Cathay Pacific plane struck by lightning during Saturday’s fatal thunderstorm

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    Hong Kong’s first “red rainstorm warning” of the year not only plunged the city into darkness and left two dead on Saturday afternoon, it also terrified scores of passengers flying to Shanghai when their plane was battered by turbulence and struck by lightning.

    According HK01, Cathay Pacific flight CX360 was 

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    , but departure was delayed by about an hour, putting its takeoff time squarely in the middle of the Hong Kong Observatory’s thunderstorm warning window.

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     posted to the mainland social media site Weibo by a user called Ng Chen-sing show a bolt of lightning strike the wing of the plane, as well as minor damage to the aircraft’s nose after landing. According to Ng, 

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     as if flew through the storm. “I felt the plane was going to fall apart!” Ng said in his post. 

    HK01 reports that the plane, an Airbus 330, is currently undergoing inspections. Though undoubtedly terrifying, lightning striking airplanes is not uncommon, and is rarely a problem. In recent decades airplane designers have taken great pains to ensure that lightning strikes don’t effect sensitive electronic equipment or, thank God, the aircraft’s fuel tanks, 

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     in a recent story on the phenomenon.

    The reason modern aircraft are able to pass through lightning safely is that their fuselage functions as a Faraday cage, which distributes electrical current through an exterior conductor — in this case the plane’s body — without affecting the interior of the cage.

    Planes struck by lightning are generally inspected after landing, but are usually found not to have been damaged, or to have sustained only minor damage.

    The Hong Kong Observatory 

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     on Saturday after a system of thundershowers coalesced around Guangzhou and began intensifying as it moved into to the SAR.

    An average of 40 millimeters of rain fell across the territory, with more than 60 millimeters recorded in parts of the New Territories and Lantau Island. Wind speeds at times exceeded 100kph in North Point and Green Island.


    Ruco Chan and Phoebe Sin announce their daughter "Little Piggy" was born

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    Source: Ming Pao/ Youtube

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    Ruco Chan and Phoebe Sin posted in today's Instagram that their daughter , nickname "Little Piggy" was born. Ruco wrote " Welcome to our home, here comes Little Piggy " Phoebe also said that they have named their daughter "Quinta". She  posted "Baby Quinta has finally arrived, Ruco and I welcome our first daughter to this world"


    'Sorry, Sammi': HK singer Andy Hui apologises after he was caught cheating on pop star wife

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    A tearful Andy Hui faces the press after the release of a video showing him and actress Jacqueline Wong kissing in the back of a car. Photo: Felix Wong

    Jacqueline Wong and Andy Hui pictured together before the release of the video on Tuesday. Photo: Instagram

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    Hong Kong singer Andy Hui has said he is "very disgusting" after he was caught cheating on his superstar wife Sammi Cheng, known for pop classics like Worth It (1996).

    Hui confessed at a press conference held at a Hong Kong hotel on Tuesday night (April 16), admitting to a dalliance with 30-year-old TVB actress and former Miss Hong Kong first runner-up Jacqueline Wong. He also said he will put his work activities on hold until he finds his "real and right self". He was caught on camera holding hands and kissing in the backseat of a taxi with Wong. Known for such hits as Who Can I Love (2002), he has been married to Cheng, 46, since 2014. The two do not have children. Wong and fellow TVB actor Kenneth Ma, 45, have been dating since 2017. The clip was uploaded by Hong Kong's Apple Daily News on Tuesday afternoon. Hours later, Hui, 51, showed up for a tearful seven-minute appearance. He kept his head bowed throughout and swallowed a sob before apologising to his wife of five years, saying: "Sorry, Sammi." He began the press conference with a deep bow and said: "I want to apologise to my family, Sammi's family, friends and people who love me. Because I did what I cannot make up for, something that will not be forgiven."

    Through bouts of crying, Hui explained: "I drank a lot that night but I feel that being drunk is definitely not an excuse to do something so wrong. I am very regretful, I find it hard to face myself and accept myself. "After I saw the report, I found myself very shameful, very wrong, very bad, very disgusting and very unfamiliar. I reflected on why I could not control my lust." In the reportedly 16-minute video that was leaked, Hui and Wong initially share a cab with another man, who alighted first. Before the man exits the cab, Hui can be heard assuring the man that he and Wong will go home separately. After the man leaves, however, Hui and Wong provide only one location to the driver and begin holding hands. At one point, Wong leans over to kiss Hui and his hand rests on her thigh.

