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Canton Walkathon to support Chuan raises more than one million dollars
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Hong Kong person Chan Yi-To (middle), and his family participates in this walkathon
Financial crisis did not affect Hong Kong people's heart of charity and the donation to help the Mainland Chinese education continues to rise. Lasted for five days, more than 300 Hong Kong people participated in the "Hope Project, Sowers Action ─ ─ 2009 Canton road trip" walkathon this morning to reach the terminal in Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Center. Chairman of the Preparatory Committee Cheung Kwan-Heng said that at present, nearly 1.3 million was raised this year, and 2.5 million is this year's fund-raising goal, to which one third of these donations will be used for earthquake-stricken areas, and there will be nearly a million donations to help the affected areas for reconstruction and education.
"2009 Canton road trip" walkathon fund-raising activities is jointly organized by the Green Foundation from Guangdong and Hong Kong Sowers Action, showing friendship from different borders, together hand in hand doing donation. Provincial and other corporations today held a welcoming ceremony in the Tianhe Sports Center to welcome the arrival of these messengers of love.
Sowers Action Chairman of the Board, Lu Wing-On said, "Hong Kong people have grown up drinking China's milk, therefore Hong Kong people should have the ability to help domestic educational development. Sowers choose to bear the burden of supporting education to nurse the population into intellectual resources". He said that although Hong Kong is under financial impact of the crisis, but the Hong Kong people's spirit in charity have not changed. This year, the number of people walking to Canton is more than 300 people, which is more than last year, and donations are also more than last year that reflects the work of people from both borders linking heart to heart.
"2009 Canton road trip" fund-raising activity starts on January 28 from Hong Kong via Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Panyu, and the itinerary is more than 110 km. This year's activity includes participants who have participated more than a dozen times such as elderly persons aged over 70, there are also children only 12-years-old, and there is Ng Dao-Tin who has been blinded for 27 years; It is worth mentioning that there are five students and teachers from Gansu.
"I want to walk to 99 to help more poor Mainland Chinese students to go to school", as 81-years-old Lu cheung-Mo voice fades, hundreds of Hong Kong people applause with warmth and enthusiasm. Lu Cheung-mo has participated in Canton road trip for 9 years. Although he's affected by financial crisis, he is still active in fund-raising this year, and has raised over ten thousand dollars, but strives to raise it to 30 thousand dollars.
There're many Hong Kong people as benevolent as Lu Cheung-mo. In the Pacers team, there is a family with young and old people. Chan Yi-To works in Baptist University, today raised more than 40 thousand dollars walking with husband, parents, and aunt. Chan said, except her aunt, the four are engaged in educational work, and are aware of the importance of education, so they hope to help more Mainland Chinese students in poor areas to go to school.
boyfriend arrested in Ngau Tam Mei homicide case
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the suspect (left) reconstructing the case in Tsing Yi Cheung-Tsing village
A pair of couple, with age difference of 15 years, had a fight before the Spring Festival. A girl who works as a customer service department in the cellphone company was lured onto car in Causeway Bay, after which had a quarrel with her boyfriend, then strangled to death when they got to Tsing Yi Island and her body was then abandoned at Lok Ma Chau in a hidden power tunnel in Ngau Tam Mei. In accordance with the deceased's telephone communications records, police was led to the suspect's identity and arrested culprit.
The female victim is believed to be 22-years-old Chan Ka-yan. Her family filed a police report 3 days before the Lunar New Year saying she disappeared after work the day before. Police issued news to search person 3 days later. Police arranged a man and a woman to identify body in the mortuary yesterday morning, but the victim's identity has yet to be determined by forensic and causes of death has yet to be determined by postmortem.
Sources reported arrested suspect Lee (37 years old) and the deceased are couple. In recent months, because of disagreement, they often quarreled. It was suspected that the male suspect was angry for breaking up that he lied to meet the victim on January 21 in front of St. Paul's Convent School in Causeway Bay. The suspect then lured her to get into the car, and the female victim did not think of any possible danger so she got on, unfortunately she was killed and her carcasses was abandoned.
According to sources, after the family filed a missing person report, police immediately investigated her background, believing that she was very simple, so sudden disappearance was unusual. Through the media, police released the female's photo in "searching" and traced her cellphone communication records.
After a profiling of female victim's family and friends, police found out Chan Ka-yan having an argument with her boyfriend and thought the boyfriend was most suspicious, so they stepped up to trace the whereabouts of the boyfriend in the past 10 days passing the case to the Sha Tin District Crime Squad to follow-up. Police locked the boyfriend Lee in Ma On Shan District as suspect. Last night, police already had sufficient evidence, so they took action and arrested the culprit. Suspect was arrested and detained overnight, after police caution, Lee confessed to the murder. Police informed the Fire Services Department requesting to send a "big light truck" to the location mentioned by suspect to search the body.
