Octopus card company shares revenue with charity

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    Octopus card company shares revenue with charity

    source: takungpao

    translated by cici@AsianEU

     

    Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation collaborates with Octopus Cards Limited yesterday where people will carry a portable machine for Octopus payment on flag day

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    Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation collaborates with OCL once again and on yesterday, the companies will use GPRS portable machine to acquire Octopus payment from flag donations in Central, Wan Chai and the Pacific, such Hong Kong Island. The public generally welcomes this new way to donations, but many people find it hard to accept when they realize OCL would charge partial donations for administrative fees, and they believe the minimal OCL should do is to disclose the fees amount. Society for Rehabilitation also says that yesterday's donation through Octopus Card in general is average.

     

    In the past when buying a flat, Hong Kong people have to look everywhere in pockets for coins. It's a pressing life in Hong Kong, and every second counts. Often as a result of a hurry, people do not have coins and cannot buy a flag to do charity, but now there is Octopus card, buying flag is convenient, especially for people with disabilities to buy flag. Therefore, following 2005 and 2006 collaboration with OCL, the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation collaborates with OCL again with a new way to donate through Octopus card. Yesterday in nearby Hong Kong Island MTR Stations, Central, Wan Chai and Tai koo, 20 GPRS portable Octopus payment machines are carried by 20 volunteers in wheelchairs to participate in flag service. The public only have to place their octopus cards above the machine and they can donate. Donors can not select donation amount, but each donation is ten-dollars contribution, and some donation will be be detained for administrative costs.

     

    Many citizens have said that donating by Octopus card is very convenient and saves time because they don't have to spend time looking for change, especially when they have to be in a hurry to go to work; but some people opt not to buy flags with Octopus card because they find the contribution amount being set too high. And when they know find out that part of the funds will be used as administrative fees by Octopus, they cannot accept it. Mr. Cheung spends 10 to 20 dollars buying flags every week says it is convenient to use Octopus card to buy the flag, and believes this method should be made universal. But when he finds out part of his contribution will be held as part of administrative costs, he immediate becomes discontent saying, "Are you kidding me, that's unfair. I would prefer to donate directly to the charitable institution."

     

    Ms. Hsu, a first time Octopus card donor also says she cannot accept the administrative fees from charity contribution, "It's unfair. We want to do some charity, don't want to give money to commercial institution...if business establishment wants to collect administrative fees, it should at least tell us how much it will collect, and so I will know exactly how much really falls into the hands of the beneficiaries." Ms. Hsu believes collecting the administrative fee is not a big issue, but the fee cannot be more than 10 percent. Also, Octopus should publicize charge ratio. If the fee is too high, she will choose to donate in the traditional way. OCL spokesman stresses that the Octopus company donates money to the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation every year, and the donation exceeds a the administrative fee collected from flag donation.

     

    Society for Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Director Poon King-Kwong says donation reduces relative to 2006 result, thus this year result is only average and lesser donation may be due to having less people on the weekend. He also points out that he will improve technical aspect of contribution, making contribution amount more flexible. Society for Rehabilitation Rehabilitation reiterates using Octopus card to collect flag funds is mainly in the hope of allowing chronically ill disabled persons to participate in charitable activity, and also to help them to reconnect to the society. However, some disabled volunteers express that they hope the institutions can give flexibility in donations or reduce minimum contribution so that it would not affect people's desire to donate.


    Prospective groom thrown out of car and torn apart

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    Prospective groom thrown out of car and torn apart

    source and credit: takungpao

    Translated by cici@Asianuniverse.net

     

    Tragic death of the driver being divided into two parts, his corpse is covered with a tent

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    A truck driver just celebrated 31-years-old birthday nine days before and is planning a wedding by taking two part time jobs working over 20 hours trying to save money, lost control of his car yesterday morning near the Merrill village of Sha Tin. The driver probably dozes off, loses control of the vehicle, hits a curb, and he is not buckled in that he is thrown out from the truck. His body is caught in between the curb and the vehicle, and body being dragged along the curb for 100 meters that his body is torn apart. The truck loses control and the unmanned truck travels for another 400 meters before it comes to a halt. The family arrives at the accident scene to pray afterward, but all break down in tears.

