging to the environment.
Greeneraction plans to set Wednesday each month as "Cherish Food Day" starting February to October this year. Currently, 50 restaurants are responsive, including Hong Kong-style restaurant chains. When citizens dine out in the 50 designated restaurants requesting "less rice", restaurants will reduce portion to one-third of appetite, and give a dollar reward. Yip Chui-man says they are seeking more restaurants to participate, especially large chain restaurants. She also advises people to regain their "cherish food" virtue of considering their appetite before ordering food.