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15.3.21 | What's in a lockdown goodie bag?
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Two more lockdowns in Central and Western were announced yesterday evening, a day after the one in the Mid-Levels that caught many by surprise. No cases were found after Saturday night’s lockdown, where HT crew saw children out after midnight and handout bags of noodles and bleach.
Beijing plans to unveil its detailed outline of Hong Kong’s electoral reform ‘by May’ (paywalled).
A poll reveals possibility of ‘brain drain’ as a quarter of university-educated individuals plan to leave the city to work overseas.
Police will be pushing the retirement age (paywalled) from 55 to 60.
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Where were you?
#Impact is a podcast by Regina Larko that shares the stories of people who make an impact in their community. This episode with Matt Friedman, head of the anti-human trafficking group The Mekong Club, explores his work and the powerful stories that led him to commit a life of fighting against modern slavery. Friedman shares a story of a career-defining instant when one victim asked him, “Where were you?”
To learn more about human trafficking and what you can do to help, visit the #MyFreedomDay page. #MyFreedomDay is an event that is taking place on 16 March (that’s tomorrow!) this year.
Poster Biennale a first for Hong Kong
Poland is bringing its iconic Poster Biennale to Hong Kong for the first time ever in 2021. This exhibition will feature 50 years of award-winning artworks from around the world. The event is free with registration and will run from 19 March to 6 April.
That’s one musical bridge
Every so often one of us or one of our High Tide readers finds an error in an article so amusing that we must share it with the rest of our audience. We at Harbour Times have had our own fair share of embarassing writing mistakes that have gone live, so we do not think we’re any better than the other exhausted journalists out there. But we will poke a bit of fun whenever we come across one of these (even if it comes from our own!), like when The Standard published an article about a bridge in Tseung Kwan O that is “10,000 tones heavy”. Shoutout to HT’s former Editor-in-Chief Andrew Work who spotted this little gaffe.