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FCC Influenza Vaccination 2021

FCC Influenza Vaccination 2021
      
Dear Members,

All FCC staff will participate in an influenza immunization programme in October 2021. The vaccination will be administered by a registered doctor from a reputable clinic in Central.

There will be 50 doses available for FCC members on specific dates at a discount price HK$220.

Anyone who is interested please complete the reply slip and reserve with the FCC concierge at (tel) 2521 1511, (fax) 2868 4092 or (email) [email protected] on or before Thursday, October 7, 2021.

Remarks:
  1. The influenza vaccine is only available for the child above 6 months.
  2. Any person who is hypersensitive to egg protein, suffer from acute severe febrile illness or previous severe allergic reaction to flu vaccine etc. is not suitable to take the influenza vaccine.
  3. The influenza vaccine can only be taken after the completion of 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and that 14 days have passed from the date of receiving the 2nd dose.
  4. Most people achieve protection from influenza vaccine approximately 2-3 weeks after receiving the immunization, so travelers should allow adequate time for vaccination before departure.
  5. It is recommended to consult your personal doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking the vaccine.
  6. Confirmation will be sent to you once your booking is accepted. If you do not receive a confirmation within two working days, please contact our Concierge.
  7. The amount shown below will charge to your FCC membership account in November 2021.
  8. Booking period: October 11–22, 2021 (Weekdays, 10am-12nn; 2:30pm-5pm / Saturday, 10am-12nn / Sunday & Public holiday will be closed)
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Visit our new Members’ Area in our FCC Website!

    
      
Dear Members,
     
Since the launch of our newly developed FCC Website www.fcchk.org early this year, the site is now faster loading, more secure and has a mobile version to cater for accessing everything on the site via all smartphones and tablet devices. The website's new features include a scrolling social media feed and easier-to-find archives of our speaker events. It also provides easily accessible and searchable news about the Club, our press freedom statements, and notices about our upcoming luncheon talks and our food and beverage promotions.
    
Now we are delighted to announce that the Members' Area is ready. It enables members to check their account statements and manage their own account. The online booking function and the E-Shop is still being tested and will be released soon, so stay tuned. 
    
To use the Members' Area, you will first need a one-time registration. An introduction on ‘How to register the members’ area’ is attached here. If you have any questions on how to register, feel free to contact the Concierge team at 2521 1511 or [email protected] on weekdays from 0900 to 2100.
    
The unveiling of this site is a culmination of months of work from the tireless staff along with the Board. We are proud of all their contributions and we thank everyone for their efforts. 
    
Let me know what you think — I'll see you at the Main Bar.
    
Cheers,
    
Keith Richburg
President
     
24 September 2021

FCC Minimum Spend

      
Dear Members,
 
With the lifting of many of the restrictions which have limited FCC activities for so long, we have been delighted to welcome back more members to the Club's expanded offering of speaker events, film nights, musical events and our extensive F&B promotions. As a result of the Club being more accessible, the minimum spend requirement will now revert to being charged to Member's accounts on a quarterly basis and hence will be charged to Member's September accounts which will be sent in early October. We will continue to offer the opportunity for Members to purchase vouchers to be used in subsequent months if you are unable to utilise the Club before the end of September.
 
