🌊Butter is fatty (that's a health warning)
Tourism revives by 1%
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HK Actor publicly apologises for praising the Queen
Tourism revives by 1%
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Health | Butter is fatty: Consumer Council
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God save the….uh
Local veteran actor and Cantonese Opera performer Law Kar-Ying issued a public apology on his Weibo account after nationalistic backlash for an Instagram post where he wrote “Hong Kong was a blessed land during her reign” along with a selfie of himself in the insanely long queue to pay respects to the late monarch at the British consulate.
His Weibo apology, completely done in Mandarin, said
“My original intention was to express condolences for a late elderly woman and I would like to appeal to everyone not to overly interpret what I said […] I can’t possibly forget my origin and ancestry. That I have been keeping a Chinese passport says it all, I am Chinese and I love my motherland forever. I am sorry”
He later deleted his Instagram post.
Please don’t send me nationalistic hate if I do the same, I’m just putting memes at the memorial.
Tourism revives by …1%
New data from the Tourism Board said that around 60,000 non-residents visited Hong Kong in August, with an average of 1500 a day. In the second half of the month - after the 3+4 quarantine regine was implemented - the daily numbers improved to around 2100 per day, but this accounted for only a 1% improvement towards pre-COVID numbers.
Around 80% of all visitors were from the Mainland. Visitors mainly came to Hong Kong for visiting family and friends, transit, business trips and other neccesary travel.
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 8187 (167 imported)
Total cases: 451,367
New deaths: 6
Total deaths: 9,836
Compulsory Testing locations: 60
Stop saying COVID is the flu! - Lo Chung-Mau
Health Sec Lo Chung-Mau hit back at medical experts who say COVID is the same as the flu. He said that such remarks could downplay the intensity of the pandemic and give people a false sense of security.
Doctors such as Ho Pak-Leung and Leung Pak-Yin said recently that the death rate in HK of both COVID and the flu are at 0.1% - this is true if you take HK’s death rate from May onwards (which some are calling the 6th wave).
Professor Lo said in an official CHP blogpost that this analysis is “blind” as we need to take into consideration the entire pandemic, and not cherry pick recent data. If all cases are taken into account, then the death rate is 0.6%.
He also noted that Omicron is highly transmissible and able to mutate quicker, meaning that a more dangerous variant could appear very soon.
Butter is fatty - who knew?
I’d like to start with a poem.
The consumer council has warned that margerine has carcinogens and that butter contains, like, a lot of fat.
Out of 16 samples of maragine and spreads with vegetable oils, 15 had the carcinogen glycidol with one – Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread – exceeding the EU's maximum level. 80% of samples also included the compound 3-MCPD which could cause kidney damage in high amounts.
Butter meanwhile was not carcinogenic at all, but included a lot of fat. Crisco’s shortening included 99.9% fat.
While I was not at all surprised butter is fat, the fact that the consumer council included shortening as butter raised my eyebrows.
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