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Thursday, December 08, 2011
A 74-year-old passenger died after falling down the stairs of a KMB double-decker bus.
The man, surnamed Chan, had a head injury and died upon arrival at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The accident occurred at around 2pm on Wan Wah Street near Tsz Oi Court car park in Tsz Wan Shan.
The Trident bus has been running for eight years, while the driver was on his last trip when the incident occurred.
A KMB spokeswoman said the bus was on its way to Tsz Oi Court when it stopped at traffic lights near a car park.
But after the bus captain resumed driving, he heard a loud bump.
Reports from the scene said Chan was about to go downstairs and was close to the edge of the stairs when he fell.
Chan, who lived in the area, was unconscious when taken to hospital.
The driver, who joined KMB in 1996, has been suspended, which the spokeswoman said is normal until a police investigation is completed.
She said all drivers must pass three weeks of training before serving the public. They need to have at least three years of experience driving private vehicles with satisfactory conduct.
But Ringo Lee Yiu-pui, chairman of the Institute of the Motor Industry Hong Kong, said: "In terms of professional conduct, I suspect bus drivers possibly still lack training on taking passengers' safety into consideration while driving."
He said drivers - through the bus periscope - should make sure no one is standing up on the upper deck before moving off.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
The captain of New Zealand's men's netball team reportedly choked to death in a freak accident while eating his dinner.
Mike Siave, 35, collapsed in front of his wife Amanda on Friday as he was eating a meal at his Christchurch home, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Paramedics failed to revive him.
"He was one of the best captains we've ever had," men's netball association head David Pala'amo told the Christchurch Press.
Reuters in Yangon
Dec 03, 2011
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday welcomed US engagement with Myanmar, saying she hoped it would set her long-isolated country on the road to democracy.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held a final meeting with Suu Kyi as she wrapped up a landmark visit that saw Myanmar's civilian government pledge to forge ahead with political reforms and re-engage with the world community.
Clinton and Suu Kyi held a private dinner on Thursday and met again yesterday at the Nobel laureate's lakeside home, effectively her prison until she was released in November last year after years in detention.
"If we go forward together, I'm confident there will be no turning back from the road to democracy. We are not on that road yet, but we hope to get there as soon as possible with our friends," Suu Kyi said.
The two appeared visibly moved as they embraced after their meeting, and a senior US official said they had established a strong personal rapport. Neither mentioned US sanctions on Myanmar, imposed because of rights abuses and suppression of democracy, but Clinton later said the curbs may end if reforms continue.
"If there is enough progress, obviously we will be considering lifting sanctions. But as I said before we're still at the very early stages of this dialogue," she said.
Suu Kyi said Myanmar needed help on education, health care and strengthening rule of law, and welcomed US support for World Bank and International Monetary Fund assessment missions to help draw up priorities for a country whose economy is increasingly reliant on China.
"We have to find out what our greatest needs are," she said.
Clinton's trip follows a decision by US President Barack Obama last month to open the door to expanded ties, saying he saw the potential for progress in Myanmar, until recently seen as a reclusive military dictatorship firmly aligned with China.
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