Hong Kong – Green Minibus Real-time Arrival Information System extended to cover 453 routes

Green Minibus Real-time Arrival Information System extended to cover 453 routes

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     The Transport Department (TD) announced that with effect from today (June 28), the number of Green Minibus (GMB) routes covered under the GMB Real-time Arrival Information System has been further extended from 391 to 453 to facilitate passengers’ trip planning.



     A spokesman for the TD said, “Since its official launch in March 2021, the GMB Real-time Arrival Information System has been operating smoothly with the support of the GMB trade. The TD has uploaded the real-time arrival information of a total of 391 GMB routes in five phases since the launch of the system. Further to the current extension to 453 GMB routes, the TD will continue to work closely with the trade to upload the real-time arrival information of the remaining some 100 GMB routes, with a view to achieving full implementation by the end of this year.”



     Passengers can check the estimated arrival times of the next three GMBs arriving at specified en-route stops (or departing from the termini) of the routes concerned through the TD’s mobile application “HKeMobility”. The relevant data will also be released in machine-readable format via the Public Sector Information Portal (data.gov.hk) for public use free of charge.

      

     Relevant publicity materials have been posted at the termini and inside the GMB compartments of the GMB routes concerned to inform passengers of the arrangements.

      

     For details, please visit the TD’s website (www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/its/intelligent_transport_systems_strategy_review_and_/rtais/index.html).

Hong Kong – Origami marks 25 years of Hong Kong SAR

Origami marks 25 years of Hong Kong SAR

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     To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Central and Western District Office invited origami artist Kade Chan to hold an exhibition called “Celebrating peace and prosperity in Hong Kong through paper folding” at Pacific Place in Admiralty.

 

     Kade Chan talked to news.gov.hk about the theme of the artworks, the inspiration behind them and the challenges he faced along the way.

 

     The story is available at www.news.gov.hk/eng/feature today (June 28) in text and video format.

Hong Kong – Appointments to Advisory Committee on Admission of Quality Migrants and Professionals

Appointments to Advisory Committee on Admission of Quality Migrants and Professionals

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     The Government today (June 27) announced the appointment of the Chairperson and members of the Advisory Committee on Admission of Quality Migrants and Professionals for a two-year term from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024.



     The Committee advises the Director of Immigration on applications received under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme.



     The Committee will be chaired by Mr Chow Chung-kong and comprise 25 non-official members. The non-official membership is (in alphabetical order of family names) as follows:



Mr Chow Chung-kong (Chairperson)

Ms Ann Au Chor-kwan*

Dr Daniel Chan Ching-yan

Mr Joel Chan Cho-sing*

Ms Michelle Cheng

Mr Human Cheung

Mr He Yi-ming

Mr Andy Hei Kao-chiang

Ms Samantha Ho Shuk-yee

Dr Gabriel Hung Bing-kei

Ms Eva Lau Sau-fan*

Mr Gary Lau Sun-tao*

Mr Albert Lee

Ms Sylvia Lee Hiu-wah

Ms Rebecca Lee Pui-yi*

Mr Pat Leung Chi-ming*

Mr Jerome Leung Ty

Dr Liu Yuk-shing

Ms Anthea Lo Wing-sze

Ms Joyce Tam Joy-yee*

Ms Kelly Wong Ka-lei*

Professor Chris Wong Kong-chu*

Mr Woo King-hang

Dr Jack Yeung Chung-kit*

Ms Karmen Yeung Ka-yin*

Mr Desmond Yip Koon-shing*

 

* Newly appointed



     Ex-officio members on the Committee are representatives from the Labour and Welfare Bureau, the Security Bureau and the Labour Department.



     “We are grateful to the Committee for its service over the past two years, and have benefited from their wise counsel. We look forward to the valuable advice from the Chairperson, Mr Chow Chung-kong, re-appointed members as well as the new members,” a Government spokesman said.

