人稱校長的「股壇教父」李福兆，生於東亞銀行創辦人李冠春家族，一生贏過無數第一。別人說他「火爆」，得罪人多稱呼人少，其實九三年出獄後，他一直隱居泰國，脾氣早已全收，閒時跟老婆遊山玩水、打高球，投資酒店生意「過日辰」，悠然自得。 八八年李福兆被廉署拘捕，判監四年。由天堂跌落地獄，他曾說是政治原因。去年證實患上胃癌的他，向體內癌細胞宣戰，回港接受化療。磨人的生老病死不由自己掌握，跟癌魔搏鬥期間，李福兆心境變得清靜無為，昔日有過刻骨銘心的苦，如今看來，都變成如煙往事。 李福兆入獄後，不少人跟他疏離，難得太太勞曉華、三名兒女和一班好念舊的朋友不離不棄。提到一生人最重視的愛情、親情和友情，校長瘦削臉龐的皺紋頓柔成絲，呵呵笑說︰「我一生好幸運！」 今年四月，李福兆在證券商協會三十三周年晚宴現身，人雖消瘦了，卻風采依舊，旋即成為傳媒焦點，更被不少證券界人士圍攏「參見」，因為他的前半生，是香港股壇的集體回憶。眾人以為他會馬上飛回泰國，好友詹培忠卻爆料說「校長患了胃癌」，將一直留在香港完成化療，七月底才離開。 九三年後，李福兆變成泰國「居民」，香港則是懷念的故鄉。他在其灣仔的辦公室接受訪問，身旁只有其集團新寶城董事總經理潘長風和私家看護，「太太早排已經返鰦曼谷。」 李福兆跟太太勞曉華結婚六十二年。二人婚姻美滿，多少跟成長背景有關，李太是萬宜大廈大業主勞冕儂的女兒，「跟太太在差不多的家族背景下長大，價值觀相近。如果另一半戲子出身，夜晚起身白天睡覺，不是說不對，而是大家很難協調，生活習慣太不同。」 今年四月校長現身酒會時旋即被傳媒包圍，詹培忠同晚爆出校長患胃癌的消息。他透露校長曾因患癌而很不開心，「佢係世家子弟，水平又好，應該好好享受；佢係會計師出身，善於計數，卻不善待自己。」 李福兆送贈一本自己「為興趣」繙譯的三字經、孝經和朱子家訓的合成本予本刊，並在封面上簽名留念。當中「人之初，性本善」就繙譯成MAN IS BORN WITH A GOOD NATURE。 「校長」李福兆逗留香港一年治療胃癌，病情已得到控制，上月底已返回泰國，昔日火爆的他，談及身邊人時，更感恩說：「我一生好幸運。」 女人煩，男人蠢 他憶述四十年代，香港首位華人耳鼻喉科醫生周錫年創辦了一個「庚辰會」，給曾擔任東華三院或保良局總理的人聚會。「爸爸李冠春做過保良局，外父勞冕儂做過東華三院，所以每個月頭都要去捧場食一餐飯。宴會座位沒有編定，媽媽跟外母每次都坐在一起，周錫年太太成日講笑，話她們兩個成日坐埋，對親家就飱，講講纒就事成。」 李福兆有一套女人「偉論」，「女人好鍾意吹毛求疵，我懐唔緊佢就走去緊，要緊張鮋事又唔緊，總之鰠男人的角度，女人好煩！」有次校長在泰國跟太太耍花槍大談「偉論」，結果惹來她還擊：「乜我好煩咩？」 英國大文豪王爾德曾說，世上只有兩種女人︰「好」女人會悶死你，「壞」女人會煩死你。橫看铊看，男人結婚都是死路一條。問校長如何「死裏逃生」，他「咪」起嘴角分享夫妻相處之道，「女人呢……唔好太過干涉佢，男人亦是，各有各的空間，就可以相處耐些。如果太太好煩，有時會頂撞兩句，人沒有完美的。」 女人好煩，「去滾的男人」卻好蠢，「一個女人已經夠煩，仲要搵多幾個，我實唔制！」那校長自己算不算專一好男人？他笑笑口說：「專一唔專一，又是另外一回事。」 好仔教唔壞 有傳李福兆六歲已懂得炒股，皆因父親李冠春常向他傳授投資秘技。到自己做人父親，校長卻讓子女自由發揮。「夾硬逼冇用口架！大仔李國麟做律師、細仔李國祥做醫生、女兒李志行做酒店管理，幾個畢業成績我都好滿意，從來未試過要擔心他們不合格或者留班。」子女成材，不過幸運使然，「呢鱓叫好彩，係好彩！他們本質不好，點教都冇用。」 李福兆自言跟子女感情要好，甚麼事都有商有量。「好似細仔讀醫前，問我讀咩專科好，我答有兩科最好，一個是皮膚科。」說罷「咪」起雙眼哈哈大笑考記者：「知唔知點解？因為皮膚科好少要漏夜起身。做婦科幫人執仔，即使食飯、睡覺時間都要開工。皮膚最多痕，痕就忍?先囉，好少話要痕到夾硬叫醫生上門。」 另一科最好搵的是整容醫生，「首先病人健康不會太差，否則不會整容，亦都不會半夜叫醫生去整容。」細仔國祥卻不聽老人言，選了耳鼻喉科，現時在李氏家族持有的中環興瑋大廈開診所。失望嗎？校長蠱惑道︰「其實跟他開玩笑，無非想他自己決定！」 李氏家族近年都會舉辦一個盛大年度宴會，今年的聚會於上月六日在香港銀行家會所舉行，「成個家族，包括外孫、外嫁女、女婿、孫婿等近九十人出席，好熱鬧。」李福兆自爆與年紀相近的哥哥李福慶最好感情，「另外兩個阿哥（李福樹和李福善）都不在了，跟福慶好好兄弟，有時一星期見幾次。」 每次提到家人，校長的嘴角總是向上，「親情好簡單，我有兩個仔一個女，九個孫一個息（曾孫），個個健康又好，讀書又不用我煩，冇咩憂慮。」他稱每個後代都好爭氣，「最大的孫女好聰明，十六歲入耶魯大學，廿幾歲取得史丹福大學法學博士，畢業後被派去北京工作，三個月後就畀中投挖角。」孫女在「國家隊」中投工作時，為免利益衝突，二人聊天時絕口不提金融投資。 心直口快 去年七月證實患上胃癌，李福兆回港接受治療已近一年。「在泰國不時有朋友寄香港雜誌畀我吸收新資訊，返香港睇電視多，有新聞已經好好。」他不用智能電話，只靠有打出打入功能的「原始」手機聯繫朋友飲茶食飯，「最緊要輕鬆，短訊都唔睇，方便為主。」 校長返回泰國前，跟兩位「好念舊」的好友詹培忠、「蔡太」蔡陳葆心在灣仔飯?。蔡太八七股災後加入聯交所，不久後發生「七君子」事件。事緣八六年國泰上市，股份炙手可熱，廉署後來指控李福兆未有合理解釋下，收授國泰的優先獲配股權，質疑是利益交易，八八年將他拘捕。 當時很多人與李福兆劃清界線，有些人承諾為校長出庭作供最後卻不見影。蔡太說當年股壇一向有「分奶粉」、「分餅仔」，「我幫校長做品格證人，可能他覺得好溫暖。他不是我師父，我是金銀會的，但到今日仍覺得他無錯，判決對他很不公道。」 素其位而行 廉署後來追控李福兆和跟他創立遠東交易所的幕後軍師王啟銘等「七君子」，指他們收受十二家上市公司利益，但最後罪名均不成立。王啟銘是城中低調富豪，太太是前特首董建華妻子的堂妹趙洪璧。校長擔任聯交所第一屆主席時，王是副主席，二人惺惺相惜。提起好友，校長總是讚不絕口，「跟王啟銘是摯友，幾十年來無對他大聲講過一句話。我好尊敬他，是不可多得的投資界人才。」 記者上周聯絡上年過八十的王啟銘，他拋下「非常聰明，做事認真，不可多得」十二字真言，稱讚校長確是人才。