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Students looking for work are willing to work for a monthly salary of 6,000 dollars
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Job recruitment event in Tin Shui Wei attracted a large number of college graduates and recently unemployed middle management staffs to try their luck
At yesterday's recruitment meeting, in addition to retrenched middle management applicants from financial crisis, applicants also included many university graduates from last year. They all expressed that they were unemployed for several months under recession, and had sent dozens of letters but received no response. They were even more depressed as the Chinese New Year approaching, so they now do not mind the wages as long as they have a job, even if the job's monthly income was only 5000 or 6000 dollars.
The Labor Department held a two-day job fair in Tin Shui Wai providing more than 4000 job vacancies with monthly salary ranging from 4000 to 20000 dollars attracting 2600 people yesterday. Job fair started at 11:00, but more than 100 job-seekers were waiting for in line. Some university graduates said they had sent many letters in the past six months after graduation, but they did not receive a response. 22-years-old Miss Peng graduated last year, and had been unable to find a job, she said, "I sent a lot of letters (cover letters), also has been in interviews, but got no response, so I'm down." She studied Business Administration and knowing an economic downturn now, she would take on a job, if suitable, even the monthly salary was only 6000 dollars.
Some middle-aged job-seekers said competition increased as the economic turned into recession, so they worried that they could not find a job. Mr. Ho, had been in printing business for over a decade. His business plummeted after the financial crisis and he was one of the persons fired among half the employees staffs three months ago. "I have been sent forty to fifty letters in the past 3 months, and had 10 interviews, but all had no response, so I'm worry." Originally earning a monthly income of 10 thousand dollars, he said he did not mind the type of jobs because he only wanted a job, and demanded only 6000 or 7000 dollars of monthly salary.
Despite financial crisis in which many companies had large layoffs, some companies still expanded, not only recruiting a large number of employees, but continued to pay bonuses and pay increases of at least 2 percent or more. Hong Kong SGS, the Ministry of Personnel Assistant Manager Lee Siu-yin said the company's employees number has expanded 3 times to 1200 people since 2003, and will continue to expand this year. The goal is to hire 20 to 30 people, to which the highest paid job position is Exploration Supervisor for quality engineer of a monthly salary of 20,000 dollars. "Our company is not affected by the crisis. On the contrary, in financial crisis, our company needs more staff to verify the quality of the work done, such as during the period of SARS of hiring hundreds of people.", Said Lee Siu-yin. As to a total of 200 applications received from yesterday's job fair, of these, a quarter were university students, and most of them had work experience, and had no high demand for salary with an average requirement of about 9000 dollars.
Eighty-years-old man fell to death on bus staircase
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Forensic carried the body away
A rare fatal accident occurred yesterday in Yau Ma Tei where a 82-years-old man fell down on bus stairs when the old man trying to get off from upper deck after the bus parked at bus station. His head was quickly covered with blood, and he died in the hospital. The bus driver was arrested by police on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death. But legal profession and transport industry questioned whether the police gave a heavy charge, and are appealing for witnesses to come forward to describe the incident.
The old man died in an unfortunate death when walking down from the upper deck was Yeung X wah (82 years old). On the other hand, the driver charged with a felony punishable by imprisonment of three years bus by the police was Lee × wei (54 years old), and he was released on bail later.
The incident occurred yesterday on 2:07 p.m., Lee × Wei drove KMB 1A line air-conditioned double-decker bus traveling along Sau Mau Ping to Tsim Sha Tsui. Sources at the scene said the bus arrived at Nathan Road near Wing Sing Lane parking at a station. After a complete stop, passengers started to get off the bus. At this time, old man Yeung started to get off the bus from the upper deck, but he probably slipped, lost his balance and fell straight down the stairs to the bottom. He became unconscious on the spot, and passengers were shocked, to which the driver approached immediately to look at Yeung and called the police to seek help. Yueng was taken to the hospital for emergency treatment, to 2:43pm, he was certified dead. The bus driver involved in the case was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death, and was released on bail afterward.
