Hong Kong – Secretary for Health briefs representatives of medical sector on healthcare-related policy initiatives in Policy Address (with photo)

Secretary for Health briefs representatives of medical sector on healthcare-related policy initiatives in Policy Address (with photo)

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     The Secretary for Health, Professor Lo Chung-mau, together with the Under Secretary for Health, Dr Libby Lee, met with the representatives of the medical sector today (December 6), introducing to them the various healthcare-related policy initiatives in “The Chief Executive’s 2022 Policy Address” and listening to their views.


 


     At the meeting, Professor Lo briefed the representatives of the medical sector on the initiatives of the eight healthcare policy areas put forward by the new term of the Government in the Policy Address. The eight policy areas include primary healthcare, public hospital services, healthcare manpower supply, development of Chinese medicine, mental health, tobacco control, healthcare co-operation with the Mainland, as well as prevention and control of the epidemic.



     Professor Lo said, “The provision of healthcare services is an important pillar of people’s livelihood. With the ageing population in Hong Kong and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, there is a growing demand from citizens for public healthcare services which will eventually overburden the public hospitals. The Government must revamp the healthcare system and promote primary healthcare.  In this regard, we will launch the Primary Healthcare Blueprint within this year to provide comprehensive, sustainable and people-centric primary healthcare services in the community.



     “The Government will continue to enhance public healthcare services and ensure sufficient healthcare manpower is available to deliver various healthcare services to members of the public, such that people with illnesses can receive proper treatment.  We will put forth targeted measures to strengthen or even increase the supply of healthcare manpower and enhance the training for healthcare professionals, with a view to ensuring the sustainable and effective functioning of the public healthcare system.


 


      “I would like to express gratitude to the representatives of the medical sector for their valuable advice in relation to the healthcare-related policy initiatives in the Policy Address. The Government will continue to maintain close liaison with relevant stakeholders and take forward various policy initiatives, so as to make highly effective and quality healthcare services accessible to the citizens.”

Hong Kong – Toll of Tseung Kwan O Tunnel to be waived from 0.00am on December 11

Toll of Tseung Kwan O Tunnel to be waived from 0.00am on December 11

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     The Transport Department (TD) today (December 5) reminded members of the public that the toll of the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel will be waived from 0.00am on December 11 (Sunday).



     The Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin Tunnel will open to traffic at 8am on December 11 and the toll of the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel will be waived from 0.00am on the same day. Motorists are reminded that works will be carried out in phases in the vicinity of the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel Toll Plaza starting from around 10pm on December 10, including closure of some of the traffic lanes for shutting down tolling facilities such as toll booths and modification of traffic signs and road markings. During this period, temporary traffic lanes will be set up in the vicinity of the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel Toll Plaza and the existing speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour will be maintained. Traffic signs and road markings will be set up on-site to guide motorists.



     The spokesman said, “It is anticipated that the traffic at the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel will be very congested. Members of the public are advised to use public transport and consider using railway services for travelling to/from Kowloon and Tseung Kwan O. Motorists should allow sufficient travelling time, consider using alternative routes, exercise tolerance and patience, and follow the instructions of on-site staff.”



     From 0.00am on December 11, motorists can drive through the original Tseung Kwan O Tunnel Toll Plaza without stopping and paying the toll. Please refer to Annex 1 and Annex 2 for traffic arrangements at the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel Toll Plaza before and on the implementation day.



     After the implementation of the toll waiver, road works will continue to be carried out in the vicinity of the original Tseung Kwan O Tunnel Toll Plaza including removal of tolling facilities and the canopy. Temporary traffic measures will be adjusted in phases in accordance with the works areas, and adequate traffic lanes will be reserved for vehicles to drive through the vicinity of the toll plaza.



     For details on the toll waiver for the Tseung Kwan O Tunnel, please refer to the leaflet (Annex 3), visit the TD’s website (www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/tunnels_and_bridges_n/toll_matters/twtko/index.html) or the “HKeMobility” mobile app.

