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Martial arts master novelist Liang Yusheng died at the age of 84-years-old in Sydney
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Regarded as a founder of the new martial arts novels, Liang Yusheng's classic works have been adapted into the big screen and the tv screen over the past few decades. A few days ago in Sydney, Australia, Liang Yusheng died at the age of 84-years-old. Since 1954 emerging from newspapers and periodicals publication of "Long Hu Dou Jinghua", over the years, Liang Yusheng wrote more than 30 sets of martial arts novels, one of which was adapted into a film from his works such as "Seven Swords" starring Leon Lai. Because Liang Yusheng works has accompanied numerous Chinese growing up, many Chinese people in Hong Kong, Australia and other places of the Chinese community are deeply sorry for his death.
News of Liang Yusheng's death is first publicized by a mainland Chinese blog disclosing that on the 22nd of this month, last Thursday, Liang Yusheng has died in Sydney and wishes him to be "always happy and content" in heaven. The blog article is posted on the 24th, on last Saturday, but when reporter checks the blog on yesterday midnight, the article has been deleted. At the same time, mainland Chinese media continues to report this news.
This reported checks with Liang Yusheng's friend, and informed that Liang Yusheng completed his final journey on last Thursday in company of his wife and children, and he passed away in peace. But since Chinese New Year is coming, his wife and relatives have deliberately avoided the media. According to hjs friend, Liang Yusheng is aging, has 20 years of diabetes and suffers bladder cancer, in addition to having two strokes in recent years; his health is deteriorating. Even though Liang Yusheng was healthy six months ago when he visited Liang, due to health problems, Liang is unable to attend a Australia and China Cultural event in which he was awarded a lifetime achievement award.
After leaving Hong Kong in 1987, Liang Yusheng settled in Australia, and moved into Chen Bing-Tak nursing home in Burwood City of Sydney about a year and a half ago. Living in Australia, Liang Yusheng involved in making preparation for Sydney Chatswood's "Chinese Cultural Center" and organized "Sup Yuen Uwei" with well-known local Chinese experts and scholars meeting every Thursday to exchange opinions on domestic and foreign literatures and politics, and people from close circle called him "Liang Tai Hap" or "Master Chen". As to Liang Yusheng, master of a generation of martial arts novels, passing away, the Home Affairs Department spokesman said they will not comment now. And Lingnan University, his alma mater, only learns about this information after this newspaper inquiries, and its spokesman said they regretted his passing away.
Actor You Long who knew Liang Yusheng for a long time, says a group of good friends in Australia are very upset to his death, and the funeral date has not been decided. And Tsui Siu-ming who has plans to buy the copyright of "Romance of the White Haired Maiden" for filming says he is also sad about his death. He says, although they have not worked together, but they knew each other. Tsui Siu-ming also expresses that not only he admires Liang Yusheng's novels, but also commends that he writes great words.
Liang YuSheng original name is Chen WenTong, from GuanXi MengShan province, descent from a well-bred scholar family who began to read at five-years-old. At seven-years-old, he can recite the 300 poems of Tang Dynasty. He was brought up by maternal grandfather reading the Four Books and Five Classics, ancient literatures, able to create poems, word couplings, and became a disciple of Canton Mengshan historian Jian YouWen, who has enriched the knowledge of history.
After the victory of the Second Sino-Japanese War, Liang YuSheng enrolled in Canton Lingnan University major in chemistry hoping to save the nation, but due to not knowing how to do experiment that he switched major to Economy. Later, he joined the Hong Kong media industry, was a former editor, and columnist. In 1954, Hong Kong Tai Chi faction and crane faction dueled out to find the winner, and he was instructed to write martial arts stories to be published in newspapers, thus "Long Hu Dou JinHua" was born. He stopped writing in 1984, instead he started writing in historical novels. In his creative career, he was the author of a total of more than 30 sets of martial arts novels, which total to up to tens of millions of words.
Because Liang YuSheng's love in literature, history and chess, aside from martial arts novels, he once used such pseudo names Liang HuiYu, Feng YuNing and other pseudonym to write many short essays, literary reviews and literary essays, and also used Chen Lu, a pseudonym, to write Chinese chess review.
In giving a speech at HKBU in 2005, he first offered a public explanation of the origin of the pseudonym, saying that as a result of the Northern and Southern Dynasties "Leung" coming before "Chen", which was also the era of literary figures, so he took the last name "Liang" combining words from Taiwan's friends "Yu Ke Zhuan Gao, Wan Zi Ru Sheng" to achieve fame.
