🌊DSE graduates chase their dreams (which are mostly Med)
Carrie Lam's $22mil taxpayer crowdfunded retirement office
The book fair began yesterday - who went? I’d have gone to say hi if I were in town (I’ll be back out and about soon).
There’s a lot going on at the fair including all our CG friends having booths. Go say hi, let me know when you’ve said hi.
That’s also a call-to-action (as the SEO gods told me) to check out our events down below.
On Today’s Tide
Top DSE scorers choose their destinations
Less competition for Uni places this year (no one’s here)
COVID | Home quarantine is back (again again)
Government | Carrie Lam’s $22mil retirement office
Events | Go visit your fav CGs at the book fair
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Congratulations to all DSE candidates! Whatever you ended up getting, your hard work has paid off and we at HT hope you get into the University of your dreams.
That’s also, coincidentally, what Home and Youth Affairs Minister Alice Mak is telling new high school grads:
Hong Kong’s young people are very confident. They are very capable of themselves. I don’t think they choose to lie flat. But of course, maybe they will feel that they don’t have the ways to achieve their goals and targets […] What [the HKSAR and Central governments] are trying to do is to empower them, so that they find different ways to achieve their goals and objectives”
As for the students themselves, 6 out of the 8 top 5** scorers are hoping to study medicine at University.
One student, Henry, from Ying Wa College who got 5** in four subjects and 5* in three is also studying medicine saying
Medicine has always been my dream […] Especially when undergoing Covid, I feel the Hong Kong medical system needs the new generation and I think studying medicine is my way of devoting myself to society
Meanwhile the HKEAA said that competition for Universities is less strict this year due to a drop in university applications. Around 42% of all applicants will be reaching their requirements.
COVID in Hong Kong
New cases: 3805
Total cases: 1,304,833
New deaths: 1 (which was a suicide from a prisoner with COVID)
Total deaths: 9,445
Omicron? Home you go!
Starting yesterday, patients who have the new Omicron strains (BA2.12.1, BA4 or BA5) will be allowed to home quarantine, subject to standard requirements such as having your own toilet.
Dr. Chuang said that this was because data has now shown the other strains are no more dangerous than the original.
Carrie’s $22mil retirement office
Carrie Lam is getting a spanking new office in Pacific Place One as part of her retirement package. The 2,874sqft office is reportedly going to cost $22mil over three years - rent of $377,000p/month (that’s $4.5mil a year) and a further $8.7mil in renovation and furniture costs.
Who’s paying for it? Y’all taxpayers of course!
It’s standard procedure for ex-CEs to get offices. Tung Chee Hwa, Donald Tsang and C.Y Leung all have offices on the Mid-Levels at 28 Kennedy Road in a large colonial mansion, but the Administrative Wing said that the building can only hold three offices and so a new one had to be found for Carrie Lam.
Events and deals: BOOK FAIR SPECIAL
Irish Consulate Book Fair
The Consulate General of Ireland is participating in the HKTDC Book Fair this year. Be their guests to learn more about Ireland!
Visitors will have a chance of winning the expertly curated Paddy's Box. Find more information here!
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Booth 1A-A18
When: 22-26 July, 10am-11pm
Austrian Consulate Book Fair
The Austrian Consulate General Hong Kong is hosting a booth at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2022! The EU Office will have a booth with the support of several Consulates Generals, including Austria.
Ticket holders of the Hong Kong Book Fair can visit the Hong Kong Sports & Leisure Expo and World of Snacks on the same day. Click here for more info!
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1A-B21
When: 20th-26th July
French Consulate Book Fair
From July 20th to 26th 2022 the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong will present its French Pavilion at the Hong Kong Book Fair for the 7th consecutive year!
This year will have a special focus on travel and traveling writers! Events at their pavilion include a presentation about the Mona Lisa, “Speak Dating” and book presentations. Click here for more info!
Where: Hall 1A - A17 ‘International Cultural Village’
When: 22-26 July 2022, 10am-6pm
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