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While I was still in Birmingham over summer, I kept saying that Rishi Sunak should have been PM - if anything just because it would be funny if the Tory Party were led by an Indian guy.
Now we actually have him!
Indian Twitter is already filled with Sunak memes and it’s only going to become livlier!
Oh and happy Diwali ~
On Today’s Tide
All new teachers to take Basic Law - Nat Sec Test
Updates on St. Francis Xavier case
COVID | Banker summit COVID rules laid out
Society | CUHK backtracks on new emblem
Events | Free tickets to Oktoberfest!
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All new teachers take Basic Law - Nat Sec test
The EDB released guidelines yesterday stating that all new teachers at government subsidised schools will need to take the Basic Law - National Security Test (BLNST).
The BLNS test supersedes last year’s apparently temporary Basic Law test. The test contents take inspiration from a similar test currently required for Civil Servants.
New teachers is definited not only as new teachers (ironically) but anyone entering the field or changing schools. All ranks are required to take the test including kindergarten teachers and principals.
The test will be multiple choice with 20 questions. You only need 10/20 to pass.
Those teaching non-local curricula, subbing for less than 90 days or working under the NET scheme are not required to take the test.
St. Francis told me to suspend the kids
An investigation has begun into the suspension of three students earlier this month for disrespecting the flag and national anthem when they did not show up for a flag raising ceremony, allegedly because they couldn’t hear the music playing, and had breakfast instead.
The vice principal personally told them off, saying that they could have broken both the natioanl anthem law and the national security law for their terrible actions.
In a Facebook post, the school confirmed that it was looking into the issue:
"The independent inquiry will submit a fair and just report to [the school's] Incorporated Management Committee, giving an account to teachers and pupils, parents and public, and winning back everyone's confidence in the school”, the post said.
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 4930
Total cases: 1,881,007
New deaths: 7
Total deaths: 10,333
Compulsory Testing locations: 40
Banker x COVID: rules made in heaven
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has finished ironing out COVID rules for the upcoming bankers’ summit in November, said HKMA Chairman Eddie Yue on his blog.
Bankers will be under a simplified version of the Amber Code - They will be allowed to have meals with others in private rooms, and will be allowed to enter some otherwise COVID restricted venues, though which and what venues was not confirmed.
If a banker catches COVID while in town, they can leave on a private flight, or isolate in Hong Kong.
See You, New CU Emblem
CUHK has backtracked on their new emblem - a version of the original crest without a split colour scheme - after backlash from students and alumni, many of which say they were not told about the change.
The new version, which has a simplified pheonix “keeping with modern design trends” was relentlessly mocked online with some calling it a pheasant.
Use of the new emblem has been stopped. A board meeting will be held today on the matter.
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From now till 1st November, we will be picking four winners a day for free entrance to the festival - you can bring friends too!
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