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Obsessive video games kids turn back to good kids by "Justice, E Scheme"
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Children participate in this program in photo with their volunteers
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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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
One suspects under questioning
Wong fong-chi, operating a bird nest store says due to heavy taxes, importing bird nest through legitimate way gains no profit
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
Little Cantonese Opera Star uses games to learn words to break free from dyslexia
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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.
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.
grandpa and grandchild startled by loan sharks stuffing Keyhole to collect debt
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Grandfather going to hospital for tests.
In Chai Wan, a pair of 70-years-old couple still suffering the pain of loosing their eldest son were involved with loan sharks because of their former daughter-in-law. In these past few months, they were frequently harassed by "loan sharks"; just yesterday, loan sharks stuff glue into key hole, and posted a large number of debt collection posters and female naked photos on the door. The old couples was trapped in home with a 10-years-old grandchild, and they feared if there was a fire they would die inside, so they called the police. Police officers and firefighters had to break gate to rescue them, during which the old lady was sick due to shock and was taken to hospital for checkups. Police classified case as criminal damage case.
The flat being criminally damaged by debt collector located in Yue Shun House 7th floor, and male resident's surname is Chan (70 years old). Chan lives with his wife Shek, the eldest son, and a 10 years old granddaughter but the eldest son died of liver cancer a few months ago, and the remaining 3 people live together.
At 12:50pm, grandparents were ready to leave with grandchild opening the door to which keyholes on wooden door, and metal gate were stuff with glue. 9 posters with words of "Owe debt return $", along with eldest daughter-in-law Lee X Chen ID information were taped on front door, panel windows and walls of corridor, also a number of naked women torn from pornographic magazines were taped on walls.
Because grandfather smelled kerosene, he feared that someone might set on fire, so they panicked and called police; at the same time, a security guard on patrol found the 3 trapped and the corridor full of debt collection posters, so he also assisted to call the police. Police and firefighters rushed to the scene and used pincers to cut the gate lock rescuing 3 people out, during which grandmother was frightened to sickness that she had to be taken by her husband to the hospital.
Grandfather said Lee × Chen used to be his daughter-in-law, but a few years ago she and the eldest son had a divorce, and granddaughter lived with them. Until a few months ago, the eldest son died of liver cancer and unexpectedly when they had not recovered from grieving, they were harassed by loan sharks.
Grandfather added that they had not been in contact with daughter-in-law for several years so they did not know where she was, but this did not stop the loan sharks who frequently knocked on doors and posted posters on door. Regarding yesterday's escalation of nuisance actions, grandfather bluntly said he feared that one day they will be trapped inside the house by lock gates and fire was set on their home leading to loosing their lives, and hoped the police would pay more attention.
Hard working vegetables stall owner dragged under a truck and died
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a vegetable stall owner, via 5 Sai Wan Wholesale Food Market vegetables street, was knocked down and crushed to death by a trash truck, and the police arrived at the scene to investigate.
A hardworking, thrifty vegetables column proprietor in West District Wholesale Food Market picking up discarded foam boxes to sell to earn extra money, crossing lanes at the venue was knocked down by an unsuspected trash truck because the driver did not notice the short vegetebles stall owner. The vegetables stall owner was dragged under the vehicle and ran over, with intestine flowing out of belly dying on spot. He was survived by a Widow and 2 children. Police later charged the trash truck driver with "dangerous driving causing death" and arrested the driver.
Wan Kwong-Pui was the victim, age 49, had 1 older brother 2 elder sisters, inherited his father's business with elder brother operating a vegetables stall in the West District Wholesale Food Market. Wan's older brother said their father passed away in November last year. They had just finished their father's funeral, and unexpectedly he had to prepare for his younger brother's funernal that misfortunes never come singly.
Although Wan Kwong-Pui was short and far from being handsome, but he was a hard working man. He and his Thai wife had a son and a daughter. Aside from personally delivering goods, in the afternoon he would remain in the vegetables stall to administer business, in addition to collecting discarded foam boxes from time to time to sell them in order to earn extra money.
At 1:55pm yesterday, Wan was on the road opposite of the stall picking up discarded foam boxes back to the stall. He then went out to urinate, and when he was returning back to his stall crossing the street, a vehicle belonging to FEHD contractors with 24 tons of garbage drove by. It was suspected that Wan was too short for the truck driver to notice, Wan was knocked down and dragged to the bottom of the vehicle. Upon hearing witnesses shouting, the driver got alarmed and stopped the truck. Wan's belly was open up with intestinal flowing and was in a coma, so driver called the police immediately.
Firefighter rescued the victim out of the truck. Wan's brother who was just resting in vegetables stall ran to the scene after receiving news. He accompanied his unconscious younger brother to hospital for emergency treatment, but until 2:48 Wan was confirmed dead. Police had cordoned off the area to investigate, also called the Government Chemist to the scene to collect evidence, and the preliminary investigation was dangerous driving causing death that they arrested a 51-years-old male driver, also towing the garbage truck that caused the accident. In the evening, the deceased's friends prayed at the accident scene, during which everyone looked sad. The deceased sister-in-law also said that the brother-in-law was the breadwinner of the family. Because of the unfortunate death, his wife and children who depended on him were lost, and finance was also a problem.