Hong Kong – Music Office’s School Care Subsidy Scheme opens for applications from schools

Music Office’s School Care Subsidy Scheme opens for applications from schools

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     The 2022/23 School Care Subsidy Scheme is now inviting applications from schools. The deadline for applications is September 30.



     Organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the scheme aims to encourage music groups from kindergartens and primary, secondary and special schools as well as tertiary institutions to care for the community. It is hoped that students will extend their good wishes to special school students, the elderly, hospital patients and the beneficiaries of registered social welfare organisations through on-site or online free music performances, thereby enhancing social integration and harmony. Through the activities, students can gain experience from performances through serving the community and develop stronger team spirit as well as better organisational skills.



     Each performance can receive a maximum subsidy of $2,000 to cover costs including transportation, allowances for professionals and other miscellaneous items.



     Successful applicants must complete their performances on or before March 31 next year. Outstanding teams will be invited to perform and share their experiences at the Gala Concert to be held in April or May next year. All participating teams will be awarded certificates of commendation during the concert.



     Applications will be evaluated according to the feasibility, ingenuity and interactive elements of the proposed programmes, as well as the music groups’ prior experience in organising and performing at community events. Application forms can now be downloaded from the Music Office’s website (www.lcsd.gov.hk/musicoffice). Completed forms must be emailed to the Music Office (cnc@lcsd.gov.hk).



     More than 360 school music groups have participated in the School Care Subsidy Scheme since its launch in 2009. The scheme is sponsored by the Sino Group. For enquiries, please call 2598 8335 or 3842 7775.

Hong Kong – Several SWD offices temporarily closed

Several SWD offices temporarily closed

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     The Social Welfare Department (SWD) today (February 23) said that several offices will be temporarily closed until further notice due to the occurrences of positive, preliminary positive and suspected cases of COVID-19 respectively. The details are set out as below:

 









  Office Address Case
1 Tuen Mun (South) Integrated Family Service Centre No. 1-7 and 9-16, G/F, Wu Pik House, Wu King Estate, Tuen Mun Positive
2 San Po Kong Social Security Field Unit Unit 701, 7/F, Stelux House, 698 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong One preliminary positive and one suspected
3 Tuen Mun (West) Integrated Family Service Centre Room 201, 2/F, Tai Hing Government Offices, 16 Tsun Wen Road, Tuen Mun Preliminary positive
4 Tuen Mun Social Security Field Unit 4/F, Tuen Mun Government Offices, 1 Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mun Suspected
5 Chai Wan (East) Integrated Family Service Centre 3/F, Chai Wan Municipal Services Building, 338 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan Suspected




     The positive case found in the Tuen Mun (South) Integrated Family Service Centre is related to an Assistant Social Work Officer, who last performed duties on February 16.

      

     On the preliminary positive cases, the case found in the San Po Kong Social Security Field Unit is related to a Clerical Officer who last performed duties on February 16, while the case found in the Tuen Mun (West) Integrated Family Service Centre is related to an Assistant Social Work Officer, who last performed duties on February 22.

      

     They have been wearing masks when performing duties. Their body temperatures were normal when undergoing temperature screening during work.

 

     A thorough cleaning and disinfection has been arranged at the premises concerned. For enquiries, members of the public may call the following service units during office hours:



(1) Tuen Mun (South) Integrated Family Service Centre (Tel: 2450 4386);

(2) San Po Kong Social Security Field Unit (Tel: 2322 9999);

(3) Tuen Mun (West) Integrated Family Service Centre (Tel: 2467 4757) ;

(4) Tuen Mun Social Security Field Unit (Tel: 2441 7910); and

(5) Chai Wan (East) Integrated Family Service Centre (Tel:2505 8733).  



     During the pandemic, the department has been strictly implementing various disease prevention measures, including measuring the body temperature of people entering the office and providing masks and other personal protective equipment for staff. Staff members are reminded to pay attention to personal hygiene and to stay vigilant. They should seek medical advice immediately if feeling unwell.