In the support of colleagues, Crime Squad rushed to a water-filter factory in Lok Ma Chau Ngau Tam Mei searching in the power tunnel. At a distance of Fairview Park Roundabout, about ten minutes by car in a manhole, the police found a woman corpse, and believed she had been dead for several days. In order to collect evidence and conduct an in-depth investigation, the police immediately cordoned off the area to arrange for the Government Chemist and forensic officers to gather preliminary evidence. Before dawn, the body was lift away.
More than half were dissatisfied with the media sensationalize on sex
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group recommends that the Government should severely punish illegal media
A survey found that more than half of the respondents were dissatisfied with the media play up and exaggerated scandal, and percentage has increased by 8.2% and 3.7% over similar survey conducted in 2007. Groups responsible for the investigation suggest that the Government should amend the "Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance" to increase the penalties in order to increase the deterrent effect.
18 education, parent-teacher associations and social service organizations composing "anti-pornography and violence information campaign" interviewed 1400 people in November 2008, including 800 students, while the rest were parents, social workers and teachers in order to inquire their assessment of the Hong Kong media. It was found that 48% respondents considered the overall performance of the Hong Kong media to be failure, the average score was 5.53 points. Respectively, 53 and 55 percent of the respondents were dissatisfied with media played up sex and exaggerated scandal, followed 47 percent of dissatisfaction over invasion of privacy.
The survey also found that nearly 60 percent of respondents believed that "internet Information" harm the mental development of young people the most out of a large number of media, representing a 8.5 percent rise comparing to 2007 and doubled the 29 percent from 2005. Followed by magazines accounted for 51 percent, of which nearly 10 percent of respondents believed that the impact of TV variety shows affected mental growth and development of young people.
Members of Caritas and "Anti-pornography and violence information campaign", registered social worker Lam Kueng pointed out that young people's sexual attitudes are gradually becoming more liberal, together with an artist-nude-photo incident from last year which increases proliferation of pornography, he is afraid that they cannot improve students' perspective to pornography if only improving in the education level. He recommends the Government to monitor the sexual graphic and TELA Tribunal Ordinance, and also would like network company and media to monitor self, in addition suggesting that the Government should severely punish media violating rules to enhance the deterrent effect. In addition, teachers and parents should assist young people to understand Internet ethics.
New female driver suspected of drifting killed 2 lives
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private car tires leak
A serious car accident happened in Yuen Long where 2 dead four injured. Accident caused by a 19-years-old woman who just obtained her driver license six months ago, and those died and injured are all underage girls. The family of two 14-years-old deceased said driver was speeding and disregarded human life, who were emotional crying on floor in hospital emergency room. Police will invite experts to reorganize the crash through computer simulation, and does not rule out driver "drifts" the car causing the crash.
This accident resulted in two deaths and two in critical condition, that is the 2nd shocking accident in a short period in seven days in January 2009. Police stressed that they will trace the causes of the accidents in full effort to prevent such tragedy from happening again. Due to driver Lau Fong-Ting seriously injured in hospital intensive care unit, she could not offer statements or take a alcohol or drug test, therefore police do not know whether the problem is her being unconscious or as a result of problem of the road leading to this serious accident. Police spokesman of Ministry of Communications responsible for this investigating said they will try to use computer software to simulate situation of the private car crashing into a truck parked in the street.
New Territories North Police Special Investigation Team, Senior Inspector Chan Hung-Lo said, vehicle causing accident was an overloaded vehicle. Due to having no witness at the time of the incident, together with minor injurers overwhelmed by shock that they could not answer police officers questioning, the police temporarily was unable to grasp first-hand information. Fortunately, a responsible warehouse staff at nearby assisted providing a security video tape from four closed-circuit television filming storage peripheral, of which three televisions had captured the process of the car accident. Because the environment was dark, police could only judge the car had appeared twice in one minute in cameras. Police did not rule out that driver drove in high speed drifting but lacked skill that caused this accident.
After the accident, because the tires burst, the police will check whether overloading led to the accident. But one driving instructor points out the weight of six young girls is less than five male adult body weight, so he does not agree with puncture is the inference of causing an accident. However, he said, for a moving car to hit a medium-sized refrigerated truck parked on street to 20 meters away, the speed of the moving car must certainly had been fast.
Police officers of Ministry of Communications responsible for this investigation joined the Government Chemist to the Tai Lam vehicle pound to check the car yesterday. In addition to checking the car, they also inspected truck performance, and no vehicle inspection report had been known.
