🌊 Lee exempt from law-breaking?
Shanghai medical school now recognised by Hong Kong.
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On Today’s Tide
Politics | John Lee would just really, really, like to not be punished for breaking this law.
COVID-19 | New case updates and a man is fined for breaching his mandatory quarantine.
Education | Fuhan University, amongst others, added to recognised list of medical schools.
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Business | Death of the elevator king.
Crime | Teacher in court for kindergarten bribery. Plus, balcony sex goes viral.
Weather | Bad weather wreaks havoc in HK.
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John Lee asks for a punishment exemption, pretty please?
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive-elect John Lee is asking the High Court to exempt him from the legal penalty for missing the deadline to submit copies of consent to post election advertisements to the Electoral Affairs Commission. Generally the penalty for this offence is a maximum fine of HK$5,000 and sixs months in prison.
He may be pardonned if the court decides that the offence was made because of “inadvertence, an accidental miscalculation or any reasonable cause and was not due to bad faith”.
Other political news
MPF offsetting controversy: legislators are divided on a proposition to change the ability for employers to make payments for redundancy and long-service using their mandatory contributions to workers’ MPF accounts.
The Executive Council has dropped the topic of raising civil servants’ salary from their Tuesday meeting due to the government not reaching a consensus on an issue. The issue will reportedly be handled by the upcoming Chief Executive’s administration.
Cases rise and man gets compulsory quarantine fine
New cases: 558 (61 imported)
Compulsory testing notice: 46 places
Other COVID-19 news
An elderly man (72 years old) was fined $5,000 for violating his 14-day compulsory quarantine order.
Fudan University added to list of recognised medical schools
Shanghai’s Fudan University is among the 23 universities added to the list of non-local medical whose students would be permitted to practise in Hong Kong. This list of 50 global universities is meant to help with the shortage of medical practitioners in the region.
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Sha Tau Kok Partially Opens to Tourists
The border town of Sha Tau Kok is partially opening up to tourists. Located within the Frontier Closed Area, Sha Tau Kok is normally only accessible with a special travel pass. But now local tours can visit the longest pier in Hong Kong and several other small Hakka islands on Fridays and weekends.
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