Hong Kong – Seven landlords of subdivided units under regulated tenancies convicted of contravening relevant statutory requirements

Seven landlords of subdivided units under regulated tenancies convicted of contravening relevant statutory requirements

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     Seven landlords of subdivided units (SDUs) who contravened Part IVA of the Landlord and Tenant (Consolidation) Ordinance (Cap. 7) (the Ordinance) pleaded guilty and were fined from $800 to $7,600 today (October 20) at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts. Since the Ordinance has come into force, a total of 16 SDU landlords have been convicted of contravening the Ordinance.

     The offences of these landlords include (1) requesting the tenant to pay any money other than those types permitted by the Ordinance; (2) failing to produce copies of the bills and provide an account in writing when requiring the tenant to pay for the reimbursement of the apportioned water and electricity charges; (3) failing to submit a Notice of Tenancy (Form AR2) to the Commissioner of Rating and Valuation within 60 days after the term of the regulated tenancy commenced; and (4) failing to provide the tenant with a rent receipt. The landlord who was fined $7,600 contravened a total of 11 offences under (1), (3) and (4) above.

     The Rating and Valuation Department (RVD) earlier discovered that the landlords failed to comply with the relevant requirements under the Ordinance. Upon an in-depth investigation and evidence collection, the RVD prosecuted against the landlords.

     A spokesman for the RVD hopes that these convictions will send a strong message to SDU landlords that they must comply with the relevant requirements under the Ordinance, and also reminds SDU tenants of their rights under the Ordinance. He also stresses that the RVD will continue to take resolute enforcement action against any contraventions of the Ordinance. Apart from following up on reported cases, the RVD has been adopting a multipronged approach to proactively identify, investigate and follow up on cases concerning landlords who are suspected of contravening the Ordinance. In particular, the RVD has been requiring landlords of regulated tenancies to provide information and reference documents of their tenancies for checking whether the landlords concerned have complied with the requirements of the Ordinance. If a landlord, without reasonable excuse, refuses to provide the relevant information or neglects the RVD’s request, the landlord commits an offence and is liable to a fine at level 3 ($10,000) and to imprisonment for three months. Depending on the actual circumstances and having regard to the information and evidence collected, the RVD will take appropriate actions on individual cases, including instigating prosecutions against suspected contraventions of the Ordinance.
 
     The RVD spokesman appeals to members of the public to come forward and report to the RVD promptly any suspected cases of contravening the relevant requirements. This would help curb illegal acts as soon as possible. Reporting can be made through the telephone hotline (2150 8303), by email ([email protected]), by fax (2116 4920), by post (15/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon), or in person (visiting the Tenancy Services Section office of the RVD at Room 3816-22, 38/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, and please call 2150 8303 to make an appointment). Furthermore, the RVD has provided a new form (Form AR4) (www.rvd.gov.hk/doc/en/forms/ar4.pdf) on its website to facilitate SDU tenants’ reporting to the RVD.
 
     In addition, pursuant to the Ordinance, a regulated cycle of regulated tenancies is to comprise two consecutive regulated tenancies (i.e. the first-term tenancy and second-term tenancy) for an SDU, and the term of each regulated tenancy is two years. A tenant of a first-term tenancy for an SDU is entitled to be granted a second-term tenancy of the regulated cycle, thus enjoying a total of four years of security of tenure. Since the first batch of regulated tenancies is about to approach their second-term tenancies, the RVD has just started a new round of publicity and education work in order to assist SDU landlords and tenants to understand the important matters pertaining to the second-term tenancy, and procedures that need to be followed about two months prior to the commencement of the purported second-term tenancy. Relevant landlords and tenants may visit the dedicated page for the second-term tenancy on the RVD’s website (www.rvd.gov.hk/en/tenancy_matters/second_term_tenancy.html) for the relevant information, including “concise guide”, brochures, tutorial videos and frequently asked questions, etc. SDU landlords and tenants are also advised to familiarise themselves with the relevant statutory requirements and maintain close communication regarding the second-term tenancy for handling the matters properly and in a timely manner according to the Ordinance.
 
     For enquiries related to regulated tenancies, please call the telephone hotline (2150 8303) or visit the RVD’s webpage (www.rvd.gov.hk/en/our_services/part_iva.html) for the relevant information.

