🌊Godspeed Jumbo, come home soon
Hong Kong....wasn't a colony??!?!?!?!
Hope everyone enjoyed the extra dose of Charlotte yesterday! I know I sure did! I also enjoyed the remake of HKIA into an empty haunted house.
I’m safely in Germany and ready to do some workshops next week at the DW Global Media Forum. This year’s topic is ‘Shaping tomorrow, now’ and is all about how current trends - like social media and press freedom - are changing the face of media.
Considering we got interviewed by Telum for our usage of memes, I think we’ll find some cool connections <3
I don’t think I have already, but here’s the aggressively exciting trailer they made
On Today’s Tide
Culture | Godspeed Jumbo
COVID | Drink a beer, smell a RAT
Sports | Hong Kong qualifies for Asian Cup - first since 1968
Politics | Carrie’s final Press Briefing
Behind the paywall:
Culture | Historical sites to be revitalised: a 4 parter
King Yin Lei: Chinese Medicine Centre and Tea Room
Homi Villa: National Education Centre
Fong Yuen Study Hall: STEM Experimental Centre
Tai Tam Tuk Staff Hall: EARTH Nature Centre
Education | Hong Kong was not a British colony - new history textbooks
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After over four decades of service, Jumbo is leaving Hong Kong for an undisclosed location in Southeast Asia where it will be given the maintenance it desperately needs. The owners ‘Jumbo Kingdom’ had liased with the Marine Dept about moving the boat, but declined giving away its new location to stop crowds from showing up to the new docks.
When asked whether the boat will return, Jumbo Kingdom said they needed to check the health of the fleet - the kitchen had suddenly sunk soon after the announcement that Jumbo would be towed away.
Crowds rushed over to Aberdeen despite the rain to see Jumbo in person for the final time. I could not, but godspeed Jumbo, till we meet again old friend.
COVID in Hong Kong
New cases: 752 (97 imported)
Total cases: 1,220,761
New deaths: 1
Total deaths: 9,391
Want a beer? Get a RAT first
With the increase in cases stemming from bars and clubs, the government has decided to enact a new rule - everyone who goes to a bar or a club will need to show a negative RAT test taken within the past 24 hours.
The new regulation will start on 16 June, although how it will work in practice hasn’t been announced.
Meanwhile, FEHD director Irene Young said that her department has been strictly ensuring government regulations are followed by cracking down on dancing and live music.
Hong Kong’s going to the Asian Cup!
The HK men’s team qualified for the Asian cup for the first time since 1968 after the Phillipines lost to Palestine in the final qualifiers.
Speaking to RTHK, goalee Edmond Yapp said
"I'm very happy that our team have this incredible achievement. It's an honour to represent Hong Kong, especially when we're victorious […] Qualifying [for the finals] makes everyone who's supporting us proud, and this motivates us to achieve more."
Carrie’s Final Show
ft. a joke I didn’t make up but Tripperhead did
In her final press meeting, outgoing CE Carrie Lam discussed a number of important issues such as
Q: Will you relax COVID measures
A: I know a lot of people have been wanting to relax them, and there’s been a lot of pressure from the business community too but I won’t because “If I were, or we were, to relax the quarantine rules tomorrow, but then in two weeks time, the new government decided that perhaps this need to be reverted to a more tightened control, that would create a lot of confusion and uncertainty for a lot of people.”
Civil Servant Pay
Q: The pay trend survey in May showed that pay for civil servants should rise, will you confirm whether this is happening
A: This is something that will affect the future adminstration, so we won’t make the decision. “But I can assure you… this administration does not avoid issues”
Q: So about press freedom
A: “Every time I stand here, I am always willing to answer your questions […] All the best”
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