CE cheers on HK athletes

Chief Executive John Lee cheered on the Hong Kong athletes taking part in various events at the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou today.   Mr Lee went to games venues to watch events in which Hong Kong athletes were competing, including swimming, wushu and fencing, and extended his warmest congratulations to the athletes who won medals.   Noting that having the games in their own country is of great importance to Hong Kong athletes, Mr Lee said he was pleased to have the opportunity to watch Hong Kong competitors strive for excellence and demonstrate extraordinary capabilities.   He expressed his hope that Hong Kong athletes will continue to excel and unleash their potential to achieve outstanding results.   The Chief Executive earlier visited the Zhejiang Liaison Unit of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and encouraged its staff members to strive to serve both the people of Hong Kong and enterprises in Zhejiang.   Today’s activities also included a lunch with th

Tool added for tenancy applications

The Housing Bureau today announced that its Central & Unified Platform for Transitional Housing, referred to as “TH-E”, will be launched tomorrow.   Intended to facilitate online applications for transitional housing, the platform is easy to operate. Applicants can follow clear instructions to enter basic information such as their name, phone number and identity card number, and to select their preferred projects.   After submitting an application online, applicants will immediately receive an SMS confirmation containing a reference number for future enquiries about the progress of their application.   The platform will automatically refer applications to operating organisations for follow-up. Data collection, compilation and analysis capabilities will be added to the platform’s functionality in the future.   To cater to the needs of different users, applications can still be submitted by post, email or fax. Applicants can also now upload and submit a completed central comm

Transport chief to visit Beijing

Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung will depart for Beijing today to attend the Global Sustainable Transport Forum (2023), organised by the Ministry of Transport.   The seminar, due to be held from September 25 to 26, will bring together transport authorities and related businesses from various countries. It provides a platform for promoting global co-operation in the transport sector and implementing global development initiatives.   Mr Lam will share details of the progress and direction of Hong Kong’s smart mobility and smart logistics initiatives at a thematic session.   He will also hold a sideline meeting with leaders of the Ministry of Transport and visit a company engaged in research and development in the field of autonomous driving technology.

HK rowers win gold medal

Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung today congratulated two Hong Kong athletes on winning a gold medal in the Rowing Men's Pair event at the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou, the first gold won by the Hong Kong, China delegation at this year’s games.   Mr Yeung said in Hangzhou that Lam San-tung and Wong Wai-chun had given their best and shown the full extent of their talent.   “Having witnessed their triumph, I could feel (the) athletes’ concentration during competition and their joy after winning,” he said. “With the Hong Kong, China delegation getting off to a flying start, I wish Hong Kong athletes (can) continue to shine in the Hangzhou Asian Games.”   Mr Yeung also extended his congratulations to wushu athlete Chen Suijin on winning a bronze medal in the Women's Taijiquan & Taijijian All-Round event.   He said: "We are proud of her, who earned the well-deserved medal with excellent skills.”

FS visits London's Elizabeth line

Financial Secretary Paul Chan yesterday visited Paddington Station to better understand the operation of London's Elizabeth line, a rail link run by an MTR Corporation subsidiary which recently won an award for its service on the line.   The Elizabeth line, fully operational since May 2022, spans a 128-km route encompassing 41 stations, and has a weekly patronage of 4 million passengers. It is run by MTR Elizabeth line (MTREL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the MTR Corporation.   In recognition of its excellent performance in operating the line, MTREL was named Passenger Operator of the Year 2023 in the UK's National Rail Awards.   Mr Chan said that public organisations in Hong Kong are regularly invited to share their management experience and expertise, and to operate important transport infrastructure projects, in other markets. He added that this offers a demonstration of the city's soft power.   Mr Chan later had lunch with Chinese residents in the UK and exchan

Man arrested for seditious act

Police’s National Security Department today arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of doing an act or acts with seditious intention, contravening sections 9 and 10 of the Crimes Ordinance.   He was apprehended for repeatedly publishing posts with seditious intention on social platforms, with content provoking hatred towards the central authorities and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, demanding sanctions against government officials and inciting the use of violence.   Police conducted searches at his residence with a court warrant and seized some electronic communication devices used to publish seditious messages.   Doing an act or acts with seditious intention is a serious crime, liable to imprisonment for two years on the first conviction.

Green I&T day held

Green I&T Day 2023 was held today to promote innovation and technology (I&T) solutions to achieve carbon neutrality targets.   Delivering a video speech at the opening ceremony, Secretary for the Environment & Ecology Tse Chin-wan said the event not only showcased the achievements of green I&T technologies in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, but also provided a high-level exchange platform for green and low-carbon development.   He noted that following the country's directive of the "dual carbon" target, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is striving to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050 and pursuing the target of reducing the city's carbon emissions by 50% before 2035 as compared to the 2005 level.   With the Environment & Ecology Bureau and the Hong Kong, Macao & Taiwan Exchange Office of the China Association for Science & Technology as advisors, the Electrical & Mechanical Services Departm