二人有份創立的遠東交易所鬥贏「股聖」莫應基的香港交易所，更是平生得意傑作。「當年我跟李福兆、廖烈文、伍秉堅等人為遠東交易所成立籌備一年，六九年正式開業，運作短短六個月，成交量已遠遠超越香港交易所，好成功！」 李福兆口中的好朋友，還包括前聯交所副主席湛兆霖、梁肇漢律師、黃宜弘等。別人批評他心直口快，校長笑言反而成為保持友誼的妙方。「我好率直好坦白，人人都知我心諗?句講?句，別人對我的防範就會減低。」那會否經常「辣」?火頭？「好多時講№得罪人，但我講的都是真心話。」 李福兆說現在生活要「素其位而行」，這句子出自《中庸》，大意是「君子應安分守己」。大病初癒，他日常飲食以清淡為主，「早已戒雞、鴨、鵝，如果自我放縱，康復機會又會細。」 密做人仔「套息交易」 李福兆是投資高手，近年除買股票外，亦愛投資股票掛鹇票據（ELN）。一張票據通常和多隻大藍籌掛鹇，股價上升或沒有跌破行使價，便可收取高息。「保值呀，一年期約有百分之十，現時利息低，已經算是好回報。」 至於黃金，校長說長遠仍看好，相信能夠保值，「不過黃金無利息，獱太多貨會變得負擔太重。」就算金價再跌，散戶都要暫時忍手，「最好揀些金礦股，金價升礦股都會跟住升，好處係礦股有息派，防守能力比較好。」 人民幣是校長另一心水，他指中國人民政府開始時，一百港元只可兌換三十六元人民幣，後來更因政治和經濟問題，跌至過百，「現在掉番轉頭走，長獱人民幣不會蝕底。」 校長玩人仔有獨門心得，就是用有限公司名義做「套息交易」。「我比較大膽，戶口放一百萬美金，然後借九百萬，全數兌換人民幣。借錢一厘息都不用，然後用兩厘幾做三個月人幣定存賺差價，若人仔匯價起，就財息兼收。」潘長風在旁笑笑口說：「你要補充，唔係人人好似你咁有實力，可以低息借到平錢！」 校長在香港出席證券商協會晚宴，由其集團董事總經理潘長風（中）和大仔李國麟（右）陪伴在側。 在泰國，李福兆閒時跟太太遊山玩水，到酒店飲下午茶，生活悠然自得。 李福兆在泰國投資的精品酒店「THE TIVOLI」，開張當日，「行醫」的細仔李國祥（左二）、女兒李志行（右二）及其丈夫香港鑽石總會會長馬墉宜（右一）均有撐場。 李福兆跟太太勞曉華結婚六十二年，二人恩愛非常，校長九三年出獄後，太太激動得立刻與他深情擁抱。 校長有兩仔一女，細仔李國祥在李氏家族持有的中環興瑋大廈執業。 校長口中「好念舊」的好友蔡陳葆心，憶起當年為校長做品格證人，仍不忿道：「當年的判決對佢好唔公平。」 李福兆在泰國愛打高爾夫球和享受泰式按摩，日常多用「原始」電話與朋友聯絡，其身邊人透露：「佢唔聽留言，唔睇訊息，你要打到佢聽為止。」 八七股災後，為李福兆（前排左三）在九龍酒店舉行的「李福兆任滿致敬晚宴」有其好友王啟銘（前排右二）、湛兆霖（前排右一）、黃宜弘（後排左一）、蔡陳葆心（後排右六）出席。 撰文: 李淑賢 攝影: 財經組 設計: 林彥博
Maharashtra's chief minister says the state's health system could soon become "inadequate".
- The Daily Beast
Mike Segar/ReutersAmazon has apologized for denying that some employees are forced to pee in bottles during their shifts, and has acknowledged that it’s actually a problem for many delivery drivers.Earlier this week, the technology and online retail giant posted a tweet mocking Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan for criticizing Amazon working conditions, including reports that many drivers cannot find bathrooms and are forced to pee in bottles to keep up with delivery schedules. “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?” the company wrote in a snarky tweet. “If that were true, nobody would work for us. The truth is that we have over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do, and have great wages and health care from day one.”The tweet quickly garnered intense criticism from many observers, who pointed out that there were plenty of first-person accounts of Amazon employees not having time to use the restroom, and being forced to improvise while on the job.Amazon’s Creepy Fight Against Unionization Has Reached This Warehouse’s BathroomsIn a statement late Friday, the company backtracked and apologized to Pocan.