     

    The deceased name is Ng Ho-wing, and he has eight brothers and sisters. He is the youngest child and his mother becomes blind in his early years. After studying in primary school, Ng Ho-wing drops out of school early to obtain an occupational license plate to be a truck driver. He and his girlfriend lives together in a flat in Choi Yuen Estate. Though of limited means, he still gives money to his mom on time every month. Earlier this year, he says he will get married with his girlfriend. And in order to earn more money, he takes two part time jobs; one job is to make on-call services delivery with a truck, another is delivering vegetables and newspapers at midnight. Both jobs hour are nearly 20 hours, so rest time is limited.

     

    The accident happens in Tsing Sha Road towards Tai Po Road in the direction of Kowloon, near the Merrill village of Sha Tin. At the site, there's a ramp climbing into a through-road, and the roads are noise screen two-lanes "mini-tunnels". Yesterday morning at 7:50am, Ng Ho-wing accelerates the truck on a slanted ramp merging into the larger lanes that he loses control in the fast lane, crashing into a curb on the right hand side, and he himself being thrown out of the vehicle caught in between the truck and the curb sliding nearly 100 meters. Before he can struggle out of the vehicle, he is already torn apart. The unmanned truck still has momentum gliding down the left side of the carriageway careering through more than 400 meters, repeatedly hitting the left curb roadside and crashing into the curb before coming to a halt. The right side truck dragging along the driver against the curb, and the curb are stained with blood that it is very terrify to look at.

     

    Highway officers found the truck, and firefighters rush to the rescue, but rescue personnel find the victim has already been severed. Police immediately closes the scene for investigation. As a result of no evidence of brake marks, when investigating, police can only determine the cause of accidents by crash marks. Sources say the victim is first thrown out of the vehicle and dragged about 100 meters, the unmanned truck subsequently travels forward for more than 400 meters, and the left body of the truck hits the curb several times before the truck coming to a halt, that is an estimated distance of 500 meters all together.

     

    Police investigates this case in accordance with speeding, mechanical failure and will conduct an in-depth investigation. Yesterday afternoon, the deceased's family comes to the accident site to pray with the assistance of the police. The deceased's fiancee cries in tears, and calling the deceased's name frequently to come "home", and it is a really heart-wrenching scene. Though deceased's blind mother is disabled, she still arrives at the scene, but she did not get off the car.


    An angry housewife scalded her Indonesian domestic helper with an iron, thus sentenced to jail for 7 months

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    An angry housewife scalded her Indonesian domestic helper with an iron, thus sentenced to jail for 7 months

    source: takungpao

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    magistrate said the defendant's act violated integrity between employers and maids

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    A housewife took an iron and scalded her Indonesian domestic helper on forearm in fury. The housewife earlier admitted to charges of grievous bodily harm, at the Kwun Tong Magistracy yesterday she was jailed for seven months. Immediately after sentencing, defendant's family was dissatisfied, and told the media outside of court that they will appeal.

     

    The magistrate judge said in all earnestness that the defendant violated integrity between employers and employees. Although she has two young children, and also the breadwinner, to cause grievous bodily harm, such unreasonable and inhumane act, was not a behavior the court can condone. The magistrate pointed out that the victim had to leave her home to come to Hong Kong as a worker, the employer should had given more empathy. But the defendant ignored the feelings of the victim, and the offense was serious, so sentencing to community service orders or suspended sentences were not suitable.

     

    Female defendant Ng Bik-man (32 years old), was a clerk, and appeared displease when she heard a heavy sentence, also giving a glance hinting something to family who were sitting in the court . Defendant was alleged charged on August 12 last year at Tsing Lung Tau Yashi Kok, inflicting grievous bodily harm on the 24-years-old Indonesian woman Rasnenti. Defense lawyer said in mitigation that the defendant was worried about the Indonesian domestic helper not knowing how to use an iron and scalding her eight months old son, that she impulsively made such act; on the other hand, the defendant was remanded in custody for two weeks after pleading guilty and could not spend Christmas with family, coupled with the defendant with no criminal past, the defense lawyer pleaded the court to give a lenient sentence.

