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HK's anti-poverty efforts lauded

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CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong is impressed with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s work to aid the underprivileged via its community space initiative.   Secretary for Labour & Welfare Chris Sun made the statement after accompanying Mr Xia on a visit to the Sham Shui Po Community Living Room today, which covered the inspection of its facilities and interaction with its users.   Steered by the Hong Kong SAR Government, the goal of the Pilot Programme on Community Living Room is to improve the quality of life of grassroots families, especially those living in subdivided unit households.   Mr Sun said: “He is encouraged by what we do to help those in need. Because what is available here in the community living room is exactly what those living in poor conditions need - giving them a space for gathering, (and) for children there is a space for them t

Islanders get round-the-clock care

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The Hospital Authority’s (HA) seven general out-patient clinics in Hong Kong’s Islands District provide primary medical services during regular consultation hours that are comparable to those in urban areas. In consideration of their remoteness from other health facilities, however, the HA has established 24-hour first aid posts at four of those clinics, giving patients access to medical assistance outside of regular hours.   Two of the posts, at Yung Shue Wan in North Lamma, and Peng Chau, have registered nurses available to assist local residents in case of emergencies, while the ones at Mui Wo and Tai O have both doctors and nurses on duty.     Preventing delays According to HA Mui Wo General Out-patient Clinic Doctor-in-charge Dr Shek Hon-wing, the first aid posts have two purposes.   “One is to handle some of the cases which can be handled by the clinic doctors at that time and settled,” he explained. “And the second purpose is to treat those patients which are relat

Individual visit scheme to expand

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The Individual Visit Scheme will be expanded to cover Xi'an in Shaanxi Province and Qingdao in Shandong Province starting from March 6.   The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today thanked the central government for its positive response to the proposal of enhancing the scheme in an orderly manner and further expanding the eligible cities.   Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung said the further enhancement of the scheme is conducive to the development of Hong Kong's tourism sector and will benefit tourism-related industries such as hotels and retail.   He noted that expanding the scheme enables residents of both cities to explore and feel the unique metropolitan glamour of Hong Kong in a more flexible and convenient manner.        Both with a population of over 10 million, it is believed that Xi'an and Qingdao will bring more high-value-added overnight tourists to Hong Kong.   Mr Yeung said Hong Kong will be hospitable

GREEN@TSING YI is officially open

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Secretary for Environment & Ecology Tse Chin-wan officiated today at the opening ceremony of GREEN@TSING YI, witnessing the launch of the first GREEN@COMMUNITY Recycling Store in an MTR station.   Kwai Tsing District, in which Tsing Yi is located, is the smallest yet most densely populated district in the New Territories. Addressing the ceremony, Mr Tse said the Environmental Protection Department had extended its GREEN@COMMUNITY network to the MTR Station to enable passengers and nearby residents alike to participate in clean recycling and prepare for the implementation of Municipal Solid Waste Charging.   Separately, he announced the launch of a pilot collaboration programme by the department’s GREEN$ Electronic Participation Incentive Scheme and the MTR’s Carbon Wallet.   Users of the GREEN$ mobile app can convert their Green$ points to Carbon Wallet points and redeem rewards including free single-journey MTR tickets.   With GREEN@TSING YI coming into operation,

Eco impact report to be revised

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The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today said the Civil Engineering & Development Department (CEDD) will submit a revised appendix to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for the San Tin/Lok Ma Chau Development Node.   In a press statement responding to the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society's (HKBWS) claim that the EIA report misidentified various bird species, the EPD said its preliminary understanding from the CEDD suggested the mismatch of photos and names of birds pointed out by the HKBWS was an editing issue that occurred when the CEDD’s consultant team compiled an appendix of the EIA report.    The EPD explained that the CEDD hired a professional environmental consultant to conduct an EIA study for the San Tin/Lok Ma Chau Development Node, which includes an ecological impact assessment.   When drafting the EIA report, the consultant submitted the ecological baseline survey results to the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department

SMS sender scheme expanded

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The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Yuen Long project construction starts

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Construction of the first Light Public Housing (LPH) project at Yau Pok Road in Yuen Long, officially started today.   The Yau Pok Road project will provide about 2,100 LPH units, with intake expected to begin in the first quarter of 2025. Application arrangements will be announced in the second quarter of this year.   Deputy Financial Secretary Michael Wong, Secretary for Housing Winnie Ho and Secretary for Labour & Welfare Chris Sun officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon.   Mr Wong thanked the Legislative Council, the local community and Sun Hung Kai Properties which lent the Yau Pok Road site for free, for supporting the project, adding that their assistance as well as the hard work of the construction team and government staff, gave hope to the public, especially families living in subdivided units and waiting for public rental housing.   Before the ceremony, Mr Wong and Ms Ho visited a mock-up LPH unit, received a progress briefing by Director