🌊The birds are back, the rice is back. Nature is healing.
Finally some (largely) good news
Shout out to this lovely gentleman who sent me good news after we asked.
I hope all your hall passing goes well and your wife lets you renew it too.
Keep the good news coming! We always need more (the normal news is depressing enough)
On Today’s Tide
Local sparrow numbers improve
Local rice variety growing again
COVID | Macau is kinda back
Society | Children’s care home updates
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We were the virus, nature is healing!
Sparrow populations at a 36% rebound
The latest census released by the Hong Kong bird watching society found that the local sparrow population has had a 36% rebound - about 287,000 sparrows, a rebound from last year's record low of 211,000.
Despite the good news, the society was unable to figure out why the population has fluctuated so much in recent years.
Local rice back on local plates
Local agriculture has been back on the rise in recent years, with some finding a sense of identity in farming locally, rather than just eating up imports (which I am doing because I have no respect for the environment).
So it makes sense that the AFCD are working to re-introduce a local rice variety Fa Yiu Tsai onto the local market.
The AFCD planted a test in 2019 using seeds stored in the seed bank by the government in the 1960s, and recently harvested it with “rice experts” noting that it tasted grainy and took up sauce better than other varieties, making it very suitable for local cuisine.
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
Compulsory Testing locations: 65
Macau kinda opens back up to tourists
Macanese authorities announced yesterday that you will no longer need to show proof of vaccination to enter Macau. However, you will still need to show a negative PCR test and be quarantined for 7 days.
So uh…baby steps?
Another jailed for child abuse
30 year old Cheung Wai-Yin has been sentenced to 6.5 months for abusing one year olds at the Prince Edward foster home.
Cheung previously admitted guilty to pushing and slapping them. Judge Peony Wong described Cheung as “lacking compassion”.
Childcare committee report done
The initial report on the Prince Edward home by Committee on Review of Residential Child Care and Related Services was finished on Wednesday.
The report gives 30 suggestions including
Adding staff experienced in child care and law enforcement to the Child Care Centers Advisory Inspectorate
Making the Inspectorate do random checks of video footage at SWD children homes
Increasing overall staff-kids ratio
Adding ‘childcare assistant’ positions to take up workload
Introducing social workers, nursery, clinical psychologists
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Belgium Beer Week’s first foray outside of their home country sees them expanding across the world and Hong Kong is leading by example, having a whooping 11 venues to celebrate in - one of the highest number in the world.
Each bar will host their own events during the week.
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Lifeline Mental Health Livefest at The Wanch
The uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic has made it exceedingly difficult for the music industry, particularly live music. Indefinite restrictions have taken a heavy toll on the mental health of not only the artists, but also the thousands of people who work alongside them.
On 20th August 2022, Musicians Foundation will be conducting an afternoon of TedX-style talks focusing on raising awareness on music and mental health.
When: Sat 20 Aug, 3-5pm
Where: The Wanch
Sign up here (places limited for COVID regulations)
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