🌊 Police watchdog chief set to be new HKU head

In other news, RTHK has deleted news reports on missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai...

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  1. HKU will appoint chief of police watchdog as head of university council

  2. Valve-style masks banned from HK quarantine hotels

  3. RTHK deletes reports on missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai

  4. Events & Exhibitions

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HKU will appoint chief of police watchdog as head of university council

Priscilla Wong, chairwoman of the Independent Police Complaints Council and wife of pro-Beijing lawmaker Martin Liao,is set to be appointed as the new head of HKU’s governing council, SCMP’s sources say. Wong will succeed Professor Arthur Li after he completes his sixth year as council chair. Hong Kong university has recently experienced some reshuffling among its leadership ranks, including newly appointed deans in several faculties.

Wong is also head of the government-appointed Minimum Wage Commission and a member of the Shanghai arm of the nation’s top political advisory body. Wong was appointed by the university chancellor, AKA Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Many had hoped that the IPCC, currently chaired by Wong, would find ways to use its investigatory powers to hold police accountable for their actions during the 2019 anti-government protests. Instead, the council cleared the force of misconduct, concluding that officers generally acted within guidelines but there was “room for improvement.”

COVID news

Coronavirus in Hong Kong

  • New cases: 1 (imported)

Valve-style masks banned from quarantine hotels

The CHP has prohibited “selfish“ valve-style masks from being used by guests in quarantine hotels. Experts said the masks were selfish as they only protected the user and not those around them because the valve system did not filter exhaled air. Last week, authorities found that a South African man who tested positive in a cross-infection case had been wearing a reusable valve-style mask when collecting meals or disposing of rubbish.

RTHK deletes reports on missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai

RTHK has removed news reports about missing tennis star Peng Shuai from its website. Shuai previously made sexual assault allegations against former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli before having her posts scrubbed from Chinese social media and disappearing from the public eye.

The allegation has made international headlines, with renowned tennis stars calling for proof of her safety. Chinese state media outlets used Twitter, which is blocked in China, to announce her safety and release videos of her attending public events. All controversies around Shuai remain heavily censored in mainland China.

RTHK declined to comment on its “internal editorial matters“.

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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

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

  • Swop It, Don't Shop It with Take Out Plastic

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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