New FSD programme enhances life support measures in community (with photos)
The Fire Services Department (FSD) today (June 22) officially announced the “AED Anywhere for Anyone” Programme and the launch of an online information platform named “Centralized AED Registry for Emergency” (CARE) (www.hkfsd.gov.hk/aed) , aiming at incrementally increasing the number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that can be easily accessed by the public and providing relevant information to enable citizens to locate an AED to save a life more easily in case of emergency.
With the FSD taking the lead, AEDs have been installed outside over 100 fire stations and ambulance depots across the territory for public emergency use since May this year. The department has also put AED signs on over 600 FSD vehicles equipped with an AED to help disseminate the message.
Launched today, the FSD-developed online platform “CARE” provides information about over 900 AEDs placed throughout Hong Kong in terms of the locations, quantities, available times and more, which has been provided voluntarily by participating government departments and organisations. The public can access the site and obtain the information via browsers of mobile phones, computers or other mobile devices without the need to download any applications or software, or prior registration. The participating organisations can also log in anytime to update the information on their AEDs.
The participating units in the initial stage of the programme include the Auxiliary Medical Service, the Airport Authority Hong Kong, the MTR Corporation Limited, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Sik Sik Yuen, the Pok Oi Hospital Board of Directors, the Yan Chai Hospital Board of Directors, the Hong Kong Red Cross, Hong Kong St John Ambulance, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Chinachem Group, Nan Fung Property Management, New World Property Management Company Limited, Savills Property Management Limited and Kai Shing Management Services Limited.
The popularity of installation and use of AEDs in the community hinges on the support and co-operation from various sectors. The FSD expresses its gratitude to the participating units and will continue to actively encourage more organisations and people to support the programme, enhancing the life support measures in the Hong Kong community and safeguarding the lives of the public.
Speech by CE at Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Presentation Ceremony 2020 & 2021 (English only)(with photos/video)
Following is the speech by the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, at the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Presentation Ceremony 2020 & 2021 today (June 21):
Bernard (Chairman of the Awardee Selection Committee of the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award, Mr Bernard Chan), Andy (Executive Director of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Mr Andy Ho), Diana (Chief Executive, Hong Kong, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Ms Diana Cesar), students, parents, ladies and gentlemen,
Good afternoon. I am very pleased to attend today’s ceremony to commend 50 outstanding students, who are the recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award. My heartfelt congratulations to all of them.
I know that they come from five Hong Kong universities, and they are pursuing a great variety of degrees related to STEM as well as environmental management, physiotherapy, fashion and textiles. Whatever their future endeavours, I am confident that they will enjoy rewarding careers and lives, while helping Hong Kong take its place as an international hub for innovation and technology (I&T).
As I am sure we all agree, talent is crucially important to our achieving the objective of developing an international innovation and technology hub. And we are blessed with a good pool of local talents, including young men and women here today. Another proof is that in March this year, at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Hong Kong captured a record 136 awards. At least 49 of the award-winning projects originated at our local universities. They included a Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury, awarded to a University of Hong Kong team for developing the world’s first nasal spray vaccine for COVID-19. The vaccine is now undergoing clinical trials. A team from the Chinese University of Hong Kong was also awarded a Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury, for developing a virus-free, anti-cancer gene therapy.
Hong Kong’s research excellence has recently received a significant recognition through UGC’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020. Embracing international best practices, the RAE 2020 is a criterion-referenced assessment evaluating the research outputs of our eight publicly-funded universities. The overall results are extremely encouraging: 70 per cent of the research submissions were judged as internationally excellent or above, with 25 per cent being world-leading and 45 per cent internationally excellent. I should add the assessment was undertaken by over 360 scholars, around 70 per cent of them are non-local academics coming from 20 countries/regions around the world.
The HKSAR Government is determined to take advantage of our talent pool and develop Hong Kong into an innovation and technology hub. In the past four years, we have committed some HK$110 billion for a wide range of I&T programmes and initiatives, covering facility development, talent nurturing and retention, R&D funding, venture capital, etc. Amongst these initiatives, the two InnoHK research clusters in the Hong Kong Science Park present outsized promise. Health@InnoHK focuses on healthcare technology, including personalised medicine, molecular diagnostics, bioengineering, chemical biology, vaccine development, medical instrumentation and more. AIR@InnoHK targets artificial intelligence and robotics, zeroing in on such areas as big-data analytics, machine learning and medical, mobile and construction robotics. The first batch of some 20 R&D centres involving prominent international universities and research institutes, as well as our local universities, have begun operation. The rest will open later in the year. The R&D centres in the two research clusters are now recruiting postgraduates and specialists for a range of innovative R&D projects.