Hong Kong – Various SWD offices temporarily closed

Various SWD offices temporarily closed

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     The Social Welfare Department (SWD) today (February 22) said that various offices will be temporarily closed until further notice due to the occurrences of positive, preliminary positive and suspected cases of COVID-19 respectively. The details are set out as below:

 















  Office Address Case
1 Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Section Room 101, 1/F, Mong Kok Government Offices, 30 Luen Wan Street, Mong Kok Positive
2 Tai Hing Social Security Field Unit Room 303A & 304, 3/F, Tai Hing Government Offices, 16 Tsun Wen Road, Tuen Mun Positive
3 Residential Care Service Voucher Office Rooms 2701-07, 27/F, Two Chinachem Exchange Square, 338 King’s Road, North Point Preliminary positive
4 Chai Wan Social Security Field Unit (Note) Level 4, Government Offices, New Jade Garden, 233 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan Preliminary positive
5 Kwai Chung (East) Integrated Family Service Centre Shop B, 2/F, Shek Lei Shopping Centre Phase I, Shek Lei Estate, 6 Wai Kek Street, Kwai Chung Suspected
6 Tin Shui Wai (North) Social Security Field Unit G02, G/F, Ancillary Facilities Block, Tin Ching Estate, Tin Shui Wai Suspected
7 Tin Shui Wai (South) Social Security Field Unit G/F, Yiu Fung House, Tin Yiu Estate, Tin Shui Wai Suspected
8 Wong Tai Sin Social Security Field Unit Units 103-106, 1/F, Stelux House, 698 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong Suspected
9 Tseung Kwan O (North) Integrated Family Service Centre G/F, King Tao House, King Lam Estate, Tseung Kwan O Suspected
10 Kwai Chung (East) Social Security Field Unit 5/F, Kwai Hing Government Offices, 166-174 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung Suspected
11 Central & Islands Integrated Family Service Centre 4/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central Suspected


Note: The Chai Wan (West) Integrated Family Service Centre, which is on the same floor, will also be temporarily closed.

 

     The positive cases are related to two Social Security Assistants working in the Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Section and the Tai Hing Social Security Field Unit respectively. They last performed duties on February 16.

 

     On the preliminary positive cases, the case found in the Residential Care Service Voucher Office is related to a Social Security Assistant who last performed duties on February 21, while the case found in the Chai Wan Social Security Field Unit is related to a Social Security Assistant, who last performed duties on February 17.

 

     They had been wearing masks when performing duties. Their body temperatures were normal when undergoing temperature screening during work.

 

     A thorough cleaning and disinfection has been arranged at the premises concerned. For enquiries, members of the public may call the following service units during office hours:

 

(1) Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Section (Tel: 2832 4615);

(2) Tai Hing Social Security Field Unit (Tel: 2467 2927);

(3) Residential Care Service Voucher Office (Tel: 3107 3280 or 3107 3290);

(4) Chai Wan Social Security Field Unit (Tel: 2557 7868);

(5) Chai Wan (West) Integrated Family Service Centre (Tel: 2569 3855);

(6) Kwai Chung (East) Integrated Family Service Centre (Tel: 2428 0967);

(7) Tin Shui Wai (North) Social Security Field Unit (Tel: 2443 2500);

(8) Tin Shui Wai (South) Social Security Field Unit (Tel: 2477 2351);

(9) Wong Tai Sin Social Security Field Unit (Tel: 2382 7511);

(10) Tseung Kwan O (North) Integrated Family Service Centre (Tel: 2701 9495);

(11) Kwai Chung (East) Social Security Field Unit (Tel: 2421 1028) ; and

(12) Central & Islands Integrated Family Service Centre (Tel: 2852 3137).

 

     During the pandemic, the department has been strictly implementing various disease prevention measures, including measuring the body temperature of people entering the office and providing masks and other personal protective equipment for staff. Staff members are reminded to pay attention to personal hygiene and to stay vigilant. They should seek medical advice immediately if feeling unwell.

Hong Kong – CE signs Public Offices (Candidacy and Taking Up Offices)(Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance 2021 (with photos)

CE signs Public Offices (Candidacy and Taking Up Offices)(Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance 2021 (with photos)

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     The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, today (May 20) signed in accordance with Article 48(3) of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (the Basic Law) the Public Offices (Candidacy and Taking Up Offices)(Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance 2021 (the Ordinance) passed by the Legislative Council (LegCo).  The Ordinance will come into effect after it is published in the Gazette tomorrow (May 21).
      
     “Upholding the Basic Law and bearing allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the legal requirement and the precondition for public officers of the HKSAR. It is also the fundamental obligation and responsibility of persons who stand for election or take up the relevant public office,” Mrs Lam said.
      
