🎃 Meth Dressed Up As Coconut Water
Aarza, our intern, was supposed to do Tide yesterday but came down with a sudden splattering of very bad COVID symptoms.
Regardless of if she's positive, let's all wish for her to get well soon!
Also (also) send us your best Halloween costumes and we’ll feature them on our Instagram!
Happy Spoopy Day! 🎃
On Today’s Tide
Society | Police urge safe Halloween celebrations after Seoul stampede
Paul Chan joins summit as recovering from COVID
80,000 close contacts in Macau
Weather | T3 incoming
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Travel | Cathay restarts flights over Russian airspace
Crime | 1.8 tonnes of meth dress up as coconut water
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Police urge safe Halloween after Seoul stampede
At least 150 people have died with another 80 injured after a Halloween party in the crowded Itaewon entertainment district of Seoul went wrong. The deaths include foreign citizens of China, Australia, Iran and Norway. Most victims were teens and young adults out celebrating Halloween for the first time since COVID restrictions were lifted in South Korea.
South Korean president Yoon Suk Yeol has called a national period of mourning while police investigate what sparked the stampede.
World leaders pay tribute
Leaders from around the world have sent condolance messages to South Korea after one of the most horrific accidents in recent memory for the nation.
This includes a statement from both President Xi and CE John Lee.
"On behalf of the Chinese government and the people of China, I express our deep condolences for the victims”, said President Xi said in a message to President Yoon.
Meanwhile, John Lee wrote on his social media that “It is with sadness that we learnt of the tragedy in Seoul, Korea. I express profound sorrow over the passing of the victims, extend my deepest condolences to their families and wish for a speedy recovery to all those who were injured”
Keep LKF safe
The police issued a statement urging Halloween partiers not to overcrowd Lan Kwai Fong or gather too much on the slopes of the nightlife district.
"We will implement one-way pedestrian flow. […] To avoid danger, we hope people won't stay or gather at these places for too long”, said the police.
Even though Halloween falls on today - a Monday - I’m sure some of you are still going out! So be safe!
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 5210 (478 imported)
Total cases: 1,913,942
New deaths: 12
Total deaths: 10,385
Compulsory Testing locations: 50
Paul Chan maybe coming back if he’s better
FS Paul Chan has said he will come back to Hong Kong as soon as he can for the Global Banker’s Summit starting tomorrow 1 Nov. He contracted COVID while on a business trip to the Middle East and is currently hotelling in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Chan said he feels much better after a light fever and sore throat.
If he cannot make it back, then he will be joining via video conference.
Compulsory testing across Macau
The Macanese government has ordered a mass testing of all residents after three COVID cases were found from the same family, sparking fears of a cluster. All residents will have to upload their test results daily to the Macau health code system.
Meanwhile, 80,000 have been deemed close contacts after visiting Gongbei Mall in Zhuhai around the same time as a positive case, a 43 year old woman who works at MGM.
Severe Tropical Storm Nalgae is edging closer and closer to Hong Kong. The T1 raised since last night will stay till at least 4pm today and will likely be raised to T3 between 4-7pm.
No incidcation of going to a T8 yet, although the severe storm is currently predicted to further approach the Pearl River Delta in coming days before being downgraded to a tropical storm once it passes Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong Oktoberfest Southside: Free tickets!
Harbour Times, in combination with The Underground, are proud to offer free tickets to Oktoberfest Southside. Back after a three year hiatus, the festival now takes place outside the brand new Oceanpark Waterworld. Running from 21 Oct to 8 Nov, the festival features traditional german food and drink, and live music courtesy of The Underground.
From now till 1st November, we will be picking four winners a day for free entrance to the festival - you can bring friends too!
Details on our social media post!
CHOMP! One Year Anniversary Party!
Our friends at CHOMP! are turning one! We first met the founders of the food saving app, Chris and Carla, at ReThink 2021 and we’ve since featured Carla as a Leader of The Week and in articles on sustainability.
Come celebrate with us on 11 Nov as we bring in another year of not throwing away food that’s still good.
Where: House Studio, Soho House. Sheung Wan
Cost: $100 (+fees)
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