🌊 Free Tide: Cage homes begone!
The sparrows are dying out :(
Did you know that so far 49 organisations have disbanded since the security law was enacted in HK? So if anyone asks, you’ve got the number right here.
Stand News 立場新聞 @StandNewsHK【解散香港】國安法下ㅤ至少 49 組織今年宣布解散、停運 支聯會、職工盟、教協、民陣、蘋果日報… 2021 年香港，在新聞報道出現得最頻繁的其中一個詞語，可能是 —「解散」。 互動專頁：https://t.co/EnRDPInqCs https://t.co/6NSgqqrJbg
Sorry for how late Tide is today, by the way, I’ve just flown across the pond from the UK to Canada and my body is still readjusting.
Eradicate cage homes 2031
A community organisation proposed that the government could eradicate the SAR’s infamous cage homes in ten years by investing HK$10 billion in the development of public housing.
According to the Society for Community Organisation (Soco), there are 50,000 households that live in these conditions with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. They don’t exactly look fun to live in:
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 8
Sparrows chirping their way to extinction
The number of Eurasian Tree Sparrows in HK has been cut by a third (305,000 to 211,100) over the course of the last five years.
There have been no specific reasons given for this large drop in the sparrow population, according to the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society.
One tip offered to help protect the bird was to not disturb them if you see them building nests.
So, uh, leave them alone. Pretty solid advice that works across the board for wildlife.
No one from the Democratic Party has offered up an interest in running for December’s Legislative Council elections. In a meeting dedicated to deciding whether the party would be involved in the upcoming polls at all, they soon realised they would need at least one person to run in the first place.
On the topic of elections, newly registered voters fell (paywalled) from 334,000 to 419 from 2020 to 2021.
Also, feel free to commemorate the 4 June/Tiananmen Square Massacre “in accordance with the laws”, security secretary Chris Tang said. Each case will be considered individually and there is no explicit guideline on what lawful participation in this event involves.
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Reflected Beauty: Chinese Reverse Glass Paintings from the Mei Lin Collection
Purvey Chinese paintings illustrated on glass panels in the University Museum and Art Gallery’s latest exhibition!
When: 24 Sep 2021 – 30 Jan 2022
Where: 1/F, T. T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery (Enter via G/F Fung Ping Shan Building)
Friendly reminder that these special events are also coming up:
ReThink HK—Hong Kong’s best attended and most ambitious business event for sustainable development—will be returning for a second time. The two-day expo and conference aims to answer how businesses can accelerate change towards a more sustainable future for Hong Kong.
ReThink HK will be held on Tuesday 5 Oct and Wednesday 6 Oct, HKCEC. Find out more at ReThink HK’s website! See you there!
Harbour Times is proud to be an official Media Partner for Rethink HK. Find our article. For more information about the event, read our article on ReThink HK and our LoTW takeover from ReThink founder Chris Brown.
Ponte Orchestra: Mahler V
Join us at their concert Oct 3, 8pm at City Hall!
What else is happening?
HK closes out their National Games with two gold medals – the second one going to Lee Sze-wing in women’s individual road cycling.
Dozens of Cathay Pacific pilots trying to immigrate to Hong Kong were denied visas, and therefore lost their jobs with the airline.
A “world-renowned” surgeon from HK (paywalled), Dr Freddie Fu Ho-keung, has passed away at age 71.
If you’ve made it to the end of today’s High Tide, you get
This adorable photo of my dog: