Hong Kong – Service arrangements of Yuen Long Jockey Club Dental Clinic of DH

Service arrangements of Yuen Long Jockey Club Dental Clinic of DH

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     The Department of Health (DH) announced today (June 30) that general public (GP) sessions at the Yuen Long Jockey Club Dental Clinic will be relocated to the Yuen Long Government Offices Dental Clinic starting from July due to staffing deployment. Other services at the Yuen Long Jockey Club Dental Clinic will be suspended until further notice. The DH will inform users with prior appointments of affected services and make separate arrangements for them.



     The operating time of the GP sessions can be found at the following website: www.dh.gov.hk/english/tele/tele_chc/tele_chc_dcgps.html.

Hong Kong – Celebration events to mark 25th anniversary of establishment of HKSAR

Celebration events to mark 25th anniversary of establishment of HKSAR

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     ​The sixth-term Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, and senior government officials will attend a flag-raising ceremony tomorrow (July 1) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

      

     The flag-raising ceremony will be held at Golden Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai at 8am. The Police Band will perform at the ceremony and two singers, Mr Chen Yong and Ms Phoebe Tam, will sing the national anthem, followed by a fly-past and a sea parade by the disciplined services.

 

     Following the flag-raising ceremony, the Celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return to the Motherland and the Inaugural Ceremony of the Sixth-term Government of the HKSAR will be held at the Grand Hall on Level 3 of the HKCEC.

 

     People are reminded that no public viewing area will be set up for the flag-raising ceremony on July 1. Golden Bauhinia Square and the nearby area will be designated as a restricted zone by the Police. Only holders of valid passes will be allowed entry.

Hong Kong – Commencement notice for Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Ordinance gazetted

Commencement notice for Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Ordinance gazetted

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     The Government published in the Gazette today (June 30) the Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Ordinance (Commencement) Notice. The Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Ordinance (Cap. 641) (Ordinance) will come into operation on December 1, 2022.



     The Ordinance seeks to implement the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).



     Pursuant to the relevant process under Article 153 of the Basic Law (Note), as well as the requisite declaration and notification on May 4, 2022, by the Central People’s Government to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (as depositary for the CISG), the application of the CISG (without China’s reservation in respect of Article 1(1)(b) under Article 95 of the CISG) to the HKSAR will take effect on December 1, 2022. The Ordinance will come into operation on the same day in order to implement the CISG in the HKSAR. For this purpose, the Secretary for Justice, under section 1(2) of the Ordinance, has appointed December 1, 2022, as the day on which the Ordinance comes into operation.



     A spokesperson for the Department of Justice (DoJ) said, “Applying the CISG to the HKSAR marks an important development of the HKSAR’s law on international sale of goods.”



     The CISG applies automatically to contracts of sale of goods between parties whose places of business are in different Contracting States. Further, it applies to international sales contracts where the rules of private international law of the forum lead to the application of the law of a Contracting State according to Article 1(1)(b) of the CISG.



     Party autonomy is a fundamental principle of the Convention. With very limited exceptions, the parties can, by agreement, derogate from or vary the effect of any provisions of the CISG, or exclude the Convention’s application entirely. The availability of such an opt-out mechanism in the CISG will enable the parties to tailor their contracts to meet specific business needs.



     In 2020, the Government conducted a public consultation on the proposed application of the CISG to the HKSAR. Noting that there is general support among the respondents to the consultation for applying the CISG to the HKSAR, and after consulting the Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services of the Legislative Council (LegCo), the Government introduced the Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Bill into LegCo in July 2021. The Bill was passed by the LegCo on September 29 of the same year.



     “With a view to assisting the business and legal sectors in getting ready for the implementation of the CISG, the DoJ, in collaboration with these sectors, has rolled out a series of public events and promotional materials since the beginning of this year. For easy access by the public, the video recordings and presentation slides for all the above-mentioned events have been made available on the DoJ’s featured webpage on the CISG.”



     The Commencement Notice will be tabled in LegCo on July 6 for negative vetting.



