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CSD launches WeChat account

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The Correctional Services Department announced that it launched its official WeChat account today to disseminate information on custodial work, rehabilitation and community education programmes.   The WeChat account was rolled out to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s establishment and the 40th anniversary of the renaming of the Prisons Department as the Correctional Services Department, it said.   This is the department’s latest official social media platform in addition to its YouTube and Facebook pages.   Apart from providing another channel for Hong Kong citizens to learn more about the department’s work and development, the WeChat account also reaches Mainland residents with a view to strengthening connections and interaction between the two places, the department added.   Look up “HKSARCSD” on WeChat or scan the QR code to follow the account. http://dlvr.it/SZMQ8H

Fraudulent certificates deemed invalid

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The Government announced today the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors will not be accepted and will be deemed invalid from October 12.   According to the information provided by Police, the seven private doctors are involved in its arrest operations to date for allegedly abusing the issuance of medical exemption certificates. The legal proceedings are ongoing for some of those cases.   The Government pointed out that according to the eHealth records, the seven private doctors have issued in total over 20,000 medical exemption certificates which are still within the validity period, accounting for more than half of the medical exemption certificates that are still valid.   It has reasonable grounds to suspect that the private doctors concerned did not properly follow the Department of Health’s guidelines when issuing the medical exemption certificates.   In this regard, the Government will no longer accept the medical exemption ce

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