Hinson Leung Cheuk-hin, 21-year-old South China Athletic Association football player (2009), Hong Kong
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"It was handball for my goal, yes. The linesman didn't see it, though, and sometimes it goes your way. It was a great performance. The hard work was put in last season and it has paid off now. Everyone played their part."
“As far as I'm concerned he is someone I believe in, someone I count on, and it is important we improve the team around the Steven Gerrards, Fernando Torres's, Jose Reinas and the Kuyts and not sell them and start all over again.”
“As far as I'm concerned he is someone I believe in, someone I count on, and it is important we improve the team around the likes of Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Jose Reina and Kuyt and not sell them and start all over again."
The Lord’s idea of a perfect marriage is between one man and
1) His sister;
2) And a rapist;
3) Kitchen condiment;
4) Girl he’s kidnapped and raped;
5) More than one woman;
6) An adulterer;
7) A pack of raped whores;
8) 700 wives;
9) 300 concubines;
10) A helper;
11) And a son who has murdered his brother.
But [a Biblical marriage] is … not between one man and another man because well that would be … immoral.
Whenever there is a dispute between two parties and lawyers on both sides are paid to achieve the best outcome for their respective parties (or clients), the ultimate beneficiaries are the lawyers and the ultimate losers are the clients.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
"Tutor King" Karson Oten Fan Karno, facing court actions involving almost HK$35 million, is on the brink of bankruptcy.
Fan - better known as "Tutor King" K Oten and one of Hong Kong's highest- earning English tutors - yesterday made the bombshell announcement that he has decided to apply for bankruptcy to terminate his debt.
"My son has just been born and I don't want to get entangled further in a lawsuit," he said.
"I am not only my family's pillar, but also father of a child. I believe I should put aside my personal honor and be responsible for my family."
He said he can no longer afford to pay for lawyers, adding: "I have been fighting alone with this big group [King's Glory Education Centre]."
Fan, in his 30s, starts a new job today with Cantab Education tutorial center.
He was ordered last year to pay King's Glory - his former employer - HK$8.87 million in compensation for breach of contract and recently lost an appeal to overturn the judgment.
Fan is also being sued by another tutorial center and was arrested for copyright infringement in another case, although he has not been charged.
In July last year, the Court of First Instance ordered Fan to hand over HK$8.87 million to King's Glory for breach of a five-year contract signed in 2003. He failed in his appeal in June.
He also faces litigation by Modern Education, which terminated his contract in January this year and sued him for more than HK$26 million.
According to Modern Education, Fan printed large advertisements on buses without consent from the company and falsely claimed to be "chief English tutor."
In May, Fan was arrested for suspected infringement of copyright of public examination papers along with seven others in a raid by customs officers on 14 tutorial centers run by Advanced Contemporary Education Centre.
Fan denied responsibility and said it is Advanced Contemporary that should clear copyright with the Examinations and Assessment Authority, not the tutors.
A Customs and Excise Department spokeswoman said Fan's case is still under investigation and refused to comment on his announcement of bankruptcy.
A lawyer, who would not be named, said that under the Official Receiver's Office, bankruptcy applicants have to execute the repayment order for four years.
The repayment depends on the applicant's financial ability.
"The receiver has to ensure a reasonable standard of living for both the applicant and the applicant's family," he said.
"The repayment amount, calculated based on the applicant's salary and existing assets, is the amount left after deducting reasonable living expenses."
The repayment could be waived after four years if the applicant performs well during the bankruptcy period, but uncooperative applicants may be ordered to prolong the bankruptcy period to a maximum of four years.
During the bankruptcy period, applicants are ordered to sell their cars, flats and other assets.
"In many cases, applicants would have to move to a simple flat, and not be allowed to live in a luxurious environment, or use luxurious goods," the lawyer said.
Government should put GPS systems in all Hong Kong taxis
Aug 07, 2010
I have been living in Hong Kong for 11 years and I have found that you are lucky to get a taxi driver who is more than 10 per cent competent in English.
It is amazing how taxi drivers insist on correct Cantonese pronunciation before they will understand your address instructions. Then you have to make the correct pronunciation five times.
This is in contrast to London, where cabbies have to pass a test called "The Knowledge" before being granted a licence.
Through this test they acquire a great deal of information about the capital city and, for example, can find alternative routes if there is a traffic jam at a critical intersection.
On one recent trip here, my taxi driver did not know Shek Tong Tsui and Woo Hop Street until I had repeated the names five times.
When I was visiting Australia, I forgot my way around and got lost three times in one day. I decided to buy a TomTom global positioning system to use in my car.
It speaks to you and gives instructions ahead of each turning so you can reach your destination using the most efficient route.
Generally, middle-aged male taxi drivers are not interested in learning English.
It is a cultural thing and unfortunate given that Hong Kong wants to be seen as an international city. Technology could provide a solution.
The government should make it mandatory for every taxi to have a GPS system installed.
It should be bilingual so that foreign visitors, using a touch screen, can select their destination and the GPS system will give audio instructions to the cabbie in Cantonese.
Passengers would be able to watch the screen to make sure the driver does not go the long way around in order to get a higher fare.
In Australia, every taxi is fitted with a GPS system that allocates new fares to the driver who is closest to where the passenger is phoning from.
This technology reduces costs and fuel consumption and therefore leads to less environmental pollution.
A GPS project should be introduced in Hong Kong using efficient technology. It should include an audit trail for dispute resolution and police tracking of repeat speeding offenders.
It can keep drivers honest, correct the cultural bias against learning English, and lower stress levels for both taxi drivers and passengers.
It would bring us a step closer to being an international city.
Hong Kong could develop and export this technology to major developing economies in Asia such as the mainland.
This city depends on the development of international trade, and visiting business people must be sure they can rely on an efficient taxi system so they can get to their meetings on time.
Ross Smith, Western district
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