Hong Kong – S for S inspects Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre and Immigration Service Institute of Training and Development (with photos)

S for S inspects Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre and Immigration Service Institute of Training and Development (with photos)

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     The Secretary for Security, Mr Tang Ping-keung, inspected the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre (CIC) and Immigration Service Institute of Training and Development (ISITD) today (October 28) to learn more about their facilities and operation.
 
     Mr Tang, accompanied by the Director of Immigration, Mr Au Ka-wang, was briefed on the operation and management of the CIC by the centre’s personnel. Mr Tang then inspected various facilities in the CIC, including the dayrooms, dormitories, special units, exercise yard and sick bay. He also met and exchanged views with the centre’s personnel to know more about their work, as well as the difficulties and challenges they face under a heavy workload.
 
     The CIC is one of the detention facilities of the Immigration Department (ImmD), and has a maximum capacity of 500 detainees. The detainees at the CIC are illegal immigrants, overstayers, or persons refused permission to land in Hong Kong. They are pending removal. Among them, some are non-refoulement claimants. Under the law and prevailing detention policy, the ImmD will consider all the facts and circumstances of any particular case, including whether the person concerned has committed a serious crime and whether there is any risk of the person absconding or reoffending. Regular and timely reviews of each case will also be conducted to determine whether an individual should be further detained.
 
     Mr Tang then visited the ISITD to learn about its organisation, training programmes and facilities. He also inspected “National Education” and “Immigration Control and Passenger Clearance” classes to gain a deeper understanding of the training provided by the ImmD. Mr Tang said that national education is conducive to trainees’ understanding of national development and helps engender a sense of national identity, which nurtures them into law enforcement officers with a sense of belonging to the country, an affection for Hong Kong and an international perspective.
 
     Mr Tang took the opportunity to express gratitude to ImmD personnel for upholding the values of “integrity and impartiality” by performing various duties even-handedly and serving the community with dedication and professionalism all along.

Hong Kong – CE inspects Kai Tak Development Area (with photos/video)

CE inspects Kai Tak Development Area (with photos/video)

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     ​The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, today (August 13) inspected the Kai Tak Development Area to learn more about the works progress of the Kai Tak Sports Park project. She also visited the Kai Tak Sky Garden, and the Kai Tak River where improvement works have been completed.

     Accompanied by the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Caspar Tsui, Mrs Lam received briefings by colleagues from the Home Affairs Bureau and representatives of the Kai Tak Sports Park Limited on the works progress of the Kai Tak Sports Park. Mrs Lam noted that piling works of the project and the preliminary design have largely been completed, while superstructure works and the detailed design of the project are underway. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2023. The Kai Tak Sports Park will include a world-class and all-weather venue accommodating 50 000 spectators for sports competitions and performances, a 10 000-seat indoor sports centre and a 5 000-seat public sports ground. There are also a harbourfront promenade, retail and dining facilities, diverse public spaces and more.

     “Occupying an urban area of 28 hectares with a $31.9 billion construction cost, the Kai Tak Sports Park is a huge investment in sports infrastructure by the Government. It will significantly enhance sports development in Hong Kong upon completion. The performance of Hong Kong athletes in international competitions has been distinguished in recent years. They achieved the best results in Hong Kong’s history at the Tokyo Olympics, which just concluded. I announced a host of measures days earlier, including the promotion of the sports industry on the basis of supporting elite sports, promoting sports in the community and maintaining Hong Kong as a centre for major international sports events. The commissioning of the Kai Tak Sports Park will enable Hong Kong to host more international competitions, which will be conducive to the professionalisation of sports and the development of the sports industry,” Mrs Lam said.

     Next, Mrs Lam, accompanied by the Secretary for Development, Mr Michael Wong, and the Director of Civil Engineering and Development, Mr Ricky Lau, visited the Kai Tak Sky Garden built at the former runway of Kai Tak. The Kai Tak Sky Garden has an approximate length of 1.4 kilometres and encapsulates the theme of aviation. It is the first sky garden built on noise barriers in Hong Kong, which is in line with the “single site, multiple use” concept and adds another new landmark to the Kai Tak Development Area. Mrs Lam also received a briefing from colleagues on the progress of the whole Kai Tak Development Area including the tourism node commercial project adjacent to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and the Kai Tak Runway Park. 

