Eight 2019 YF Life Jr. Astronauts have successfully completed the 9-day Space Exploration Journey training in the US

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    The “YF Life Jr. Space Camp Program”, exclusively organized and sponsored by YF Life Insurance International Ltd. (“YF Life”), selected eight outstanding finalists from some 2,000 candidates as the 21st YF Life Jr. Astronauts. The 8 finalists has successfully completed the  9-Day Space Exploration Journey  programme in NASA 's Space Camp and Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Among the 8 candidates, one has recovered from Leukaemia . 

    The 8 Jr. Astronauts, each with one parent, set off for the space-exploration journey in the US on July 24. 8 year- old Cheng On Sang is the youngest candidate , she told reporter that it's her dream to become an Astronaut. Her father revealed that at the age of 4, Cheng started reading on space related books. 11 year-old Chan Ao Tin had leukaemia when he was 3 years old. He  battled his illness for 3 years. He is now having regular check up. He said it is his dream to  explore the space and hopes one day, he can take his family to travel in space in a rocket. 


    Sammi Cheng and Andy Hui spotted holding hands on trip to England

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    No matter how dark the journey, there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel, and for singer-actress Sammi Cheng, it seems as though her gloomy days are finally over. On Aug 1, the star was spotted at Hong Kong International Airport departing for England.

    According to Apple Daily, she was also seen holding hands with her husband, Andy Hui. Sammi was dressed in a black leather jacket and shades, with her hair tied up, while Andy wore a blue denim jacket and a mask. It seemed as though both of them were trying to remain inconspicuous. This also happens to be the first time the couple was photographed in public together since news of Andy's affair with TVB actress Jacqueline Wong broke in April.

    Plagued with news of Andy's cheating scandal for months, Sammi instead chose to direct all her focus onto her concert production. 

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    Now that her 13-concert tour has wrapped up, the singer told Hong Kong reporters at her afterparty that she would be taking time to go on a holiday to recharge. When asked if she would be travelling with her husband, she waved off the question saying she was heading off "with friends". True to her words, Hong Kong actor Dickey Cheung and his wife, Jess, were also spotted at the same airport on the same day. Both couples presumably had arranged to travel separately before regrouping in order to not draw attention to themselves, reported Apple Daily.

    It is also speculated that the four were headed towards England to meet up with Hong Kong producer Mark Lui and his wife. As Sammi previously had a history of depression, it might be a huge relief for fans to see her well and on amicable terms with her husband again. 


    36 in hospital after thugs brutally attack protesters in Yuen Long

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    At least 36 people were injured after a group of men in white shirts entered an MTR station in northern Hong Kong and began to indiscriminately attack protesters, passengers, and journalists following an anti-government rally last night. Dozens of men, some of whom allegedly claimed to be triad members, stormed into Yuen Long MTR station last night and began to ferociously attack people there, many of whom were returning from 

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    , in which organizers say some 430,000 people took part.

    The Hong Kong Island march was officially meant to end at Luard Road in Wan Chai, but a contingent of thousands of protesters proceeded to blow past the endpoint, occupying Harcourt Road outside the Central Government Complex, and continuing on to the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Sai Wan, which they egged and pelted with black paint. They later squared off with riot police in nearby Sheung Wan, with police ultimately firing tear gas to disperse the crowd.

    As that was happening, some protesters who were heading home to Yuen Long after the main rally were greeted by the men in white shirts, who proceeded to beat them with sticks and pelt them objects. Protesters were seen trying to defend themselves with umbrellas and by hurling helmets back at the men. The men in white were seen indiscriminately attacking protesters and passengers alike, and one image purportedly from Yuen Long shows a pregnant woman who fainted during the melee.

    Journalists were also among those attacked, including Stand News reporter Gwyneth Ho, who was attacked while she was in the midst of livestreaming the chaos for the website. As of this morning, 

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    . Ho later took to Facebook to confirm her safety and to say that she had left the scene. She reported that she had been left bleeding and injured, and required stitches to her shoulder, with swelling at the back of the head and slight dizziness due to the attack. She added that her boss had accompanied her to the hospital afterwards, and that she would stay there for further observation. She went on to encourage everyone to stay safe.

    Also among the injured was Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, whose associate livestreamed the assailants 

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     (about 20 minutes in) where, if anything, the violence grew more savage. As those huddling on the train scream, the men in white continue to attack them with bamboo poles and switches. One man, pleading with the attackers to stop, appears to hand one something he had dropped, only for another punch him in the face, seemingly knocking him out. In a second video posted onto his feed, Lam, the lawmaker, can be seen 

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    At 2:30am, the Hospital Authority had announced that that they had admitted 36 people to hospitals near the area. Throughout the nearly hour-long siege of Yuen Long, police were conspicuously absent, prompting widespread condemnation from supporters of the protesters. By the time police in riot gear had arrived at the station at around 11:30pm, the crowd of assailants had already dispersed, and no arrests were made. Hundreds of people then headed to the police station in Tin Shui Wai to file reports about the incident, but officers shuttered the door there.