     “The Ordinance will be gazetted and come into effect tomorrow. It stipulates very clearly for the first time the legal requirements for oath-taking of public officers, marking an important step for safeguarding the ‘patriots administering Hong Kong’ principle.”
      
     The Ordinance clearly explains the meaning of a reference to “upholding Basic Law and bearing allegiance to HKSAR”; introduces the oath-taking requirement for members of the District Councils; specifies oath-taking requirements; standardises arrangement of oath administrators; enhances the mechanism to deal with breach of oaths; and introduces restrictions on participation in public elections for related situations.
 
     Article 104 of the Basic Law states that five categories of public officers, that is the Chief Executive, principal officials, members of the Executive Council and of LegCo, judges of the courts at all levels and other members of the judiciary in HKSAR must, in accordance with law, swear to uphold the Basic Law and swear allegiance to HKSAR of the PRC when assuming office. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress endorsed the Interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law (the Interpretation) on November 7, 2016, which explains that oath-taking is the legal prerequisite and required procedure for public officers specified in Article 104 of the Basic Law to assume office, and must comply with the legal requirements in respect of its form and content. The Interpretation also makes it clear that an oath taker who makes a false oath, or, who, after taking the oath, engages in conduct in breach of the oath, shall bear legal responsibility in accordance with the law.
      
     Apart from the five categories of public officers specified in Article 104 of the Basic Law, Article 6 of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the National Security Law) stipulates that a resident of the HKSAR who stands for election or assumes public office shall confirm in writing or take an oath to uphold the Basic Law and swear allegiance to the HKSAR in accordance with the law. 
      
     The Ordinance seeks to implement the oath-requirements for public officers as stipulated in the Interpretation and the National Security Law accurately. The Bill was introduced into LegCo for First Reading and Second Reading on March 17, 2021, and was passed by LegCo on May 12.
      
     “To implement ‘One Country, Two Systems’ fully and accurately, we must act in accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law. The Ordinance improves the oath-taking arrangements as required by the Basic Law and effectively deals with legal responsibility that a public officer has to bear if he/she engages in conduct in breach of the oath after taking the oath and assuming the office.  It will be conducive to the full and faithful implementation of ‘One Country, Two Systems’,” Mrs Lam said.   

Hong Kong – LegCo to consider Public Offices (Candidacy and Taking Up Offices) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2021

LegCo to consider Public Offices (Candidacy and Taking Up Offices) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2021

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The following is issued on behalf of the Legislative Council Secretariat:
 
     The Legislative Council (LegCo) will hold a meeting on Wednesday (May 12) at 11am in the Chamber of the LegCo Complex. During the meeting, the Second Reading debate on the Public Offices (Candidacy and Taking Up Offices) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2021 will resume. If the Bill is supported by Members and receives its Second Reading, it will stand committed to the committee of the whole Council. After the committee of the whole Council has completed consideration of the Bill and its report is adopted by the Council, the Bill will be set down for the Third Reading.
 
     On Government motion, the Secretary for Development will move a proposed resolution under the Buildings Ordinance. The proposed resolution is set out in Appendix 1.
 
     On Members’ motions, Dr Chiang Lai-wan will move a proposed resolution under section 34(4) of the Interpretation and General Clauses Ordinance to extend the period for amending the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulation 2021 and the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulation 2021, laid on the table of LegCo on April 28, 2021, to the meeting of June 16, 2021.
 
     Mr Lau Kwok-fan will move a motion on driving the development of New Territories North with port economy. The motion is set out in Appendix 2. Mr Yiu Si-wing will move an amendment to Mr Lau Kwok-fan’s motion.
 
     Dr Chiang Lai-wan will move a motion on setting up a New Generation Fund to help the new generation in Hong Kong plan for the future. The motion is set out in Appendix 3. 
 
     During the meeting, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Mr Abraham Shek, will present the “Supplemental Report of the Public Accounts Committee on Report No. 75 of the Director of Audit on the Results of Value for Money Audits” and address the Council.
 
     In addition, Members will also ask the Government 22 questions on various policy areas, six of which require oral replies.
 
     The agenda of the above meeting can be obtained via the LegCo Website (www.legco.gov.hk). Members of the public can watch or listen to the meeting via the “Webcast” system on the LegCo Website. To observe the proceedings of the meeting at the LegCo Complex, members of the public may call 3919 3399 during office hours to reserve seats.