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All about that National Security.
A few days ago I embarked on my first ever early-morning jog at 6am (NOT a productivity brag for good reason). There’s only one logical way this happened…yes, dear reader, I pulled an all-nighter after waking up at 2pm the day before. This will probably happen again. Maybe I’ll run (walk, more accurately) into you sometime :)
For today’s recipe, here’s one of my favorites from culinary/comedic legend YSAC, candied walnuts! Just great to snack on and I sincerely hope this inspires you to bingewatch all his yt episodes if you haven’t already.
On Today’s Tide
Politics | HK Journalists Association asked to justify itself
25th anniversary |
Flags get damaged at public housing estates
PLA garrison at the ready
Hospitals: “We’re fine, we’re fine…”
JUMBO | No insurance payouts??
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Economy | Finance chief’s tenure assessment
Community | SoCo appeals to government to change rent legislation
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HK Journalists Association questioned by gov.
For the 2nd time in half a year, the HKJA was asked to justify its activities by labour authorities. On Sunday HK’s largest journalist group said they had gotten a letter from the government’s Registry of Trade Unions in its Labour Department, which wanted them to explain their operations.
Associate Chairman Ronson Chan was pretty tight-lipped about the contents of the letter and on whether the government had investigated the group’s own investigations on Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election.
Chan said, ““[Our] activities are reasonable and legal. They are in compliance with the Trade Unions Ordinance and the association’s constitution” (according to SCMP). The HKJA will reply to the authorities in July and are currently seeking legal advice.
Flags “descerated” at public housing estate
12 HK and National flags were discovered damaged at Lam Shek House in Kwun Tong. At 5am on Sunday a report was sent to police on this flag damage, and police later found that one flag was also stolen.
The damage mostly consisted of black marks on some flags’ yellow stars, and flags were also observed to be loosely hung. Altogether these were counted as offences of descecrating the national flag and theft respectively. Nobody has been arrested yet.
The maximum sentence for descecration of the flag or national emblem (in case y’all were wondering) is 3 years in jail, and punishable by a hefty fine of up to HK$50,000. For reference, your average Banksy print is worth around HKD$1 million (GBP 103,444). [I’m not making comparisons, just a nice little fact I thought you’d find interesting]
HK’s PLA garrison standing to attention
In a show of National Security™, Major General Peng Jingtang of The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) vowed that its Hong Kong garrison (troops) would be prepared to fight in the “toughest and most complicated” situations.
This comes 3 days ahead of the long-awaited 25th anniversary celebrations for HK, and amid the tense geopolitical tensions that could give birth to “unprecedented national security threats”, according to some analysts.
On Sunday two pro-establishment highbrows said that HK ought to win back Beijing’s trust by:
a) ensuring political security, and
b) not doing anything to hurt the country/city.
COVID in Hong Kong
New cases: 1,917 (118 imported)
Total cases: 1,237,877
New deaths: 0
Total deaths: 9,398
Despite the slightly increasing rates of COVID admissions to hospitals, the Hospital Authority maintains that they have good control over the situation and that everything will be A-OK (paraphrased). Most patients only report mild symptoms and the number of those who require intensive care/are in critical condition “has not surged”, remaining at “a stable level”.
Insurance DOESN’T cover everything?
In keeping up with this seven-act Greek-tragedy-style saga starring everyone’s favorite floating restaurant, the most recent update comes from JUMBO’s owner.
Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises’ latest statement said that it wouldn't receive any insurance payout from the vessel’s capsizing, since it was covered by “Protection and Indemnity Cover By Third Parties”. Said policy covers third party losses instead of losses to the company- so no hope of the potential claims for total loss that those insurance analysts were talking about.
But everything’s okay, Cyril found JUMBO at least (wherever tf he may be)…
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