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Civil Aid Service holds parade

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The Civil Aid Service (CAS) held the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and CAS 70th Anniversary Parade today at the Police College.   Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki officiated at the ceremony and acted as the reviewing officer for the parade.   To demonstrate national identity and patriotic sentiment for the motherland, the CAS has fully adopted from today, the Chinese-style foot drill that requires exacting standards, and demonstrated the drill's protocols for the first time in the parade.   As an auxiliary force under the Security Bureau, the CAS has been honouring the pledge of "provide emergency relief, serve the community" and has been rendering immediate assistance during emergencies to protect Hong Kong citizens.   During the COVID-19 epidemic, the CAS has remained steadfast on the front line of the anti-epidemic operations by rapidly assisting in setting up a number of community isolation faci

CS unveils new mascot

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Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki unveiled the new social enterprise (SE) mascot, Bloomy the Tree, at the Social Enterprise Summit 2022 opening ceremony today.   Mr Chan delivered a speech at the ceremony, noting that the Government is a promoter and facilitator for social innovation and entrepreneurship.   He pointed out that the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Fund, which was launched in 2013, has supported over 430 ventures and projects, involving total funding of more than $500 million. Over 320,000 people in need, including children, the elderly, people with disabilities, grassroots families and ethnic minorities benefited.   Mr Chan said he hoped the new mascot would help promote social enterprises and encourage people to support the great work they do.   Bloomy the Tree will promote the philosophy of the enterprises through innovative thinking and assist in building a caring and vibrant society for the socially disadvantaged and the public.   The Home A

8.5k local COVID-19 cases logged

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 8,500 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 1,775 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 6,725 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 719 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, 12 residential care homes for the elderly and seven for disabled people logged 31 cases involving their residents and staff.   Meanwhile, there were 1,123 positive cases concerning 951 students and 172 staff filed by 679 schools. As a result, 12 classes from 12 schools were advised to suspend face-to-face lessons for seven days.   In addition to reporting that 13 patients passed away in public hospitals due to the coronavirus, the Hospital Authority registered 10 more critical patients, bringing the number in critical condition to 48.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre’s Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said an increasing number of cases - both local and imported - have been rec

Survey on non-HK firms released

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The number of businesses in Hong Kong with parent companies located outside the city stands at 8,978 in 2022, according to an annual survey released by Invest Hong Kong and the Census & Statistics Department today.   Of the 8,978 companies, 1,411 operate as regional headquarters, 2,397 as regional offices and 5,170 as local offices.   In terms of where these companies came from, the Mainland ranked first with 2,114 companies, followed by Japan with 1,388, the US with 1,258, the UK with 655 and Singapore with 463.   By sector, import and export trade, wholesale and retail topped the list with 4,170 companies, followed by financing and banking with 1,683 and professional, business and education services with 1,308.   In terms of jobs, the number of people engaged by these companies was about 468,000 in 2022. http://dlvr.it/SdLLMT

Beijing Office Director named

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The Government today announced the appointment of Rex Chang as Director of its Beijing Office on December 8 when serving director John Leung starts pre-retirement leave.   Mr Chang is currently Commissioner for Belt & Road.   Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung noted that Mr Chang is a seasoned Administrative Officer with proven leadership and management skills and expressed confidence that he will serve the community with professionalism in his new capacity.   On Mr Leung’s retirement, Mrs Yeung said he had served the community of Hong Kong for 35 years and overseen the smooth operation of the Beijing Office and the two liaison units in Liaoning and Tianjin during his tenure as Director.   “He made sterling efforts in promoting regional co-operation with various provinces and municipalities, as well as rendering useful assistance to Hong Kong residents living in the Mainland and promoting Hong Kong.” http://dlvr.it/SdLL40

CFA Society Hong Kong 30th Anniversary

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CFA Society Hong Kong (the Society) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1992. In celebration of its achievements, the Society rolled out a series of marketing communications programs to increase our brand awareness. The Society shares the mission of CFA Institute in raising the professional and ethical standards of financial analysts and investment practitioners through advocacy and continuing education efforts. In addition to promoting the CFA designation in Hong Kong, the Society aims to provide a forum for members, CFA Institute, other investment practitioners and regulators for networking and the exchange of industry insights and best practices. The Society is led by the Board of Directors, monitored by its Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and advised by the Advisory Board, providing a broad range of perspectives on issues relating to the Society and protecting the interests of members. The Society is mostly run by member volunteers with the support of a team of fu

LegCo passes motion of thanks

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Chief Executive John Lee today expressed gratitude to the Legislative Council for passing the Motion of Thanks in respect of the Chief Executive's 2022 Policy Address.   Noting that the Policy Address was compiled with the commitment of his team and himself to chart a brighter tomorrow for Hong Kong, Mr Lee said many policy measures proposed were formulated after heeding and giving careful consideration to views expressed by the public and different parties.   “This is a Policy Address for Hong Kong citizens. I express my gratitude to Legislative Council members for offering views on various measures in the Policy Address during the debate for three consecutive days, especially for their suggestions on different arenas,” Mr Lee said.   They are related to further improving governance, creating strong impetus for growth, attracting businesses and talent, fostering innovation and technology as well as cultural infrastructure, addressing people's concerns and working togethe