     

    The incident happened at 7:00 in the morning, the defendant saw her eight-months old son learning to walk approached an iron in use, therefore defendant quickly yelled at the Indonesian domestic helper, and holding the iron as if to scald the Indonesian domestic helper. In confusion, Indonesian domestic helper's right hand was burned. According to defendant, earlier this year in June, defendant's domestic helper first completed cleaning in the morning, then she was ready for ironing. At this time, the male employer already left for work, and the defendant was at home still sleeping with her two-years-old and a half and eight-months old children. Soon after, the domestic helper heard the 8 months old boy cried, so she picked him up to placate him. About five minutes later, the boy calmed down, so the domestic helper put him in a baby walker, and she also started to iron a shirt. A few times, the baby boy approached her, but the domestic helper immediately pushed the baby walker away. When she finished ironing two shirts, the baby boy approached again, at this time the defendant suddenly scolded the domestic helper from behind, "Do you know how hot is the iron! What happens if the baby touches it?" The domestic helper turned to the defendant saying sorry repeatedly, but the defendant suddenly picked up the iron putting it just above the domestic helper's face saying "Why don't you try", therefore the domestic helper was frightened holding her right hand high in front of her face blocking the iron, and her forearm was scalded and screamed in pain. The defendant then put down the iron and returned to the bedroom. After packing up the iron, the domestic helper left home to the consulate for help.


    Man jumped into tracks, split into 2 parts

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    Man jumped into tracks, split into 2 parts

    source: takungpao

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    Firefighters carried the body onto platform

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    A man just spent birthday the day before, possibly was distraught by stress that he jumped into tracks when a train was about to stop at a station yesterday, and got torn apart into two parts. Train service was disrupted for over an hour, and station lobby had to close off to prohibit passengers from entering. Also, Hong Kong Railway arranged passengers to take buses out of the station.

     

    Man committed suicide was Leung X Wah (47 years old). Police later found suicide notes according to his ID seized from body, the content of the suicide note disclosed he killed himself because of work problems. The scene at which the accident took place was Platform 2 of Mong Kok Station going the direction to Lo Wu Railway Station. Sources said that a passenger found him setting a brand-name handbag in a corner appearing odd. At 4:22 p.m., a northbound train entering the platform, Leung X Wah suddenly ran pass the yellow line jumping into tracks. Train operator hit the emergency brake, but the train still had momentum hitting Leung X Wah and rolling him beneath the train. The victim was torn into two parts on the spot. Passengers witnessing the accident on the platform were shocked to panic, and after the train operator regained calm, he reported the incident to directional control center for help. And so, northbound train services was halted immediately. Cheung Sha Wan Fire Services Secretary Tsang Chiu-Hin said they sent 4 fire engines, one ambulance and one ambulance motorcycle, and 25 staffs after receiving a report of someone falling onto the tracks. Because the person was trapped under the train, firefighters had to wait for train services to a complete standstill before they could save the victim, and the whole process took nearly half an hour. The victim was certified dead on the spot, and his body was carried onto platform, waiting for a black-box car to be carried away.

     

    During the rescue, the Hong Kong Railway had to temporary close Mong Kok Station, so all turnstiles were suspended while issuing a broadcasting, and arranged passengers to take buses to Kowloon Tong Station or East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. halfway in the Mong Kok station or get off at Hung Hom Station . To 5 pm, Hong Kong Railway initiated northbound platform reserved for backup for stranded passengers to evacuate from the platform.


    700 tons of smuggled vegetables circulate in Hong Kong markets affecting local business and endanger public health

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    700 tons of smuggled vegetables circulate in Hong Kong markets affecting local business and endanger public health

    source: sun

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    Daily influx of 700 tons of smuggled vegetables from Mainland China not only are sold in Hong Kong in every street, but they also seriously endanger the health of the public, therefore a number of vegetable wholesalers have decided to launch a protest driving slowly in cars blocking traffics in Government Secretariat Office, Hung Hom and Man Kam To to express dissatisfaction on the 6th of this month. They protest against the Secretary for Food and Health and relevant departments for failing to protect food safety. Hong Kong Vegetable Association and other nine Vegetable Wholesale Merchants Association and the Concern Group strongly condemned York Chow Yat Ngok for not fulfilling his responsibility of safeguarding food safety yesterday, that he condones smugglers to take advantage of loopholes, and urge the Hong Kong Government to promote the establishment of a new policy to standardize the import of vegetables, improve the management of quarantine regulations and concentrate the source of vegetables to ensure that Mainland Chinese vegetables imported into Hong Kong will not endanger health.

     

    Nine Vegetable Wholesale Merchants Association publicly announce the details of the protest yesterday. The leader of Hong Kong Association of imported vegetables wholesaler Yuen Chong points out that lawbreakers buying vegetables from unknown sources everywhere, then transfer vegetable from illegal origin or forge certificates of labeling in Mainland China, and then smuggle the vegetables into Hong Kong through Shenzhen Nanshan distribution center or the second phase market without going through the VMO testing and wholesale marketing, making direct delivery to various retail outlets in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Administration has never acknowledged this problem ignoring Hong Kong people's food safety. The Hong Kong Association of imported vegetables has reflected to York Chow many times, asking HWFB staffs to monitor, but the issue has not been given a great importance, which causes current situation to get worse.