21 September 2021

Moving to “Type D” — Bringing Back Live Events

Moving to “Type D” — Bringing Back Live Events
      
Dear Fellow Members,
I’m pleased to be able to report to you that the Club is running smoothly since we moved to the government’s “Type C” category on July 1. The success is because of all of you and the broad cooperation we have received. And I’m also happy to report that all of our staff have completed the vaccine program. You will have noticed that the Club has been full and buzzing of late.
As the next step, we are planning next week to move forward to “Type D” category, which means bringing back live events like our regular Club luncheon speakers, live music in Bert’s, our popular film nights, and of course banqueting at full capacity — all to bring back more of the atmosphere and buzz that has made the Club such a magnet for us all.
Starting from Monday August 2, we will go to “Type D” category upstairs on the first floor and downstairs in Bert’s. With this move, we will be able to operate those venues at 100% capacity and with 12 people seated together at a table.
Please note: those venues will continue to operate under “Type C” when there are no private functions or Club events, but will temporarily shift to “Type D” during events. To operate those facilities under “Type D”, some further steps are needed from all of us planning to attend events.
What is “Type D” operation?
Mandatory use of “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app
At least two-thirds of the total number of participants must have received the first vaccine jab and can show proof (through a QR code or on paper).
Capacity up to 100%
Maximum 12 persons per table
Please be aware that use of the “LeaveHomeSafe” app is a government requirement, and anyone not using it faces a $5000 fine. There is no exception for not having a smartphone. The only exception is for visitors under the age of 16, and those 65 or older, who will be allowed fill out a form. Individuals – that is, members and their guests – bear responsibility for using the app. In case of an inspection and a fine being issued, the Club is not responsible.
I would like to thank all of you for your continued support and willingness to adapt to these varying restrictions and regulations. And I will of course be in touch if anything changes as we monitor the situation and follow the government’s announcements.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you around the Main Bar.
Keith Richburg
President
27 July 2021

FCC Minimum Spend

Please be advised that FCC Minimum Spend, which was rolled over from March, will now appear on members' June statements which will be sent in early July. We are hopeful that current restrictions will be eased in the coming weeks allowing for greater enjoyment of the Club, with a return of popular events such as guest speaker lunches, quiz night, increased banqueting options and longer opening hours. Please remember the minimum spend can be used for the club's extensive take-away menu, including drinks. Additionally, vouchers equivalent to any outstanding minimum spend can be purchased and will be valid for use through to September 2021.
23 June 2021

The Club is moving to “Type C” under “Vaccine Bubble” on July 1

The Club is moving to “Type C” under “Vaccine Bubble” on July 1
      
Dear Fellow Members,
I am pleased to be able to share with you some encouraging news.
More than 90% of our FCC staff have so far begun their vaccinations, including those who are medically exempted. Such a high rate will soon allow the Club to gradually increase our operations as we work to return to something more like our pre-pandemic ‘normal’.
Our next goal is to move to the government’s “Type C” category, which will allow us greater operating flexibility. We will do this effective July 1. Please note: this requires action from members as well as staff.
“Type C” will enable us to increase table size to six persons from the four allowed under our current Type B category, and to extend the closing time from 10pm until midnight. We hope to expand operations further over the next few months.
To get to “Type C”, all of our staff must have received at least first dose of a vaccine. We’re confident we will manage this by the end of June.
The change for members is that they and their guests will have to use the government’s Leave Home Safe app to visit the Club. This is a government stipulation and those who do not do so face a $5000 fine. There is no exception for not having a smartphone. The only exception is for visitors under the age of 16, and those 65 or older, who can still fill out a paper form.
Please be aware that individuals – that is, members and their guests – bear responsibility for using the app, not the Club, in case of an inspection and a fine being issued.
We’re looking forward to welcoming more members back to the Club under “Type C” and also to bringing back more of the atmosphere and buzz that make the Club such a magnet for us all. These measures will also go some way to reducing the financial deficit caused by the restrictions associated with the pandemic.
I expect that in early August, we will be able to go further still and move the first floor to Type D. That would mean the Main Dining Room, the Verandah as well as the Hughes and Burton Rooms could operate with 8 people per table and stay open until 2am. They will also be allowed to have events and functions for up to 100 people. For that to happen, all members using that floor will need to have had at least their first vaccination, or bring a medical exemption certificate along with a negative result from a Covid test taken in the last three days.
We’ll update you on our progress towards that goal in the coming weeks. We plan that the Main Bar and Lounge as well as Bert’s, will continue to operate under “Type C” even if the first floor goes to Type D.
These are important milestones in our efforts to return to normality and improve the Club’s financial performance and they can be met only with your cooperation and support. Thank you!
Keith Richburg
President
致各位會員:
首先,很高興在此與大家分享一個令人鼓舞的消息。
至目前為止,本會已有超過九成員工開始接種疫苗,包括已取得醫生證明書而獲豁免者,有望能夠逐步地回復到疫情前的正常運作。
由7月1日開始,本會將轉換到C類的運作模式,當中需要會員和員工的一定配合。
由B類轉換到C類的運作模式,每枱人數可由最多4人增加到6人,營業時間由晚上10時延長至午夜12時。我們期望在未來數月可以再進一步恢復一切運作。
為達到C類的運作模式,所有員工必須已接種第一劑疫苗,我們有信心員工會在6月底前完成。
根據政府規例,會員和賓客必須使用「安心出行」進入本會,而該程式需在智能電話下載。若違反規定,可處定額罰款5,000元。至於未滿16 歲,及65歲或以上則可選擇填顧客資料記錄表。
就有關巡查或罰款細則,在此提醒各位會員和賓客,使用「安心出行」應用程式屬個人責任,而非本會。
本會希望C類運作模式可以款待更多會員,亦能帶動更多歡樂氣氛,提高本會的吸引力,同時舒緩因社交距離限制而帶來的財政赤字。
預計8月初開始,一樓樓層將進一步轉換到D類的運作模式,即Main Dining Room、Verandah、名仕閣和漾馨廳可以每枱最多8人,營業時間延長至凌晨2時,宴會人數上限亦可增至100人。為此,所有會員和賓客必須已接種第一劑疫苗,或因健康理由不適合接種者需出示醫生證明書及宴會前3日內檢測結果呈陰性證明。
在未來數星期,我們會定期向大家更新營運進度。儘管一樓樓層轉換到D類的運作模式, Main Bar、Lounge和Bert’s會繼續在C類的模式下運作。
有賴各會員的攜手合作和支持,本會才能努力回復正常運作及改善財政狀況,共同實現這個重要的里程碑。
特此感謝!
瑞凱德
主席

