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[the day the Police Chief sang karaoke with his friends] 😾Daily Recat😾 – MONDAY 2/17

[the day the Police Chief sang karaoke with his friends] 😾Daily Recat😾 – MONDAY 2/17
(DAILY RECATTM) [MONDAY 2/17]
See list of prior RecatsTM here. Please visit the Hong Kong Protest Live Feed for up-to-the-moment news sourced from Hong Kong.
[NEW as of 3/6] Recommended English translation of video showing Italian lawmaker wearing mask to parliament (courtesy u/NonnyNu).
Police Chief Chris Tang sings “Friends” with HK megastars Alan Tam, Eric Tsang, and Jackie Chan. (Screenshot: Kris Cheng)

Recommended Viewing

Today’s recommended viewing are a series of video clips leaked from a star-studded feast featuring some of the biggest celebrities in Hong Kong and the highest ranking police officers, including the Chief of Police Chris Tang. Notably, nobody is wearing masks, there is someone smoking indoors against regulations without any police admonition, attendees are hanging all over each other, and are not practicing good table hygiene. This all occurring in the midst of the protests and a virus outbreak.
* Galileo Cheng video leaked showing high-ranking police, including Chief of Police Chris Tang, partying with celebrities. Translation of Tang’s speech: “Many thanks to Sun Hei organization and the Celebrity Soccer Team for playing soccer with us earlier today and also now joining us for dinner. Also, many thanks to my brothers in HK Police Force because they give me such strong support. Whether we succeed will depend on you. I’m really excited today because I see many of my idols, including Big Brother Jackie Chan to Alan Tam, to Eric Tsang to “Ben,” to all of you. All are my idols, so my heart is beating so fast right now. Actually, why am I so articulate at the district council meetings? Because of Eric Tsang’s “Happy Dictionary.” And, as to being a police officer, I learned that from Big Brother Jackie Chan and Alex Fong. I didn’t know have to be a police officer but I learned little by little by watching you. [At Alan Tam] I also like you. Today, I really thank everyone who played ball today. We are all good friends and don’t need to say anything, everything is in our hearts. As long as you give us the thumbs up, we will do anything for you.”
* Kris Cheng video leaked showing former Police Public Relations Bureau head John Tse serenading and singing a duet with Alan Tam. Video also shows Eric Tsang using personal chopsticks to eat directly from the noodle plate and the sauce plate.
* Kris Cheng video leaked showing Jackie Chan, Alan Tam, Eric Tsang, and Chris Tang singing “Friends.” Translation: Chan—“Come here, friend, come since “Friends.” [In Mandarin] Doesn’t matter which class or level we’re in, [in Cantonese] we are always friends.” Alan Tam—“When do we see real friendship?”
* Kris Cheng photo series with the first three photos showing Franky Chu (ex-police officer sentenced to jail in 2014 for taking a passerby around a corner and beating him) taking photos at the feast with high-ranking police officers, including Chief of Police Chris Tang, and two other high-ranking police officers who are routinely seen on the daily police pressers.

Legislation, Legal Challenges, and Elections

* (Arrests and Trials) Domestic helper sentenced to 4 weeks for stealing thousands of masks.

Wuhan COVID-19 | Hong Kong

* (Confirmed Cases) ## 58 and 59 (engineers who attended meeting at Hospital Authority HQ), plus #60 (wife of engineer). See Alvin L thread; SCMP article. #61 domestic helper of Hotpot Family. See HK Government press release.
* (Quarantine) 24yo tests positive after 15-day quarantine. Two quarantine jumpers prosecuted.
* (Healthcare Providers) Ambulance officers, a division of the Fire Services Department which was allocated 0 protective suits, have to reuse masks. Ivan Law, nurse and vice-chair of HAEA labor union, volunteers for dirty team.
* (Masks) Private Distribution: Demosisto gives away 1.2 million masks (see Joshua Wong thread). Li Ka-shing to donate PPE.
* (Products and Services) Toilet paper robbers hunted (RTHK article). Tourism industry wants financial help (see Damon Pang thread).
* (HKers Stuck in Hubei) Pro-Beijing party BPA urges Carrie Lam to charter flight. Two chartered flights confirmed. See RTHK article.

Pro-Establishment

* (Border) Still open.
* (Celebrity-Police Party) Leaked video showing police partying with celebrities in large gathering, including of Chief of Police Chris Tang saying that he learned how to be a police officer from an actor who was present at the feast. See Galileo Cheng video. Translation: “Many thanks to Sun Hei organization and the Celebrity Soccer Team for playing soccer with us earlier today and also now joining us for dinner. Also, many thanks to my brothers in HK Police Force because they give me such strong support. Whether we succeed will depend on you. I’m really excited today because I see many of my idols, including Big Brother Jackie Chan to Alan Tam, to Eric Tsang to “Ben,” to all of you. All are my idols, so my heart is beating so fast right now. Actually, why am I so articulate at the district council meetings? Because of Eric Tsang’s “Happy Dictionary.” And, as to being a police officer, I learned that from Big Brother Jackie Chan and Alex Fong. I didn’t know have to be a police officer but I learned little by little by watching you. [At Alan Tam] I also like you. Today, I really thank everyone who played ball today. We are all good friends and don’t need to say anything, everything is in our hearts. As long as you give us the thumbs up, we will do anything for you.”
* (Committee to Monitor Police) Home Affairs Department informed Kowloon City District Councillor that a committee to monitor police is unlawful and will not be recognized by secretariat. See Aaron Mc Nicholas thread.

International and Mainland Reactions / Adjacent Sectors

* (Mainland China) Re mainland generally: Annual National People’s Congress meeting postponed. Re information blackout: Xi Jinping ignored warnings of Wuhan COVID-19 at 1/7 Politburo meeting; experts turned to international journals to alert world (see Xinqi Su thread).
* (Macau) Re-opening casinos in 2 weeks.
* (Xinjiang) Systematic surveillance by CCP. See 909o thread.
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[the day Carrie and her boss got hammered] 😾Daily Recat😾 – SATURDAY 2/15

[the day Carrie and her boss got hammered] 😾Daily Recat😾 – SATURDAY 2/15
(DAILY RECATTM) [SATURDAY 2/15]
See list of prior RecatsTM here. Please visit the Hong Kong Protest Live Feed for up-to-the-moment news sourced from Hong Kong.
[NEW as of 3/6] Recommended English translation of video showing Italian lawmaker wearing mask to parliament (courtesy u/NonnyNu).
Taipo residents received free masks from their newly elected district councillor and options to hammer Carrie Lam’s face or a famous bear. This resident chose both. (Source: PSHK via ajmm)

Recommended Viewing

* Ezra Cheung thread re protests in multiple locations today against quarantine centers being located in densely populated areas, without community consultation and without closing the border with mainland China, and how these protests are a subcategory of the broader protests since June against the government turning a deaf ear to HKer’s concerns.
* Panda thread of photos and videos of the locals’ protests, including this video of an elderly man the police accused of attacking police and thus deserving of point-blank pepper spray.
* Jennifer Zeng thread re Navy University of Engineering locking down on 1/2, 18 days before CCP admitted there was an outbreak. Nectar Gan thread with comments re Xi Jinping holding Politburo Standing Meeting on 1/7 on coronavirus while blaming Wuhan officials for withholding information and punishing whistleblowers like Dr. Li Wenliang for exposing the outbreak. RTHK article re CCP cracking down on Internet to ensure stability and “positive energy” after CCP claims of timely and effective handling of the outbreak.
* East Lantau (HK version of South Park).

Legislation, Legal Challenges, and Elections

* (EEOC re Kwong Wing Catering) EEOC race discrimination complaint against Kwong Wing Catering for refusing to serve Mandarin speakers. See Elson Tong post; Aaron Mc Nicholas post.
* (Breaking Bail) HK Civil Rights Advocates warned that arrestees released on bail should beware of attempts to make them break bail by violating curfew. One such arrestee received a phone call about his car’s headlights being on in the parking lot, but he sent his sister to check, thereby keeping his 8pm curfew.

Wuhan COVID-19 | Hong Kong

* (Science) South Chinese University of Technology: Wuhan COVID-19 may have originated from animal research lab near wildlife market.
* (Masks) Self-Help: Free masks from Taipo district councillor. Anonymous HK localist donates free masks to refugees in Chungking Mansions.
* (Products and Services) Bleach shortage. 100,000 appointments postponed.
* (Diamond Princess—Yokohama Harbor) 67 new cases, totaling 285. HK government will charter a flight for HKers after they’ve completed their quarantine to come back to HK, at which time they would be quarantined for another 14 days.
* (HKers Stuck in Hubei) No logistical details from HK government re how to bring HKers back or where to put them. See Alvin L thread.
* (Hong Mei House—Tsing Yi) Residents return.
* (Education) International schools may resume class.

Pro-Establishment

* (Border) Still open.
* (Government Presser) An accounting of protective gear, enough for 1 month. See Alvin L threads here, here.

Protestors (Anti-ELAB and Wuhan COVID-19)

* (Quarantine Camp Protest—multiple locations) Locals continue to protest HK government’s plans to locate quarantine camps in heavily populated areas of HK, especially without consulting the communities and also without closing the border to mainland China. These protests are an extension of the broader protest movement in which HKers are objecting to their government turning a deaf ear to their demands. Protest locations today: Tai Po, Aberdeen, Kennedy Town, Tin Shui Wai, Hung Hom (HK PolyU dormitory). The march in Tin Shui Wai had received a letter of no objection from the police. The usual police tactics occurred: indiscriminate arrests, brutal tactics, mass arrests of youngsters, elderlies, and medics lined up against walls, pepper spraying all (including reporters and medics). See Kong Tsung-gan thread; RTHK article; Panda thread with excellent photos and videos; Ezra Cheung thread; Passion Times thread.
* (Hospital Authority PPE Records) Netizen group RevengeHi obtained HA inventory records of protective personal equipment and demands HA disclose its usage and replenishment plans by 2/21 or the inventory records will be published. See LIHKG Picks post.
* (Miscellaneous) Protest street art. Democrats seeking eyewitnesses for 11/11 Sai Wan Ho live ammo shooting for private prosecution. 8 month commemoration of Yellow Raincoat Man’s death. East Lantau (HK version of South Park).

International and Mainland Reactions / Adjacent Sectors

* (Mainland China) Re mainland generally: Continued mask shortage. Red Cross redirected resources and supplies from frontliners (who didn’t get any essential equipment) to government officials. Re information blackout: Citizen journalist Fang Bin still missing. General Secretary Xi Jinping held a Politburo Standing Committee meeting on 1/7 on how to contain the outbreak but reporting by state-run media on the meeting did not identify the coronavirus as a topic discussed at the meeting. At the same time Wuhan officials were being blamed by CCP for the outbreak and withholding information from the CCP, and whistleblowers like Dr. Li Wenliang were being silenced and punished. Naval University of Engineering issued a lockdown on 1/2 (see Jennifer Zeng thread), 18 days before the CCP admitted that there was an outbreak. CCP cracking down on Internet to ensure stability and “positive energy” after CCP claims of timely and effective handling of the outbreak.
* (Macau) Resuming basic government operations starting Monday; citizens must wear masks in public and carry health declarations. No confirmed cases for 11 days in a row, but warning all Macanese to keep fighting the virus and stay at home. See Alvin L thread; Rachel Cheung article in Washington Post.
* (Taiwan) Three HKers fined for flouting Taiwanese quarantine.
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What Returning to Work Will Look Like in Offices, Cafes and Factories Around the World

Expect lots of temperature checks and one-way routes. ‘As we experienced in China, this will be a journey.’
Wearable social-distancing buzzers. Masked blackjack dealers. Drive-thru electronics purchases. From cubicles to factory floors, cafes to clothing boutiques, businesses around the world are dreaming up creative ways to reopen, attempting to start revenue flowing again while minimizing the risk to customers and employees.
The global economy is riding on their ability to pull off that delicate balance. A new flareup of Covid-19 cases could shutter offices, stores, restaurants and manufacturing plants once again, further choking off the flow of goods and services and threatening more jobs. Some governments, such as China, are providing rigorous oversight of the process. Others, including President Donald Trump’s administration, have offered looser guidance and are entrusting businesses to monitor their facilities. Scientists are still studying how the virus is spread, and whether keeping people six feet apart is enough, adding to the risks.
The companies’ plans rely on a steady supply of masks, gloves, thermometers and tests that is likely to strain budgets and manufacturers’ ability to keep up. Social distancing will be built in, with people divided by barriers and kept apart from colleagues and customers, a U-turn after years of movement toward open floor plans. Some companies will monitor employees more closely than ever before, while others will let workers choose how much protection they need. The way we work, shop, travel and eat in 2020 – and probably beyond – is being plotted out in boardrooms around the world.
Here are the changes companies are contemplating for their workplaces in the coming weeks.

The Office

Seats on the shuttle bus to Unilever’s Shanghai offices can be reserved using a chat group. Employees must be masked to board, and they sit on alternating sides, one person to each four-seat row. Upon arrival, each worker scans a QR code and fills out a health status report to get a daily pass to enter. Then comes the temperature check and the hand sanitizer.
Inside the office, movement is tightly regulated. Employees keep their masks on and are encouraged to use the stairs instead of the elevator, with spritzes of hand sanitizer before and after touching the regularly disinfected handrail. In the canteen, a single person is allowed at each four-seat table.
Such measures might seem predictable in a centrally controlled society like China, but some version of them is starting to appear in the West. At Britain’s former state phone monopoly, BT Group Plc, call center workers sit two meters apart, and walkways are designated as one-way to keep people from brushing past each other. Temperature checks are becoming routine at Sistema, the Russian conglomerate, which also says it’s developed its own two-hour test for Covid-19. Employees who come to the office have been tested in the past couple of weeks, though as many as half of the call center workers at MTS, the mobile network controlled by Sistema, are operating out of their homes.

More Room

Flexible space operator Knotel, which runs offices for corporations including Uber and Netflix, says workplace design has to change. Offices will likely be less densely populated, and altered to make them “antiviral,” according to Amol Sarva, Knotel’s chief executive officer.
“Things like ventilation, UV light, density screening, video monitoring, and temperature monitoring, cleaning protocols — those are all going to have to change,” he said. “Certainly there’ll be more space.”
In China, Cushman & Wakefield has helped move nearly a million workers back into 800 million square feet (74 million square meters) of office space. The company is creating a Recovery Readiness manual for landlords and tenants, based in part on its experience in China, that includes colored carpets to create visual boundaries around desks, plexiglass shields between desks that face each other and signs that direct walking traffic in a single direction.

Fewer Meetings

Even when people do come back to the office, meetings will be limited, and large gatherings are out of the question. This week, Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg canceled all physical events of 50 or more people through June 2021. The vast majority of employees are required to work from home through May, and those who need to carry on doing so will be able to work at home through the summer.
The road to normalcy may be much longer than that. At Abcam Plc, a British protein research company, 40 out of 300 China-based employees started returning to work in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong on Feb. 14. Two months later, the company is running split shifts to maintain distancing for the roughly 50% of employees based in manufacturing, logistics and essential lab work.

The Factory

On Feb. 10, Winly Automotive (Wuhan) Ltd. was assigned a checklist from the government. To reopen, the company would be required to have a one-month stash of masks and sanitizer, take a photo of the supplies, and send it to officials before submitting to a detailed inspection. “The policy has been constantly changing,” said Wang Xuepan, one of the plant’s managers. “It’s very difficult for us to handle.”
In the Seattle area, Boeing Co. has worked with the Washington state labor department on a plan to reopen its factories. It will be doling out cloth masks to most workers, saving the gold-standard N95 masks for a select few in more hazardous conditions.
Unlike office drones, factory workers have to show up in person to get the job done. Figuring out what basic protections they’ll need is part of the challenge. At Boeing, industrial engineers are analyzing the sequence of work on its assembly lines to find ways to spread apart workers.

Taking the Temperature

Airbus SE has divided employees at its plants into red and blue teams, who don’t see each other because they use different routes to enter and exit buildings. Volkswagen AG is allotting more time between shifts and reducing expectations for production because it takes longer for people to move around each other at a safe distance. Ford Motor Co. is experimenting with wearable devices that would buzz workers if they get too close together.
While the virus can be transmitted by people with no symptoms, many manufacturers are doing temperature checks, whether with thermometers, thermal imaging cameras or — in the case of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV in the U.S. — reusable forehead strips.
Fiat Chrysler, whose CEO Mike Manley is one of the executives talking with Trump about reopening the economy, is requiring workers to fill out a health questionnaire two hours before reporting to work each day. They must bring either a hard copy, or scan a QR code with their phone, to prove they aren’t displaying signs of illness or exposure to the virus, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg. Workers can’t enter the plant without it.
Some companies are closing cafeterias in favor of vending machines. Dongfeng PSA in Wuhan is handing out prepared lunchboxes to employees, who must eat at least 1.5 meters apart with their backs to each other.
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. said Chairman Li Shufu wrote a song to keep workers motivated through such dreariness. “A world full of expectations/Turned to dust of yesterday,” the lyrics go. “Their sorrow flowing into the sea/But the flower of love is quietly blooming.”

The Airplane

When air travel resumes in earnest, it’s likely that hand sanitizers, face masks and thermometers will become standard at most major airports, said David Powell, medical adviser for the International Air Transport Association, a trade group. All three have shortcomings, but can also reassure passengers, he said.
The International Civil Aviation Organization, which sets global flying standards, wants to establish a “public health corridor concept.” Under such a plan, major airlines, airports, public authorities and other parties would adopt common protocols for screening, boarding, in-flight procedures, arrivals, customs and baggage.
“We cannot all just stop flying,” Ansa Jordaan, the group’s chief of aviation medicine, said during an April 15 webcast.
Emirates Airline said this week it was the first to conduct rapid Covid-19 blood tests, with results available in 10 minutes for passengers flying Wednesday from Dubai to Tunisia. It plans to extend the procedure to other flights, according to Chief Operating Officer Adel Al Redha.
Other carriers are attempting less invasive measures. Etihad Airways, another major airline in the United Arab Emirates, plans to deploy touchless self-service devices at its hub airport in Abu Dhabi to identify travelers with medical conditions, including the early stages of coronavirus.
In the U.S., American Airlines Group Inc. plans to continue spacing customers apart during boarding and flights, conducting extensive cleanings of aircraft and reducing food and beverage service to limit contact, CEO Doug Parker said in an April 15 video message.
“When you do fly, aircraft cleanliness and social distancing matter greatly,” he said.

The Store

In China, it’s become standard to have your temperature taken any time you want to go shopping. Visitors to the Wuhan International Plaza luxury mall are checked for a fever at the door, before they queue up to be served one at a time at Louis Vuitton.
Levi Strauss & Co. disinfects its Chinese stores three times a day and requires temperature checks for customers, who are expected to wear masks before entering the store. Fitting rooms and products that have been tried on are disinfected each time they’re used.
It’s unclear whether practices implemented in China will make their way to other parts of the world, though several companies said they’ll learn from their experience in Asia.

Drive-Thru Shopping

Another technique is to keep shoppers out of the store altogether. Dixons Carphone Plc, the electronics retailer, is considering plans for contact-free “drive-thru” style stores to limit the risk of coronavirus for staff and customers. Shoppers would park outside, call the store to select items to buy, use a contactless system to pay and then open their trunks so staff could deliver the products.
Salespeople at luxury retailers in China were already using social media to engage with customers before the outbreak, but they’ve stepped up the effort since, adding clients on WeChat and sending them information about the latest trends. Louis Vuitton tried showcasing its summer product line in a livestream show on March 26 featuring a social-media star, but was ridiculed for the quality of the video. Sometimes there’s no substitute for personal contact.

The Restaurant

Buffets and salad bars will be re-thought, and self-serve drink stations may be “a thing of the past,” said Taco John’s CEO Jim Creel, who added that other changes are afoot at the 387-store chain. Taco John’s popular salsa bar — around for the past 15 years — may be removed.
“We hope we don’t have to take them out — that we’ll be able to figure out a way to make them still work — but I’m afraid the fear factor our there will force us to go to a pre-packaged option.”
A test of self-ordering kiosks may also get pulled back. “It was a good idea three months ago, but not so good today,” Creel said.

Phone Pay

In China, restaurants and even bars have opened back up in Shanghai, with varying limits on seating arrangements – some allow six to a table, others only one. In Beijing, restaurants are doing temperature checks. In Wuhan, most places are still delivery-only.
“In the short run, as dining rooms open back up again, you’ll probably see many restaurants space their tables a little bit further apart,” said Jack Li, CEO of menu researcher Datassential. “You’ll see more restaurants try to adopt phone pay. So not having to hand your money or card to anyone. You’re certainly going to see more places continue to do things like contactless delivery.”
Starbucks Corp. is taking a store-by-store approach to resuming business activities in the U.S., with services limited to drive-thru, delivery and takeout via mobile orders and contactless pickup.
“As we experienced in China, this will be a journey,” CEO Kevin Johnson wrote in a memo to staff on Thursday.

The Menu

Chains are cutting back menus, focusing on products that sell best and are easy to make. Romano’s Macaroni Grill has pared down its menu to 70% of what it used to be, saying goodbye to pizzas and calzones recently. McDonald’s all-day breakfast menu is gone.
Fazoli’s Italian restaurant chain is trying to secure Purell sanitizing stations – four for each store — along with “millions” of alcohol-based wipes for re-opening the dining rooms of its 216 locations. The company is also re-thinking bathrooms and looking into touch-less soap dispensers. It’s an investment, but a worthwhile one, says CEO Carl Howard.
“I want to let the consumer know I’m doing everything I can to keep them as safe as possible,” Howard said in an interview.

The Arena

Large public gatherings aren’t top of mind yet in China, but Trump and the people who run the U.S.’s biggest sports leagues appear aligned in their thinking that live games, at least in some form, are a critical part of helping the country recover.
“The progression needs to be open outdoor sports first, golf, tennis, swimming so that we can start to test the waters — that I’m fine with,” said billionaire Mark Cuban, who owns the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.
One obstacle may be local politicians. When UFC floated plans to host an event this weekend on tribal land in California without spectators, it was pressure from politicians, including Governor Gavin Newsom, that led to its cancellation. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has reportedly discussed the possibility of prohibiting large gatherings like concerts and sporting events in the city for another year.

The Movies

That said, there’s billions on the line for sports leagues, sponsors and media networks if the games don’t resume soon. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert, has said that that the only way to do that this summer is to close venues to fans and keep all the players, coaches and referees isolated from society.
Cinema owners are also waiting to see when health officials give them clearance to open up. Cinemark Holdings Inc., the third-largest U.S. movie chain, has been in discussions with major film studios about when to release blockbusters again. The chain’s management thinks they could begin bringing back staff starting in late June, then build up a marketing campaign for a broader re-opening on July 1.
The experience won’t be like it was before coronavirus hit. The chain will either have to limit the available tickets for each showing, leaving about half its seats open. Or it may eliminate reserved seating, so customers can voluntarily spread themselves out when they arrive. Cleaning will have to be ramped up, and opening hours may be limited to accommodate the changes.
“How long that will take? We’re not completely certain,” said Mark Zoradi, Cinemark’s CEO, on a call with analysts and investors on Wednesday. “But we’re planning on anywhere from one to three months to light up that engine again and then to begin with higher profile, new product.”

The Casino

Las Vegas casino executives have discussed opening with as little as one-third of their rooms available, with limited entrances where guests’ temperatures could be checked. Casino employees would wear masks and gloves, and gamblers would sit at least a chair apart at blackjack tables.
The moves are similar to what is already occurring in Macau, the world’s largest gambling market, where casinos closed for 15 days in February and reopened under tight restrictions.
The companies are also discussing enhanced cleaning techniques, something unions have requested.

Fun Parks

The $19.3 billion U.S. theme park industry is also making plans, though no one knows when gates will reopen.
When they do, employees may be wearing masks and temperatures may be checked not only at the entrances but inside as well, said Dennis Speigel, a theme park consultant in Cincinnati. Operators may also institute virtual queues, where guests snag a place in line through an app and come to ride when it’s their turn.
“The theme park of the future is going to have to take a much different turn, from distancing to wanding to cleaning,” Speigel said. “I’ve never heard the fear in the voices that I’ve heard. Nobody knows what they’re going to be doing.”
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[the day Carrie and Pooh got hammered] 😾Daily Recat😾 – SATURDAY 2/15

[the day Carrie and Pooh got hammered] 😾Daily Recat😾 – SATURDAY 2/15
(DAILY RECATTM) [SATURDAY 2/15]
See list of prior RecatsTM here. Please visit the Hong Kong Protest Live Feed for up-to-the-moment news sourced from Hong Kong.
[NEW as of 3/6] Recommended English translation of video showing Italian lawmaker wearing mask to parliament (courtesy u/NonnyNu).
Taipo residents received free masks from their newly elected district councillor and options to hammer Carrie Lam’s face or a Pooh Bear. This resident chose both. (Source: PSHK via ajmm)

Recommended Viewing

* Ezra Cheung thread re protests in multiple locations today against quarantine centers being located in densely populated areas, without community consultation and without closing the border with mainland China, and how these protests are a subcategory of the broader protests since June against the government turning a deaf ear to HKer’s concerns.
* Panda thread of photos and videos of the locals’ protests, including this video of an elderly man the police accused of attacking police and thus deserving of point-blank pepper spray.
* Jennifer Zeng thread re Navy University of Engineering locking down on 1/2, 18 days before CCP admitted there was an outbreak. Nectar Gan thread with comments re Xi Jinping holding Politburo Standing Meeting on 1/7 on coronavirus while blaming Wuhan officials for withholding information and punishing whistleblowers like Dr. Li Wenliang for exposing the outbreak. RTHK article re CCP cracking down on Internet to ensure stability and “positive energy” after CCP claims of timely and effective handling of the outbreak.
* East Lantau (HK version of South Park).

Legislation, Legal Challenges, and Elections

* (EEOC re Kwong Wing Catering) EEOC race discrimination complaint against Kwong Wing Catering for refusing to serve Mandarin speakers. See Elson Tong post; Aaron Mc Nicholas post.
* (Breaking Bail) HK Civil Rights Advocates warned that arrestees released on bail should beware of attempts to make them break bail by violating curfew. One such arrestee received a phone call about his car’s headlights being on in the parking lot, but he sent his sister to check, thereby keeping his 8pm curfew.

Wuhan COVID-19 | Hong Kong

* (Science) South Chinese University of Technology: Wuhan COVID-19 may have originated from animal research lab near wildlife market.
* (Masks) Self-Help: Free masks from Taipo district councillor. Anonymous HK localist donates free masks to refugees in Chungking Mansions.
* (Products and Services) Bleach shortage. 100,000 appointments postponed.
* (Diamond Princess—Yokohama Harbor) 67 new cases, totaling 285. HK government will charter a flight for HKers after they’ve completed their quarantine to come back to HK, at which time they would be quarantined for another 14 days.
* (HKers Stuck in Hubei) No logistical details from HK government re how to bring HKers back or where to put them. See Alvin L thread.
* (Hong Mei House—Tsing Yi) Residents return.
* (Education) International schools may resume class.

Pro-Establishment

* (Border) Still open.
* (Government Presser) An accounting of protective gear, enough for 1 month. See Alvin L threads here, here.

Protestors (Anti-ELAB and Wuhan COVID-19)

* (Quarantine Camp Protest—multiple locations) Locals continue to protest HK government’s plans to locate quarantine camps in heavily populated areas of HK, especially without consulting the communities and also without closing the border to mainland China. These protests are an extension of the broader protest movement in which HKers are objecting to their government turning a deaf ear to their demands. Protest locations today: Tai Po, Aberdeen, Kennedy Town, Tin Shui Wai, Hung Hom (HK PolyU dormitory). The march in Tin Shui Wai had received a letter of no objection from the police. The usual police tactics occurred: indiscriminate arrests, brutal tactics, mass arrests of youngsters, elderlies, and medics lined up against walls, pepper spraying all (including reporters and medics). See Kong Tsung-gan thread; RTHK article; Panda thread with excellent photos and videos; Ezra Cheung thread; Passion Times thread.
* (Hospital Authority PPE Records) Netizen group RevengeHi obtained HA inventory records of protective personal equipment and demands HA disclose its usage and replenishment plans by 2/21 or the inventory records will be published. See LIHKG Picks post.
* (Miscellaneous) Protest street art. Democrats seeking eyewitnesses for 11/11 Sai Wan Ho live ammo shooting for private prosecution. 8 month commemoration of Yellow Raincoat Man’s death. East Lantau (HK version of South Park).

International and Mainland Reactions / Adjacent Sectors

* (Mainland China) Re mainland generally: Continued mask shortage. Red Cross redirected resources and supplies from frontliners (who didn’t get any essential equipment) to government officials. Re information blackout: Citizen journalist Fang Bin still missing. General Secretary Xi Jinping held a Politburo Standing Committee meeting on 1/7 on how to contain the outbreak but reporting by state-run media on the meeting did not identify the coronavirus as a topic discussed at the meeting. At the same time Wuhan officials were being blamed by CCP for the outbreak and withholding information from the CCP, and whistleblowers like Dr. Li Wenliang were being silenced and punished. Naval University of Engineering issued a lockdown on 1/2 (see Jennifer Zeng thread), 18 days before the CCP admitted that there was an outbreak. CCP cracking down on Internet to ensure stability and “positive energy” after CCP claims of timely and effective handling of the outbreak.
* (Macau) Resuming basic government operations starting Monday; citizens must wear masks in public and carry health declarations. No confirmed cases for 11 days in a row, but warning all Macanese to keep fighting the virus and stay at home. See Alvin L thread; Rachel Cheung article in Washington Post.
* (Taiwan) Three HKers fined for flouting Taiwanese quarantine.
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[the day HK saw its first coronavirus death] 😾Daily Recat😾 – TUESDAY 2/4

[the day HK saw its first coronavirus death] 😾Daily Recat😾 – TUESDAY 2/4
(DAILY RECATTM) [TUESDAY 2/4]
See list of prior RecatsTM here. Please visit the Hong Kong Protest Live Feed for up-to-the-moment news sourced from Hong Kong.
[NEW as of 2/21] Recommended English translation of article entitled, “K Kwong develops 100% locally produced masks with changeable filter as a challenge to N95” (courtesy u/Vectorial1024).
150,000 masks for Wuhan; 0 masks for Hong Kong. (Photo: Razven)

Recommended Viewing

* Razven thread re 9000 HKers queuing for masks, while the HK Commercial & Industry Association donated 150,000 masks to Wuhan via China’s Red Cross.
* Richard Pyne thread re poll results on what HKers want.
* HK Free Press article on how mainland China increased bus services to the port entries that Carrie Lam left open.
* Cezanne video of woman taken by police, kidnap-style.
* Real Time News posts first and second re woman from Wuhan.

New Laws, Legal Challenges, and Elections

* (Arrests and Trials) Part-time mall security guard arrested for “sending false messages with mobile phone” when he texted that some staff had fevers and called in sick (see RTHK article). Tuen Mun locals getting arrested for having gloves, umbrellas, and masks (see Bohemian post, Panda post).
* (IPCC) Lisa Lau Man-man, IPCC member, urges IPCC to release report.

Wuhan Coronavirus (COVID) | Hong Kong

* (Confirmed Cases) 1st death (39yo man who visited Wuhan and had diabetes; death referred to coroner’s court; see Xinqi Su thread). 16th and 17th cases confirmed (no travel, can’t track sources, 64yo female who was sick but kept working at clothing store, 60yo man with breathing difficulty); Director of Communicable Disease Branch of the Centre for Health Protection Dr. Chiang Shuk-kwan says new confirmed cases show there is invisible spread in HK.
* (Healthcare Providers) 7 medical staff at Queen Elizabeth quarantined after treating 68yo woman confirmed case in non-isolation ward.
* (Masks) Carrie Lam restricts coworkers from wearing masks (see Elaine Yu thread; RTHK article). Pro-Beijing DAB party urges Carrie Lam to distribute masks from government warehouses (RTHK article). Self-Help: Indonesia distributes masks to Indonesian helpers in HK. A shop announces 6,000 boxes of masks for sale; queue (see Razven thread with 9000 in queue).
* (Self-Help) Tin Shui Wai Connection (Stand News, Nikki thread). App for virus trail; hygiene workshops.
* (Miscellaneous) Eaton Hotel’s humanitarian mission re international university students from mainland. PolyU suspends in person classes.

Pro-Establishment

* (Border) Still not closed. Open Ports: Mainland increases bus crossings into HK over HK-Macau-ZH bridge that Lam left open. Crowds at Shenzhen Bay to get into HK. See HK Free Press article.
* (Masks) OldeWeaker prisoners are made to “volunteer” to work swing shift to make masks. See Elson Tong post; Aaron Mc Nicholas post. While HK is facing a massive mask shortage, the HK Commercial and Industry Association donates 150,000 masks to Wuhan via China’s Red Cross amid news that the Red Cross has been distributing masks to officials instead of the populace who need the masks.
* (Miscellaneous) Lam urges government workers to not use masks if not necessary (see RTHK article).

Protestors (Anti-ELAB and Coronavirus)

* (Healthcare Workers Strike—Day 1) First day of a full strike. The striking workers personally sign in to log how many have walked out on strike. Thousands attend and queue to hand deliver their letters to the Hospital Authority. Representatives of other unions attend in support. Over 7,000 (almost 10%) Hospital Authority workers participated in the strike. HAEA union leaders bow and apologize to affected patients. HAEA goes to visit Carrie Lam. See Kong Tsung-gan thread; Chris Lau thread; Damon Pang thread; RTHK article; second RTHK article.
* (Lunch With You—Landmark Mall, Central) Crowd gathers in support of the healthcare workers on strike. See Ryan Ho Kilpatrick thread.
* (Tuen Mun Temp Check) See Telegram posts here, here.
* (District Council) Southern District passed measure to create permanent Lennon Wall.
* (Kowloon Bay Health Centre) Locals object to location of a dedicated coronavirus clinic nearby. See Razven thread;
* (General Protests) Protests were held in various locations across the city to protest government’s failure to close the borders and its quarantine decisions: Tin Shui Wai (see Panda thread; Daniel Suen post; “I’m from Wuhan!”, “Ten years ago!”; Cezanne thread); Tseung Kwan O (see Panda thread; Real Time News post); Tai Po (see Real Time News post); Mong Kok (Passion Times posts here, here); Lai Chi Kok (toilet bomb; Xinqi Su post).

International and Mainland Reactions / Adjacent Sectors

* (US) Congress nominates HK pro-Democracy movement for Nobel Peace Prize.
* (Mainland China) Re Wuhan/Hubei: Pop-up hospital begins admitting patients. Red Cross punished. Re information blackout: China-controlled countries react quietly to coronavirus.
* (Macau) All casinos shut down for 2 weeks (see Xinqi Su thread). Will continue to buy masks from other countries (Carrie Lam asking CCP for masks).
* (Taiwan) Health Minister corrects WHO’s reporting of 13 cases; Taiwan has only 10 confirmed cases.
* (International Border Closings) North Korea; Thailand.
* (United Nations) A group hacked the UN website.
* (Australia) Mainland Chinese student lies about being from HK to Australia customs, then brags online. See Daily Mail article.
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Travelling SEAsia - my massive review. Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand (Shenzhen, Macau). Motorbike & vegan travel tips

Mammoth post incoming..... I read a lot of posts in this thread and others to help me prepare for my first time backpacking in South East Asia, used mostly reddit and youtube to collect information and in return to all the helpful people who advised me, I want to add a bit to the info out there. This was our first time backpacking in Asia but we have both travelled a decent amount, apologies to those seasoned backpackers who might eye roll at the obvious things I point out! And how long this post is! few linked included where possible.
I travelled with my boyfriend (both in our mid 20s) for 7 weeks from Nov 2019 to Jan 2020 covering 4 countries; Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. We travelled as a couple, not really looking for the typical hostel/partying experience. I had spots/cities we wanted to stop in picked out more so I could check that our return flight back gave us enough time (bf had job to come back for). For those interest I travelled with 40l backpack (Osprey ladies size I recommend for small gals). and 15l day back and boyfriend had 65l backpack. I really reccommend getting up to date on vaccines and/or visiting somewhere like Nomad travel (UK major cities only) for additional shots. We also bought a medical kit from them which came in very handy and I would buy THIS one (works out cheaper than making your own).
Our original plan was to buy a motorbike in Ho Chi Minh and then use that as our main mode of transport to bike across Cambodia and then finally go to Bangkok, so there's a section about bikes at the end.
I am plant based / have a pretty strong dairy intolerance, so I'll add a section about travelling as a 'vegan' as I found it more difficult to get concrete advice on that before I left.
We are from UK so our budget/prices we evaluated against £ GBP
Hong Kong - this was the most built up and relatively similar experience to our lives at home and eased us pretty gently into travel. I would compare Hong Kong to a metropolitan place like London. We stayed in the Wan Chai district and would recommend the are for first timers. Not as expensive as the Central District and gives more local flavour with the street markets which you are likely to explore or pass through on the way to the MTR. Stay on Hong Kong Island over the peninsula as a lot of activities are there and though it is more compact you get a good sense of what HK is really like.
Prices - cost of restaurants was about the same as home - £8-10+ for a meal. Transport - incredibly cheap, routes often less than £1 or 50p Lots of 7/11 and Circle K with reasonable prices for snacks or eating in
Things we did: - Victoria Peak - there are some views more 'within' the city if you take the giant escalator up and walk a bit further as opposed to going straight to the top - Mong Kok area and surrounding markets - Hong Kong museum - quite dated and nothing on history of recent years but it is free - Hong Kong Peninsula night time view of HK island (symphony of lights show) - Temple Street night market - Dragon's Back - this was easy to get to via bus and a nice welcome break from the city. An easy hike. - Ching Chung Koon, Tao temple - really beautiful temple with turtles, easy trip by bus to visit
Shenzhen - We went to Shenzhen as we wanted to see what China was like and had some intrigue about it being a Special Economic Zone. My advice to absolutely everyone, unless you know of something on the other side you want to see, is do not go.
We read that it was free to enter but you would have to get a short stay visa stamp. We ended up stuck in immigration after getting off the MTR for about 2 hours, first you must go and get a photo and a visa put in your passport which includes filling our a form and being asked a few questions about your stay, then you go downstairs and fill our a landing card, get fingerprinted and then pass through to Shenzhen. There isn't a clear explanation as to where these different rooms are to get the whole process done and you're at the mercy of how busy the waiting rooms are for how quick you get out, no visas would be ready and then they would surge in 10 being ready for collection at once.
Shenzhen was a very homogenous city, we couldn't find any historical sites or areas designed for non Chinese to engage with the local fare, though bare in mind Shenzhen is absolutely huge and we were short on time after arriving later. Tube system is cheap and in English and we used cash to pay. When we tried to use bank cards to take out more money I had no luck with Mastercard, Visa and Visa credit card at more than one ATM. The best part of the trip was a small antique shop in the train terminal with genuine trinkets, pottery etc. The guy was quite fair with our haggling too.
Macau - Again we visited this as another special zone outside of HK. Again unfortunately I don't recommend going. To us, Macau was missing all the parts of the Vegas strip that would make a high concentration of casinos together worthwhile; no smoking indoors, no open carry on alcohol on the streets, no street vendors or anything to create an interesting people-watching street, not helped by how spread out all the casinos were from one another. We visited the Venetian which brought us away from the casinos on the ferry side of Macau, so that might have made a difference. The Venetian at Macau had the same feeling as The Trafford Centre if UK readers are familiar with it. If you have been there you'll have your own opinion about it and use that to inform going to Macau.
Hong Kong Protests - Before leaving for HK I'd been keeping up with the protest news. Though by November the 'peak' of protests seemed to have passed a lot in UK news there were still plenty of reports of violent clashes daily. From digging around online I felt that it was still safe to go but just to be mindful of large groups of people collecting or the university area. Whilst we were in HK we didn't see anything that alarmed us or made us feel unsafe. While I don't think the media outlets were incorrectly reporting protest clashes, the actual volume of them appears to be exaggerated (but that's how news makes money, right..). We saw graffiti at most MTR stations and some bus stations that had english text posters and print outs explaining the situation that were even updated overnight to new developments like Trump's treaty. One mall we tried to go to adjacent to some university buildings was closed and the MTR next to it was all smashed up but other than graffiti we felt very safe when wandering round the city both day and night. I would say the university area probably needs the most caution, but if the MTR is stopping there again then there has probably been improvement.
Vietnam - We flew into Ho Chi Minh city, stayed for about 3 days. I'm curious to return to Vietnam in the North of the country, while the South was very interesting to see I was more than ready to move on after about 8 days. Didn't really get a good feeling out of HCMC; extremely loud, sticky, busy place. The best thing we did was go to the War Remnants Museum, things like the old post office were interesting but they don't really take up much of your day. A phone sim for 2 weeks with unlimited data was easy to get and cost less than £10 I think.
HCMC is a good place to take advantage of cheap taxis and cheap food. We could get a good meal and a soft drink/smoothie for £2.50/£3, grab taxi was about £1 anywhere and £1.50 in a grab car, Circle K essentials like a sewing kit were about £2.
Would recommend the Grab app for getting around - though it wasn't my favourite place we visited, I was really able to appreciate the pace and culture of the city zipping through little side streets on the back of the bike from District 1 down to other places in Chinatown area.
There are plenty of markets to visit, but when you've seen the stuff at one the others aren't really much different and people didn't really want to haggle with us.
We did a Mekong Delta day trip, though I'm not always a big fan of a guided tour this was fun and worth going on. Have a look on a site like Klook and pick something that sounds interesting and in budget - we visited temples, honey farm, coconut farm, held some snakes, traditional boat on Mekong and lunch for about £18 each for everything.
Nha Trang - we visited here as somewhere in South Vietnam by the sea before heading westways for the rest of the trip. It was a much calmer and quieter city than HCMC but I'm not sure I would visit again, very windy in November. An unbelievable amount of Russians here, more built up and developed than I was anticipating too. Long Son Pagoda and Ba Ho waterfalls were good to visit, though Ba Ho seemed to be having a very big touristy development built on it which was a weird contrast to the very difficult to climb and almost untouched waterfalls. We biked to Bai Dai beach - just make sure to take the first turn down to the beach before you hit the strip of resorts being built because it goes on forever and they won't let you through for access to the sand. Beautiful views on the way down but can see the whole area and Vietnam in general being swallowed up by package resort tourism which is a shame.
Cambodia - This ended up being my favourite country of the visit. Though there's not really pavements or waste management or sewage and you can't drink the water etc, but there was little rampant tourism, people were kind, the weather was great and we saw some beautiful places. Phone sim will cost you about $5 and you can only top up limited data about $5 for 8GB.
Prices - Cambodia has 2 currency system with USD and riel though most of the time you're using USD (4,000 r = $1). I felt like because of USD prices were rounded up a bit more so it was still cheap, but more expensive than Vietnam. Eating out probably about $5-7 or more if you're not holding back. There aren't many chain stores in Cambodia so you're at the mercy of individual places for a good selection of snacks and then hopefully not grossly inflated prices especially on Western imports ($2.50+ for pringles?). I did find that pharmacies were cheap. Make sure you haggle with tuk tuks or use PassApp, but that app needs some work so it's often easier to take one that's in the street. In PP/SKampot getting around we paid no more than $3. In SR to go to the airport $7.
We took a bus to Phnom Penh from HCMC which made the border crossing quite easy. We had e-visa already printed out etc but it didn't seem to make our waiting time any shorter but saved us having to fill out any forms at border control.
Phnom Penh - felt a lot nicer than HCMC as soon as we got there really. Still hot and dirty and hassled like hell for tuk tuks but I felt more kindness from Cambodians. Compared to HCMC this was a whole lot quieter and more relaxed. Not every building has a formal address so if you're not staying at a hotel (airbnb) bear in mind you might need more visual instructions to find your stay.
We stayed near the Royal Palace and the area round there, though more for expats was chilled out and there were local markets, not far to walk to temples and sites etc. There are a few hotels in this area with pools if you need to cool off. The one we tried we just took the lift up to the roof no problem, but I had messaged another nearby that said it was for residents only.
Siem Reap - though this city is pretty much here for Angkor Wat tourism I enjoyed being here not just to see the temples. We stayed at THIS airbnb which was very reasonable and probably one of our favourite stays. No pool but there were a few places nearby that were happy to let us use theirs, we just bought drinks and food. There are a few temples in the city near the city where you can see fruit bats all in the trees. The river here is nice, big market, lots of cats.
Angkor Wat: we bought a 3 day pass and went on a sunrise tour one morning and then did our own thing on the other days. Doing the tour means you get up and in for sunrise at the right time and it's good to get some history about the places you're seeing. Angkor Wat temple itself wasn't the most interesting to me and there are hundreds if not thousands of people there in the morning that makes it a lot less enjoyable. We also visited:
