🌊 Creatives in pandemic chokehold
Family battles over deceased billionaire's billions
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HT Latest | Creatives in Hong Kong raise awareness in petition of pandemic struggles and lack of government aid.
COVID-19 | Primary schools to stop doing in-person classes.
Events | Learn about the Waglan lighthouse.
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Courts & Crime | The latest in protest-related court cases. A family duels over late tycoon’s billions.
Diplomat | The US consul general welcomes a son.
Struggling creatives call out for support
It’s no surprise that Hong Kong’s creative industries have been taking some of the hardest hits from the pandemic. From closures of popular long-timers like Staunton’s Wine Bar & Cafe to a rise in mental illness and even the threat of homelessness, many feel that the government hasn’t done enough for those who devote their lives to art and entertainment.
HT’s latest article looks at the recent petition started by Chris B, founder of musical venue The Underground HK, to garner financial support for the creatives struggling in the midst of the city’s latest closures.
“I had a grip-boy who tried to take his life last year after months of suffering and being jobless … We pay our taxes and abide by the laws of the HKSAR, sadly though, neither assistance or incentives are ever offered to us”.
— Babe Tree, audio and lighting director
Primary schools suspend in-person classes
The latest in COVID-19 news.
New cases: 21 (13 imported)
In-person activities at primary schools, kindergartens, and childcare centres will be suspended, effective on Friday and will last until the end of the Lunar New Year holidays. Tutorial school classes will also be suspended until 7 February.
400,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine, the sixth batch, have arrived in Hong Kong.
The government is working on a new package of anti-epidemic funds, the fifth since the onset of COVID-19. Further subsidies and support will be provided to businesses struggling the most in the pandemic. According to Chief Executive Carrie Lam, there is $4 billion left for distribution.
Two buildings in North Point and Tuen Muen were placed under lockdown and mandatory testing last night after finding two preliminary positives for COVID. Both operations should be complete by 7 AM Wednesday (today!) morning.
Azerbaijan will be on the Group A travel list as of 14 January due to Omicron cases in the region.
Events / Exhibitions etc.
Please keep in mind that due to the uncertain circumstances set by the pandemic, these events are subject to government restrictions. We’ll do our best to keep up to date on whether changes are made to the events we showcase.
Screening & Lecture | Lighthouse Memories: Waglan Island Lighthouse
Documentary Screening and Special Japanese Lecture on the hidden history of the Japanese language through an 1856 Chinese newspaper article on the western-style lighthouse.
Date: 23 January 2022 (Sunday)
Location: Special Exhibitions and Events Gallery, Hong Kong Maritime Museum
*Admission to this event is free-of-charge. Entrance fee is required if participants would like to visit the rest of the museum.
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