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Macau casino king Stanley Ho dies, aged 98  Listenfacebook
Stanley Ho, the Macau casino king, has died; he was 98. His family said he passed away peacefully in his sleep at 1pm at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital. He was the founder of SJM Holdings, which owns most than a dozen casinos in Macau, including the Grand Lisboa. He also founded Shun Tak Holdings, through which he owned a wide range of businesses involved in entertainment, tourism, shipping, and real estate. Joao Pinto, the Portuguese News and Program Controller of Macau broadcaster TDM, spoke to Annemarie Evans about Ho's legacy.
Questions remain, says lawmaker, after San Uk Ling tour  Listenfacebook
The police say they're improving facilities at the San Uk Ling Holding Centre, but have no plans to use it again to detain anti-government protesters. The site housed 182 detainees in August and September during last year's protests, and some of those who were detained claimed they had been beaten and sexually assaulted there. Because of the controversy, authorities later decided not to hold detainees at the remote facility. Professional Commons lawmaker Charles Mok, who took part in a tour of the holding centre, told Jim Gould that many questions remain unanswered and he doesn't believe it should be used as a holding centre.
Branson’s Virgin Orbit launch fails  Listenfacebook
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company has tried unsuccessfully to launch a rocket over the Pacific Ocean. The booster was released from under the wing of one of the UK entrepreneur's old jumbos which had been specially converted for the task. The rocket ignited its engine seconds later but an anomaly meant the flight was terminated early. Virgin Orbit's goal is to try to capture a share of the emerging market for the launch of small satellites. It's not clear at this stage precisely what went wrong but the firm had warned beforehand that the chances of success might be only 50:50. David Baker, the UK-based editor of Spaceflight Magazine, told Annemarie Evans what was special about this attempt.