KMB spokesman response to media inquiries said that they regretted to a passenger falling in coma on the bus and died in hospital. KMB is trying to contact the family of the deceased through the police, and since the cause of death of the passenger is still under investigation so KMB will not comment further. The spokesman also said KMB has immediately suspended the duties of the bus driver. The legal profession said that although law must be strictly enforced, but enforcement degree should also depend on the circumstances of the case. Professionals said that according to summary Ordinance, the maximum penalty for the crime of dangerous driving causing death is imprisonment for three years, so they urged those who have witnessed the process to testify about the whole incident.
Chung Kin-wah, Deputy director of Motor Transport Workers General Union KMB Branch, said that the public citizens should follow instruction when taking a bus, pay close attention and grab tight on handrail getting on and off the bus, senior citizens especially need to make their own assessment of their physical fitness, and ought not to reluctantly board upper deck. He said that existing bus "locks" the engine so that the bus cannot star when it opens the door; in addition, the bus has signs to remind passengers not to leave the seat before the bus comes to a complete halt. Chung Kin-wah said that the bus driver would concern about the left side rearview mirror to see the passengers boarding and leaving the bus after he parks the bus. Then, the bus driver checks the rearview mirror to understand the situation inside the compartment. Finally, the driver will check to see if there's anyone in the upper deck through the driver's seat "periscope". Chung Kin-wah explains that there is no time limit for passengers to get on and off the bus, which all depend on the driver. He advocates to the elderly with mobility problem to stay on the lower deck.
security guard sentenced to 22 months for Indecent assaulting a girl for more than 20 times
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A watch guard indecent assaulted a 14-years-old tenant for more than 20 times. After the 3 student friends of the victim learned about the incident, they came up with a "desperate measure" deciding to send the victim in person to the watch guard so that they could catch him once again in violation. They hoped to film down the process and called the police for help, but they were unsuccessful. Although they failed, but the three friends had witnessed the incident as a resulted the watch guard could not escape the net of justice. The watch guard involved in the case admitted to four counts of indecent assault, yesterday at the Kwun Tong Magistracy he was sentenced to 22 months.
58-years-old defendant Wong Shong-Yiu pleaded guilty for indecent assaulting victim for 4 times during watch in Kwun Tong Chui-Ping Building in September last year. The magistrate judge pointed out yesterday at sentencing that the defendant breached good faith which was a serious crimes. Although, ultimately, the students could not shoot the footage, but the magistrate still praised their courage. The magistrate thought the defendant using his trust in tenants to indecent assault the victim multiple times was not a light crime, so imprisonment was the only appropriate punishment.
The prosecution case showed that since the defendant on duty in September, he blatantly indecent assaulted the 14 years old victim body up and down in the back stairwell behind his security guard post every time the victim came home from school for over 20 times. Because the girl could no longer tolerated the security guard, she informed her mother of the incident, but her mom did not believe her so the girl could only talk to her three female student friends. After the friends heard what the victim suffered, they decided to stand up for her, and came up with a desperate measure by having the victim being violated by the defendant once again, during which the friends would use a video camera to capture the process as evidence of indecent assault. On the afternoon of October 23, the victim came home from school as usual, and encountered the defendant in the lobby of the building. The defendant took the victim to the rear staircase behind his security post, in the hidden corner, he put his hand into the victim's private part and rubbed it under her underwear. Whenever there a tenant passed by, he immediately stopped pretending as if nothing had happened. However, the three friends waiting in the lobby failed to film the process. That evening, the victim pretended to go home again, and again she followed the security guard to the stairs behind the security post. The defendant pulled up the victim's skirt, stroke her buttock, and even used his fingers to fondle her private part. The victim endured the pain letting him continue to knead her chest, but this time the three female friends witnessed the whole process through a glass door, so the security guard was shocked and returned immediately to his security post. Probably they were nervous, the three female students could not shoot down the whole process so they had no choice but to confront the defendant.
Accompanied by her three female friends, the girl called her mother informing her of the situation, and afterward called the police for help. Police arrived at the scene investigating the case, and the defendant admitted committing the crime because of fun.
