Hong Kong – EMSD received the interim report on the cable bridge fire incident from CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

EMSD received the interim report on the cable bridge fire incident from CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

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     The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) received the interim report submitted by CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (CLP Power) today (June 24) in relation to the cable bridge fire incident on June 21.



     The EMSD has always attached great importance to the safety of power supply. The incident involved three sets of 132kV and nine sets of 11kV high-voltage cable, which is a rare case. The EMSD is very concerned about the incident. The EMSD acknowledged CLP’s investigation direction, restoration progress, repair work plan and the inspection of cable bridge of the similar design covered in the interim report. According to their report, the concerned cables were not under abnormal overvoltage and overcurrent conditions, and no cable joint was installed inside the bridge. The CLP Power last inspected the cable bridge in November 2021, and no site works was being carried out before the incident. The CLP Power is now conducting emergency structural reinforcement works at the exterior of the bridge in order to ensure safe access inside the bridge for conducting the investigation on the cause of the incident. The EMSD has urged the CLP Power to carry out the detailed investigation and submit a detailed report with the improvement measure within two weeks after the incident.



     Upon receipt of the notification from the CLP Power regarding the incident in the evening of June 21, the EMSD immediately mobilised staff to attend on site to assess the situation, and urged the CLP Power to restore power supply to affected areas and conduct remedial emergency repair works. After rearranging the power supply distribution in the district, the CLP Power restored electricity supply to all affected areas by around 8am the next day, and one set of the 132kV cables was restored to service at around 3am today. After the incident, the EMSD immediately requested the CLP Power to carry out special inspection on cable bridges of similar design. The CLP Power has already completed the inspections of the aforementioned bridges, confirmed that they are under normal and safe operation condition, and enhanced regular inspection to such facilities. The EMSD has also spot checked the inspection works of the CLP Power on the cable bridges and no abnormality was found.



     The EMSD will continue to investigate and monitor the rectification works of the CLP Power, and follow up the implementation of comprehensive improvement measures of the CLP Power to prevent similar incidents from occurring again.

Canada – Renewal of interim understanding reached that will see Potlotek First Nation members fishing in pursuit of a moderate livelihood

Building on last year’s successful moderate livelihood fishery, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has reached a second interim understanding with Potlotek First Nation that will see their members fishing jakej (lobster) in pursuit of a moderate livelihood and selling their catch under Potlotek’s Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Plan and a DFO-issued authorization. The plan was developed by the community with support from the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs and Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (KMKNO).

April 29, 2022

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Building on last year’s successful moderate livelihood fishery, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has reached a second interim understanding with Potlotek First Nation that will see their members fishing jakej (lobster) in pursuit of a moderate livelihood and selling their catch under Potlotek’s Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Plan and a DFO-issued authorization. The plan was developed by the community with support from the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs and Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (KMKNO).

Harvesters designated under Potlotek’s Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Plan will fish a total of 1,200 traps during the established 2022 commercial seasons distributed across Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs) 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31A – all of which are within the Unama’ki District where Potlotek is located.

To enable fishing in pursuit of a moderate livelihood without increasing overall effort in these LFAs, the Department remains committed to continuing to work with the commercial industry to ensure that effort is aligned with available access. The preferred approach to obtaining access is through the willing buyer – willing seller voluntary licence relinquishment process.

“The interim understanding reached with Potlotek First Nation last year was the first of its kind. This understanding saw members of the community fishing in pursuit of a moderate livelihood under a community-developed plan and DFO authorization. The success of that collaborative approach set the stage for understandings with other Mi’kmaw communities. I am pleased that the original understanding will be renewed this year to support the implementation of rights-based fishing for Potlotek and other First Nations.”

The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“I’d like to congratulate Chief Wilbert Marshall for his leadership, and I wish Potlotek First Nation, and all harvesters, a prosperous and safe fishing season. I look forward to our continued work together on oceans protection, safety on the water, conservation, and the preservation of the industry for generations to come.”

Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, MP Cape Breton—Canso

Claire Teichman

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

604-679-5462

Claire.Teichman@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Interim dividend for financial year 2021 – Completion and allocation of the first tranche of the share buyback program

, 650,000 shares were repurchased at an average purchase price of €643.70, representing a total amount of €418.4 million. 


It has been decided that 325,000 shares purchased under this first tranche will be cancelled. The remainder of the repurchased shares will be allocated to free share grant programs to employees.



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IWS Group 2021 Interim Revenue Up 45.6% to HK$252.7 Million

IWS Group Holdings Limited (“IWS Group”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”, HKEX: 8441), the largest public security services provider in the public sector in Hong Kong and an established facility services provider, has announced its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2021 (the “review period”). Despite the COVID-19 outbreak and the unstable economic and social environment in Hong Kong, the Group delivered satisfying performance with demand for its security and facility management services growing consistently.

