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While the government has proposed amending existing laws to prohibit the sale of alcoholic drinks to people under 18 years old, minors have no trouble buying them from retail outlets, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing the findings of a survey. Currently, Hong Kong has no legislation banning the sale and supply of liquor to minors, although some businesses voluntarily restrict such sales.
A survey on drinking habits, jointly conducted by the New Century Forum and Sha Tin District Councilor Scarlett Pong Oi-lan from late March to mid-April this year, reveals that more than half of the 1,025 local respondents admitted having drunk alcohol before reaching the legal age of 18. The percentage of respondents under the age 18 who have had alcohol every day during the past month has risen from zero in 2015 to 50 percent this year, Sing Tao Daily reported, citing the same survey. The percentage of minors who have had over five glasses of wine in the past month has also risen from 25 percent to 81.8 percent during the period, the newspaper said.
Pong’s team sent two six-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl to 14 convenience stores and supermarkets in Sha Tin to find out whether they could buy alcoholic drinks. Results showed that only a few stores refused to sell alcohol to them, with the 15-year-old girl having been able to buy liquor in all the stores and the two six-year-olds having succeeded at 11 sites. The success rate was almost 90 percent, which was much higher than the results from the previous two years, and the minors were never asked why they were buying alcohol.
Describing the results as “outrageous”, Pong lamented that the children who participated in this year’s inspections were the youngest ever to help the team. She also said most stores do not provide enough training to their workers and voluntary restrictions on the sale of alcohol to minors are almost non-existent. As such, enacting legislation to ban the practice is necessary to protect the youth from the harmful effects of drinking alcohol, she said. For the law to become an effective deterrent, penalties for violation should include stiff fines and even jail terms, she added. Pong also noted that the packaging and marketing of alcoholic drinks are becoming more geared toward the young.
Source: Asian E-News Portal/MingPao
Hong Kong's first 5D musical "The Storm Show" starring Kevin Cheng, Michael Tse, Ray Lui, Patrick Tam, Wayne Lai and Lawrence Cheng had the last performance on 16 April. On the day of the last performance, the cast attended the blessing ceremony at Hong Kong Coliseum at noon. They prayed for smooth performance and it attracted many fans. They took photos with the poster and returned to the back stage for preparation. Kevin took photos with Michael after changing into the costume and revealed that they will be continuing the stage play in Foshan: "Who knows if the show was successful or not after the performance in Hong Kong tonight? Let's continue "The Storm Show" in Foshan on 13 May!"
Source: ASian E-News Portal/MingPao
Ron Ng accepts an interview from the show, "1圈圈 星光背後" . He praises Andy Lau for being a movie lover, very professional and powerful. He has deep passion for his work and a role model to everyone when filming "Shock Wave". Asking if they share the feeling for being "frozen" by the company before, Ron says: "Of course we do. Haha!" Ron feels unhappy about Andy's injury earlier and gives his regards through a friend.
Pointing about becoming arrogant after gaining popularity, Ron says: "There will always be room for improvement when being criticized." He denies about being arrogant and blames it on his dark skin: "Arrogant? I resemble a black face when not smiling but love having dark skin. At that time, I am clueless about communicating with the media and getting used to it after working longer. I can only blame it on myself about not expressing myself clearly."
Speaking about his relationship status, Ron said the rumours are not true, his mother does not pressure him to get married: "She knows I have skip the marriage stage and now, she only asks me when I will be having children. I hope to have common topic with my partner and I will wait for the right person to appear now."
The wife of a 50-year-old electronic engineer is appealing for a new heart to save her husband. Tearful Lilian Ip Lai-fong said on Thursday she felt “scared and helpless every day” for Sin Chi-wa, who suffers from organ failure.
Sin was first admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital for an angioplasty procedure on October 25 last year after having a heart attack at work. He was transferred to the intensive care unit at Queen Mary Hospital on the same day after doctors found his heart muscle was not functioning. On November 9, a mechanical pump was implanted, but doctors said his heart was still operating at 15 per cent less than normal and there were fears of further infection.
Dr Cally Ho Ka-Lai, consultant at the department of cardiothoracic surgery in Queen Mary Hospital, said Sin had suffered further complications – such as strokes and infections – over the past few months. She said Sin, who is 183cm tall and weighs 64kg, would need a heart from someone who is at least 160cm tall and belongs to blood type A or O. Sin’s older brother, Sin Chi-Keung, also made a public appeal for donors. “I couldn’t control my tears and simply didn’t know what to do when I saw my brother in bed,” he said.
So far, two heart transplants have been performed this year, but about 30 people are said to be still waiting for organs. Last year, a total of 12 heart and nine lung transplants were conducted.
Aaron Kwok Fu-shing is no longer one of Hong Kong’s most eligible bachelors – he has married Shanghai model Moka Fang. The singer wed Fang on Tuesday in a private ceremony attended by close relatives at the city’s Peninsula hotel. AAeon 51, had announced his relationship with Fang, 29, on Weibo – China’s answer to Twitter – in December 2015.
On Tuesday Aaron shared on his Weibo account a pre-wedding portrait of himself and Fang taken by acclaimed Hong Kong photographer and filmmaker Wing Shya. Apple Daily reported that The Peninsula was heavily guarded during the afternoon ceremony and that the couple hosted a 10-table banquet after their wedding.