🌊 Hong Kong Pressed On Press Freedom Day
COVID restrictions loosening on Thurs
We went to Eagle’s Nest before work today in an attempt to bump into literally anyone celebrating Polish National Day (as per the CG’s event….). It was really nice but I couldn’t find any Polish people (or white eagles).
But there was a nest on the Eagle’s Nest and I challenge everyone to find it then tag me for clout.
On Today’s Tide
Press Freedom |
Hong Kong drops 68 places in RSF Press Freedom Index
Human Rights Press Award to be held in Arizona
COVID | Restrictions loosening from Thursday
Politics | CE-Elect council to begin operation shortly
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HK drops 68 places in Press Freedom Index
Happy World Press Freedom Day! Hong Kong decided to jump into the mosh pit to celebrate - jumping down 68 places. We now rank #148 out of 180 countries and territories ranked by Reporters Without Borders (RSF)’s in their annual press freedom index.
When RSF first started ranking countries in 2002, Hong Kong was one of the freest media centres in Asia, ranking 18th worldwide. The situation has steadily declined since then, with the exception of a slight high in 2010 where Hong Kong ranked 34th.
Human Rights Press Award moving to Arizona
In a sudden development, the now-cancelled Human Rights Press Award founded, held and run from 1997 by the Foreign Correspondents Club in HK will now be moving to Arizona State University.
FCC President Keith Richburg said that he was “thrilled” to hear that ASU will be taking over the awards, and noted that he had been approached by the university as soon as news about the suspension came out.
COVID in Hong Kong
New cases: 290 (21 imported)
Total cases: 1,205,083
New deaths: 7
Total deaths: 9,325
COVID restrictions to loosen earlier than planned
As of this Thursday (5 May), some restrictions originally meant for the second round of relaxations on 19 May will go into effect. This includes beaches and pools re-opening, masks not being needed for exercise (finally, I can cough at the trees when I hike!), and 8 being allowed to sit at table.
However, the gathering restrictions of 4 in public will remain. Bars, pubs and clubs will also not be allowed to re-open until 19 May.
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CE-Elect Office to start operating soon
The all important Office of the CE-Elect (named so because we don’t know who’s going to be the next Chief Executive) will start operating soon. The office is responsible for ensuring a smooth transition period between the current and new governments.
Traditionally, the office will form a preliminary government, help create a plan using the CE-Elect’s manifesto and liaising between the current and new goverments.
This time around, the ofice will be led by former Director of Administration (and man who looks more tired than me writing High Tide at 5am), Daniel Chung.
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Opportunities in ESG: Irish Chamber of Commerce x ReThink
As a long-term supporter of both the Irish community in HK and of ReThink, this event is pretty up our alley.
From the event description:
“ESG investing has become mainstream, and its growth is accelerating in HK, GBA and across the world. [This webinar] aims to explore the various opportunities that exist for both companies and individuals as ESG rises to the top of the corporate agenda.
We will discuss career opportunities, the roles of various stakeholders, the critical talent gaps that exist, the impact of technology and how to incorporate industry-leading ESG practices in your business”
When: 5 May, 5-6 PM
Cost: $50 (Irish CC non-members; free for members)
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