🌊 Beware! Black sand
Teachers' union pays dearly.
Ever seen a cat that got its nose stung by a bee? Keep on reading today’s High Tide to see.
Anti-Sanctions Law x LegCo funnel
The Chief Executive is in favour of the Legislative Council’s involvement in anti-sanctions law, suggesting it take a similar path the national anthem law took when passed through LegCo.
This process will take longer than the process of promulgation (which was used to enact the national security law), but CE Carrie Lam claims the slower method will help with providing information to the public.
"The national security law was implemented in Hong Kong by promulgation because the law was drafted for Hong Kong, with Hong Kong's situation considered, and the SAR government was consulted, making it different from other national laws … The anti-sanctions law intends to safeguard national security, sovereignty and its development interest.”
— Chief Executive Carrie Lam
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 4 (imported)
Total cases so far: 12,020
The government gazetted a compulsory testing notice for anyone who was at the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children William Grimsdale Day Crèche for more than two hours at any time during the period from July 28 to August 10, 2021
HK’s largest professional union disbands
Remember the drama surrounding the Professional Teachers’ Union from about a week ago?
Remind me, please. At the end of July, the Education Bureau cut ties with the PTU after the Union was called out by Chinese state media for their involvement with pro-democracy political groups such as Civil Human Rights Front and Hong Kong Alliance.
As of yesterday, the PTU announced its disbandment, calling it an “unwanted and difficult” decision that was made after “much contemplation and reflection”.
What’s next? After nearly four decades in service that represented 100,000 members before its disbandment (it was the “biggest union for a single profession”), the PTU will be laying off 200 of its staff members and selling its estate. The Union’s medical centres will also be shut down.
True Crime (maybe)
This story involves human bones on a hillside. Our paid readers are reading all about it on their edition of today’s High Tide. You’re welcome to join in on the fun.
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In other news
It’s your last chance to get $5,000. Registration for the Consumption Voucher Scheme ends this Saturday (14 August). Register for your voucher here – why wouldn’t you want a free $5,000 to help stimulate the local economy??
You can ride a bus decorated with the silhouettes of HK’s Olympians. You could also nab yourself Octopus cards with limited edition Olympics-themed designs. Unlike Edgar Cheung, you probably cannot get on for free.
Wetland Seasons Bay in Tin Shui Wai now has 245 flats up on offer starting at HK$4.55 million for a 300 square foot one-bedroom home.
Whatever you do, don’t touch the black sand. The black sand found at Lung Mei Beach in Tai Po could be hazardous due to the who-knows-what kind of bacteria lurking in there.
Logan pays the price of being a silly cat
Fluffy Logan attacked a bee, so reasonably enough the bee fended for itself. Now Logan has a swollen nose.
Logan would feel better if you became a paid Tide reader or donated to us via Patreon or PayPal.
But if you just shared the newsletter that would suffice as well.