Note: Article 153 of the Basic Law provides (inter alia) that, “[t]he application to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of international agreements to which the People’s Republic of China is or becomes a party shall be decided by the Central People’s Government, in accordance with the circumstances and needs of the Region, and after seeking the views of the government of the Region.”

Hong Kong – Over 110 Inclusive Parks for Pets designated by LCSD

Over 110 Inclusive Parks for Pets designated by LCSD

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     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced today (June 29) that having consulted relevant local stakeholders, 12 more Inclusive Parks for Pets will be opened on July 1, bringing the total number of Inclusive Parks for Pets under the LCSD to over 110.



     Members of the public can enjoy park facilities together with their pets in an inclusive environment. The newly added Inclusive Parks for Pets are located as follows:



Central and Western District

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Wing Lee Street Sitting-out Area



Eastern District

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North Point Ferry Concourse Promenade

Oil Street Sitting-out Area



Kwun Tong District

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Kwun Tong Promenade (designated areas)

Lei Yue Mun Rest Garden

Lei Yue Mun Typhoon Shelter Breakwater Sitting-out Area

Sam Ka Tsuen Recreation Ground

Yuet Wah Street Playground (designated areas)



Yau Tsim Mong District

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Waterloo Road/Wylie Road Sitting-out Area

Wylie Road Temporary Sitting-out Area



Sai Kung District

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Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park



Sha Tin District

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Che Kung Miu Road Playground



     The LCSD will consider the views of the public on the new arrangements and open more venues for pets in the future if a positive response is received.



     Park users should observe and follow the users’ code for Inclusive Parks for Pets. Dog owners should keep their dogs on a leash. They should make sure pets are kept under proper control and are effectively restrained from causing a nuisance or danger to others. Owners should clean up any mess caused by their pets and keep the environment clean and hygienic.



     Please browse www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/facilities/otherinfo/petpark.html for the list of Inclusive Parks for Pets in various districts.

Hong Kong – Red flags hoisted at Stanley Main Beach and Shek O Beach

Red flags hoisted at Stanley Main Beach and Shek O Beach

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Attention TV/radio announcers:



Please broadcast the following as soon as possible:



     Here is an item of interest to swimmers.



     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced today (June 29) that due to big waves, red flags have been hoisted at Stanley Main Beach and Shek O Beach in Southern District, Hong Kong Island. Beachgoers are advised not to swim at these beaches.

Hong Kong – Penalty provision on operation of day procedure centre without licence under Private Healthcare Facilities Ordinance to take effect

Penalty provision on operation of day procedure centre without licence under Private Healthcare Facilities Ordinance to take effect

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     The Department of Health (DH) today (June 28) said that the penalty provision pertaining to the operation of a day procedure centre (DPC) without a licence under the Private Healthcare Facilities Ordinance (Cap. 633) will take effect on June 30. Starting from that date, it will be an offence to operate a DPC without a licence.

 

     The Ordinance provides for a new regulatory regime for premises of private healthcare facilities (PHFs) where registered medical practitioners and dentists practise. The Government is implementing the Ordinance in phases according to the risk of the type of PHFs. All hospital licences and the penalty provision on operation of a hospital without a licence have commenced on January 1, 2021. For DPCs, which are premises used for carrying out scheduled medical procedures under the Ordinance without lodging, licence application has commenced in January 2020 and the respective licences have been effective in batches since January 1, 2021.

 

     After the penalty provision takes effect on June 30, any person operating a DPC without a licence will commit an offence and be liable on conviction to a fine of level 6 ($100,000) and imprisonment for three years. 

 

     As of June 24, there were 244 licensed DPCs (148 full licences and 96 provisional licences). The DH has established a Private Healthcare Facilities Register (www.directory.orphf.gov.hk/Directory/en/Home/Home), which lists out information of the PHFs with DPC licence in force for public inspection.

 

     For more information, please refer to the website of the Office for Regulation of Private Healthcare Facilities of the DH (www.orphf.gov.hk/en).