Liang YuSheng reached enormous success in his life and in 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the Lingnan University, earning the same honor with "Opera Queen" Fang Yan-Fen; In September 2005, his hometown Mengshan started constructing "Liang YuSheng Park," he was also awarded in Guangxi Normal University of an honorary Title;In 2006, Beijing's National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature erected a "Liang YuSheng library" in which he donated a number of manuscripts.
【Biography of Liang Yusheng】
Original Name: Chen WenTong , date of birth: March 22, 1924
Age: at the age of 84-year-old, native of Guangxi, Mengshan province
Academic: A disciple of historian Jian YouWen, Studied in Lingnan University of GuangZhou specializing in International Economy.
Works: 35 sets of works, a total of 160 martial art novels.
Martial arts novels, (白髮魔女傳), (七劍下天山), (萍蹤俠影錄)
Representative works: (雲海玉弓緣) and so on.
Achievement: Known as the originator of the new wave martial arts novels, in 2004 awarded by the Hong Kong Lingnan University of Honorary Doctor of Letters, and China, Beijing National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature erected a "Liang YuSheng library", in 2008 awarded by the Australian Federation of Chinese Cultural Organization of Australia and China Lifetime Achievement Award.
【Liang YuSheng major martial art novels】
Insurance company "care" turns job injury into mental health issue
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Ricky left hand fractures, and left with a 7 inches long scar after three operations.
There is an upward trend of referrals of work-related injuries to psychiatric treatment in Hong Kong, one of the reasons is related to insurance companies introducing various care-based rehabilitative programs because such programs have actually added stress to the clients lives, that clients felt disturbed by the insurance companies, to which interest groups criticize the authorities for failing to regulate these rehabilitative programs.
Every year, there are more than 60,000 injury claims in Hong Kong. The latest discovery from Hong Kong Workers' Health Centre was the referral cases of injured employees to psychiatric treatment services have increased in recent years, increasing from one in every ten people to three in every ten people. In addition to facing injuries and stress of unconfirmed delay to return to work, clients are also stressed by individual insurance companies launching all kinds of rehabilitative programs in the name of various "care" to provide assistance to injured patients.
51-years-old Ms. Chan selling vegetables, in October 2007 she sprained her back when transporting vegetables that she needed to take sick leave, to which doctor said that she can no longer transport heavy items and required her to have orthopedic treatment. In December the same year, she received the insurance company's rehabilitative case manager call, saying he had arranged rehabilitative treatment, but instead sending a staff to her home to record statements about the incident and arranged nurses to checkup, "They insist to have me doing different movements, take all pictures, as if they're interogating criminals which made me nervous.", under insurance company's pressure and injury, Ms. Chan was on the verge of a mental collapse and eventually suffers depression.
Ricky, serving in restaurants for more than two decades, injured his left hand and waist two and a half years ago when changing searchlight outside of a restaurant. Initially, he was diagnosed as having a sprain at the Queen Mary Hospital for medical treatment. The injury was never recovered, so he turned to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital orthopedic treatment and found that his left hand had fracture, and due to the delay in treatment that he had Avascular Necrosis. In the end, he had three operations and left with a 7 inches scars, and he will never be able to lift heavy objects. Suffering injuries, coupled with unemployment after injury, Ricky ultimately suffers from depression.
Hong Kong Workers' Health Centre Project Manager, Wu Wei-Sze said that in recent years they received a number of injured employees seeking help saying that they are stressed by insurance company's rehabilitation consultant harassment. Therefore, she urges the authorities to step up publicity and monitoring of insurance companies of launching rehabilitative programs.
The Labor Department promoted "volunteer rehabilitative project" in the construction industry in 2003, and in 2007, promoted it to all programs, but only about 1400 employees participated, compared with more than 62,000 claims cases of work-related injuries each year, the effectiveness of the project was average.
Person with feet and arms dismembered in a burned house
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Tin house on fire, firefighter took out hose to fight the blaze.
Firefighters discovered a mutilated body in the burned house
body taken away
A mysterious fire broke out in a locked house in Tai Po, in the vicinity of Lam Village Wishing Tree in the early morning of yesterday that revealed a "dismembered corpse burning" case. A charred male corpse was found in the house, both hands, feet were physically separated, abdomen's slit open with guts flowing out, and the house had a left over smell from flammable liquids. Due to quarreling sound had been heard from inside the house, the police did not rule out the deceased was dismembered and burned after he was killed, and in an attempt to destroy evidence. Currently, the corpse's background was unknown, and Tai Po Crime Squad had taken over the investigation.
It is a single-story tin-sheeted structure house of an area of about 50 square meters in San Uk Pai Village. The homeowner of surname Wong has emigrated overseas, so the house has been vacant for many years. The house is therefore handed over to the custody of 2 young relatives to look after, and they only clean the house once every year or a half year. Normally, house is on locked gates so no loitering allowed.
One o'clock yesterday morning, the villagers were awoke from their sleep from burning object sounds, and they were shocked to see the house on fire. Riding on wind power, the fire became more aggravated spreading to the adjacent village house, so three villagers working to extinguish the fire. Unfortunately, they could do so little until the firefighters rushed to fight the blaze, to which more than 10 minutes later the fire was put out.
The villagers said the house was uninhabited, but the firefighters found a charred corpse after searching the house. The most frightening thing was his arms near the armpit positions were physical separated, and the feet near the legs were missing while the abdomen appeared to be slit open with guts flowing out. Firefighters later found amputated hands and feet in the ashes, at the same time were suspicious of the unusual spread of fire, so they dispatched dogs to collect evidence at the scene, confirming that there were flammable liquids smell and believed it could be arson.
Tai Po District Crime Squad took over the investigation, and determined the deceased's body gender by the scrotum. The Identification Bureau and forensic officers were called in to test the body, to which they found the deceased had a neat amputation cut, as it appeared to have been separated from cutting tool. But because of all items destroyed in the house, there was no proof of the person's identity, so his identity was unknown, together with the village door being locked from the outside, so no one knew how the deceased entered into the house which made the case complicated and confusing. Shortly after 1 pm, the body was taken to mortuary, and forensic will do an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Police officers questioned neighbors. At nine o'clock last night, someone heard sounds of quarrel from two men from the fire house. Though the person was curious but due to cold weather and about to go to bed, the person did not investigate. A villager helped with investigation per police request, said the deceased was short, his skull was forced open with blurry facial features. His abdomen was forced open that it was horrifying. Officers are also contacting the two youths taking care of the house to vigorously pursue the inside story.
More than 30,000 worshipers compete for the first incense spot
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Into the midnight, a large number of worshipers rushed to be the first to place incense sticks
At the beginning of a New Year, more than 30,000 worshipers flocked to Wong Tai Sin Temple wanting to place the first incense at midnight on New Year's Day. The Temple's expansion construction did not affect the worship. Some worshipers arrived into the temple and hid around the temple hoping to be the first to put in the incense in front of the deity hoping to get rid of bad luck from the year of Rat. At the moment of sending away the rat to receive the ox, all worshipers prayed sincerely, to which some people prayed for jobs for everyone, and elderly people wished to meet with children and grandchildren more often. The first in line was a plastic factory owner who had waited in line in front of the Temple since 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. His business was reduced sharply in 20 percent in the financial crisis. Since the Government could not help, he could only ask the gods hoping gods would support in the Year of the Ox.
This Chinese New Year, Wong Tai Sin Temple was under the impact of the expansion construction project, that the scope of area opened to the public had been reduce down to 40 percent. The temple set a one-way road to pray to the gods. The police had set up iron railings outside the temple to control the crowd yesterday afternoon. There was a large number of police officers present and 30 worshipers had lined up waiting outside of the Temple since 3 o'clock afternoon. The worshipers did not complain even if they had to wait more than six hours before they could enter into the temple because they believed in the more sincere they prayed, the higher their wishes would come true.
To 9:00 p.m., the number of queue was nearly a thousand people, and the Temple started to let Temple worshipers into the temple to pay respects. Since the Temple prohibited worshipers to carry large bundles of tribute, incense sticks, particularly setting two collection boxes outside, to which the majority of worshipers were very co-operative following temple staffs' instruction to dump prohibited goods into the collection box. The worshipers paid respects well and in good order, to which many people responded to the temple instruction taking only nine incense into the temple.
Mr. Yue who had lined up as early as 3 o'clock in the afternoon, had been the first to put in incense in the past decade at Wong Tai Sin Temple. He had a plastics factory in Mainland China, but financial crisis caused a sharp drop in business that export orders almost completely disappeared. Although there was no need to layoff, the government did not support small and medium business enough, and lending process was cumbersome, so he could only ask the gods for support. He said, "I will ride along the waves when the financial crisis sweeps away and good business comes around, but the most important thing in the new year is everything is smooth."
Though any person lighted the first incense in the first month counted as the first incense, Mr. Yu with a lot of other worshipers believed wishes only came true when lighting an incense in Wong Tai Sin temple between 23:00 to 01:00. As of to the worshipers who wanted to pay respects between 23:00 to 01:00, but feared the temple staff finding out, they were constantly hiding left and right in the temple waiting for the right moment to put their incense in front of the gods. Then, there were some worshipers praying for the economy. A 73-years-old lady hoped her children, now married with kids, have a prosperous year, so that Hong Kong could have "jobs for everyone"; 86-years-old Pong lady just wanted to meet with her children and grandchildren more, whether it was for poor or rich, because safety was the most important thing.
