🌊Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan
Dr. Tang's advise for start-ups
It’s a day with quality and no quantity! Lots of health news (if no eating for COVID reasons is considered health news) and for paid readers a, dare I say, pretty decent summary of what we know right now about Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
I’m sure by the time this goes out, half of it will already be obsolete…such is the speed of world affairs.
On Today’s Tide
HT Originals | Two stories about entrepreneurship: Dr. Winnie Tang
COVID | No eating at the food fair
Health | Unregistered mainland paracetemol gets the OK
Events | Knit for Ireland
Behind the paywall:
Greater China | Pelosi in Taiwan
US policy does not change: official statement from Pelosi
Chinese warships docked at unofficial maritime border
Every single HK gov official condemns Pelosi
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HT Originals: Dr. Tang on Entrepreneurship
Regular columnist Dr. Winnie Tang sent us a couple of cool stories that made her reflect on her own start-up work. 25 years ago, she founded Eris China - the local branch of Eris technology, bringing GIS into Hong Kong for the first time.
Now she’s an adjunct professor for tech, architecture and social sciences at HKU, not to mention her plethora of governmental advisory roles!
Naturally, that work ethic makes me feel bad. Anyway, here’s her article.
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 4123
Total cases: 1,362,371
New deaths: 11
Total deaths: 9,520
Compulsory Testing Locations: 65
No food at the food fair (for COVID reasons)
Hong Kong’s annual food fair is returning next Thursday, 11 Aug but with one major caveat - you can’t try any of the food.
This is ironically a harsher measure than last year where the public could try food at specific tasting areas, as long as they signed in using ‘LeaveHomeSafe’.
As of tomorrow (4 Aug), toddlers from 6 months and up can take Sinovac shots. BioNTech may be available in the future but the government will first need to obtain child specific doses, or dilute their own.
Those aged 50-59 who want to take a 4th shot can do so 3 months after their third dose.
Unregistered Mainland Paracetamol gets an OK
Earlier in the year, social media was flooded with pictures of mainland produced painkillers prescribed in place of Panadol - what the hospitals usually give. It was later found that the painkillers were not registered in Hong Kong leading to worries about safety.
In the past few weeks, the government has been justifying the import of the medication saying that it was imported in December and that during Feb and March (when the fifth wave was at its peak), as there was huge demand for painkillers leading to the city’s supplies running low.
The hospital authority gave a statement yesterday saying that “the safety and quality of the drug have been examined before the procurement from a few mainland suppliers with the help of the central government”.
The drugs will remain in circulation until they run out, after which the HA will return to its reguarly scheduled suppliers.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to apply and where to send your sewing!
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