🌊 Xinjiang paramilitary chief to lead PLA
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On Today’s Tide
Government | Former Xinjiang anti-terrorism drill/paramilitary leader takes the HK PLA garrison reins.
COVID-19 | More quarantine rooms for domestic workers.
Missing | Man last seen in Yuen Long.
Events | Take a tour of an ancient reservoir from home.
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Crime | Alleged child abusers released on bail.
Protests | Up to four years in jail for those guilty of 2019 summer riot, and other sentences.
Appointments | Hong Kong Palace Museum appoints board members.
PLA garrison gets new leader
A former paramilitary chief who led anti-terror combat drills in the Xinjiang region has been appointed to take command of the People’s Liberation Army Garrison in Hong Kong. Major General Peng Jingtang, seen in this recent photo with Chief Executive Carrie Lam, will “resolutely follow the orders of the party, the Central Military Commission and Chairman Xi, to fully implement ‘One country two systems,’ and resolutely defend national sovereignty, security and interests.”
Quarantine rooms opening to domestic helpers
An additional 150 hotel rooms will open up for domestic helpers coming into Hong Kong on 1 February. The nightly fee will be increasing from $650 to $700 at the Rambler Garden Hotel, and anyone who wants to book a room will have to nab it online starting from 10 AM today. By the time these extra rooms are available there will be about 2,300 rooms for domestic helpers in the city.
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In other COVID-19 news:
New cases: 24 (19 imported)
Due to the big birthday bash that led to consequences for the lawmakers and government officials who attended, 20 LegCo members may miss the first meeting of this year’s term (paywalled) because they’ll be stuck quarantining at home. Any chance that they can Zoom in?
Walk-ins to get COVID jabs will be exclusive to those aged 60 and up as of today (Tuesday 11 January).
Uzbekistan has been added to the Group A travel list from 13 January due to the emergence of Omicron cases in the region.
A previously unlinked COVID case may be connected to the patient’s father. The female SOGO department store employee who tested positive for the virus came from an unknown source — until experts found it may have come from her father, who lives with her in Tuen Mun.
Missing: Chan Chun-chi
A 34-year-old by the name of Chan Chun-chi was last seen in Yuen Long on Kau Yuk Road Sunday morning (9 January) wearing a grey jacket, a dark blue t-shirt, brown shorts, and black shoes. He’s described as “about 1.72 metres tall, 73 kilograms in weight and of medium build. He has a round face with yellow complexion and short brown hair.”
Know anything? Get in touch with the Regional Missing Person Unit of New Territories North (3661 3115 or 6273 5787), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact any police station.
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