Our aspiration for an international I&T hub demands a critical mass of talent. To boost our I&T talent pool, we have just formally launched the Global STEM Professorship Scheme, announced in my 2020 Policy Address. The Scheme supports our universities in recruiting international scholars for I&T-related teaching and research. Feedback from some universities has been very positive. In addition, the STEM Internship Scheme has been regularised, under which allowance will be provided for undergraduates and postgraduates taking STEM programmes to enrol in short-term internships. Through this scheme, we want to encourage STEM students to experience I&T-related work during their studies, and encourage their interest in pursuing I&T careers after graduation.
The Innovation and Technology Fund has been providing funding support for our universities, R&D centres, companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Indeed, since its establishment in 1999, the Fund has committed more than HK$23 billion to well over 20 000 projects. Recent projects include the electronic wristband used in monitoring home quarantine during the pandemic, as well as the anti-virus coating applied at schools, elderly homes and businesses.
Hong Kong’s strengths in innovation and technology as well as our recent efforts have been recognised by our country. The nation’s 14th Five-Year Plan expressly supports Hong Kong’s emergence as an international I&T hub. It also promotes the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and, for the first time, includes the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Loop as a major co-operation platform in the Greater Bay Area.
The Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park, which is three times the size of the current Science Park, is well under way. The Park will allow Hong Kong to play a critical role in the Greater Bay Area’s rise as a world-class technology and innovation research hub. Before the completion of the Park, we are about to sign on a new partnership with Shenzhen on the basis of “one zone, two parks”. Under this initiative, our own Hong Kong Science Park will lease and manage select areas of the Shenzhen I&T Zone, and attract talents and companies from the Mainland and overseas to this Zone.
Finally, it just leaves me to congratulate all the awardees this afternoon. And I’m sure that you will enjoy and benefit from the many initiatives and the boundless opportunities in the innovation and technology area that we have prepared for our young people. What we have to do now is to give our young people support and encouragement, and this is exactly what the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award is all about for the past decade. For that, my gratitude goes to the Award’s organiser, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. I am grateful, as well, to the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and the Innovation and Technology Commission, the Award’s joint sponsors, for their invaluable contributions to realising an innovative and flourishing future for Hong Kong.
Once again, my warmest congratulations to the 50 inspiring young men and women we are honouring today. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Thank you very much.
Response to the media reports by the Legal Aid Department
In relation to the media reports today about Mr Lau Wai-chung who was assigned by the Legal Aid Department (LAD) as defence counsel for Mr Tong Ying-kit in the National Security Law case, the LAD today (June 21) responds as follows:
Mr Lau Wai-chung is one of the defence counsel representing the legally-aided person Mr Tong Ying-kit. The LAD assigned the case to Mr Lau in accordance with the established assignment criteria. Mr Lau also meets the criteria for assignment of legal aid cases. At the time when LAD assigned the case to Mr Lau, he was not yet involved and charged in any case.
All the hearings including the case management hearings and pre-trial reviews in Tong Ying-kit’s case were conducted in open court. Information submitted by the Prosecution did not involve any confidential matters. Therefore there does not exist any situation where Mr Lau can make use of confidential information obtained in the case for the purpose of preparing defence in his own case in future.
Toronto – National Film Board of Canada
In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), Kevin Settee’s four-part series of short films, The Lake Winnipeg Project, is premiering online at Indigenous Cinema, the NFB’s rich online collection of Indigenous-made films. Lake Winnipeg’s shores are home to many vibrant Indigenous communities, including the Anishinaabe, Cree and Métis. The Lake Winnipeg Project is an Indigenous-led community-engagement project that explores the communities’ deep connection to the land and water at a time when many external forces are imposing change.
The Indigenous Cinema page offers free streaming of more than 400 new and classic titles from the NFB’s collection of films by Indigenous directors.
NFB.ca also now features a channel on the devastating impact—and ongoing legacy—of residential schools in Canada, offering 23 films, including Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s Holy Angels, Kent Monkman’s Sisters & Brothers, Marie Clements’ The Road Forward and Alanis Obomsawin’s We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice.
Two of the NFB’s most recent works by Indigenous creators are currently on the festival circuit: Courtney Montour’s Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy (Seen Through Woman Productions/NFB), which has received the Rogers Audience Award and the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs and the Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Director at DOXA.
The NFB’s online learning portal, CAMPUS, features a number of new resources anchored in the NFB’s Indigenous collection, with mini-lessons written by Indigenous educators based on such acclaimed works as Alanis Obomsawin’s Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger, Christopher Auchter’s Now Is the Time, and Tasha Hubbard’s Birth of a Family.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, led by strong local partners across the country, the NFB’s Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) Indigenous cinema initiative remained active via virtual screenings, as well as in-person screenings where public health measures permitted. The NFB collection of Indigenous-made works consists of documentaries and animated films that can foster dialogue on a range of topics and themes. NFB representatives can help communities and organizations find a film or curate a program for their own local screening events by emailing email@example.com.
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