Apr 07

China Watch Blog has learnt that “First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy” (1994) by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill addresses an under-diagnosed modern malaise: mass addition to urgency rather than importance.

Traditional time management principles presume that if you do things more efficiently, you will get control of your life and have a better chance at finding peace and fulfillment.

This is wrong because we cannot control everything, so it is pointless to base our happiness on our ability to control.

In other words, it is advisable to try to live by the compass of principles rather than by focusing on the clock. The compass stands for vision, values, principles and conscience, while the clock symbolizes appointments, schedules and goals that tend to compartmentalize life.

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Apr 07

China Watch Blog reports that a domestic helper, a Filipino maid, surnamed Rabe, 49, was killed in a bizarre accident on April 5 when a suicidal woman jumped off the roof of a building in Tai Koo Shing and landed on her as she was passing by.

Police said a 55-year-old spinster, surnamed Yee, plunged from the rooftop of Shun On Mansion in the private estate. She died on the spot after landing squarely Rabe who was crushed and knocked unconscious. She was taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, but succumbed to her injuries.

Solicitor and Wong Tai Sin district councillor Wong Kwok-tung said Rabe’s family is unlikely to receive employment insurance compensation as the accident happened on her day off. “It is purely an accident and there is no wrongdoing involved,” Wong said.

On March 10, a man, 37, jumped off a building in To Kwa Wan and landed on an 84-year-old passerby. The younger man died on the spot and the passerby died four days later.

Yours truly is shocked to hear that Rabe’s family will not get a single cent in compensation because she will killed on her off day – what a heartless society we live in Hong Kong. Shouldn’t all employers ensure their workers are covered by personal accident insurance even when they are not working on that day for them.

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Apr 07

China Watch Blog is proud to announce that it has received a statement regarding the real face and true story of the legendary Al Capone – one of the world’s most notorious men – as revealed by his grandniece.

“Contrary to public opinion, Al Capone did not die in prison and he did not die of syphilis,” states Deirdre Marie Capone. The grandniece that lived in the house of her famous (and favorite) uncle knew him well and recalls the man who taught her to ride a bike, swim, and play the mandolin.

Already a best-seller on Amazon, her explicit memoir, Uncle Al Capone… The Untold Story From Inside His Family (Recap Publishing LLC), tells many never-before-known facts about this iconic figure’s life and death.

As the last member of the family born with the name Capone, Deirdre recalls what life was like as a child growing up in the Capone household and shares fond memories of her relationship with Al’s sister Mafalda, affectionately known to her as Aunt Maffie.

Deirdre knows what the ‘family’ was really like, and what the ‘outfit’ was all about. In her tell-all book she shares details untold until now; that Ralph and Al Capone lobbied the Nevada legislature to legalize gambling, alcohol and prostitution in that state; that they were the owners of the first upscale casino in Las Vegas way before Bugsy Siegel came to Vegas, and what really happened in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Attempts by Deirdre’s own father to live a more legitimate lifestyle and shake the shame of the Capone name failed, resulting in him taking his own life when she was just ten years old.

Deirdre had tried to hide the fact she was a Capone for most of her own life – even leaving Chicago in her early thirties to start over in Minnesota and telling no one her real name except her husband. That changed the day her son came home from school and announced they were studying Al Capone in class and she and her husband agreed it was time to tell the kids her ancestry.

Her fears were put to rest when the kids announced it was totally ‘cool’ and, at age 34, she finally accepted herself as Deirdre Marie Capone and today her 14 grandchildren are proud to tell the story of their ancestry.

While Uncle Al Capone is packed with fascinating stories about Al and his family, it also contains many never-before-published photos as well as authentic Capone family recipes for the food that Al and his family enjoyed. Uncle Al Capone offers a distinctly different look at a man who was endlessly depicted as the iconic mastermind behind some of the century’s most brutal killings.

Since January of this year marked the 65th anniversary of Al Capone’s death, and after years of research and exhaustive interviews with relatives, Deirdre – the last link in the Capone chain – felt compelled to share this unique piece of history with the world.

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