🌊 Mainland COVID Experts Grand HK Tour

Chances of border re-opening high, says gov

Good morning,

Probably got more events than news today, and all the news seems to be about COVID. Mainland delegations, border reopenings (maybe), professorial resignations - but all mostly COVID somehow.

Did anyone pop by Sai Kung and see the market today by the way?

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Wasn’t just the Island Life guys there but a bunch of other cool local businesses ranging from organic ciders, portable grills and jewerly too! Didn’t buy anything (we’re, as Jasmine jokingly says, the poorest media owners in Hong Kong)

~ Cyril


On Today’s Tide:

  1. Mainland Experts in HK: Day 2

  2. COVID news

  3. Dr. Gabriel Steps Down and other quick updates

  4. Events

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  1. Voter turnout turning out hard to count

  2. Boar Culling Controversy Continues


Mainland Experts in HK: Day 2

A group of COVID experts from across the border arrived on Saturday to inspect Hong Kong’s anti-epidemic efforts.

Led by Dr. Chaung Shuk-Kwan and Health Secretary Sophia Chan, the delegation visited a number of international and local sites including the Airport and Centre for Food Safety’s test center at Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal where frozen food is randomly inspected. They also visited North Lantau Hospital, Penny’s Bay Quarantine Camp, Kai Tak Community Hall (currently used for tracing) and the border crossing at the HK-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

Tam Yiu-Chung, Hong Kong’s delegation to the NPC said that the visit was a ‘good sign’ that the Mainland authorities are seriously working towards border opening. He also mentioned that he’s been invited to a meeting in Beijing in December (yay) after getting banned in October when Hong Kong had like…1 untracable case (boo).

Ex-Co member Dr. Lam Ching-Choi also expressed optimism saying that Hong Kong authorities will ‘tell the Mainland’ that our COVID policies work even though they function differently from cross border policies.


COVID news (other than like all the other Covid news)

Coronavirus in Hong Kong

  • New cases: 2

Discovery Bay Lockdown:

A 23 year old vaccinated returnee from the US has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. He left HK on the 13th and returned yesterday.

Note that date: 13th to 21st - that’s only 9 days so it makes sense that the gov is worried he may have developed COVID in HK. However, that means the guy only spent like 7 days in the US but now has to quarantine 21 days. HMMMMMM


Updates COVID and otherwise

Current HKU Dean of Medicine Gabriel Leung steps down from his professorial position. He will join the Jockey Club in July 2022 as the head of charities and community. Leung is a member of the gov’s COVID response team.

Six locally broadcasted channels will change onto a different frequency from 1 Dec. These include:

  • ViuTVsix 96

  • ViuTV 99

  • Jade 81

  • RTHK TV 31 - RTHK TV 33

If you live in a nice village house with your own antenna, the Communications Authority says you don’t need to change the antenna but may need to rescan on 1 Dec.

Hey that’s important news wanna

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Events / Exhibitions etc

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Events from the Diplomatic Community

A Swedish Christmas!

The Consulate General of Sweden is hosting a festive two day Christmas festival this Friday and Saturday at Tai Kwun. Events include Santa Claus visits and a traditional St. Lucia Procession.

No specific food related announcements yet but……….loganberry?…..

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When: 26-27 Nov
Where: Tai Kwun, Central

Jewish Life in Germany and Escape Destination Hong Kong

A fitting event to put up for the memorial weekend, it started on 11/11 too! (Though I admit it did slip me to put it up then).

For the next month, the German CG and the Goethe-Institute are hosting a group of and events detailing the lives of Holocaust refugees who fled to Hong Kong. The gallery itself shows images from the Center for Persecuted Arts in Solingen and the United Nations Outreach Program. In the Art Centre’s Black Box studio, a multimedia performance QING explores the relationship between dance and the ‘body luggage’ of forced migration.

Where: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio. 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre. Wanchai
When: 11/11 to 11/12 // 9:00am - 8:30pm (Mon - Fri) 9:30am - 6:00pm (Sat)

Events from our partners

  • PMQ Xmas Startup Fair

A group of sustainbility startups, many of which were at ReThink (including both CHOMP and Island Life, which were featured on previous Leader of The Week takeovers) will be hosting a small fair at PMQ next weekend. Perfect time to pick out something nice and environmentally friendly for your family and friends for the holidays!

When: 12pm-7pm 28 Nov (Sunday)
Where: Bamboa (Shop S304) PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street. Central

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Recommended to us by Island Life and run by Take Out Plastic, ‘Swop It, Don’t Shop It’ lets you drop off clothes you no longer wear and then take something home for free for a minimal price. We all have our favourite clothes and those we never wear. A great, fun initiative to make use of the stuff we don't wear.

When: 730-930pm, 29 Nov (Mon)
Where: Quality Goods Club; 39-43 Hollywood Road. Central.

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