     

    Last year, there is only 10 cars of "smuggling" vegetables a day, but now it has increased to more than 60 vehicles. The 700 tons of illegal vegetables contain heavy metals, pesticides that have surpass the safety radar, yet these vegetables have already fallen into the hands of the public and even been eaten. On the other hand, vegatables distributed through Vegetable wholesale market decline in quantity annually, the overall wholesale capacity from 500,000 tonnes two years ago reduces to 460,000 tonnes. Yuen Chong says the five major vegetable wholesale markets in Hong Kong has about 250 vehicles loading and unloading vegetables daily, but because of the smuggling car loads have been reduced to 20 percent, that all business in each wholesale market is shrinking, and if the authorities do not introduce legislation to regulate the smuggling of vegetables, vegetable wholesale markets will close down soon.

     

    The industry reveals they have communicated with different Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong departments requesting them to acknowledge the problem of smuggling vegetables over the past years, but the incompetent York Chow is still ignoring the industry making the industry feels helpless and hopeless, which is why they decide to launch a protest on the 6th this month, driving slowly to the Government headquarter to protest. The industry also warns the authorities if they handle improperly, they do not rule out sending hundreds of vehicles in batches to clog Central, the Cross Harbor Tunnel and Man Kam To.

     

    Hong Kong Vegetable Association president Wong Cheung-Hon says the smuggled vegetables causes Health, Welfare and Food Bureau to lose the monitoring role when the vegetables circulate in Hong Kong markets without sampling and testing. Only the Hong Kong Government enacts a law requiring imported vegetables from Mainland China to pass VMO testing will the vegetables be safe.

     

    "Ng Hong Fu Sic Bun Concern Group" leader Hui Hon-Man describes smuggling vegetables is a very serious incident. He accuses the authorities of not learning lessons from the bird flu, malachite green, melamine incidents, not eradicating smuggling vegetables in its initial less sever stage, allowing the problem to expand affecting the livelihoods of 20000 to 30000 people in the industry. Thus, the authorities will have to pay a heavy price.

     

    Members of the Legislative Council Leung Mei-fun says in a meeting last year with the Mainland Chinese authorities, Mainland Chinese Departments acknowledge the forge documents involving the smuggling vegetables, including problems in frozen chickens, pork and other serious problems as well. In September, she has also questioned York Chow in the Legislative Council meeting, but York Chow denounces the problem lies in Customs for having a lax enforcement, sliding past his responsibility completely. She criticizes Health, Welfare and Food Bureau as the most bureaucratic department. The vegetable industry request is reasonable, and thinks that the authorities must listen to public opinion, or else the authorities will set off an even greater social turmoil.

     

    Health, Welfare and Food Bureau reponds that in order to combat the smuggling poultry meat and vegetables, FEHD and the Customs and Excise Department have stepped up checks at all entry control points to inspect vehicles. FEHD has also tested samples of vegetables at all levels, that the vegetables have a pass rate of over 99 percent.

     

    Daily 3000 tons of Mainland Chinese vegetables export to Hong Kong, a quarter of vegetables deliver to direct sales in various retail outlets, but still pass loopholes appearing in Inspection and Quarantine.

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    Vegetable wholesale industry roars at the incompetent York Chow, urging Legislative Council to enact legislation to regulate imported vegetables and group them to wholesale markets.

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    How illegal vegetables smuggled into Hong Kong

    1. Illegal vegetables market, small vegetables market and vegetables producers in Mainland China offer vegetables to collectors

    2. After collecting all kinds of vegetables, smugglers repackage the vegetables into baskets

    3. Certicate of vegetables to Hong Kong are placed on the vegetables and put on vehicles

    4. The vegetables vehicles deliver the whole batch of vegetables to Nanshan distribution center, and complete export process to deliver to Hong Kong

    5. The vegetables vehicles arrive at Hong Kong Customs, but because the cars have certificates of "vegetables to Hong Kong", so vegetables don't need to be tested and can enter

    6. Vegetables distributors contact vegetables customers, and vegetables vehicles drive to destination instructed by customers

    7. After those vegetables stands owners, supermarkets receive smuggled vegetables, they sell it to the public


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