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Testing records checked

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The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation at Block 12 of Richland Gardens in Kowloon Bay, which was earlier included in a compulsory testing notice.   The enforcement action was conducted from around 8am to 11am by the Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Bureau together with Police and the Department of Health.   Out of the 269 people whose records were checked, three had failed to comply with the notice. They were issued with a compulsory testing order and a fixed penalty notice of $10,000. http://dlvr.it/SZ0L3s

Undergraduate subsidies set

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The Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors will subsidise 3,265 places in 47 undergraduate programmes of eight post-secondary institutions in the 2023-24 academic year, the Government announced today.   The programmes are for 10 disciplines that have keen manpower demand.   The disciplines are: architecture and engineering, computer science, creative industries, fintech, healthcare, insurance, logistics, sports and recreation, testing and certification, and tourism and hospitality.   The programmes include the four applied degrees selected for the Pilot Project on the Development of Applied Degree Programmes.   The Education Bureau determined the programmes and number of places to be subsidised under the scheme after consulting relevant policy bureaus and departments.   In the 2023-24 academic year, the annual subsidy amount for laboratory-based programmes will be increased from $77,040 in the 2022-23 academic year to $78,280, while that for non-laboratory-ba

Testing compliance checks done

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The Government today completed enforcement operations at Block 6 of Hanford Garden in Tuen Mun and Goldwin Heights at 2 Seymour Road in Mid-Levels, which were earlier included in compulsory testing notices.   The Civil Service Bureau conducted the Tuen Mun enforcement action from around 8.30am to 11.30am, while the Central & Western District Office carried out the Mid-Levels operation from around 8am to 11am.   Both actions were conducted together with Police and the Department of Health.   The Government arranged for staff to verify the testing certifications of people subject to compulsory testing at the buildings’ entrances and exits.   During the operations, the test records of about 200 people in Block 6 of Hanford Garden and about 430 people in Goldwin Heights were checked.   As a result, seven people in total were found to have violated the compulsory testing notice and were issued with a compulsory testing order.    A fixed penalty notice of $10,000 was also iss

Chan Kwok-ki to chair review body

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The Government today announced the Chief Executive’s appointment of members of the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee (CERC) commencing on September 19.   The Chief Executive appointed Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki as CERC Chairperson and Secretary for Home & Youth Affairs Alice Mak as its official member pursuant to section 9A of the Chief Executive Election Ordinance.   Financial Secretary Paul Chan ceases to be Committee Chairperson when the new appointment takes effect.   Pursuant to section 9A(2) of the ordinance, the CERC is to consist of the chairperson, at least two but not more than four official members, and at least one but not more than three non-official members.   Section 9A(4) of the ordinance further stipulates that only a principal official appointed pursuant to a nomination under Article 48(5) of the Basic Law is eligible for appointment as the chairperson or an official member.   The appointment notice has been gazetted and reported to the Central Pe

Testing compliance check completed

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The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation at King Fung House of King Shan Court in Wong Tai Sin, which was earlier included in a compulsory testing notice.   The enforcement action was conducted from around 8am to 11am by the Education Bureau together with Police and the Department of Health.   Having checked 206 people’s test records, it was discovered that six people failed to comply with the notice and they were issued with a compulsory testing order.   A fixed penalty notice of $10,000 was also issued to three of them. http://dlvr.it/SYXBDZ

Residents comply with testing rules

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The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation at Central Plaza in Tai Po, which was earlier included in a compulsory testing notice.   The enforcement action was conducted from around 7am to 10am by the Tai Po District Office, the Tai Po Police District and the Department of Health.   Having checked about 100 people’s test records, all of them were found to have undergone testing in compliance with the requirement.  http://dlvr.it/SYM5VL

Algernon Yau to visit Cambodia

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Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau will depart Hong Kong tomorrow for Cambodia to attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Ministers meeting scheduled for September 17.   At the Sixth ASEAN Economic Ministers - Hong Kong, China Consultation meeting, Mr Yau and participating economic ministers of ASEAN member states (AMS) will discuss the progress of the free trade agreement’s implementation.   There will also be discussions on the related investment agreement between ASEAN and Hong Kong.   On the meeting’s sidelines, Mr Yau will hold bilateral meetings with various AMS economic ministers to exchange views on regional co-operation and issues of mutual interest.   The commerce chief will also attend a luncheon to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and visit Hong Kong enterprises in Cambodia.        Mr Yau will return to Hong Kong on the evening of September 18. D