Hong Kong – Inter-School Law Quiz Competition cultivates law-abiding spirit in new generation (with photos)

Inter-School Law Quiz Competition cultivates law-abiding spirit in new generation (with photos)

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     The Grand Final of the Inter-School Law Quiz Competition for primary school students, organised by the Department of Justice (DoJ) and supported by the Education Bureau, was successfully held today (June 27) at the M+ museum. Five teams from different primary schools got into the Grand Final to compete with their knowledge and understanding of the Constitution, the Basic Law, the rule of law and Hong Kong’s legal system. The competition was one of the rule of law education events under the DoJ’s Vision 2030 for Rule of Law initiative, and is also one of the celebratory events for the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

      

     Addressing the event, the Secretary for Justice, Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, praised the outstanding performance of the students, and expressed her pride and full confidence in the younger generation. Ms Cheng said, “I hope that all of you will keep your passion and put in effort to study, contributing to society with the spirit of the rule of law.”



     ​Students joining the competition have studied on their own the reference materials provided by the DoJ to grasp a better understanding of the rule of law, which in turn consolidated their law-abiding awareness. Competition was very keen in the Grand Final, in particular during the buzzer round, in which fully prepared students were eager for a chance to answer questions, demonstrating what they have learned and their knowledge on the subject.

      

     The champion prize went to Ying Wa Primary School, the second runner-up was Fuk Wing Street Government Primary School, and the third runner-up was Yuen Long Public Middle School Alumni Association Tang Ying Yip Primary School. Po Leung Kuk Luk Hing Too Primary School and Po Leung Kuk Hong Kong Taoist Association Yuen Yuen Primary School both won merit prizes. Leung Kui Kau Lutheran Primary School captured the best participation prize.

        

     The Law Quiz Competition Series, aiming to enhance students’ law-abiding awareness and cultivate their law-abiding spirit, comprised two parts. Part I was the Online Law Quiz Game, which successfully concluded in November 2021, with a total participation of nearly 2 000 primary school students. Part II of the series, the Inter-School Law Quiz Competition, also received an enthusiastic response, with 42 teams from 39 schools participating.

      

     The DoJ has organised a number of activities for primary and secondary school students under the Vision 2030 for Rule of Law initiative. Other events include “Rule of Law through Drama” touring performances for schools, school talks, Rule of Law Journey and the “Key to the Future” Short Video Competition. The DoJ will continue to roll out different activities for schools and students to put into practice the department’s motto “Rule of Law and Justice for All”.

      

     For more details of the competition and to revisit the Grand Final, please visit the dedicated website for the Law Quiz Competition Series (www.lawquizcompetition.hk).

Hong Kong – Police National Security Department arrested two men (with photo)

Police National Security Department arrested two men (with photo)

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     The National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police Force today (June 26) arrested two men, aged 31 and 53, in Cheung Sha Wan and Chai Wan respectively.

      

     Police conducted searches at the two arrested men’s residences with court warrants. Some electronic communication devices which were used to publish seditious messages, a computer, military knives and an imitation firearm were seized. The two arrested men were suspected of “doing an act or acts with seditious intention”, contravening Section 9 and 10 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200); “possession of an imitation firearm”, contravening Section 20 of Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance (Cap. 238); “possession of offensive weapon”, contravening Section 17 of the Summary Offences Ordinance (Cap. 228); and “possession of apparatus for radiocommunications without licence”, contravening Section 8 of the Telecommunications Ordinance (Cap. 106).

      

     The two arrested men are being detained for further enquiries.

Hong Kong – Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Update on cluster of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci cases at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:



     Regarding an earlier announcement on Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) carrier cases, the spokesperson for Queen Elizabeth Hospital made the following update today (June 26):



     In accordance with the prevailing infection control guidelines, the hospital commenced contact tracing. One more 90-year-old male patient in the surgical ward was confirmed as VRE carrier. The patient concerned did not have clinical symptoms and had been discharged earlier.



     The ward concerned has adopted the following enhanced infection control measures:

 

  1. Enhanced patient and environmental screening procedures;
  2. Application of stringent contact precautions and enhanced hand hygiene for staff and patients; and
  3. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the ward concerned.




     The hospital will continue to closely monitor the situation of the ward and the patient. The case has been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up.