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Kat O Heritage Trail opens

The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department today opened the Kat O Heritage Trail in collaboration with Kat O village to mark the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.   In addition to further promoting Kat O’s history, culture and intangible cultural heritage, the trail offers an in-depth travel experience to visitors.   Located in northeastern New Territories waters, Kat O is a harmonious community built by fishermen and Hakkas hand in hand.   The trail, with 27 interpretation panels along the route, was planned on the existing footpath and connects many important historical and cultural relics.   Visitors may explore an old Chinese restaurant and grocery store on Kat O Main Street, walk past old banyan trees where villagers used to take a rest or stop by a former pig farm and outdoor cinema.   A more in-depth understanding of Kat O’s long history is warranted by a visit to Kat O Tin Hau Temple and Sai O Hexagonal Well.   Visitors may also enjo

Patrick Nip tours Govt Flying Service

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today visited the Government Flying Service Headquarters to meet the management and staff of various grades and learn more about their work.   Mr Nip first took a helicopter ride at the department's helipad in Wan Chai, during which he participated in the aircrew's work in flight and watched a simulated coastal rescue.   He was pleased to learn that frontline aircrew conduct these simulated drills and training regularly in order to enhance emergency response capabilities and efficiency.   Mr Nip toured the hangar and the Air Command & Control Centre at the department's Chek Lap Kok headquarters, where he was briefed on the aircraft fleet, related equipment as well as maintenance activities, and how colleagues deployed aircraft and manpower in accordance with various operational needs and emergency responses.   The civil service chief then met Controller of Government Flying Service West Wu and directorate staff for an update on the work of various divisions and the challenges ahead. He also met staff representatives of various grades and exchanged views on matters of concern.   So far, more than 90% of the department's staff have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.   Mr Nip said he was glad to know that the department has been maintaining strong awareness of epidemic prevention.   He also encouraged colleagues to work with dedication and continue to provide quality and efficient aviation support for the public as well as government departments.
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