    According to Hong Kong media, they later left the cab together.  While Hui did not comment on his wife's reaction or their marital status going forward, he said: "I hope that in the future, everyone I hurt, everyone I pained, can be well." As his speech neared the end, he said: "I have no soul. I am a broken man. I hope everyone can give me time to find myself. " He gave another deep bow and left, ignoring all follow-up questions from reporters.

    Following the bombshell news, netizens have flooded Hui's Instagram page to express their anger and disappointment, with many asking him to quit the entertainment industry. He posted a similar apology around 7pm on his Instagram with a picture of a black background. Wong has disabled comments on her Instagram page, which has more than 600,000 followers. Cheng's latest Instagram post on Sunday about an eye care supplement has garnered more than 3,300 comments - mostly posted on Tuesday - asking her to stay strong, with some encouraging her to leave Hui.

    Hui and Cheng have had a dramatic love affair for close to 30 years. Cheng, also known for her acting in movies like Love On A Diet (2001), began dating Hui in 1991 after they recorded the duet Actually, Do You Have Me In Your Heart. The two broke up in 2004 but after seven years apart, the couple reconciled in 2011 and

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     after Hui proposed in 2013. Their relationship was once described by comedian Dayo Wong as "Hong Kong's last fairy tale". 


    ‘Project Gutenberg’ Sweeps Hong Kong Film Awards With 7 Wins

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    Source: hollywoodreporter.com/Appledaily/On.cc

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    The banknote forgery drama Project Gutenberg swept the 38th Hong Kong Film Awards, taking home seven statuettes including for best film, cinematography, art direction, costume and makeup design, film editing and director and screenplay for writer-helmer Felix Chong. Chong, who won the best new director award for Once a Gangster in 2011, is famed for his scriptwriting work with longtime collaborator Alan Mak on Infernal Affairs and has been nominated nine times in the best screenplay category. Project Gutenberg, which took 13 years to make it to the big screen, marked Chong's third win as a screenwriter and the first time he was awarded as the sole writer.

    Starring Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok, Project Gutenberg received 17 Hong Kong Film Award nominations and grossed $187 million in China last year. Besides Project Gutenberg, this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards recognized the talents of emerging directors. Nearly all of the acting category award winners (except best actress) won for performances in films by first-time directors.

    Anthony Wong, who has previously been honored for his work in films, on television and on the stage, was crowned best actor for his portrayal of a wheelchair-bound man who needs around-the-clock care in Still Human, the helming debut of Oliver Chan, who also won the best new director prize. It was the fifth time Wong has been honored with a Hong Kong Film Award, as he earned best actor honors for The Untold Story in 1994 and Beast Cops in 1999, and the best supporting actor award for Infernal Affairs in 2003 and Initial D in 2006. Filipino actress-singer Crisel Consunji, who played the domestic worker who looked after Wong’s character in the film, was named best new performer.

    Likewise, the best supporting actor and actress winners shone in a film by a first-time director. Acting veterans Kara Wai and Ben Yuen were named best supporting actress and supporting actor, respectively, for their work in the transgender drama Tracey by helmer Jun Li. Wai has previously earned five Hong Kong Film Awards, including the first-ever best actress prize at the inaugural edition in 1982 for My Young Auntie. Meanwhile, Chinese actress Chloe Maayan was tapped as best actress for her first starring role in director Fruit Chan’s Three Husbands, the concluding chapter of his “prostitute trilogy.”

    A list of winners of the 38th Hong Kong Film Awards is below.