As a result, the Group’s revenue increased by 45.6% to HK$252.7 million. Excluding the non-recurring listing expenses for the proposed transfer of listing from GEM to the Main Board incurred in the review period and government grant income recognised during the six months ended 30 September 2020, the adjusted profit and total comprehensive income of IWS Group, reflective of its real business performance, surged by 83.9% to HK$38.9 million. Its net profit margin for the review period went up by 3.2 percentage points to 15.4%.

Business Review
Revenue from the security services segment increased by 49.6% to HK$238.1 million in the review period, primarily due to:
(i) Security guarding services provided for the three-runway system project at the Hong Kong International Airport brought in revenue of over HK$13.0 million,
(ii) Revenue of not less than HK$1.3 million from the provision of security guarding services to a bus company,
(iii) The approximately HK$70.4 million increase in revenue from COVID-19 detection support services, and
(iv) Revenue of approximately HK$11.0 million from a Hong Kong railway corporation for the provision of station assistant services.

Revenue from facility management services remained largely stable, with a 0.9% increase to HK$14.6 million.

Outlook
Looking ahead, the Group will expand the scope of its security services business, enhance its capability in providing facility management services, improve operational efficiency and scalability, and selectively pursue strategic acquisition and investment opportunities, all for achieving the goal of becoming the leading integrated facility management services provider in Hong Kong.

Mr MA Ah Muk, Chairman and Executive Director of IWS Group, said, “We are glad to see the Group enjoying greater public recognition and an improved profile after its GEM Listing in 2019 What’s more, we have also achieved steady business growth with revenue, profit and margins too all up amid challenges from COVID. We are considering transferring listing to the Main Board for it would give us an even stronger status in the eyes of investors, institutional and retail, and greater financing flexibility and bargaining power with suppliers and business associates, plus competitiveness in attracting and retaining talent for growing our business and in turn boosting shareholder value in the future. Given our solid business reputation and well-trained staff, we see more business opportunities coming our way. We will keep strengthening our industry leadership and competitiveness in recruiting and retaining talent, to the ultimate end of creating greater value for shareholders.”

About IWS Group Holdings Limited (HKEX: 8441)
IWS Group Holdings Limited is the largest public security services provider in the public sector in Hong Kong1 and an established facility services provider specialising in the provision of security services and facility management services across public and private sectors in Hong Kong. The Group has over 10 years of experience in providing security services at railway stations and facilities, sea, land and railway immigration control points and public amenities as well as crowd coordination and management services at various large-scale events and emergency and critical incidents in Hong Kong. The Group has been listed on GEM since 22 October 2019.


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Canada – Interim understanding reached that will see Bear River and Annapolis Valley First Nations members fishing in pursuit of a moderate livelihood

Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is committed to renewing its relationship with Indigenous peoples. To this end, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) continues to work with First Nations across the Maritimes and the Gaspé region of Quebec on the ongoing implementation of their Treaty right to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood while maintaining a sustainable fishery for all harvesters.

October 13, 2021

Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is committed to renewing its relationship with Indigenous peoples. To this end, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) continues to work with First Nations across the Maritimes and the Gaspé region of Quebec on the ongoing implementation of their Treaty right to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood while maintaining a sustainable fishery for all harvesters.

Building on the success of a previous understanding reached with Potlotek First Nation, DFO has reached an interim understanding that will see Bear River and Annapolis Valley First Nations members fishing lobster in pursuit of a moderate livelihood during the established seasons in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs) 33, 34 and 35. LFA 35 opens Thursday (Oct. 14) and LFAs 33 and 34 open November 29. This interim understanding with two Mi’kmaw communities in or adjacent to the Kespukwitk District will operationalize the Kespukwitk Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Management Plan and permit the sale of lobster.

Bear River and Annapolis Valley First Nations will designate members from their communities who are authorized to harvest under the Kespukwitk Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Management Plan for lobster, which they jointly developed. Acadia and Glooscap First Nations also participated in the development of this Management Plan and may request their communities take part in fishing this season under this understanding at a later date.

In acknowledging that this is an interim measure, the department is committed to continuing consultations with First Nations to further implement their rights-based fisheries and provide for stable, predictable, and sustainable fishing for all harvesters. 

“This understanding will see Bear River and Annapolis Valley First Nations fishing in pursuit of a moderate livelihood. It respects the vision and needs of each community, aligns with DFO’s regulatory framework, and will ensure a sustainable, stable fishery for all. This is a positive step forward, and one that we are proud to take in partnership.”

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard