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Society | Casual Fridays - have a work-life balance or else
COVID | uhhh….we have Malaria now
Two more plead guilty to child abuse scandal
270,000 call in for PTSD after MIRROR
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HK General Chamber of Commerce lowers HK growth forecast
John Lee is the second highest paid official in the world
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Government mandated casual Fridays!
Today is the first weekly casual dress Friday for all government workers.
There is, as usual, an official purpose for this (you can’t just have casual dress for nothing!). In usual Press Release casual language:
The Government announced […] "Dress Casual Fridays" starting from this week. To encourage and facilitate government employees to take part in more sports and recreational activities during spare time, government employees may dress sporty or casual for work on Fridays.
Ingrid Yeung, Civil Service Secretary said this in a very casual manner:
"We strongly encourage government employees to take part in sports and physical activities during spare time so as to upkeep their physical and mental health and to maintain work life balance”
The measure does not apply to uniformed services.
So there you have it. Go to work in a tracksuit, make sure to “take part in more sports” - maybe by jogging in the tracksuit to work!
And an album recommendation
If you work for the civil service, we’d love to see what you decided to casually dress as - take selfies and tag @harbourtimes
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 5,020 (247 imported)
Total cases: 1,371,938
New deaths: 3
Total deaths: 9527
COVID, Monkeypox and Malaria (oh my)
Hong Kong logged 30 cases of Malaria last month, after a group of workers for a Mainland company working in Equitorial Guinea returned to China via Hong Kong. They were found positive for Malaria during quarantine. One 52-year old patient developed complications and passed away while in quarantine; four others have been moved to intensive care.
Hotel quarantine reduction incoming
The government said they are very close to releasing details of quarantine reduction. Sources say decisions are likely to come in the next week, if not earlier.
Updates on previous stories:
Prince Edward Children’s Home
An additional two, Cheung Wai-Yin, 30, and Lee Pui-Ching, 32, have pleaded guilty to child abuse while working at the Prince Edward foster home.
Cheung admitted to slapping and shoving two boys that were under her care; Lee similarly slapped one girl several times. Both crimes took place between November and December of last year.
A third defendent Chan Oi-Ying pleaded not guilty and will return to court at a later date to argue her case.
We recommend our report on the case if you need a refresher.
270,000 expected to report PTSD after MIRROR accident
A survery by the Post Crisis Counseling network expects around 270,000 people to develop PTSD of some sort after the MIRROR accident. The council says that at present, around 100 people are diagnosed, but considering that the concert had 12,500 in attendance (and many more saw the videos online), it is expected that far more will be disagnosed in the future.
Meanwhile, Keung To, core member of MIRROR and group manager ‘Sister Fai’ have denied rumours that the band will split.
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Have your knitting flown to Dublin
2023 will mark the first time the Feast of St. Brigid becomes a public holiday in Ireland where she is revered as a national saint. Being the
To celebrate, the Global Irish Division is starting the "Common Threads project” which is so new there’s no site.
We contacted the Irish CG (so you don’t have to) and found out more information:
“Common Threads project will see textile artists from around the world with a connection to Ireland contribute unique individual artworks, which will form part of a larger quilt or cloak to be exhibited in Dublin in February 2023 as part of the St. Brigid’s Day celebrations.”
Use of local weaving techniques is greatly welcomed. You can use any material and technique as long as the patches are square (so it can be sewed together in Dublin).
Contact email@example.com for more information on how to apply and where to send your sewing!
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When: 12th August
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