Mr. Tang, owner of incense shop outside of Wong Tai Sin Temple said he had anticipated that business would not be as good as previous years. Because of a policy to prohibit large incense sticks and large-scale tribute, business from last night to the 15th could be overall decline to half, relative to business in last year.
This year's one-way route to pray in Wong Tai Sin Temple had three places to place incense sticks. People had to follow a clockwise path going to Meng-Hueng-Ting to San-Sheng-Tong to place incense sticks, followed by placing the first incense stick in Fung-ming-lau. The Temple also included a large screen to broadcast the ceremony of praying and chanting inside the temple, while worshipers could go online to this website to pray, to which 7000 people had accessed this page:
www.siksikyuen.org.hk / public / main-line blessing.
One fresh chichen for 300 dollars, still sought after
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live chicken is most popular, although the retail price is as high as 75 dollars per catty, there is still a long queue at the chicken stalls for a long time
Regardless of the economy is smooth and rough, on the 30th before Lunar New Year, the important event of the day of Hong Kong people is still enjoying a delicious dinner with their families. Early yesterday morning, many people went to the market to buy dinner ingredients that crowds were packed at the market. They didn't care about soaring vegetables or meat prices, only cared about buying needed ingredients. Among the grocery, the most popular was live chickens. Although the retail price raised a double, higher-than-normal times, selling as high as 75 dollars per catty for a more than 3 kg chicken which costs nearly 300 dollars, there was still a long queue in front of the chicken stalls. Some people feared that their reservations of live chickens might be taken by people who got there early that they rushed to the stalls, to which even a "chicken run" once occurred.
For Chinese in New Year traditions, one must have live chicken, but because the number of imported live chickens did not increase before the eve of the Lunar New Year, thus causing live chickens wholesale and retail prices generally rose in Hong Kong. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said that on yesterday morning, the number of live chickens available was 35,534 in Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market, of which 7000 was imported live chickens from Mainland China, Hong Kong's local live chickens was 28,534, and the average wholesale price was 45.4 dollars per catty that retail prices in general had also been soaring.
The retail price of live chickens in Kowloon City Market was 75 dollars per catty yesterday, that is, a double than usual, but the price did not stop people's enthusiasm to buy chicken for a New Year meal. There was a sea of people in front of the stalls, including a customers waiting for nearly two hours before getting a fresh chicken. "Ling Jie" working the whole morning said, "although a more than 2 kg chicken costs nearly 200 dollars, but before noon, more than 200 stocks of chickens have been sold out, even 50 frozen chickens become the competiting objects for sales."
Another chicken vendors stalls with nearly 400 live chickens were all sold out by 11 o'clock yesterday morning. Mrs. Leung, the chicken stall owner said a lot of customers had reserved the chickens one weeks ago, no surprising even if they bought 3 to 5 chickens in one order, and some people didn't even check out the price. At the same time, some customers, who had reserved fresh chickens seeing fewer and fewer stocks left, rushed to the market to buy fresh chickens. Mrs. Leung used 1 thousand dollar to buy 5 live chickens, "Two for worship/praying, one for steamed chicken in New Year meal, one for soup, and the last one for the second day of New Year meal. These chickens run out fast."
Apart from soaring price of chickens, vegetables price had also slightly increased due to the cold weather. Vegetable stall owner Kiu Jie said that the popular New Year dish, "Lotus and Pig feet", of which lotus root per catty rose from 8 to 12 dollars; the "make more money" lettuce increased 1 to 2 dollars costing 6 to 7 dollars each catty yesterday. Kiu Jie said that although in economic downturn, she did not see citizens especially cutting budget in the New Year, and she expected this year's profit will be similar to last year's.
Mr. Chan, Living in Yau Yat Chuen, said he accompanied his mother particularly to the Kowloon City Market to buy grocery. They bought a fish, geoduck, shrimps, lettuce and chicken and so on, to which they spent more than 2,000 dollars. Aside from seafood, other food prices had significantly soared, of which fresh chickens was the most expensive, that buying they had spent 500 dollars buying 2 chickens. Since fresh chickens is an-A-must in Lunar New year, plus New Year meal was only one time per year, so grocery quality must be excellent, that even they would not care even if they had to pay a high price.
Mrs. Cheung made a special trip from Sha Tin to Kowloon City to buy grocery too. She spent about 500 dollars to buy grocery for New Year meal. She pointed out that this year's economic was poor, with the
exception of the essential food live chicken, other food could be as simple as possible. Last year, there were fish, shrimps and crabs, but this year she only bought a fish, coupled with lettuce and oysters, that she was content to have a family together for a hearty meal.