🌊MIRROR Report Releasing
COVID rules loosening, new MTR station gazetted
I brought out a poppy today (Rememberance Day of course) and promptly lost it on the cab.
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Society | 5 arrested for MIRROR accident
COVID | Rules loosening - campsites reopen
Transport | Kwu Tung station gazetted
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MIRROR accident sees five arrested
After months of investigation by authories, five individuals have been arrested by police on grounds of fraud and allowing an object to fall from heights (yes that’s a crime - it’s what happens when you throw things out of windows and it knocks a guy out).
Police say that the most serious case of fraud involved the speakers which were reported as 7x less heavy than their actual weights - 720kg vs 5552kg. A task force set up by the government to investigate the incident found that a substandard cable was used and could be part of the problems, but did not give more details.
The five arrested yesterday were senior staff from two stage engineering companies involved in the performance. They were detained at Hung Hom police station for questioning.
MIRROR backup dancer, Mo Li, is still hospitalized after a TV screen fell on him during a performance on 28 Jul. He is paralyzed from neckdown and doctors say a full chance of recovery is slim. Earlier in the show run, shaking parts of the stage led to core MIRROR members tripping, and lots of worried fans. Despite the tripping, no major changes were made to the stage leading to the near-fatal accident.
COVID in Hong Kong
Rules loosening from 17 Nov
The government announced yesterday a bunch of COVID rule relaxations including the long awaited return of campsites (barbeque sites paradoxically reopened in early Nov).
‘Active’ and ‘Passive’ Vax pass checking will also become more prominent with more sites added onto the list of ‘passive’ checking including hairdressers, religious sites and entertainment/mahjong parlours where masks are normally kept on.
Passive checked sites means that no one will stand at the door to stand and check your LeaveHomeSafe scan, but you’re legally still required to do it and be up to date on vaccines. Current locaitions that have ‘passive’ checking include malls and markets.
Outdoor sports areas such as stadiums will also be allowed to serve food.
Earlier today when asked during a press conference why the government decided to expand ‘passive’ checking instead of fully relaxing restrictions, Dr. Libby Lee said that the rules were “not confusing” and that “mask off activities are high risk”.
Another month, another train station
Kwu Tung, a rural area in Sheung Shui, is set to get its own train station which will be situated between Sheung Shui and Lok Ma Chau. There are also plans to have the station as an interchange point for the proposed ‘Northern Link’ between Yuen Long and Sheung Shui.
The area is undergoing rapid development as the government pushes forward with redeveloping the northern new territories. Previous development in the area has been met with skepticism from villagers and historians who say the area’s peaceful lifestyle and feng shui will be damaged.
Kwu Tung, despite (or perhaps) of it’s isolation has a plethora of Chinese and colonial historical sites include Oi Yuen Villa, a 1900s tudor style mansion and the nearby village of Kam Tsin, which houses the Hau Mei Tung Ancestral Hall, a declared monument among others.
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Carbon Brews: Mui Wo Beach Party
Carbon brews is launching their new pale ale Bright Side! Celebrate in style at the Beach House in Mui Wo for a sunny afternoon of all-you-can-drink carbon brews beers, groovy music, beach games with prizes/merch and more.
Where: The Beach House, Silver Mine Bay Beach, Mui Wo
When: 26/11, 1-5pm
Cost: $128 per person
Underground 18th Anniversary Concert
The Underground turns 18!…well they turned 18 months ago but with live music cancelled for so long, it’s only now that we can really celebrate!
Come along for a night of fun featuring local bands Gwenji, Transmission, What They Do, Hybrid Stereo and Parallel Horizons.
Where: Rula Live, Lan Kwai Fong
When: 19/11, 9pm till late
Cost: $140 (early bird) to $200 (on the door)
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