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     seemingly equating the violence at Yuen Long with clashes between protesters and police in Sheung Wan following yesterday’s protest. “After the conclusion of a public procession on Hong Kong Island last night, some protesters charged Police’s cordon lines in the vicinity of Sheung Wan,” the statement reads. “They hurled bricks, smoke grenades, petrol bombs and set fires etc. Some police officers were injured in the incident. Meanwhile, assault cases also happened in Yuen Long. Some people attacked commuters at the platforms of the Yuen Long MTR Station and train compartments, resulting in multiple injuries.” “Police do not tolerate any violent behaviours,” it adds, before noting that police “are now actively following up” on both incidents. 

    Meanwhile, a 

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    Hong Kong actor Simon Yam Tat-wah stabbed in stomach in China

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    Hong Kong actor Simon Yam Tat-wah was stabbed on Saturday morning while attending a promotional event in southern China. The 64-year-old was a guest at the opening of a new Beijing Easyhome store in the city of Zhongshan, Guangdong province, when the attack happened. According to his manager, the actor was stabbed in the stomach and suffered slash wounds to his arm.

    In video footage posted on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, Yam is seen speaking to the hosts of the event and handing out gifts to various guests as they are called to the stage. But as he holds out his hand to greet a man dressed in a dark vest and jeans, the attacker pulls out a knife and lunges at him, stabbing and slashing repeatedly at the actor. The attack continues for several seconds as security guards and bystanders rush to intervene. After a scuffle, the man is subdued and led away. The footage shows Yam is clearly distressed by the attack and can be seen holding his hands to his stomach.

    In a separate clip, also posted on social media, the actor can be heard saying to an associate: “Let’s get to the hospital, to the hospital.” Yam’s manager, Lester Mo Gee-man, told the South China Morning Post that his client’s condition was not critical but his injuries were still being assessed. “He was stabbed in his stomach and slashed on his arm, but was conscious the entire time,” he said. “A preliminary investigation showed his injuries were not critical but the doctors are still deciding whether to operate on him in Zhongshan or whether we can wait until we return [to Hong Kong]. “I understand the management of Easyhome is panicking and waiting to hear back from Zhongshan public security for an update,” he said.

    According to a statement by the city’s police department, Yam was stabbed by a man at 10.17am while attending a promotional event in Zhongshan’s Huoju district. A suspect was detained at the scene. 


    The White Storm 2: Drug Lords film review

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    Considering that 2013’s over-the-top police thriller The White Storm was conceived by Benny Chan Muk-sing as 

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     of the 1980s and ’90s, this sequel in name – with a different director, screenwriters and main actors (except the returning Louis Koo Tin-lok, who is in virtually every Hong Kong film anyway) – might have seemed like a rip-off on first glance. Under the direction of the reliable Herman Yau Lai-to ( 

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    , however, The White Storm 2: Drug Lords does succeed in replicating the original film’s exhilarating action and outrageous body count, even if it makes a mess of the theme of brotherhood that gave substance to the melodramatic core of Chan’s film. This is a thoroughly thrilling, if also unabashedly superficial popcorn movie.

    The White Storm 2 opens with a 2004-set prologue, where triad member Tin (Andy Lau Tak-wah, a co-producer of the film) is ordered by his boss and uncle (Kent Cheng Jak-si) to chop off the fingers of Dizang (Koo), his blood brother for over 20 years, as the latter’s punishment for disobeying the gang and selling drugs on home turf. Meanwhile, the wife of police inspector Lam (Michael Miu Kiu-wai) dies in a related incident.

    Fast forward to the present, and Tin has left behind his criminal life, married a lawyer (Karena Lam Ka-yan), and reinvented himself as a business tycoon and philanthropist. Due to multiple drug-related tragedies in his family, Tin is hell-bent on eliminating all the major drug dealers in Hong Kong; this puts him on a collision course with the vengeful Dizang, who has since become the biggest drug lord of them all.

    In a convoluted story that occasionally gives way to shoot-outs and car chases of little significance to the main plot, we see Tin neglect legal obstacles, often brought up by Lam, to put a bounty on the drug dealers’ heads, while Dizang takes out his competition to become Tin’s No 1 nemesis. And then it’s all rendered redundant when the action climax, refreshingly set inside the crowded Central MTR station, arrives to save the film.


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