Two deceased family members and friends went to accident scene to pray yesterday. Aside from joss papers and other burning offerings, both use cigarettes as offerings. Cheung Chi-Kwan's mom crying "Ah mui Ah mui come back, don't stay here", and she was emotional. Family members of two deceased unanimously denounce the driver for dangerous reckless driving destroying lives, and stressed that they did not know other injurers in the same car, who also said their daughters were good girls, only staying out all night due to making wrong friends.
The accident occurred at 11:30 last night, in which a private car had six young girls. The driver drove along West Tai Shu Ha Road bound for Yuen Long to the South Village street when suddenly car went out of control and crashed into a freezer-truck parked on the street. The right body of the private car was seriously damaged. Though airbags pop-up, but due to excessive force of the impact, the six people in car were unconscious and some ended up laying on top of each other. The Loud crash alerted the staff out from a nearby warehouse, and the staff called the police after hearing someone called for help from the car. A large number of rescue personnel immediately rushed to pry open the compartment, rescued the injured and admitted them to hospital, but two of whom died. When police investigated the causes of accidents, they believed the car was driving at high speed crashing into the truck pushing the truck up to 20 meters before rebounding back to the original road, but the real reason had yet to be ascertained.
Cai Yan-ming, chairman of Wantwant buys ATV shares
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Cai Yan-ming, chairman of WantWant purchase ATV shares on behalf of his family, and whether ATV can be brought back to life will have to wait and see
In financial hardship, there is further changes to ATV shareholders, and ATV non-executive director Chan Wing-kei confirmed yesterday that STAR WANTWANT GROUP TAIWAN Chairman CAI Yan-Ming plans to purchase ATV shares owned by a Dutch Bank in the name of the family; and Payson Cha family continues to have a controlling stake in ATV. Chan Wing-kei described the transaction for the financial stringency of the ATV is definitely "a toast", and believed the future of ATV will be moving in the right direction.
ATV personnel changes constantly, and equity has changed hands several times. At present, there are four ATV shareholders and holding the largest stake is Alnery which is currently owned by Payson Cha family, former Chief Executive Officer of ATV Fei To Yee and ABN AMRO, controlling almost half of the total equity of the ATV. Some of the shares hold by ABN AMRO Bank at present is bought by Cai Yan-ming. In addition to Alnery equity, Payson Cha and family also holds more than 10 percent of ATV equity through Shun-Tai Group, so Payson Cha and family still have control of ATV equity, and the ratio of stake in ATV owned by Alnery will remain unchanged.
Cai Yan-ming background is not small; according to "Forbes" estimates, Cai Yan-ming has a net worth of 2.6 billion U.S. dollars or about 20.28 billion Hong Kong dollars. Cai Yan-ming mentioned a number of times in recent years of hoping to become shareholders of media organizations, therefore in Taiwan as a private citizen, he bought media companies such as Chinatimes. This time, the largest ATV shareholder is Alnery and its equity is owned by joint-venture company consisting of Cai Yan-ming and Alnery. Cai Yan-ming will inject capital into ATV so that ATV can continue normal operation.
When responding to this reporter's inquiries, Chan Wing-kei said, "Mr. Cai has robust economic strength, and is familiar to television media, and I believe he can provide various support in financial resources to ATV... ... together with the shareholder ABN AMRO Bank under Scotland acquisition, and Bank of Scotland was also takeover by the government, therefore ABN AMRO has been in a weak position, so Mr. Cai is a very smart investor".
As for the future production policies of ATV, Chan Wing-kei says, "ATV is still a tv station controlled by the people of Hong Kong. Though holding power is in the hands of Mr Payson Cha, ATV's approach to the future is based on the best direction for the development of ATV, I see the future ATV's capital will be more solid.", asked about how attractive is ATV under the financial hardship? Chan Wing-kei believes that ATV as one of two free television stations in Hong Kong is definitely has its attractions, but he did not further disclose the price and transaction details.
ATV has been frequently exclaiming they are poor earlier, ATV Executive Linus Cheung has said, "In the past two or three decades, ATV has lost more than five billion... ...such that it's considered a miracle of ATV without closing up", He also says that ATV needs at least nearly one billion dollars in the next three years in order to revive, and hopes that ATV can turn losses into profits in the next two to three years, as well as becoming a listed company in five years. As for the equity to change hands, ATV management has yet to comment.
Commerce and Economic Development Bureau spokesman says the BA has not yet received the application of change in ATV shareholding. The spokesman says that ATV as a free-to-air television licensees, once a change in ownership, it needs to apply to the BA.