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HK$95 million is the price for government upgrades.
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On Today’s Tide
Politics | HK$95 million a year for a restructured government.
COVID-19 | $2 million for family of a woman who died post-vaccination.
Society | Police intervene on Ride of Silence.
Events | Row, row, row your dragon boat.
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Transport | Docking off departure taxes from bridge travellers to the airport.
Media | Indie book publisher declined a spot at Book Fair. National security police pay a visit to Passion Times.
Education | Big new appointments at two of HK’s universities.
Crime | Failed boat fugitives caught up in guilty plea. Vandalism at the crypto office.
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Restructuring ain’t cheap!
All of the Hong Kong government’s reorganising, restructuring, and redoing, will come at a cost, and the cost is not what most of us would consider a credit card tap away.
New additions to the government include two policy bureaus (to make 15 in total) along with a number of new roles. The total to make this happen? HK$95 million extra a year.
New Chief Executive John Lee said that “relevant work” for this big revamp should be completed by mid-June. Speaking of Mr Lee, here’s a reminder to keep your eye on our Chief Executive Countdown!
An update on the COVID-19 clusters popping up around the city:
Private kitchen in Kwun Tong: +6, 26 total
Sky Cuisine restaurant in Sheung Wan: +6, 70 total
TamJai Yunnan Mixian in Tung Chung: +3
Hung Hom snooker club: +1
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 329 (31 imported)
Lockdown: West Terrace at Sai Wan Estate in Kennedy Town was blocked off for overnight testing.
Compulsive Testing Notice: 40 specified places
The family of a woman who died 16 days after she was vaccinated for COVID-19 (Pfizer-BioNTech) has been financially compensated with HK$2 million.
Police stop Ride of Silence
Hong Kong Ghost Bikes is a project that pays respect to those who died in bicycle-related accidents. In 2021, eight riders died in such crashes.
The Ghost Bikes Ride of Silence last night was followed by a heavy police presence. According to the group, despite following anti-epidemic rules by keeping the ride to a group of four people, an estimated group of 30 police officers halted the ride.
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Open Division: 250m & 500m
When: 21 May, 9 AM - 4 PM
Location: Thompsons Boat Center (2900 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007)
250m Time Trail: 9:32 AM
250m Final: 10:20-11:28 AM
500m Time Trial: 1:20 PM
500m Final: 2:40-3:48 PM
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