Ta Phrom - temple from Tomb Raider Angkor Thom city gates Bayon Temple - this was a cool 2 storey temple that is merged with depictions of Hinduism and Buddhism Preah Khan
You can hire a tuk tuk driver for a day around $15 mark or you can hire electric bikes in SR centre and take those around (tourists not allowed to ride motorbikes in temple complex) $5 for 24hrs. Just make sure to give your electric bike a good charge beforehand as the battery doesn't always read right. There is a restaurant in the complex you can swap your battery at - the whole temple area is an extremely large place, you can be 15mins drive in between spots so plan carefully.
Koh Rong Island - we took a flight from SR down to Sihanoukville to then get the ferry across to Koh Rong. Our flight ended up being delayed by 12 hours (welcome to Cambodia) so we had to stay a night in Sihanoukville and go across the following day. Travelling from Sihanouk airport to Sihanouk we had to wear bandanas over our faces to stop breathing in the dust, even though only one window in the car was cracked, it's hella dirty. If you are travelling from the airport to town I highly discourage taking a tuk tuk or rickshaw; the roads are not well surfaced in a more extreme manner than what I saw in PP and SR, there are a lot of freight trucks which will need to be over or undertaken in order for the journey to not take hours. Taxis are unfortunately the most expensive here and the journey cost $20.
Sihanoukville - I'm told recent infiltration and development of Sihanouk by the Chinese has completely transformed the city in the last 2/3 years at an incredible rate with no care for the local Khmer population. It was possibly the worst place I've ever visited. Dusty and dirty on another level, open building sites and construction absolutely everywhere. Very young looking boy in a digger pulling up the pavement less than 5ft from a busy restaurant. I had to climb up a 3ft pile of loose rubble to get to an ATM because the whole side of the road had been obliterated.
If you are waiting for the ferry on Beach Road and you need an ATM but they're all broken like they were when I was there in December, there is an ATM on the actual pier. I was stressing about taking money out for Koh Rong as I heard there was no way to get cash on the island but when I was there I saw a few places that offered cash out (but I didn't try them).
I reccommend reading THIS reddit thread and the LINKED article by a Chinese blogger about Sihanouk.
I read THIS travelfish article about Koh Rong which was very helpful too. I had an impression from the article that the island is quite under developed, which in some ways was definitely true, however it was easy to do what we wanted and we didn't struggle for places to eat etc. We stayed on the main pier (though really this is still a small strip of restaurants and shops, no resorts) and spent most of our time on White Sand Beach. Koh Rong could not be any more different than Sihanouk and it was a great place to spend Christmas and unwind. We didn't do much other than swim and lie on the beach and it was great! There were boat tours to take but a lot seemed to end with 'free drink and party' and we weren't interested in that. Prices on the island were the same as PP/SR. The only things that were a lot more expensive were activities - someone had a jetski you could rent for $100.. and there was some tree top zip line you could do for about $20.
We visited 4k beach next door which was a lot more remote, beautiful as well but only one option to eat. We came past Coconut Beach when we left on the speedboat and that looked to a bit less than the main pier but still stocked with a good few options. Overall the food we had on Koh Rong was some of the best!
Kampot - A small town/city on the river. Very chilled with a nice central part of town with good places to eat. There are hardly any big hotels or buildings over 3 stories - it felt like a more real Khmer place than somewhere like Siem Reap. From Kampot you can visit Bokor Mountain, Kep, salt fields, a lot of natural escapes. Unfortunately we both got very sudden aggressive gastro-bug or food poisoning so we spent 5 days pretty much inside doing nothing (was going to happen at some point). Kampot was a quiet place and we were able to recover well here though.
Kampot to Koh Chang - From Kampot we travelled to Koh Chang, Thailand. I'd seen some speculation online that it wasn't possible to do this trip in one day, but having done it I can say yes it is but it is a long day. Almost every bus trip we took on our adventure meant that we lost all of the day (no motorways in Viet/Cambodia) however the quality of transport means it can take even longer. Vietnam was good with sleeper or semi sleeper buses, however in Cambodia our 6.5 hour trip from Kampot to the Thai border at Trat was 16 people in a 12 seater minibus plus a baby.. so bear in mind long distance trips in Cambodia can be testing! From Trat border we got a minibus to the bus station, then a songalew/thai taxi to the ferry and then a minibus took us to our hotel on the other side [12 hour trip].
Thailand - Much more infastructure and felt more modern than Cambodia and Vietnam, but I couldn't really get a vibe for the place and felt like a lot had been lost to the prevalent tourism. I would maybe visit again but staying away from coastal areas - if felt like the Spain of South East Asia.
Prices could be a little more on top of Cambodian prices but you could find cheap places to eat. About £5 for a meal. Taxis cost about £3 through Grab. 7/11 and Family Mart very cheap snacks for pennies.
Bangkok - as this was our last stop we didn't travel to many temples or big spots outside the city because money haha... we stayed away from the expat areas, the Museum of Art & Culture had a cool free exhibition, the malls Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon are worth visiting for the food halls and just to see. Where we stayed had a pool so we took it pretty easy. Went to Chatachuk but too much tourist and sweat..
Bikes:
We bought a bike in HCMC via facebook marketplace - I would suggest if you know anyone Viet to get them to help you get the true price because as a tourist you're probably seeing an inflated price tag. If not that it might be possible to get one from another backpacker, but then you may be at the mercy of any damages or issues with the bike they're not aware of as they aren't familiar with bikes.
We took our bike (Honda Cub c 50) to Nha Trang with us stowed in our sleeper bus - we visited a few bus trip/tourist places and one was happy to do it for us. I think for 2 people and the bike was about £23 one way, so not bad at all. You'll have to empty the fuel before it goes in the bus so just remember that at the other end you might have to give your bike a min to run the fuel through it again. We sold it in Nha Trang because it wasn't quite powerful enough to get us around with any bags (i was not in charge of buying bike haha...). Bikes are more than easy to rent in every country we went to for probably £5 a day max. We had a bike in Koh Chang but I know in Thailand there are more rules about tourist rental so I would swerve riding on the mainland. The most hectic place we rode was HCMC so I would just suggest avoiding that if you can, even if you ride in your home country.
We sold our bike in Nha Trang via facebook marketplace. We took a loss but it was more about cutting our dead weight before the rest of our trip so to speak. If you really want to ride a lot in SEAsia, Cambodia has no restrictions on tourists having bikes up to 125cc if you want to play the legal legal route (not that I saw any police in Cambodia over 3 weeks!). A bike is also a responsibility and if you're wanting to feel completely free while travelling it might not be right to buy one. Do thorough research! I travelled with a full face helmet and I was grateful for it on windy rides and hectic places likes HCMC. If you're not planning on riding a lot then this is definitely not essential but finding a full face helmet, that fits, that isn't too bootleg to break on you might be some things to consider (bare in mind I was planning on doing long rides when planning this trip initially).
Veganism / plant based / special diets: As mentioned I have strong intolerance to all dairy products and am generally vegan; I still eat eggs maybe once a week and might have fish and chips a few times a year.
With the exception to intolerances and allergies I think the best approach to eating in South East Asia or travelling in general is be willing to be flexible. I only like to eat plant based, but I'm happy to eat eggs and at a push will eat fish or chicken. This is obviously not what I want to do for every meal but consider that you might be getting places late at night, options that are clearly described in English as not containing your allergens may only have meat in them etc.
When I travelled to Japan and also for all these countries, I wrote 'I cannot eat dairy etc' in English on Google translate and then screenshotted the response in the desired language if I needed to show someone to confirm ingredients. For Japan I looked up pre made examples as I know the kanji can sometimes not translate directly, but here I just had the google translate page as a back up.
Hong Kong - a lot of English spoken here and a lot of specifically vegan places however they are more expensive. At 7/11 they sell the 'Kind' granola bars which are vegan and yummy! and I also ate the ready made egg and rice sushi balls. Some ingredients were listed in English but I don't remember finding any other easy go-to's. At bakeries, of which there are a lot, almost everything appears to be cream filled, buttered, flaky pastry. I found I could eat walnut and raisin breads without any noticeable issues, but I didn't have an ingredients list to check.
Vietnam - in HCMC I was very lucky to be staying down the road from a fully vegan restaurant that had ice cream, vegan banh mi, smoothies etc (Healthy World in District 1, there is another somewhere else in the city). Tofu was on menus and on an English menu in a Viet place I could safely pick something veggie. Asking for a dish to be 'chay' means veggie and that works too. Because everything is so cheap, it seemed to be easy enough to eat here. Desserts were limited with the exception of a vegan shop.
They do have Oreos, in general for all these countries, I hope you like Oreos because they're the only dessert option most place !
Cambodia - Sometimes easy and sometimes not. Tofu did appear on menus, I would recommend trying Tofu Lok Lak as a veggie Khmer dish (it will probably come with a fried egg) and I was able to ask for curries just veggie or with tofu. I ate mostly eggs and toast of some kind for breakfast because that was a filling option. Every city I was in there was at least one vegan cafe or restaurant that was not too much more ££ than a normal meal so I knew at least I could get myself something nice and safely vegan every other day while keeping a budget. I was concerned about Koh Rong being a remote island that I would struggle to eat but this was one of the best places! There is a purely veggie/vegan restaurant on the main pier, as well as other restaurants offering vegan pizza, veggie pad thai, tofu curries etc. I also found a second kind of chocolate biscuit that wasn't an Oreo here!
Koh Chang/Thailand - though we were back to having access to 7/11 the options seemed more limited and Thailand was my least favourite place to eat. In 7/11 I did find a few different kinds of Almond milk (& oreos!) but ingredients were rarely in English. Some options at the food halls were inari sushi, Subway (hash browns) and a few other (but more pricey) dedicated vegan restaurants in the central district.
You deserve a medal if you made it this far - any questions please ask me, thanks :-)
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[the day they shut down Disneyland] 😾Daily Recat😾 – SUNDAY 1/26