FCC CLARE HOLLINGWORTH FELLOWSHIP

    
      
FCC CLARE HOLLINGWORTH FELLOWSHIP
Applications open until July 14, 2021
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong, is accepting applications for the Clare Hollingworth
Fellowship, named after the preeminent and path-breaking journalist.
The Clare Hollingworth Fellowship will honour early career journalists and current journalism school
students in Hong Kong. Journalists and journalism students from all fields of professional study are eligible.
Benefits include full membership, complimentary access to events and networking opportunities. Applications close on July 14. The fellowship will run for one calendar year, 1 September 2021 – 31 August 2022.
Please spread the word and forward to friends and colleagues.
For more details on how to apply, visit our website.

Update of COVID-19 “Vaccine Bubble”

    
Update of COVID-19 “Vaccine Bubble”
      
Dear Members,
I wanted to give you an update on where we stand regarding vaccinations since the government introduced its “bubble” program to incentivise people to get inoculated.
We are currently operating what is referred to as Type B catering premises, which means only four allowed to a table and the Club must close at 2200hrs. (Detailed club measures can be found here). To seat larger groups and have longer operating hours under Type C — as well as to increase the capacity for private functions under Type D — our entire Club community will need to play a part. This means everyone getting vaccinated. It will also mean everyone using the Leave Home Safe app as required by the government rules. These steps will allow the Club to gain the most and bring us back to financial stability, which is crucial for our long term future.
The Club has already been encouraging our staff to get vaccinated and supporting them in doing so. Our General Manager this month sent a personal letter to staff sharing his vaccination experience and followed it with a town hall with staff on May 14th. On May 25th and Jun 3rd, we have invited all staff to attend a Covid-19 vaccine talk conducted by a doctor, where concerns and questions can be addressed. HR is talking with those staff who have serious concerns.
With all of this, we hope we will have 100% of our staff having either their first, or both injections, within two months. That will allow us to move from Type B to Type C. Members should note that for Type C, it will also be mandatory for all members and guests, between the ages of 16 to 65 years old, to scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code with their mobile phone when checking in. We would no longer be able to accept paper registrations.
Our goal is to eventually reach Type D, which would allow us to open for longer, seat even larger groups and, perhaps most importantly, resume functions of up to 100 people under some conditions and thus begin generating revenue again from hosting events – a critical step in being able to reduce our current financial deficits. Type D needs all staff to be fully vaccinated and all members and guests to have had at least a first jab, in addition everyone using the “LeaveHomeSafe” app to enter the Club.
To this end, we’d like to understand how members feel about Covid-19 vaccinations and their plans for getting inoculated, so that we can better understand the potential demand for increasing capacity as explained above.
The survey is anonymous and literally takes seconds to complete.
I thank you in advance for participating. The link to the online survey can be found here.
Keith Richburg
President
Enclosure: Restaurants ‘vaccine bubble’ arrangement
 

