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Hong Kong – Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool temporarily closed

Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool temporarily closed

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Attention TV/radio announcers:

Please broadcast the following as soon as possible and repeat it at regular intervals:

     Here is an item of interest to swimmers.

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced today (July 31) that Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool in Yuen Long District has been temporarily closed for cleaning and superchlorination following the discovery of foreign object in the pool.

     It will be reopened at 6.30am tomorrow.

Hong Kong – EDB announces cessation of working relations with PTU

EDB announces cessation of working relations with PTU

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     The Education Bureau (EDB) announced today (July 31) that the EDB will cease all working relations with the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (PTU).
      
     A spokesman for EDB said that PTU has claimed itself as a professional education organisation. In the past decades, EDB has been allowing it to participate in the discussion, co-ordination and conduct of education-related activities. However, the remarks and deeds of PTU in recent years are invariably inconsistent with what is expected of the education profession, rendering it no different from a political body in essence. Over the past years, it has been actively and closely participating in the Civil Human Rights Front and Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.  It has also urged teachers to launch class boycott, triggering the infiltration of politics into schools. In the social turmoil, some students or even teachers were swayed to take part in violence and unlawful activities. Instead of shouldering the responsibility of the education profession by guiding or dissuading them, PTU added fuel to fire, contrary to the fundamental principles of education and at the expense of students’ well-being.

     EDB could no longer regard PTU as a professional education body and now announced the following decisions:
 
∗ EDB will no longer have any formal or informal meetings with PTU or its representatives, nor consult it on education-related issues;

∗ In the meantime, EDB will suspend the handling of cases referred or concerns raised by PTU.  People concerned may directly contact EDB, relevant schools or organisations;

∗ EDB will holistically review the advisory committees and related educational bodies under its purview.  If any members are holding posts in these committees and bodies as representatives of PTU, EDB will consider terminating their appointment, not recognising their membership, refusing their participation in the meetings or denying their access to the EDB office area for the meetings; and

∗ In principle, teacher training courses organised by PTU will no longer be recognised. Hence, schools should not count teachers’ participation in PTU’s training courses as part of the 150 hours of Continuing Professional Development activities in the three-year cycles with effect from today; however, in case schools find that certain training courses could be recognised given their special circumstances, they may consult the relevant EDB Senior School Development Officer.
 
     The spokesman said that the education sector was hard hit by the political and social turmoil in recent years. Some teachers or students had gone astray, while some were even arrested. A professional education organisation should uphold professionalism, help teachers demonstrate their professionalism in guiding students to discern right from wrong, teaching students the importance of law-abidingness, and steering them to grow on the right track.  However, not only does PTU fail to live up to this expectation, it has been engaging in political propaganda under the guise of being a professional education organisation.  For instance, in the “Occupy Central” movement, PTU published teaching resources with contents on civil disobedience for all teachers to teach their students; launched territory-wide class and teaching boycott by teachers, dragging schools into politics; recently the PTU even openly promotes books that glorify violence. While PTU claimed itself as a teachers’ union, teachers should, taking due account of its words and deeds, prudently consider if the PTU could genuinely represent them.
      
     The spokesman emphasised that EDB expects all professional education organisations to responsibly fulfill their mission in education. EDB would continue to join hands with genuine education professional organisations, in reaffirming our focus on education principles and nurturing the younger generation of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong – Appeal for information on missing man in Sau Mau Ping (with photo)

Appeal for information on missing man in Sau Mau Ping (with photo)

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     Police today (July 31) appealed to the public for information on a man who went missing in Sau Mau Ping.

     Lam Siu-tack, aged 89, went missing after he left his residence on Hiu Kwong Street yesterday afternoon (July 30). His family made a report to Police on the same day.

     He is about 1.62 metres tall, 40 kilograms in weight and of thin build. He has a pointed face with yellow complexion and short white hair. He was last seen wearing a white short-sleeved shirt, black trousers, blue shoes and carrying a black shoulder bag.

     Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the missing man or may have seen him is urged to contact the Regional Missing Persons Unit of Kowloon East on 3661 0321 or 9020 2746 or email to rmpu-ke-2@police.gov.hk, or contact any police station.

Hong Kong – Appeal for information on missing man in Mong Kok (with photo)

Appeal for information on missing man in Mong Kok (with photo)

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     Police today (July 31) appealed to the public for information on a man who went missing in Mong Kok.

     Leung Wai-hung, aged 54, went missing after he left his left a caring centre on Canton Road on July 29 morning. Staff of the caring centre made a report to Police yesterday (July 30).

     He is about 1.64 metres tall, 59 kilograms in weight and of medium build. He has a pointed face with yellow complexion and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black short-sleeved shirt, light green shorts, dark-coloured slippers, and carrying a light-coloured shoulder bag.

     Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the missing man or may have seen him is urged to contact the Regional Missing Person Unit of Kowloon West on 3661 8038 or 9020 6542 or email to rmpu-kw@police.gov.hk, or contact any police station.

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs holds graduation parade for Customs Youth Leader Corps Summer Training Camp (with photos)

Hong Kong Customs holds graduation parade for Customs Youth Leader Corps Summer Training Camp (with photos)

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     ​Hong Kong Customs today (July 31) held a graduation parade at the Hong Kong Customs College for the Customs Youth Leader Corps Summer Training Camp under the programme “Customs YES”. A total of 57 youths have completed the training and have become the first batch members of the Customs Youth Leader Corps.

     A Chinese-style foot drill was held during the graduation parade, which was inspected by the Executive Director of the “Customs YES” Executive Committee, Mr Edgar Kwan. He also presented the Best Recruit Awards to the participants with outstanding performances in recognition of their achievements during the training camp.

     The training camp was held from July 26 to 30, during which the participants underwent training on discipline, physical, parade and leadership. They also learned about the spectrum of work of Customs and the legislation enforced by the department through visits and seminars. 

     Sharing sessions and workshops of various themes had also been organised during the training camp to help participants know themselves better, think seriously about their future goals and establish a direction for their individual development. The renowned musician Chiu Tsang-hei shared his passion and persistence towards music; the “Son of the star” Mr Chan Yik-hei shared the endeavors in his journey of invention, innovation and technology; and Magistrate Mr Joseph To shared legal knowledge with the participants.

     “Customs YES”, which aims to extend the scope of youth education through diversified activities, is a new programme introduced by Customs this year. A thematic website (www.customsyes.hk) was also launched. Young individuals aged between 12 and 24 can join the programme, which encourages them to fully unleash their potential and foster their positive values and sense of belonging towards society by participating in a series of activities with different elements, including self-understanding, career-orientation and leadership.

     The Customs Youth Leader Corps is a new youth uniformed group established by Customs under the “Customs YES” programme. It aims to help members boost their self-confidence and develop team-oriented leadership skills through disciplinary training, regular drills and different education-oriented activities, thus paving the way for them to become distinguished youth leaders in the community. 

     As at July this year, about 860 individual members and 20 organisation members (including schools and non-governmental organisations) have been recruited to join the “Customs YES” programme. A number of thematic events have been organised, including a Job Orientation Experience Camp, an Innovation and Technology Workshop, a Summer Internship Programme, visits to Customs facilities and school talks. More than 1 000 participants took part.

     In the future, Customs will organise more activities with different themes and types under the “Customs YES” programme, such as exchange activities in the Mainland, volunteer services, sports competitions and career development workshops to attract more young people to participate in, and foster their positive thinking.