“This was an own-goal, we’re unhappy about it, and we owe an apology to Representative Pocan,” the statement said, adding that the tweet “did not receive proper scrutiny” before the company’s official account shared it. Further, the tech giant acknowledged that many drivers for the company do indeed struggle to find bathrooms while delivering packages.“This is a long-standing, industry-wide issue and is not specific to Amazon. We’ve included just a few links below that discuss the issue,” a spokesperson wrote in a brief statement. “Regardless of the fact that this is industry-wide, we would like to solve it. We don’t yet know how, but will look for solutions.”Amazon’s embarrassing viral tweet came amid the company’s attempt to stop a unionization effort by a group of workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama who are advocating for better pay, benefits, and working conditions. The effort has received praise from a number of high-profile politicians, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Amazon has resisted the effort, saying the company offers competitive pay and benefits. They have hired a prominent law firm to help quash the unionization drive. Sigh.This is not about me, this is about your workers—who you don't treat with enough respect or dignity.Start by acknowledging the inadequate working conditions you've created for ALL your workers, then fix that for everyone & finally, let them unionize without interference. https://t.co/tdIns0AR66— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) April 3, 2021 In a statement on Saturday, Pocan brushed off the company's apology, and called on Amazon to recognize the employee union. “Sigh. This is not about me, this is about your workers—who you don't treat with enough respect or dignity,” he wrote.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
- The Telegraph
A procession of floats carrying the mummified remains of 22 pharaohs passed through Cairo on Saturday evening to a new resting place. The mummies were driven four miles across the capital to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation. The eye-catching procession, dubbed the "Pharaohs' Golden Parade", of 18 kings and four queens travelled in order -oldest first - each aboard a separate vehicle decorated in ancient Egyptian style. However, this week superstitious Egyptians on social media suggested that moving the mummies would cast a curse on their country. They have argued there is a link between the planned parade and a spate of recent disasters, including the week-long blockage of the Suez Canal, a deadly train crash and the fatal collapse of an apartment building in Cairo. Both pedestrians and vehicles were barred from Tahrir Square, the site of the current museum, and other sections of the route.
The asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs gave birth to tropical rainforests, a study suggests.
The testimony comes on the fifth day of a murder trial against ex-US police officer Derek Chauvin.
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Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., joins ‘Hannity’ to discuss the attack.
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Tom Werner says having the NBA superstar and his longtime business partner, Maverick Carter, as part of the ownership group is "a statement of our desire for inclusion."
- The State
Houston’s Final Four run was another second act for Kelvin Sampson, whose heart is never far from his Lumbee roots.
- LA Times
With Houston playing in the NCAA tournament Final Four, CBS announcer Jim Nantz looks at how the basketball program at his alma mater shaped his life.
The driver of the vehicle was shot dead by police after lunging at officers with a knife.
- Charlotte Observer
Gordon Hayward will miss four weeks, adding to injury absences of LaMelo Ball and Malik Monk
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Grizzled veteran Phil Kessel supplied the the tiebreaking goal for Arizona, but a couple of rookies also played huge roles in the Coyotes' 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Lane Pederson scored in his NHL debut and Jordan Gross, who had only one assist in five career games, had three assists after being called up from the minors. “We were looking for some juice and that is what they supplied,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said.
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'He took the bullets for her': Dad grieves 9-year-old son, found dead in mom's arms after California mass shooting
A mass shooting in Orange, California, leaves police looking for a motive and family members in anguish
The contestants were greeted with not one, but two surprise guests!
- Business Insider
The Trump campaign reportedly cheated donors who thought they were making a one-time contribution, collecting recurring donations
The Trump campaign gave refunds in the amount of about $122 million compared to $21 million for the Biden campaign, the New York Times reported.
- The Week
Scandal-ridden Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said he isn't resigning from Congress, but his "political brethren" in Florida "are already jockeying to take his seat," The Wall Street Journal reports. The Justice Department is reportedly investigating payments Gaetz and an indicted Florida politician, former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, made to women allegedly recruited online for sex. The investigation is also looking into whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. While Gaetz told the Journal he has no plans to step down, former Republican Rep. David Jolly of Florida thinks he may not have any other options. "These scandals hit a certain point where there's no escape," Jolly, who is no longer a member of the GOP, told the Journal, noting that Florida's politicians are "assuming" Gaetz's career is finished. "We've clearly hit that point for Matt in politics." Former President Donald Trump may also be in that camp, at least for now. Gaetz is a fervent Trump ally, but Trump's advisers have told him to stay out of the situation, two people familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast. Trump has reportedly said privately that things seem "really bad" for Gaetz, but he has also reportedly at least entertained the possibility it's a smear campaign. "For something like this, a ten-foot pole is not long enough," Barry Bennett, a GOP operative who advised Trump during his 2016 campaign, told The Daily Beast. "The former president should stay as far away from this as possible." Only time will tell. Read more at The Wall Street Journal and The Daily Beast. More stories from theweek.com10 shocking secrets of flight attendantsThe Matt Gaetz allegations show how QAnon corrupts its followersThe female price of male pleasure
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PALMETTO — Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in Manatee County on Saturday as officials fear an “imminent” collapse at the old Piney Point phosphate plant could release a rush of polluted water into the surrounding area — and then into Tampa Bay itself. The situation grew more dire as crews attempted to shore up a breach in a wall around a 480-million gallon wastewater reservoir ...
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The GMC Hummer EV pickup is getting an SUV sibling with supercar-like power and a six-figure price tag.
Dolly Parton made a subtle fashion statement to get her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine she helped fund
Dolly Parton has received both doses of Moderna's COVID-19 shot, which she helped fund with a $1 million donation she made in 2020.
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The estranged wife of the man who allegedly went on a shooting rampage in a Southern California office building earlier this week that left four people dead — including a 9-year-old boy — said Saturday that she couldn't fathom why her husband targeted people who had treated her like family for more than a decade. Police say the suspect, Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, had targeted the mobile home brokerage company, Unified Homes, and had personal and business relationships with the victims. Mendoza, in a text message to The Associated Press, said she and Gaxiola have been separated for two years and “he never told me anything about where he was staying or what he was doing.”