FCC Election and AGM Reminders

FCC Election and AGM Reminders
      
Dear FCC Members:
Please remember to vote in the upcoming election for the Board of Governors. Polling closes on May 20 at 3 p.m. A ballot has been sent to the address you have listed. If your address has changed — if, for instance, you are working from home and your ballot is usually sent to your work address — please let the front office know at [email protected]
Ballots can be returned to the FCC via mail, courier or in person. If you are having trouble returning your ballot please let the front office know.
There are competitive races in all governor categories, so your vote is important. You can review the board of governors’ ballot and policy statements on the FCC website.
It’s also important to return your proxy voting form if you will be unable to attend the club’s annual general meeting, to be held on Tuesday May 25 at 6 p.m. The proxy form allows you to designate the chair of the AGM to vote on your behalf or to designate a member attending the AGM to vote in your place. (Download proxy form)
Thank you and remember to vote and turn in your proxies.
11 May 2021

WINNERS OF 2021 HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS AWARDS ANNOUNCED | 2021年人權新聞獎公佈結果

WINNERS OF 2021 HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS AWARDS ANNOUNCED
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HONG KONG, May 6, 2021 — In a year of a pandemic lockdowns, political upheaval in Hong Kong, and protests across the region, the winning entries in the Human Rights Press Awards (HRPA) showcase courage and originality of journalistic storytelling about human rights in Asia.

Radio Television Hong Kong won the Chinese-language documentary award for its investigation into the Yuen Long attack of July 2019, which saw an armed mob beat commuters and protesters inside a subway station. “Chasing the smallest clues, interrogating the powerful without fear or favor. An investigative reporting classic,” the judging panel said of the video entry by freelance producer Bao Choy and 5 other colleagues.

A deep dive by the BBC on “China’s ‘Tainted’ Cotton” won the English-language Multimedia award. The work illustrated the potential scale of forced labor involving hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang’s cotton industry. The judges said the entry, by journalists John Sudworth, Kathy Long, Wang Xiqing, Kathryn Westcott and James Percy adds to the BBC’s “brave, comprehensive and groundbreaking body of work on a subject that is of continuing, and crucial, international relevance.”

View the full list of winners and runners-up here

Now in the 25th year, the HRPA is Asia’s most prestigious celebration of journalism that raises awareness of human rights issues and shines a light on threats to freedom.

There were a record 549 submissions in all formats, up by 12.5% compared to last year.

The winning entries included the “Fruits of Labor” by the Associated Press, which won the English-language Investigative Feature Writing award for “illustrating a clear link between the harrowing stories in the plantations to decisions by financiers and consumers, who can make a change.”

An account of the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in China, titled “‘End of the World:’ A Pandemic Begins in Wuhan” by Agence France-Presse won the English-language Breaking News Writing award. “The story of 2020, the public health story of a generation, told at great literal risk, global consequences,” the panel of judges said of the story.

Reports on the Indian government’s targeting of its sizeable Muslim minority won awards in the Explanatory Feature Writing and Short Video categories. Reports on how India’s caste system exacerbates the socioeconomic effects of pandemic lockdowns, Afghanistan’s female police officers, China’s growing intolerance, and Hong Kong’s “invisible red lines” were among other award-winning entries.

The Chinese-language winners also chronicled Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong following the 2019 protests, including the imposition of a new national security law.

A report by Deutsche Welle on two protesters who were shot by the police took the Short Video prize, while a comprehensive report by Initium Media on the thousands of people arrested and charged in connection with the Hong Kong protests took the Multimedia prize.

An investigation by Apple Daily, which used flight-tracking data to question the Hong Kong government’s account that it was unaware of a group of activists seeking to flee to Taiwan by speedboat, took the Investigative Feature Writing award. A report by Mirror Media, drawing on what judges praised as deep and probing interviews with Hong Kong protesters on their reactions to the crackdown, won the Explanatory Feature writing award.

