Hong Kong – LCSD’s response to media enquiries

LCSD’s response to media enquiries

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     In response to media enquiries about the three short-term measures to protect the safety of performers, staff members and audiences, a spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) stressed today (August 2) that these are stopgap measures which would only be applicable to performing venues under the LCSD.



     The spokesman added that the LCSD had contacted major hirers who have booked its venues before the end of September before the announcement of the measures to explain these short-term measures. In fact, most of the performances under the LCSD’s performing venues in these two months will not be affected. On the allegation that the use of moving light, mirror ball and projectors at the venues will not meet the new requirements, the spokesman said that this is a misunderstanding and these kinds of installations can continue to be used. The so-called “brought-in mechanical devices” refer to facilities that are not provided by the venues and those are more complicated installations which require the approval of registered professionals. Ordinary mechanical devices will not fall within this scope and do not require checks by competent persons.



     On the requirement on hirers to conduct daily inspection of the mechanical devices by a competent person whom LCSD agrees to assure safe working, the spokesman explained that competent persons refer to those trained with actual experience commissioned by the hirers with the consent of the LCSD. Most of the arts groups can arrange qualified stage working staff and registered professional engineers are not required.

Hong Kong – Government’s response to media enquiries on waiver of fees relating to hanging national flags at lamp posts under Highways Department’s purview

Government’s response to media enquiries on waiver of fees relating to hanging national flags at lamp posts under Highways Department’s purview

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     ​In regard to media enquiries on the waiver of fees relating to the hanging of national flags at the lamp posts under the purview of the Highways Department, a Government spokesperson gave the following response today (July 22):  



     It is the Government’s policy to promote education on patriotism. All along, the Government has been encouraging community organisations and members of the public to, on the premise of respecting the national flag, the regional flag and their designs, celebrate together National Day, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day or any other special occasion and express patriotic feelings. This includes the use of the national flag. 



     In August 2021, the Highways Department received an application for the first time from a local group for hanging national flags at the lamp posts under its purview to celebrate National Day. It handled and approved the application, and the group paid the related administrative fees and inspection fees, according to the established procedures. Later, the Government received a request for granting discretionary exemption to the fees above and, taking into account its policy to promote education on patriotism, approved the waiver of them.     



     By policy, the Government will strengthen education on patriotism by enriching contents relating to the proper handling of national flags being hung. It will cover relevant elements in the course of formulating publicity and education details.  



     The Government will also formulate an appropriate system to handle the necessary follow-up on national flags being hung, including the proper handling of the national flags hung by community organisations and members of the public (which will cover detailed arrangements on the waiver of the fees relating to the hanging of national flags at lamp posts in the future overall), and enhance their understanding of the requirements concerned. The aim is to encourage various sectors of the community to, on the one hand, express patriotic feelings on the premise of respecting the national flag and, on the other, ensure that the activities concerned are conducted and arrangements made in a proper, safe and orderly manner.

Hong Kong – HyD’s response to media enquiries on hanging of national flags at lamp posts under its purview

HyD’s response to media enquiries on hanging of national flags at lamp posts under its purview

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     In response to media enquiries on the hanging of national flags at the lamp posts under its purview, a spokesman for the Highways Department (HyD) gave the following response today (July 21):

 

     The Government has all along encouraged community organisations and members of the public to celebrate the National Day and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Establishment Day together, and expressed their patriotic feelings that are premised on the respect for the national flag, regional flag and their designs. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, the Government has hanged celebratory buntings at the lamp posts in more than 200 main roads in different districts.

 

     Persons or groups who wish to hang flags at the lamp posts under the purview of the HyD (for example, for promotion of activities by private organisations) can file written applications to the HyD and provide related information for the HyD to consider and consult the views of relevant departments having regard to their actual circumstances. In accordance with the Government’s current fee-charging principle on cost recovery, the department needs to recover the expenses involving the inspection work carried out by public lighting maintenance contractors during the hanging of flags from the applicants.

 

     In August 2021, the HyD received an application for the first time from a local group for hanging national flags at the lamp posts under the purview of the department to celebrate the National Day. The HyD handled the application according to the established procedures. The application was then approved and the group paid the related administrative fees and inspection fees according to the procedures.

 

     The HyD later received a request for granting discretionary exemption to the above fees. As there is no fee waiver mechanism in the existing vetting and approval procedure, the department has all along followed up the detailed arrangements for the application for fee waiver with relevant departments proactively. The procedure for vetting and approving for the wavier has now been completed. The department will inform the group of the refund arrangement as soon as possible. Also, the department is now collaborating with relevant departments to formulate the detailed arrangements on waiver of related fees in hanging national flags at lamp posts in the future.

Canada – Response by the Government of Canada to Data On Tap Inc.’s CRTC petition 

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, issued the following statement:

April 14, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario 

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, issued the following statement:

“Access to affordable and reliable wireless services is critical in today’s society and economy. That’s why our government is making every effort to ensure that telecommunications services are reliable, innovative, competitive and—most crucially—affordable. This includes:

encouraging greater competition to support the growth of small regional players;
regulating roaming on the big three networks;
fulfilling our commitment to reduce wireless prices by 25% across a number of plans within two years; and
directing the CRTC to promote competition, affordability, consumer interests and innovation in all of its decisions.

“Following that direction, the CRTC announced a decision that, among other changes, requires Bell, Rogers, TELUS and SaskTel to provide mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) access to regional wireless carriers that own spectrum and facilities. This decision helped to create greater competition by allowing smaller carriers to serve more Canadians and operate in new areas. Subsequently, the Governor in Council received a petition from Data On Tap Inc. to review that decision.

“In response, the Governor in Council has carefully considered the petition and reached a position that supports competition and affordability. A primary consideration in this review was that expanding MVNO access to providers that do not possess spectrum and have not invested in facilities would undermine the work of smaller regional providers that have already invested substantially to increase competition. Based on this review, the Governor in Council has declined to vary the CRTC’s decision.

“While recent declines in wireless prices are encouraging, prices are still too high. That’s why we’ll watch carefully to ensure these rules for MVNO access will lead to more choice and lower prices for Canadians. We will continue to do everything we can to make life more affordable for Canadians.” 

Associated links

Order in Council concerning Telecom Regulatory Policy Decision CRTC 2021-130 

Laurie Bouchard

Senior Manager, Communications

Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

laurie.bouchard@ised-isde.gc.ca

Media Relations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

media@ised-isde.gc.ca

NEC Group Response to the Situation in Ukraine

The NEC Group would like to express our sympathies to all who are impacted by the tragic situation in Ukraine, and our thoughts are especially with the family of NEC group employees who call that region home. We sincerely hope that peaceful, safe and secure conditions will return as soon as possible. “Uncompromising Integrity and Respect for Human Rights” is part of the NEC Group’s Principles of the NEC Way that define the basis of our actions and behaviors, and we condemn any unlawful use of force that violates human rights.

Netcracker Technology, a U.S.-based subsidiary of NEC Corporation, operates software development sites in Ukraine. Netcracker Technology has implemented a series of aid and support initiatives for its employees in Ukraine and their families, including evacuation support and provision of housing, food, water, goods and supplies. As of today, more than 700 of our Ukrainian employees and their families have been relocated to safer locations within Ukraine and abroad.

In addition to complying with the regulations of the Government of Japan and the international community, the NEC Group has suspended all future sales of products and services, as well as future investments in Russia.

Further, the NEC Group will donate five hundred thousand euros to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for humanitarian assistance for those affected by the crisis in Ukraine and its surrounding areas. In addition, each NEC Group company is raising donations from employees around the world.






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