     Mrs Lam, together with Mr Wong and the Director of Drainage Services, Ms Alice Pang, then inspected the Kai Tak River and received a briefing on how the improvement works have enhanced the drainage capacity of the river and the injection of greening and ecological elements into the waterway. The Drainage Services Department also makes use of technology to monitor the water level of the river and rainfall in the neighbouring areas to mitigate flooding risks to the roads in the vicinity. Mrs Lam noted that the residents nearby are pleased to see the transformation of the Kai Tak “smelly nullah” into the Kai Tak River, which has become a habitat and feeding site for birds.

     “The Kai Tak Development is a mammoth plan with a mix of community, housing, commercial, tourism and infrastructure uses. The development blueprint of Kai Tak underwent rounds of public engagement and several amendments. The implementation work has also lasted for more than 10 years. I express my gratitude to various sectors in the community and the relevant departments for their hard work in participating in the construction of the Kai Tak Development Area. It will be a liveable place for over 130 000 residents and provides a quality working environment for the 110 000-strong workforce. 

     “The Kai Tak Development Area is also an important component of the Energizing Kowloon East Project announced by the Government in 2011. The project strives to transform Kowloon East into the second Central Business District in Hong Kong through boosting the old industrial areas in Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay via the new Kai Tak Development Area, combined with the revitalisation policy for industrial buildings and the “place making” approach. Currently, the existing supply of commercial gross floor area in Kowloon East has reached about 2.9 million sq m and another one million sq m has been granted the relevant permits or is under construction. In the long run, there is still quite a lot of development potential and will certainly enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong as an international commercial hub,” Mrs Lam said.

Hong Kong – SFH inspects COVID-19 vaccination programme for elderly in Kwai Tsing District Health Centre (with photos)

SFH inspects COVID-19 vaccination programme for elderly in Kwai Tsing District Health Centre (with photos)

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     The Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan, visited Kwai Tsing District Health Centre (DHC) today (July 29) to learn more about the outreach COVID-19 vaccination programme for the elderly jointly organised by the DHC and a network doctor.

     Professor Chan said, “The risk of severe illness caused by COVID-19 increases with age, and the elderly belong to the group of people with the highest risk of complications and death from COVID-19. Comirnaty and CoronaVac vaccines which are used in the Government COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, are highly effective in lowering the risk of severe disease and death. The elderly who have received influenza vaccines before can safely receive COVID-19 vaccines. Hence, we strongly recommend the elderly to get vaccinated as soon as possible for protection.”

     To encourage the public to receive COVID-19 vaccines, Kwai Tsing DHC promotes the programme through different media platforms and organises a series of educational activities. It also provides information of vaccination in the district and offers assistance to people in need, in particular elderly, to make vaccination appointments. In addition, Kwai Tsing DHC collaborates with the network doctor to provide outreach vaccination at the DHC. The DHC nurses also monitor the reaction of participants in the following few days after vaccination and provide counselling and other support if needed. There are a total of 16 outreach vaccination sessions and nine of them have been completed. About 60 per cent of the participants are aged 65 or above.

     Professor Chan expressed her gratitude to Kwai Tsing DHC and the network doctor, Dr Hui Fai-hung, for their support to COVID-19 vaccination programme. The arrangement provides the elderly with convenient and timely service. She also took the opportunity to talk with the elderly and was glad to know that they were contented with the outreach COVID-19 vaccination programme.
      
     She appealed to different trades and organisations for their active participation in the “Early Vaccination for All” campaign with a view to protecting themselves and their families. She also said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is still severe globally, we count on our citizens to fulfil their civic responsibility and to receive COVID-19 vaccines in order to strengthen the immunity barrier under the threat posed by mutant strains.”
      
     The public can browse the designated website (www.covidvaccine.gov.hk) for information on vaccination venues (Community Vaccination Centres, general out-patient clinics of the Hospital Authority, private doctors and clinics participating in the programme) and other details.