🌊 (Don't) Hold Your Breath
Wear lots of masks, sit in the corner of shame
Apparently humans are naturally supposed to have two sleeps. There’s more and more research that points to ancient peoples going to sleep once when the sun goes down, then wake up naturally in the middle of the night during which they’ll do some work such as writing or reading, then go back to sleep will the sun comes back up.
I tried that and this is late because I just slept.
(Research is all real though and super fascinating - search up Polyphasic sleep)
On Today’s Tide:
Arts and Culture | Hold Your Breath - ViuTV’s Girl Group COLLAR’s first live show (wait I thought everything was cancelled)
Doctors sent to quarantine
5th wave (maybe) over by May
Wear lots of masks, look like a duck
Crime | 60,000 hours of video evidence on children’s abuse case
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Hold Your Breath: COLLAR’s Debut
ViuTV has done it again! After reviving/upending (depending on how much you hate the youth…and middle aged housewives) Hong Kong’s ‘star chasing’ scene with the boyband MIRROR, their sister band COLLAR had their debut show on 12 Jan at Ocean Terminal.
COLLAR, an 8 person girl group, is the result of Kingmaker IV, ViuTV’s reality-TV-cum-audition show that ran from June 2021 till Christmas. Previous seasons of Kingmaker birthed celebrity boybands MIRROR, ERROR and P1X3L.
There were 96 contestants which slowly got cut down to the group that will hopefully mirror their other side. Massively popular already what with the lives of every contestant being followed for half a year, the group garnered 20,000 instagram followers in just half a day.
Their debut show HOLD YOUR BREATH (or rather press conference) was held at Ocean Terminal, TST on 12 Jan streamed on all their socials. There they performed their first single CALL MY NAME during which they yelled COLLAR many times being that is their name.
The name collar refers to the collarbone which is “actually a reference to a woman's collar bone and how it is considered to be an attractive feature”, says TimeOut. An interview with group leader Gao adds that the shirt collar is a bit restricting, a bit sexy and gender neutral because everyone wears shirts - so everyone can watch their shows.
But oh wait, perform? Now? With restrictions?
This also comes at a time when all theatres, bars and performance venues are closed. Article plug: a coalition of performing arts professionals are currently lobbying the gov for subsidies due to COVID restrictions. CE Carrie Lam is expected to announce details this afternoon.
Kenneth Fok, lawmaker for the Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication Functional Constituency, called on the government to even just partially reopen venues, even without audiences. For instance, performances can take place but be streamed, and stadiums/sports centres can open for training and competitions but only for professionals.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 14 (9 imported)
Active cases: 476
Four Doctors sent to Penny’s Bay treating accident patient
One of the latest confirmed cases is a male of Pakistani descent working in construction and food delivery. He was caught in a traffic accident on Wednesday and rushed to Prince of Wales Hospital. There he was given a COVID test as part of admissions and later found to be positive. Four doctors who treated him when his mask was off have been sent to Penny’s Bay as close contacts.
Omicron Wave Petering Off?
Dr. Yuen Kwok Yung has said that the Omicron scare could be over by Chinese New Year if cases stay stable and there are no more untracable cases. There is currently only one case classified as unlinked.
Wear lots of masks
Meanwhile Dr. Yuen has also come back on the spotlight for his views on masks. His duckbilled mask has become one of his trademark features.
He recommended on Wednesday that everyone wear two masks to protect against the airborne nature of Omicron. This immediately led to people wearing multiple layers of surgical masks but otherwise acting normal.
Dr. Yuen clarrified in the evening that he didn’t mean to just stack up masks, but to wear a cloth mask on top of your normal surgical mask in order to block any loose areas.
60,000 hours of child abuse video evidence
Police are continuing their investigation into the Children’s Residential Home in Mong Kok where 16 staff members have currently been arrested for abusing 29 children in their care.
Two of the 16 went to Kowloon City Court yesterday and were charged with one count of abuse. No pleas were taken and the defendents were both sent off on bail.
Police say they gathered 60,000 hours of video evidence from the home which will take two months to sort through.
More to come.
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Coronavirus updates: Episode 32: Conversation With Dr. David Ho
This coming Tuesday (18 Jan) Asia Society invites Dr. David Ho, a renowned public health expert who has extensive experiences and knowledge on AIDS research, to speak on his latest research into developing novel strategies to diagnose, treat and prevent Covid-19 infection.
When: 18 Jan 8-9pm
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.
Lecture by Taga Yumi
Chinese writing as an official language of Japan at the time in a transcription of a Hong Kong newspaper article
(Japanese supplemented in English)
Lighthouse Memories: Waglan Island Lighthouse (Japanese)
Sharing Session by City University of Hong Kong’s Lighthouse Heritage Research Connections Documentary Production Team (in Cantonese and translated into Japanese)
Guided Tour in Hong Kong Maritime Museum (in Japanese)
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