Seven Companies Announce to Conduct a Joint Study on Japanese Advanced CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) Project

ITOCHU Corporation, Nippon Steel Corporation, Taiheiyo Cement Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., ITOCHU Oil Exploration Co., Ltd., INPEX Corporation, and Taisei Corporation announced today that the Tohoku Region West Coast CCS initiative (hereinafter “the Initiative”), that the seven companies jointly proposed, has been selected by the Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (hereinafter “JOGMEC”) to conduct a feasibility study on Japanese Advanced CCS Project (hereinafter “Study”)(1), a public offered project in FY2023. (2)
Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry set a goal of launching a public offering of CCS value chain operators, including carbon dioxide (hereinafter “CO2”) emitting companies, and a number of advanced CCS projects by 2030 for the social implementation of CCS, which is positioned as a means for decarbonization that should be fully harnessed, particularly in hard-to-abate industries(3), to achieve two targets of the Japanese government: carbon neutrality in 2050 and a 46% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (from FY2013 level) in FY2030.

Given the above governmental policy and targets as the background, four companies, ITOCHU, MHI, INPEX and Taisei, announced on January 26 this year that they will jointly carry out a study for launching a joint project relating to the separation, capture, ship transportation and storage of CO2 emitted particularly from hard-to-abate industries in Japan and conduct a process of selecting prospective sites for CO2 storage in Japan. Subsequently, Nippon Steel and Taiheiyo Cement are participating in the Initiative as CO2 emitting companies, and CIECO, a core operating subsidiary company in the oil and natural gas development business of the ITOCHU Group and being actively involved in CCS and other decarbonization projects, has also joined the seven companies in conducting the Study. In the Study, with a view to launching a concrete CCS value chain project by FY2030, the seven companies will identify technical issues in the entire CCS value chain as well as commercial and social acceptability issues, based on the overall concept of using ships to transport CO2 separated and captured at specific plants of Nippon Steel and Taiheiyo Cement, to sites appropriate for CO2 storage.

Nippon Steel announced Carbon Neutral Vision 2050 in its medium- to long-term management plan in March 2021. The vision says that the company aims to reduce CO2 emissions 30% by 2030 from the 2013 level and achieve carbon neutrality in 2050. Nippon Steel positions CCS as one of the most important key technologies to achieve these targets along with high-grade steel production in large-sized electric arc furnaces, hydrogen injection into blast furnaces (Super-COURSE50) and hydrogen direct reduction of iron.

Taiheiyo Cement announced Carbon Neutral Strategy 2050 in its medium-term management plan in May 2021. The company also announced a 2030 Interim Target, a 20% or more reduction in CO2 emission intensity in the entire supply chain from 2000 level in March 2022. Positioning the achievement of carbon neutrality in 2050 as one of the top priority issues, Taiheiyo Cement is accelerating the implementation of its carbon neutrality initiatives. While it is possible to reduce energy-derived CO2 emissions to zero by converting to green energy sources, such as hydrogen, ammonia, and synthetic methane, CO2 emissions from raw materials cannot be reduced to zero as long as limestone is used, which is a major challenge the cement industry is facing. To address the challenge, Taiheiyo Cement is primarily undertaking initiatives involving the development of innovative technologies, including the separation and capture of CO2 in the course of cement production and CCS, and CCU technology that makes it possible to use CO2 as a new resource.

The seven companies will cooperate with each other in the Study and actively work toward the early social implementation of CCS and the realization of a sustainable society in Japan.

(1) For the purpose of supporting the diffusion and expansion of CCS projects, a study of separation and capture, transportation and storage of CO2 in connection with Japanese Advanced CCS Project, which are designed to cluster CO2 emission sources and create CO2 storage hubs to achieve larger scale projects and reduce costs.
(2) The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and JOGMEC have each announced the selection of the Initiative as one of the candidate projects for the Study on June 13 this year.
Full-scale Commencement of Japanese CCS Projects: JOGMEC Selects Projects as Japanese Advanced CCS Projects (announced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2023/0613_001.html
First Step to Launch Japanese CCS Project: JOGMEC selected 7 projects, starting CO2 storage by FY2030 (announced by JOGMEC)
www.jogmec.go.jp/english/news/release/news_10_00036.html
(3) The materials industry that is expected to have difficulty achieving decarbonization merely by electrification, introduction of hydrogen and other means

For the full press release, visit www.mhi.com/news/230802.html.

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Hong Kong – Seven men and a woman arrested for conspiracy to murder

Seven men and a woman arrested for conspiracy to murder

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      On April 24 and yesterday (April 25), Police arrested seven men and a woman, aged 23 to 65, in suspected connection with the murder happened in Yuen Long on March 29, in which a 70-year-old man died.

     At about 3.40am on March 29, Police received a report that a man was assaulted by another man with a knife outside 2-7 Yuen Long Hong Lok Road. Police officers sped to the scene and found the man lying unconsciously on the ground. Sustaining multiple injuries, he was rushed to Pok Oi Hospital and was certified dead at 4.54am on the same day.