A thief family of 3 jailed for stealing in supermarket
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The three defendants committed theft in a supermarket in Tin Shui Wai
A middle-aged man who steals for repeated times, led his wife and children who also had criminal records in theft, to steal shampoo, medicine and milk, a total of 1564 dollars goods in a supermarket in Tin Shui Wai. The trio struggled with police officers when escaping, to which the son was arrested on the spot, but the middle-aged man driving in a private car along with his wife in the car managed to escape by hitting the police officer, who caught up with them, with the car. The police had injuries but 10 days afterward the couple surrendered to the police station. The case was heard in Tuen Mun Magistracy yesterday and the family of 3 was sentenced to jail.
The family of 3 included Hui Siu-Loi (51 years old), wife Wong Hao-wan (age 54), and son Hui Ka-Chun (age 36), and the 3 were taken by the prison van to court for hearing yesterday morning. Earlier, they had admitted to a number of offenses of theft and frantic driving crimes. Mother and son with lighter crime were sentenced to jail for five months while the father, who drove frantically injuring a law enforcement officer causing the officer to stay in hospital with injuries for 8 days, was sentenced to jail of imprisonment for 1 year.
The defense pleaded that the mastermind was the father and he was willing to take responsibility, at the same time his wife and son had no choice but to assist in theft, so their offenses should be relatively minor. However, the magistrate pointed out that although they had different roles, but they bore same legal responsibility, so all should bear the same responsibility in the case. The father had over 20 criminal records in the past, and he also injured a police officer while driving, the officer's injury would have been more serious had not the officer evaded in time, because the father disregarded the law, therefore it would be hard to give him another chance, thus conviction must be processed as imprisonment.
The prosecution case showed that on October 4 this year, after the three defendants had tea in the morning, the father, Hui Siu-Loi claimed that he wanted to seek excitement so he took his wife and son together to a nearby supermarket to steal. Inside a Wellcome supermarket at Tin Shui Wai, Hui Siu-Loi together with his wife and son, stole 4 cans of milk, 19 packets of medicine and 5 bottles of shampoo, valued at 1564 dollars. Supermarket staff found the defendants acting suspiciously so they had dispatched security guards to follow and monitor them. When the 3 left with unpaid goods, the security guards attempted to stop them outside the shop, but the 3 ran to escape. A police happened to pass by, to which Hui Siu-Loi had a scuffle with the police officer, but the police officer put his son under control. At this point, with his wife, Hui Siu-Loi holding stolen goods ran outside to a private car in front of the bus terminus, starting and driving the car on the pavement hitting into the police officer. The police officer had limb injuries, and stayed in the hospital and discharged after 8 days. Hui Siu-Loi and his wife turned themselves in after 10 days at the police station, to which the father admitted allegations and the father emphasized he was the mastermind in this case.
Old woman pretending to be poor deceived medical expense, sentenced to probation
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The old woman once gained profit from stocks
A diabetic woman claiming to have no dependent children, gained profit from stock market in 2004 but did not declare to Hospital Authority, and applied at Hospital Authority 46 times for medical exemption in a total of 3800 dollars of medical expenses. Her asset net worth was once as high as 600 thousand dollars that her income was double the limit of medical expenses exemption scheme. Therefore, this old woman in connection with the case was charged for fraud due to deceiving HA for free medical care. Yesterday, she pleaded guilty at magistrates Court and was sentenced to jail for four months, but jail term was suspended for 18 months.
71-years-old defendant came with her 78-years-old husband to the Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to fraud yesterday. Defense pleaded that the defendant committed the crime only by momentary greed, and the 3800 dollars had been fully returned, to which the defendant's present savings was only more than 700 dollars.
According to prosecution, the defendant applied for free medical care from HA in 2003, at which she went to the Kwong Wah Hospital and ophthalmology clinic 46 times covering 3800 dollars. When the defendant gained 500 to 600 thousand in stock market in 2004, she deposited the profit in separate accounts. HA verified bank account balance to see whether her income exceeded the limit once every six months, and the defendant did not disclose her 11 other accounts. After arrested by police, the defendant said though she had 3 children, but 2 were not in Hong Kong, and one moved into a halfway house, so she did not support the child in halfway house. She added that she had heavy losses in stock market this year, her account was only left with 700 dollars.