🌊The Fringe is NOT closing down (stop sharing that damn post)
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In lieu of an intro that’s related to anything, show recommendations!
I finished Netflix’s adaption of Sandman not realizing it’s written by Neil Gaiman, and when I realized that it only got better.
Here’s a vid where he sarcastically goes through every shot of the intro.
Did you know that the actor for the Corinthian literally had mouth for eyes? Yeah useful that.
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HT Fact Check | HK Fringe is NOT closing
Bankers may get quarantine exemption
Police Chief Raymond Siu: positive role model
HA cuts down non-essential services
Crime | 23 year old arrested for scamming HKers to SEA
Events | Bar takeover at Gokan
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Hong Kong Fringe Club is NOT closing
When I saw the widespread posts that the HK Fringe Club was closing, I was shocked. I used to volunteer there backstage, and helped with the music education department.
But it was odd - I didn’t get any press releases, and neither their site nor their social media made any references to a closure.
It turns out they’re not closing. The post was shared accidentally (leaked???) and refers to a private party for the bosses Benny and Cat (lovely people, will miss them dearly) who are retiring.
We dig into it in our new article - the Fringe Club has been asked for additional clarification.
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 6654 (227 imported)
Total cases: 1,471,509
New deaths: 10
Total deaths: 9,620
Compulsory Testing locations: 58
Want quarantine exemptions? Become a banker!
The government is mulling over official exemptions for attendants of the massive closed-door investment summit in November.
Without a clear roadmap out of COVID restrictions, there’s no saying if normal travelers will still need to quarantine by then, but the 100 odd attendants, allegedly privately invited by the head of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, probably won’t like to sit in a hotel for days on end.
Even though quarantine has also been reduced from 7 to 3 days, some of the banks have already demanded quarantine-free travel as a per-requisite for attendance.
Raymond Siu: (COVID) Positive Role Model
Police Chief Raymond Siu has caught COVID.
He’s ok and staying home. Nothing more to say really. Moving on.
HA cuts non-essential services
The Hospital Authority is cutting down on non-essential services due to rising COVID numbers.
“The public hospitals have to pay a high price now to treat these patients. It is done at the expense of other services” says Larry Lee, head of the Hospital Authority.
The HA has also put aside an extra 5000 beds for COVID patients only. Asia World Expo has opened back up 10 more have been sent there for treatment.
23 year old arrested for trafficking HKers to SEA
Two in their 20s have been arrested for conspiracy to defraud in relation to the rising number of Hong Kongers trafficked into South East Asia by fake job offers (and a couple of fake lovers).
Cheung Man-Wai, 23, is thought to be one of the core members of the crime syndicate, with Shum Mung-Si, 27, thought to be one of the core fake job posters.
Six others have already been arrested in relation to the trafficking. Senior superintendent Tony Ho has confirmed that all of them are part of the same syndicate.
So far, 38 are confirmed to have been trafficked to SEA. 21 are still stuck while 17 have returned to Hong Kong.
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Gokan bar takeover
HT x partner Gokan is having their first ever bar takeover, featuring bartenders Tony and Henry from Glass Gardener and solo mixologist Chi Ho. An exclusive menu will be available for the two nights, featuring original cocktails designed by the Trio.
When: 26-28th Aug, 6-11pm
Where: Gokan, 192A Hollywood Road
Schol! Belgium Beer Week: 22 - 28 Aug
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.
See our full coverage for details on location, timings and events!
Official media partner: ReThink HK returns 5-6 Oct
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