     After investigation, Police arrested seven men and a woman, aged 23 to 65, for conspiracy to murder in various districts.

     Police seized three private cars, nine knives, a hammer, 18 mobile phones and some clothing in suspected connection with the case.

     Among the arrestees, a 32-year-old man and a 65-year old man were jointly charged with one count of murder. The 32-year-old man was also jointly charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice with another 30-year-old man and a 33-year-old man. The case was mentioned at Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Courts this afternoon (April 26).

     The other three arrestees will be released on bail and are required to report back to Police in late May. One arrestee is being detained for further enquiries.

     Active investigation by the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau is underway. Police do not rule out the possibility that more arrests will be made.

Canada – Seven Northeastern Ontario airports to share more than $5.8M from federal government to maintain regional connectivity and jobs

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced more than $5.8 million in financial support for seven Northeastern Ontario airports. Of the total, the City of Timmins will receive $2,913,915, Earlton-Timiskaming Regional Airport Authority $1,222,812, Town of Kirkland Lake $900,000, Municipality of Wawa $332,264, Gore Bay Manitoulin Airport Commission $187,131, Town of Hearst $140,325, and the Town of Moosonee $90,000.

FedNor support to enhance regional transportation ecosystem throughout the region

March 30, 2022 – Temiskaming Shores, ON – Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario – FedNor

Regional air transportation is crucial to local economic growth, the movement of goods and the connectivity of Canadians across the country. The pandemic has had a major impact on regional air transportation ecosystems, affecting communities and local businesses nationwide.

The Government of Canada’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), launched in March 2021, supports access to air transportation and regional ecosystems. In particular, it enables the continuation of existing air routes and ensures airports in remote regions remain operational and able to contribute to regional economic growth, while adapting to new post-COVID-19 realities and requirements.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced more than $5.8 million in financial support for seven Northeastern Ontario airports. Of the total, the City of Timmins will receive $2,913,915, Earlton-Timiskaming Regional Airport Authority $1,222,812, Town of Kirkland Lake $900,000, Municipality of Wawa $332,264, Gore Bay Manitoulin Airport Commission $187,131, Town of Hearst $140,325, and the Town of Moosonee $90,000.

These non-repayable contributions will support nine initiatives that will help mitigate the financial pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting airport operations, infrastructure enhancements and strategic planning. The projects are expected to help create or maintain 23 jobs and restore an additional five full-time positions in Northeastern Ontario.

Regional air transportation is key to the economic development of communities and businesses right across Canada. It is essential to connecting Canadians living in rural and remote communities to urban centres, delivering Canadian goods to the global market and welcoming international visitors to all parts of the country, when it is safe to do so.

“Regional air transportation ecosystems are critical for the thousands of workers employed by this sector and for the businesses and communities that depend on it. We know that air connectivity to all regions is essential to healthy, inclusive growth, and supporting it is part of our plan to build back a stronger, more resilient economy.”  

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor

“Airports support jobs and growth in all sectors of the economy by serving as transportation hubs for people, goods and services. I am pleased that today’s announcement will help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 at the Victor M. Power Airport, while supporting economic recovery and growth efforts here in the City of Timmins and across Northeastern Ontario.”

–       George Pirie, Mayor of the City of Timmins

Alison Murphy, Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor

[email protected]

Seven Seas Announces Original Full-Color DUNGEON CRAWLERS ACADEMY Graphic Novel Series for Middle-Grade Readers

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Seven Seas Entertainment is excited to announce the new original graphic novel series Dungeon Crawlers Academy by J.P. Sullivan and Elmer Damaso. Modern-day students set out for sword-and-sorcery adventure in this full-color graphic novel series for kids and adults!


When four kids went through a mysterious portal, they discovered an endless dungeon full of treasure, monsters, and magic! They returned home as heroes. But when adults tried to enter the portal, they couldn’t. Only kids were granted access. And so the Dungeon Crawlers Academy was born: a school devoted to training young adventurers to explore the dungeon and bring back its fabulous treasures.


Nathan always dreamed of being a hero. A dangerous encounter with a tiny dragon becomes his ticket into the Academy. Now, a whole new life awaits, as Nathan struggles to learn how to use magic…and survive school!


This all-new release from Seven Seas is perfect for fans both young and old of dungeon-crawler video games, tabletop RPGs, magic school stories, and fantasy Middle Grade adventures. Recommended for ages 9-12 (Fountas/Pinnell Reading Level: U).


Dungeon Crawlers Academy Book 1: Into the Portal will be released for the first time worldwide in July 2022 for $13.99 USA / $17.99 CAN, available in print and on digital platforms in single large-trim editions.