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Hong Kong – Fatal traffic accident in Tin Sum

Fatal traffic accident in Tin Sum

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     Police are investigating a fatal traffic accident in Tin Sum today (June 13) in which a 57-year-old man died.

     At about 2.50pm, a public light bus (PLB) driven by the 57-year-old man was travelling along Tai Chung Kiu Road towards Ma On Shan. When approaching the junction of Tai Chung Kiu Road and Sha Tin Wai Road, it reportedly collided with a private car and side turned.

     Sustaining serious head injuries, the PLB driver was certified dead at scene. Six PLB passengers, aged between 27 and 66, and the 33-year-old female private car driver were injured and sent to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital for medical treatment in conscious state.

     The private car driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death and is being detained for further enquiries.

     Investigation by the Special Investigation Team of Traffic, New Territories South is underway.

     Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any information to offer is urged to contact the investigating officers on 3661 1300.

Hong Kong – Over 3 500 blood donors and Elite Partners commended for their contribution in blood donations

Over 3 500 blood donors and Elite Partners commended for their contribution in blood donations

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The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) announced the list of outstanding blood donors today (June 13) to commend 3 633 blood donors who have achieved 25-times donations and above (multiple of 25) in 2020/21.

     Dr C K Lee, the Chief Executive and Medical Director of BTS expressed his deep gratitude to the unfailing support from different sectors of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 121 740 donors managed to come forward and donated 204 808 units of blood, turning into 420 293 units of blood products for clinical treatment. They have brought warmth, hope and light to patients and their families.

     Dr C K Lee reiterated that a sustainable and stable blood supply is an integral part of the health system. He urged members of the public to support World Blood Donor Day on June 14. This year, the slogan is “Give blood and keep the world beating”. The message highlights the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and safeguarding others’ health.

     In addition to individual donation awards, Elite Partnership Awards were presented to following commercial and community partners, in recognition of their enthusiastic support and remarkable achievements for blood donation. The respective winners are:
 
     Elite Partnership Award 2021 (Corporate)

  • Prudential Hong Kong Limited
  • Sino Group
  • Link Asset Management Limited
  • LAWSGROUP (D2 Place)
  • Mars Hong Kong Limited (KIND North Asia & South East Asia)

     Elite Partnership Award 2021 (Community)

  • Lions Clubs International District 303 – Hong Kong and Macao, China
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Sik Sik Yuen
  • Blood Donation Alliance

 
     10 schools were also awarded the Elite Partnership Awards (Secondary School) for their enthusiastic participation in blood donation. The respective winners are:
 

  • Carmel Pak U Secondary School
  • Hong Kong and Kowloon Kaifong Women’s Association Sun Fong Chung College
  • PLK Ho Yuk Ching (1984) College
  • The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
  • Hong Kong Taoist Association Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School
  • Homantin Government Secondary School
  • Jockey Club Ti-I College
  • Pui Ching Middle School
  • Buddhist Hung Sean Chau Memorial College
  • Tin Shui Wai Government Secondary School

 
     The BTS invites members of the public to keep donating blood and maintain a stable blood supply for clinical transfusion to patients. To prevent crowds from gathering and long waiting times at the donor centres, donors are advised to make appointments by calling the BTS’ donor centres or via “HK Blood” mobile app. For details, please visit www.ha.org.hk/rcbts.

Hong Kong – Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool temporarily closed

Ping Shan 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 (June 13) that Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool in Yuen Long District has been temporarily closed for cleaning and superchlorination following the discovery of a small amount of faeces in the pool.

     It will be reopened at 3.45pm today.

     The department appeals to swimmers to be considerate and to keep the swimming pools clean. They are advised not to swim after a full meal and should use the toilet facilities if necessary before swimming.

Canada – Minister Guilbeault to Announce the First Commissioner and Directors of the New Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will announce the first Commissioner and Directors of the new Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages

OTTAWA – The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will take part in a virtual press conference to announce the first Commissioner and Directors of the new Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages. This announcement is part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to ensure the promotion and revitalization of First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages in Canada.

Please note that all details are subject to change.

Journalists must confirm their participation by sending their full name and the name of their media outlet to pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca by 8 a.m. on Monday, June 14.

A Zoom link will be sent to allow reporters to ask questions following the press briefing.

EVENT: Press conference

DATE: Monday, June 14, 2020

TIME: 11:30 a.m. EDT

LOCATION: Virtual

Camille Gagné-Raynauld

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

camille.gagne@canada.ca

Canada – Minister Ng speaks with Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry about strengthening economic relations

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke yesterday with Kim Yong Gan, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore.

June 11, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke yesterday with Kim Yong Gan, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore.

Minister Ng congratulated Minister Gan on his recent appointment and expressed that she looked forward to working closely with him on important trade initiatives that support economic growth for Canada and Singapore. This includes as partners under the CPTPP and through ongoing efforts to improve rules-based trade through multilateral forums such as the Canada-led Ottawa Group on WTO Reform.

Minister Ng also expressed her appreciation for Singapore’s support for a Canada-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement as the Government of Canada seeks to increase trade and investment opportunities for Canadian businesses in Southeast Asia.

Minister Ng noted that Canada is exploring ways to build on the Canada-Singapore Infrastructure MoU and other arrangements that connect innovative Canadian companies with opportunities in Southeast Asia. She also looks forward to participating in the Asia Infrastructure Forum at the end of June to discuss how investments in the wide-reaching sector can contribute to the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister Ng and Minister Gan also discussed opportunities for increased collaboration in science, technology and innovation, the green economy and agri-tech.  Minister Ng highlighted programs such as the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) in Singapore, which supports high-growth, high-potential Canadian firms in key global tech hubs in these sectors, by offering tailored and enhanced services to help them scale-up, grow and expand into new markets.

Associated links

Doing business with Singapore
Canada and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Singapore fact sheet
Minister Ng leads virtual trade mission to Singapore on e-commerce
Minister Ng speaks with Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry

Alice Hansen

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and

International Trade

613-612-0482

Alice.Hansen@international.gc.ca

Canada – Update on Janssen COVID-19 vaccines made with drug substance from Emergent BioSolutions

Health Canada has completed its quality review of the shipment of Janssen vaccines that are currently in quarantine.

June 11, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Health Canada

Further to Health Canada’s statement on April 30, 2021, Health Canada has completed its quality review of the shipment of Janssen vaccines that are currently in quarantine. To protect the health and safety of Canadians in response to concerns regarding a drug substance produced at the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore Maryland, Health Canada will not be releasing the shipment.

The drug substance produced at the Emergent BioSolutions facility was used in the manufacturing of this shipment of Janssen vaccines. The drug substance was manufactured at the time a separate batch of vaccines was contaminated by the components of a different vaccine. Health Canada was unable to determine that this shipment of Janssen vaccines meets the Department’s rigorous quality standards.

To ensure the safety of any future vaccine supply from this facility, Health Canada is planning an onsite inspection, expected to take place this summer. Until this inspection has been completed, Canada will not be accepting any product or ingredients made at this site.

Canadians can be assured that any vaccines will only be released for distribution once Health Canada is satisfied that they meet the Department’s high standards for quality, safety and efficacy.