    Best Film
    Project Gutenberg

    Best Director
    Felix Chong, Project Gutenberg

    Best Actor
    Anthony Wong, Still Human

    Best Actress
    Chloe Maayan, Three Husbands

    Best Supporting Actor
    Ben Yuen, Tracey

    Best Supporting Actress
    Kara Wai, Tracey

    Best New Performer
    Crisel Consunji, Still Human

    Best New Director
    Oliver Chan, Still Human

    Best Screenplay
    Project Gutenberg

    Best Cinematography
    Project Gutenberg

    Best Art Direction
    Project Gutenberg

    Best Costume & Makeup Design
    Project Gutenberg

    Best Film Editing
    Project Gutenberg

    Best Visual Effects
    Operation Red Sea

    Best Sound Design
    Operation Red Sea

    Best Action Choreography
    Operation Red Sea

    Best Original Film Song
    Men on the Dragon

    Best Original Film Score
    Men on the Dragon

    Best Film From Mainland and Taiwan
    Dying to Survive


    Trump Bump: Tickets for Cantonese opera about US President sold out

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    Source: Coconuts HK/Youtube/goldthread2.com

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    Loong Koon-tin (left) and Chan Hung-chun play Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in a new Chinese opera that satirizes contemporary politics.

    Maybe you were holding out to see the full Mueller report before buying your tickets, or maybe, like us, you were just too lazy to get online and book them. But whatever the reason, if you don’t already have your tickets for 

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    According to ticketing website Cityline, tickets for Trump On Show at the Sunbeam Theatre in North Point have already 

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     ahead of its four-day run starting on Friday. Which is a shame, frankly, because it sounds like it’s going to be a doozy. 

    On Saturday, the opera’s playwright, Edward Li Kui-ming, spilled the beans on the details of the plot. Although the opera will debut against a backdrop of mounting US-China tensions, with an ongoing trade war and the US’ campaign against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, Li says that the play will focus less on the current state of affairs, and more the history of modern China — some of it made up, of course.

    According to online outlet Quartz, the play 

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    , with his daughter Ivanka discovering a suitcase marked “1972, China” containing an English version of Chairman Mao’s famed The Little Red Book. The opera then dives into a fictional (we presume; what’s in that full report?!) chapter in Trump’s past that saw him travel to China in 1972 — the year another presidential paragon, Richard Nixon, first landed in Beijing and laid the groundwork for normalized US-China relations. The play goes on to imagine not only Trump encountering Mao and China’s first premier, Zhou Enlai, but also 

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     who grew up in China, the South China Morning Post reports. Talk of the fictitious twin brother was first mentioned during 

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     last week by MATV.

    During the interview, Li said he was inspired by the story of Barack Obama’s half-brother, 

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     who lives in Shenzhen. Li said: “I thought, ‘Wow, Obama has a brother who was in China and now speaks Mandarin. What if Trump had a twin brother who was also left in China and looks almost exactly like him and also speaks Mandarin?'” He said that after finishing the script, he sent a copy to friend and frequent collaborator Lung Koon-tin — who will be donning the blonde wig and fake tan for Trump On Show — who said: “Wow, this play is great! Let’s do this one!” Li told MATV that he’s on a mission to bring Cantonese opera to the younger generation, and that Trump On Show was the second of three Cantonese operas to feature Chairman Mao.

    Li — a feng shui master who also runs the Sunbeam Theatre — is famous for penning the controversial Cantonese opera Chairman Mao, which purports to depict the private life of the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. The play was performed in 2016 to commemorate China National Day and the 47th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, with Lung as Mao, a role he will reprise in Trump on Show.

    When news of Trump On Show first came about, netizens were excited that it could open the door for Cantonese operas about other contemporary world leaders, like unpopular former Chief Executive CY Leung, who governed Hong Kong during the 2014 Umbrella Movement; current Chinese President Xi Jinping; and even Russian president and noted Trump man-crush Vladimir Putin. But speaking to SCMP, Li said he didn’t know whether or not Xi would make an appearance in future works, admitting that he avoided sensitive historical events like the Cultural Revolution and the Tiananmen Square Massacre, saying: “Sensitive issues will always stir unhappiness. As a playwright I want to bring positive vibes to society.”

    With tickets sold out for the four-day run, it’s not clear if Sunbeam Theatre will hold reruns of Trump On Show, or if it will include English subtitles. The opera house did not respond to a request for comment from Coconuts HKas of press time. 

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