[the day they shut down Disneyland] 😾Daily Recat😾 – SUNDAY 1/26
(DAILY RECATTM) [SUNDAY 1/26]
See list of prior RecatsTM here. Please visit the Hong Kong Protest Live Feed for up-to-the-moment news sourced from Hong Kong.
[NEW as of 2/5] Recommended English summary of Carrie Lam’s 2/5 press conference here re HK coronavirus status (courtesy u/toastedsquirrel).
Why it’s not a good idea to put a quarantine camp in Fai Ming Court (the red pin). (Map by Google Maps)

Recommended Viewing

* Stephen McDonell BBC videos of getting escorted out of Hubei after reporting on the hospital situation there.
* Apple Daily video of Wuhan couple testing positive in HK but attempting to escape. The wife has no masks and says she is “not afraid.” The husband stands wearing a mask behind the hospital worker. Police were called and escorted the couple back to the hospital.
* WSJ article re China possibly not recording all coronavirus deaths, labeling some as “severe pneumonia.” The non-corona virus deaths in China have inexplicably spiked and bodies are sent straight to cremation without funerals.
* Wuhan Citizen video re conditions in Wuhan. Another from Chen Qiushi.

New Laws, Legal Challenges, and Elections

* (Arrests and Trials) “Syndicate” members believed to have planned causing chaos and injury to HKers using, among other things, a samurai sword faced their charges today in court.

Wuhan Coronavirus

* (HK Cases) Re confirmed cases: 6th case (HK resident living in Wuhan and arrived via high speed rail like 4 other cases, see Xinqi Su thread). He also withheld his travel history at the hospital. Possible 7th case (husband of 3rd case). Possible 8th case (68yo HK resident in Fanling visited Wuhan and returned via Lo Wu). See Alvin L thread, Xinqi Su thread. Re suspected cases: 77 additional cases, 107 total (see Alvin L thread). A mainland professor and two mainland medic-admin went to hospital to get treated for their fever; they are suspected of intentionally combing to HK for treatment. Two parents failed to notify the hospital that they had worked in a hospital in Guangzhou, and now their 23 day old baby has been admitted to NICU with a fever and is suspected of having been infected.
* (Border) Any non-HK resident who is from Hubei or has been to Hubei in the past 14 days will be denied entry to HK. This announcement comes over 24 hours before the ban begins and after Hubei already been locked down. See Alvin L thread.
* (Other HK Closures) Kid’s places like museums, playrooms, toy library.
* (Healthcare Providers) HA Employees Alliance announce two-stage strike starting 2/3 if government does not meet its five demands: 1) close borders to travelers from mainland, 2) urge universal masks, 3) sufficient isolation wards, 4) follow up on runaways, 5) sufficient protection for medics (see Xinqi Su thread). Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital reportedly provides expired masks to medical staff. Running out of test kits.
* (Supplies and Transportation) Ngong Ping cable car stops operations. HK government requires health declarations to be filled out but did not collect the completed declarations (see Thomas Yau thread). Cathay Pacific reducing crew layovers in mainland.
* (Mainland China) Re Wuhan: 5 million Wuhanese escaped the city before it was locked down, 9 million remain. Of the 5 million Wuhanese who flew to HK, Macau, or Taiwan, most flew to HK. Conditions on the frontline by Wuhan doctor (see Aria Chen thread). Re travel and other restrictions: Tianjin, Xi’an, Shandong province (see Eunice Yoon thread), Hebei, Beijing schools closed. Re mainland generally: National Health Commission says virus is different from SARS and MERS and is now in person-to-person transmission stage (see William Yang thread). WeChat whistleblower function. Banning all wildlife animals sales until epidemic ends (see Eunice Yoon thread). Guangdong province mask order. Premier Li Keqiang appointed as head of CPC Central Committee leading group to combat Wuhan coronavirus. 9mo baby infected. WHO visiting Beijing (see Tedros thread). Re information blackout: Deaths that are not recorded as coronavirus spike, no funerals allowed, straight to cremation, labeled as “severe pneumonia” (see WSJ article). Wuhan cremation center cremated more than 30 bodies in one night, directly from hospitals, died of “pneumonia” but never tested for Wuhan coronavirus (see Muyi Xiao thread).
* (Macau) 3 additional cases confirmed, including one who had traveled from HK (see Xinqi Su thread). Effective 1/27, Hubei residents and visitors who have been to Hubei in the past 14 days: will be denied entry unless they have doctor’s certification of non-infection; will be denied entry into casinos; must leave or be put into isolation (“mandatory” and Macau will “use force if really necessary”). Government will announce number of newly admitted Hubei visitors every day. Masks and mental health support provided for students, start of new school year postponed. Opens Telegram channel for updates.

Pro-Establishment

* (Government Statements) Financial Secretary Paul Chan meets press wearing mask (most senior official thus far to do so). Health Secretary Sophia Chan maskless and insists none is needed for meeting press. PRC National Health Commission presser did not mention masks (see Xinqi Su thread). Dr. Gabriel Leung apologizes for his “can’t talk with mask on” remark and reaffirms that citizens should use masks and eyeglasses/goggles.
* (Police) In Mong Kok: A live round fired was found in Langham Place at the end of the night. Unknown new weapon, telephoto lens, new riot shield. (Meanwhile, healthcare workers are not provided sufficient masks.) In Tuen Mun: No duty police in Tuen Mun station. In Fanling: But riot police putting down the protest at Fai Ming Estate in Fanling have surgical masks to wear.
* (Statements re Border) HKU microbiologist Yuen Kwok-Yung wavers on border issue.

Protestors (Anti-ELAB and Coronavirus)

* (Anti-Epidemic Five Demands) 1) Employers must provide masks for employees and visitors. 2) No business trips to mainland. 3) Flexible work schedule. 4) Allow work-from-home. 5) No entry for travelers originating in mainland.
* (Fai Ming Estate Quarantine—Fanling) This is the first Wuhan coronavirus-related protest in HK. Locals took matters into their own hands and blocked roads in protest of a quarantine camp or medic dormitory being set up in Fai Ming Estate in Fanling. Over 200 riot police showed up to “keep the peace.” A riot police officer disregarded his commander several times to stay calm and not charge the locals. North District Councillors were on scene to de-escalate the situation but locals would not compromise. The district shares a border with mainland China and takes the brunt of all negative effects of mainlanders. The locals now believe that the HK government is, yet again, foisting mainland problems onto the North District. Although the government claimed that Fai Ming Estate had yet to become a quarantine, it appears that some of the units have been furnished (video). Locals set the lobby of one block of Fai Ming Estate on fire (video). As the situation escalated, reporters were ordered to leave and be searched on the way out (see Jessie Pang thread). See Xinqi Su thread, Timothy McLaughlin thread, Ezra Cheung thread, HK Free Press article.
* (Mong Kok LNY—Portland Street) A live round fired was found in Langham Place at the end of the night. Back for Day 2 of LNY gathering with hawkers. More people are heard chanting for independence. Boris Johnson and Kim Jong Il impersonators joined the fun. A small umbrella formation was suddenly tackled by police, but locals continued to build barriers (here). Some locals were chased by police into a mall but mall security closed the doors on the police. Some reporters were intimidated and pepper sprayed, and locals were also tackled and pepper sprayed. The proprietor of a stinky tofu stall complained that the police firing pepper balls at LNY revelers has been detrimental to her business. Another stall proprietor complained that the police have shown up two nights in a row on what should be a very profitable season, waited for customers to sit down, and then would chase the customers away. Teargas buffet (here). At one point, after some individuals threw some objects at the police, the police launched a barrage of teargas, one of which hit someone in the neck. Stop-and-search happened en masse. First aiders were also targeted by police. It was reported that a riot police groped a female NBC reporter’s chest (see Ezra Cheung’s thread re journalist Jasmine Leung) and would not provide an explanation. Instead, he pepper sprayed the reporter and a first aider blocked the pepper spray. was See Jasmine Leung thread, Razven thread, Panda thread.

Private Resolutions

* (Silent Majority) The banner of a pro-HK legislator who won in November 2019 was slashed. Next to it is a banner of a pro-Beijing candidate encouraging the “silent” “majority” to register to vote and not remain silent.
* (Mong Kok) Man quarreled with and was attacked by black clad individuals, then threatened reporter who was photographing the scene, demanding that photos be deleted.

Neutrals

* (Businesses) Ocean Park and HK Disneyland close.
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Planning out my life! (Self Motivation)

Hi Guys! Today I have a packed agenda including but not limited to: 1. Planning my life/education/getting my Mac 2. Building up my relationships so I build up my bros first then me, such a conspiracy 3. Revenge against three sets of people A) wbgs B) wbgs students (certain individuals) C) Purcell students (certain individuals)
These people defamed me with a conspiracy theory of putting a bomb in my school, crazy stuff I’m not familiar with these individuals Will never understand their motives
But I intend to Conspire against them through exposing them which will include their efforts to conspire against my attempts to expose them It’s all limitless Every conspiracy they try and make affiliated to my name/reputation will be pre empted , sent to the police etc
As said I’m not familiar with these people and they’ve caused me a lot of stress I wish only love and happiness for them but they will he 100% exposed Can link to my suicide note which is my very last resort if they continue to denigrate me without just consequences. Might need legal representation. They also made social media posts attributed to my name to further gaslight me Nice
All the more motivation to be a better person
My social life/$/photos/learning/gym/lifestyle is all on the up (:
Leaving my parents house better off then when I came in when I go to university too ❤️
Anyway, this is my life plan
1) do the above revenge , and make my whole conspiracy work like tick tock and dominate the narrative, no tolerance of bs, no backchat , I’m getting justice from those who slandered me.
2) Look at the defamation post I made, I did badly with my grades, luckily I have a solution
There’s an LLB Law degree offered by the Open University Which is Basically all online. I’m doing it from student accommodation in London hopefully whilst partying with my London friends.
This will take 3 years. Hopefully Will intern with my cousin who works with Legal Services in New York City, and also network with my twitter following, my church community and my friend Aditya for internship opportunities.
After my degree, I hope to do an Ma Law at either Cambridge, LSE, Macau , Hong Kong Etc so I’m skilled up in terms of my education
I manage most of my relationships/communication through the devil that is social media It’s this huge conspiracy because instead of being an influencer on ig , I’m really woke politically on my twitter, Dennis rodman is my dad and I’m an anarchist, daddy would be proud
But yeah, linked my twitter @ online if this matters. I automated a bot on it which shows my future mansion lol.
After my Ma Law /Mba/JD /management I would like to locate to Singapore or the States and Practice Law or Work in Real Estate or work with influencers or join the military to then be qualified to be a mercenary etc
What is for certain though is im a shameless sycophant
My school/uni/online connections etc are engaging in a wild conspiracy We’re running up money together, property, opportunities, education, girls, social life etc you name it It’s a huge conspiracy as said Bigger conspiracy then a wife cheating on her husband and putting it on Reddit.
Particular Employment that appeals to me includes:
Miami: Dezer Development NYC: JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, all the law firms on my twitter feed, LA: The Daily Wire Lol Anywhere: Any media organisation, it looks lit, idc what politics Political: Lib Dem/Tory/Labor in the U.K., idc I could be either and be a successful mp if I put my mind to it Anywhere: any property development Forbes 30 and 30 Anywhere that sells yachts fr Las Vegas/Macau: casinos Anywhere in the world: a bank
Get experience. Employ people to my social media etc
Potentially start my own political advocacy group.
Potentially do a JD (Ma) at Harvard/a top 30 law school (school of foreign relations/government)
Everything hinges on OU lmao
Also interested in Fashion, Commercial Space Mining, Fried Chicken.
The apartments I put online? I want one in Switzerland like on my twitter One in Malibu
Because it’s all being choked out online You can’t tell me nothin - Kanye
Financial Loans? I don’t mind My friends can run it up We could theoretically get unlimited money Pay back borrowed money with interest, keep profit Then borrow more
Like
Borrow 100 Make 300 Pay back 150 We have 150
Borrow 100 Make 750 Pay back 150 We have 600
*4 scale factor the gang
For example A flipping business model
Loads of opportunities
No conspiracies Just making eachother better Improving eachother ❤️
For motivation; My biggest thing isn’t success per sé It’s about earning societies trust I can be successful as a bitch, and be exposed in the guardian , be ruined and then my suicide note where I reason out my death and what snakes say at my funeral actually bears ground lmao
But yeah Must win Ttyl
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Macau police investigate suspected murder at Sands casino resort: media

FILE PHOTO: A view of Sands Macao casino is seen in Macau, China June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby YipFebruary 18, 2019
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police in the world’s biggest gambling hub of Macau are investigating what they suspect is a rare murder in a five-star casino resort after a Chinese man was found stabbed in his bed, broadcaster TDM reported on Monday.
Murder cases have been rare in the Chinese territory since Portugal ceded control of what had been a colonial backwater on the heel of China’s southern coast 20 years ago.
The suspected murder took place in Sands China’s Conrad Macau hotel, TDM reported, citing police. It comes as slower mainland growth, a weaker yuan and a simmering trade war with the United States threaten to derail Macau’s growth.
The 41-year-old victim, an active gambler from the mainland, had been stabbed. The case was being investigated and no further details were available, TDM said.
Macau police and Sands China did not respond to requests for comment. The company is controlled by U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands.
Macau is the only place in China where casino gambling is legal. Casino revenues shrank in January for the first time in more than two years.
Violent crime in Macau has often been linked to its junket operators – the middlemen who bring China’s wealthiest to the gambling tables. Slower growth and tighter regulations have made it hard for many small junket companies to stay in business.
Criminal gangs known as triads, which are known to operate in Macau, are typically involved in extortion, money laundering, murder and prostitution.
(Reporting by Farah Master; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Source: OANN
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Macau police investigate suspected murder at Sands casino resort: media

FILE PHOTO: A view of Sands Macao casino is seen in Macau, China June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby YipFebruary 18, 2019
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police in the world’s biggest gambling hub of Macau are investigating what they suspect is a rare murder in a five-star casino resort after a Chinese man was found stabbed in his bed, broadcaster TDM reported on Monday.
Murder cases have been rare in the Chinese territory since Portugal ceded control of what had been a colonial backwater on the heel of China’s southern coast 20 years ago.
The suspected murder took place in Sands China’s Conrad Macau hotel, TDM reported, citing police. It comes as slower mainland growth, a weaker yuan and a simmering trade war with the United States threaten to derail Macau’s growth.
The 41-year-old victim, an active gambler from the mainland, had been stabbed. The case was being investigated and no further details were available, TDM said.
Macau police and Sands China did not respond to requests for comment. The company is controlled by U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands.
Macau is the only place in China where casino gambling is legal. Casino revenues shrank in January for the first time in more than two years.
Violent crime in Macau has often been linked to its junket operators – the middlemen who bring China’s wealthiest to the gambling tables. Slower growth and tighter regulations have made it hard for many small junket companies to stay in business.
Criminal gangs known as triads, which are known to operate in Macau, are typically involved in extortion, money laundering, murder and prostitution.
(Reporting by Farah Master; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Source: OANN
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Macau police investigate suspected murder at Sands casino resort: media

FILE PHOTO: A view of Sands Macao casino is seen in Macau, China June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby YipFebruary 18, 2019
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police in the world’s biggest gambling hub of Macau are investigating what they suspect is a rare murder in a five-star casino resort after a Chinese man was found stabbed in his bed, broadcaster TDM reported on Monday.
Murder cases have been rare in the Chinese territory since Portugal ceded control of what had been a colonial backwater on the heel of China’s southern coast 20 years ago.
The suspected murder took place in Sands China’s Conrad Macau hotel, TDM reported, citing police. It comes as slower mainland growth, a weaker yuan and a simmering trade war with the United States threaten to derail Macau’s growth.
The 41-year-old victim, an active gambler from the mainland, had been stabbed. The case was being investigated and no further details were available, TDM said.
Macau police and Sands China did not respond to requests for comment. The company is controlled by U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands.
Macau is the only place in China where casino gambling is legal. Casino revenues shrank in January for the first time in more than two years.
Violent crime in Macau has often been linked to its junket operators – the middlemen who bring China’s wealthiest to the gambling tables. Slower growth and tighter regulations have made it hard for many small junket companies to stay in business.
Criminal gangs known as triads, which are known to operate in Macau, are typically involved in extortion, money laundering, murder and prostitution.
(Reporting by Farah Master; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Source: OANN
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Macau police investigate suspected murder at Sands casino resort: media

FILE PHOTO: A view of Sands Macao casino is seen in Macau, China June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby YipFebruary 18, 2019
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police in the world’s biggest gambling hub of Macau are investigating what they suspect is a rare murder in a five-star casino resort after a Chinese man was found stabbed in his bed, broadcaster TDM reported on Monday.
Murder cases have been rare in the Chinese territory since Portugal ceded control of what had been a colonial backwater on the heel of China’s southern coast 20 years ago.
The suspected murder took place in Sands China’s Conrad Macau hotel, TDM reported, citing police. It comes as slower mainland growth, a weaker yuan and a simmering trade war with the United States threaten to derail Macau’s growth.
The 41-year-old victim, an active gambler from the mainland, had been stabbed. The case was being investigated and no further details were available, TDM said.
Macau police and Sands China did not respond to requests for comment. The company is controlled by U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands.
Macau is the only place in China where casino gambling is legal. Casino revenues shrank in January for the first time in more than two years.
Violent crime in Macau has often been linked to its junket operators – the middlemen who bring China’s wealthiest to the gambling tables. Slower growth and tighter regulations have made it hard for many small junket companies to stay in business.
Criminal gangs known as triads, which are known to operate in Macau, are typically involved in extortion, money laundering, murder and prostitution.
(Reporting by Farah Master; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Source: OANN
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Macau police investigate suspected murder at Sands casino resort: media

FILE PHOTO: A view of Sands Macao casino is seen in Macau, China June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby YipFebruary 18, 2019
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police in the world’s biggest gambling hub of Macau are investigating what they suspect is a rare murder in a five-star casino resort after a Chinese man was found stabbed in his bed, broadcaster TDM reported on Monday.
Murder cases have been rare in the Chinese territory since Portugal ceded control of what had been a colonial backwater on the heel of China’s southern coast 20 years ago.
The suspected murder took place in Sands China’s Conrad Macau hotel, TDM reported, citing police. It comes as slower mainland growth, a weaker yuan and a simmering trade war with the United States threaten to derail Macau’s growth.
The 41-year-old victim, an active gambler from the mainland, had been stabbed. The case was being investigated and no further details were available, TDM said.
Macau police and Sands China did not respond to requests for comment. The company is controlled by U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands.
Macau is the only place in China where casino gambling is legal. Casino revenues shrank in January for the first time in more than two years.
Violent crime in Macau has often been linked to its junket operators – the middlemen who bring China’s wealthiest to the gambling tables. Slower growth and tighter regulations have made it hard for many small junket companies to stay in business.
Criminal gangs known as triads, which are known to operate in Macau, are typically involved in extortion, money laundering, murder and prostitution.
(Reporting by Farah Master; Editing by Robert Birsel)
Source: OANN
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