🌊Disasters: Fires and falling cranes
Hong Kong 2021 Yearbook on sale!
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On Today’s Tide
Society | Disaster double whammy
Fire in Sai Kung
Falling crane in Sau Mau Ping
COVID | Free Chinese med treatment for long COVID elderly
Crime | Teen arrested for splashing DGS with red paint
Culture | Hong Kong 2021 yearbook for sale
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Politics and Protest |
Five speech therapists convicted of sedition
Engineer arrested for teaching bomb making
Ronson Chan arrested for obstructing police
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Everything is on fire and falling down
Fire in Sai Kung
A fire erupted at 7:19pm in Luk Mei Tsuen, Sai Kung. It was upgraded to a No.3 level fire by 8:14pm. The fire was surrounded by 10:37 pm and put out by 11:28.
20 were evacuated from the village. No casualties were recorded.
The source of the fire is undetermined.
All your cranes are falling down
At least three dead and six injured after a 65-tonne construction crane fell down in a public housing construction site on Anderson Road, Sau Mau Ping yesterday morning, 10:54am.
A 41-year-old electrician surnamed Hui died of a skull fracture. 25-year-old engineer surnamed Tsui was confirmed dead in the rubble. “We can only see the lower half of his body, and he was unresponsive when we tried to communicate with him”, said one of the firefighters on site. 22-year-old assistant engineer surnamed Poon died after being rushed to hospital.
Of the six injured, two are in serious condition.
Checking all the cranes
Secretary for Labour and Welfare Chris Sun Yuk-Han halted the Anderson Road site construction after he found problems with the collapsed tower’s base. Although such accidents are rare, Sun is now launching an inspection of every single construction crane in the city.
In addition, the Housing Department, which ran the project, is giving HK$300,000 to the families of the dead individually, and HK$100,000 of financial assistance to the relatives of the injured workers.
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 10194 (164 imported)
Total cases: 1,611,987
New deaths: 16
Total deaths: 9,757
Compulsory Testing locations: 75
Chinese Med for old COVID folks
HKBU is offering free Chinese medication for all over 65-year-olds who are suffering from long COVID. They can receive four free medical consultations – two in person and two online.
After each consultation, the patients can take home 6 days worth of medication.
Bian Zhaoxiang, an associate vice-president on Chinese med at HKBU said that four consultations should be enough.
“Some of the symptoms like shortness [of breath], cough, or like insomnia, or diarrhea, or dyspepsia […] are easily reduced with the Chinese medicine treatment”, said Bian.
Teen arrested for splashing red paint at DGS front door
A 17-year-old triad member surnamed Sun has been arrested for splashing the front door of Diocesan Girl’s School with red paint on Tuesday. Aside from the paint, debt collection notices were left across the front entrance.
Police intercepted Sun yesterday in Mong Kok and found two more bottles of red spray paint on him.
Sun is allegedly a member of the Wo Shing Wo Triad and was promised a $500 reward for every successful debt collection. He had been chasing the debt of the parents of a student who had gone AWOL.
Hong Kong Yearbook 2021 now on sale
Last year’s city yearbook is now on sale! This year’s edition celebrates Hong Kong’s sports successes (it’s literally on the cover).
It contains 22 chapters on Hong Kong's constitution, legal system, the economy, health, innovation and technology, transport, environment, sport, culture and the arts and more. It also has nine photo sections with over 90HD pictures of Hong Kong at its finest.
Each book costs $340 and can be ordered online or at the ISD bookshop in North Point.
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