The People’s Choice Award received 21,723 online votes, with the public choosing their favorite photo from a selection of six outstanding images. The winning shot, “Little Brother and Little Sister” by Fung Hoi Kin of Ming Pao, showed two underage siblings being detained by riot police during a protest.

HRPA is organised by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association.

There will not be a 2021 awards ceremony as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All the prize-winning photographs, including runners-up, will be displayed at the Hong Kong FCC and are open to public viewing.

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2021年人權新聞獎公佈結果
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香港,2021年5月6日 — 過去一年,經歷致命病毒大流行,香港的政治動盪及亞洲各地的示威活動等,人權新聞獎(HRPA)的獲獎作品彰顯了新聞工作者報道與亞洲人權相關的新聞時的勇氣和獨創性。 

香港電台《7.21誰主真相》針對2019年7月元朗襲擊事件的調查報道而獲得中文紀錄片大獎。作品由自由身新聞編導蔡玉玲及5位新聞工作者共同製作,報道呈現事發時在港鐵站內,手持武器的暴民無差別襲擊乘客和示威者。評審讚揚作品:「追蹤最細微線索,無畏無懼,詰問強權。調查報道經典。」

英國廣播公司(BBC)的《中國製的「血棉花」》報道奪得英文多媒體大奬。該報道對新疆棉花產業進行深入研究,說明了強迫勞動的潛在規模,當中涉及成千上萬的維吾爾人和其他少數民族。評審讚謂:「記者在這持續且在國際意義上至關重要的主題上展現其勇氣,作品全面而具開創性。」

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人權新聞獎今年踏入第25屆,一直致力提高人們對人權及自由的關注,是亞洲享負盛名的新聞界盛事。今屆我們共收到549份參賽作品,數目為歷年之冠,增幅為12.5%。

獲獎作品包括美聯社的《勞動成果》,它闡明了資本家和消費者所作的決定如何令棕櫚種植園的工人逐步被剝削及他們的苦況。該作品贏得英文調查專題大奬。

法新社的《「世界末日」: 世紀病毒始於武漢》報道了新型冠狀病毒在中國爆發初期的故事,獲得了英文突發新聞大獎。 評審說:「2020年的故事,一代人的公共衞生事件,冒着巨大風險而成的報道,為全球帶來影響。」

以印度政府針對其龐大的穆斯林少數族群為題材的報道贏得了英文解釋性特寫和短片大獎。其他獲奬的報道包括《阿富汗女警》,《中國越來越無法容忍反對聲音》以及《無形的紅線》等。

中文組別的獲勝者記錄了在2019年反修例運動之後北京對香港的鎮壓行動,包括實施新的國家安全法。德國之聲一段關於示威者被警察槍傷後的新聞故事獲得了短片大獎,而端傳媒的《大檢控,香港人所經歷的拘捕和審判》呈現了因反修例運動相關罪行而被捕和被控的年青人的故事,獲得多媒體大獎。

蘋果日報的 《踢爆港府密謀12人送中 警坐定翼機 監視偷渡艇》獲得中文調查專題大獎。該報道利用飛行數據質疑香港政府聲稱對12 港人試圖以快艇逃到台灣並不知情的說法。鏡傳媒的《從「沒有臉孔的人」到「沒有聲音的人」系列:香港抗爭者群像,與國安法落地後的港人群像追蹤報道》,就香港示威者面對政權的鎮壓作出深入的報道,得到評審們的讚揚,並獲得解釋性特寫大獎。

「一人一票最佳新聞圖片獎」讓公眾從六張優秀的新聞圖片選出心頭好,投票期內一共收到21,723票,大獎最終由作品「 年少的兄妹」奪得。作品由《明報》的馮凱鍵拍攝,相片捕捉了一對路經示威現場的未成年兄妹被捕一刻。

人權新聞獎由香港外國記者會、國際特赦組織香港分會及香港記者協會合辦。因應新型冠狀病毒疫情持續,2021年人權新聞獎將不會舉辦頒獎禮。所有獲獎攝影作品將於香港外國記者會公開展出。

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