Viral video shows moment Hong Kong mall escalator malfunctions, plummets backwards

CCTV footage captured the moment hordes of shoppers are seen gliding up an escalator before it suddenly malfunctions. (Photo courtesy: YouTube)
Updated 27 March 2017
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Viral video shows moment Hong Kong mall escalator malfunctions, plummets backwards

DUBAI: Camera footage of an escalator in a crowded Hong Kong shopping mall lurching out of control has gone viral since being posted online on Sunday.
CCTV footage captured the moment hordes of shoppers are seen gliding up an escalator before it suddenly malfunctions and speedily sends people back down, causing a pile up at the bottom of the escalator.
Seventeen people were injured in the incident at Mong Kok mall in Langham Place and one eyewitness told Gulf News: “I heard people screaming. The escalator was going down but the speed accelerated.
“People started to panic and some fell down.”


Philippines’ Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

Updated 20 September 2019

Philippines’ Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

  • In a previous speech lambasting the Catholic clergy, a fly kept buzzing around him and landed on his forehead
  • While attacking the political opposiion during an election campaign, a big cockroach crawled up his shoulder and down his shirt

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte just keeps getting bugged during his public speeches.
A noisy gecko was the latest wildlife contributor to an address by Duterte, interrupting the leader on Thursday evening just as he launched another tirade at human rights groups critical of his bloody war on drugs.
The reptile’s persistence caused laugher in the crowd of mostly soldiers, causing Duterte stop mid-sentence, turn to his left and pause for a while to see what the off-camera commotion was.
“You brought a gecko here?” he asked an official sitting behind him, drawing laughs.
Geckos are common across Southeast Asia. The small lizard-like reptiles are known for their ability to produce various loud sounds, from barks to chirps, to communicate or when threatened.
While activists accuse Duterte of cowing his opponents into silence, reptiles and insects have no qualms about pestering him during his often hours-long, televised addresses.
A big cockroach crawled up his shoulder and down his shirt during a speech in May when he was lambasting an opposition party ahead of a national election. He joked the cockroach was its supporter.
Two months later, a fly kept buzzing around him and landing on his forehead, just as he was berating his rivals in the Catholic clergy. He said in jest that the fly was acting on their orders.