An Effective Tool in Teaching an Important Value to Children


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Children have a lot to learn, and learning it at an early age will make it easier for them. The one thing that’s important for all parents to teach their children is what is right and wrong, how to behave in certain situations, and so on. This can not only help their development as individuals but also create habits that will be beneficial throughout their lifetime.



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Producing Her First Feature Film Has Been an Adventure of a Lifetime, Says Sonia W Kohli: “I Would Definitely do It Again”

 Filmmaker Sonia W Kohli is a new name in the world of entertainment but her love for Bollywood is quite old which turned her into a filmmaker. After completing her first project, Bond-in Isolation under her production, “The Kunishka Productions Ltd” in April 2021, she immediately began writing her next story. She knew what she wanted. She wanted to create something that could provoke thought in society and leave a message for many and that’s when she started writing her next story called QAID.

Sonia says that QAID is a story that is inspired by true events. It’s based on an issue our LGBTQ friends and family members face in silence but audiences from all gender identities will be able to connect with it in many ways.

Talking about some of the challenges from development to production, she says that she used to start writing at night after putting her kids to sleep and sometimes she found herself writing till 2am in the morning. One of the biggest challenges she faced was finding the cast. She had to find Indian-looking actors who were based in London, could speak good Hindi, and could play a gay man. Actors would decline the role as soon as they heard it was an LGBT film. Regarding bringing the crew together, she says that she started assembling a team much earlier than the exact planned shooting period which was set for February 2022, so people would join but over time would leave for various reasons. She says that during production there were issues like train/tube strike, limited time on location and COVID infection towards the end of the shooting period, which left the production short of resources. She also had to keep a balance between being a filmmaker and a mother at the same time.

Despite all the challenges, which she says are too numerous to mention here, she is very proud of the efforts of everyone involved in the project and the fact that she was able to complete the film within the planned time frame. She is very passionate about this project and story and can’t wait to show it to the world. According to Sonia, it has been one of the many adventurous experiences in her life as she never imagined that she could produce something like this on such a scale. She says, “I could never have done it without the team that I had and I would definitely do it again.” While Kunishka Productions founder and MD already has the next story in development, her current film QAID is expected to release in 2023.

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Urban apathy continues unabated from Shimla to Surat


Surat, Rajkot and Jamnagar have recorded lower than State average of voter turnout of 63.3% in first phase of Gujarat elections. While voting percentage increased in many constituencies, the average voter turnout figure is dampened by urban apathy of these important districts just as during recently concluded general election to the legislative assembly of Himachal Pradesh, urban Assembly Constituency of Shimla recorded the lowest at 62.53% (less by 13 percentage point) as against the State average of 75.6%. Gujarat cities have shown the similar urban apathy trend during voting on 1st December 2022 in Assembly elections thus pulling down the percentage of voting in first phase.


Noting the voter turnout figures with concern, CEC Sh Rajiv Kumar, on behalf of ECI, appeals to the voters of Gujrat to come out in large numbers during second phase so as to compensate for low voting in 1st phase. The possibility of surpassing 2017 voting percentage now lies in their increased participation only.


The Gandhidham AC in Kuchchh district, which has industrial establishmentsrecorded lowest polling percentage of 47.86%,a sharp decline of 6.34% than the last election in 2017, recording a new low. The second lowest voting was in Karanj constitutency of Surat, which is also 5.37 % lower than its own low of 55.91% in 2017.


Major cities/ urban areas of Gujrat have not only recorded decline in voting percentage as compared to 2017 elections, but have also voted much less than State average of 63.3%. Decline in Rajkot west is very sharp at 10.56%.























District

Assembly Constituency

VTR in 2017

VTR in 2022

% decrease

Kachchh

Gandhidham

54.20

47.86

6.34



Rajkot

Rajkot East

66.98

62.20

4.78

Rajkot West

67.68

57.12

10.56

Rajkot South

64.28

58.99

5.29

Jamnagar

Jamnagar North

64.61

57.82

6.79

Jamnagar South

63.96

57.27

6.69

Junagarh

Junagarh

59.53

55.82

3.71











Surat

Surat North

63.96

59.24

4.72

Varachha Road

62.95

56.38

6.57

Karanj

55.91

50.54

5.37

Limbayat

65.51

58.53

6.98

Udhna

60.66

54.87

5.79

Majura

61.96

58.07

3.89

Surat West

67.37

62.92

4.45

Choryasi

61.10

56.86

4.24





The voting percentage in the first phase of election in 2017 was 66.79%. Had the voting percentage in these Assembly Constituencies been even equal to level of even their own voting percentage in 2017 election, the state average would have been more than 65%.


There is a conspicuous gap in voting turnout between rural and urban constituencies.  The gap of voter turnout is as wide as 34.85% if it is compared in rural constituency of Dediapada in Narmada district  which has recorded  82.71% and that in urban AC of Gandhidham in Kuchchh district which has witnessed  47.86% of voter turnout. Also, average turnout in important urban areas is lower than turnout in rural constituencies.


Within manydistricts, rural constituencies in those districts have voted much more than the urban constituenciesof the same district. For example-in Rajkot, there is a decline in all the urban ACs.


Rajkot








Assembly Constituency

VTR in 2017

VTR in 2022

% increase/decrease

Type of constituency

Rajkot East

66.98

62.20

4.78

Urban

Rajkot West

67.68

57.12

10.56

Urban

Rajkot South

64.28

58.99

5.29

Urban


Similarly, in Surat all rural Assembly Constituencies have voted more in %age terms than urban Assembly Constituencies of Surat. The difference in lowest urban AC of Surat with highest rural AC is as much as 25%.


Surat





















Assembly Constituency

Voting % in 2022

Type of constituency

Karanj

50.54

Urban

Udhna

54.87

Urban

Varachha Road

56.38

Urban

Choryasi

56.86

Urban

Limbayat

58.53

Urban

Majura

58.07

Urban

Surat North

59.24

Urban

kamrej

60.28

Urban

Surat West

62.92

Urban

Katargam

64.08

Urban

Surat East

64.77

Urban

Olpad

64.65

Urban

Bardoli

66.07

Rural

Mahua

73.73

Rural

Mangrol

74.09

Rural

Mandvi

76.22

Rural




All the 26 ACs which recorded more than 65 % voting are rural and not even one urban AC has crossed the mark of 65% voting.

































Sr. No.

Name of district

Name of AC

Voter Turnout in 2022

1

Kachchh

Mandvi

65.37

2

Jamnagar

Jamjodhpur

65.43

3

Navsari

Navsari

65.79

4

Surat

Bardoli

66.07

5

Valsad

Valsad

66.13

6

Navsari

Jalalpore

67.00

7

Morbi

Morbi

67.16

8

Dangs

Dangs

67.33

9

Surendranagar

Dhrangadhra

67.48

10

Bharuch

Jambusar

67.53

11

Morbi

Tankara

71.18

12

Navsari

Gandevi

71.49

13

Morbi

Wankaner

71.70

14

Bharuch

Vagra

71.73

15

Gir Somnath

Somnath

72.94

16

Surat

Mahuva

73.73

17

Surat

Mangrol

74.09

18

Narmada

Nandod

74.36

19

Tapi

Vyara

75.57

20

Bharuch

Jhagadia

76.20

21

Surat

Mandvi

76.22

22

Tapi

Nizar

78.19

23

Navsari

Bansda

78.23

24

Valsad

Dharampur

78.32

25

Valsad

Kaprada

79.57

26

Narmada

Dediapada

82.71




To address the urban apathy trend across the country, theCommission has directed all CEOs to identify low voter turnout ACs and Polling stations to ensure targeted awareness interventions to increase voting percentage. Recently also CEC ShRajiv Kumar along withEC Shri Anup Chandra Pandey,interacted with Nodal Officers of over 200 Voter Awareness Forums from various industrial units in Pune, which has earned the tag as one of the lowest voting percentage Parliamentary Constituenciesin 2019 general elections.


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