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National Games office established

The Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau announced today the setting up of a co-ordination office to carry out planning and implementation work for the upcoming National Games, National Games for Persons with Disabilities and National Special Olympic Games.   The National Games Coordination Office, led by three senior directorate officers, will work closely with the governments of Guangdong and the Macao Special Administration Region to co-organise the 15th National Games.            The State Council announced in August 2021 that the 15th National Games are to be co-hosted in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau in 2025, the first time Hong Kong will have co-hosted the National Games.   The three locations will also co-host the 12th National Games for Persons with Disabilities and the 9th National Special Olympic Games after the 15th National Games are held.        The Hong Kong SAR Organising Committee of the 15th National Games was formed in May, with the Chief Executive a
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4 care fund schemes regularised

To support carers or people with disabilities, starting today, four financial assistance schemes under the Community Care Fund will be regularised, the Government announced.   They include the Scheme on Living Allowance for Carers of Elderly Persons from Low-income Families, the Scheme on Living Allowance for Low-income Carers of Persons with Disabilities, the Special Care Subsidy Scheme for Persons with Severe Disabilities, and the Scheme on Providing Subsidy for Higher Disability Allowance Recipients in Paid Employment to Hire Carers.   After regularisation, the monthly allowance of the first two schemes, ie the Scheme on Living Allowance for Carers of Elderly Persons from Low-income Families and the Scheme on Living Allowance for Low-income Carers of Persons with Disabilities, will increase from $2,400 to $3,000.   In tandem with the new arrangement, the allowances of these two schemes will no longer be counted as income under the Working Family Allowance Scheme. This ap

Drivers given online option for permits

Members of the public can now apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) through an online service launched today by the Transport Department.   Users of “iAM Smart+” or eligible applicants holding a valid personal digital certificate may apply online via the GovHK website and receive their IDP by post, without the need to visit a licensing office in person.   If the submitted documents and photograph are in order, the department will normally send successful applicants their IDP by registered post within 10 working days of the online application being made.   The department reminded those who plan to drive outside of Hong Kong to allow sufficient time for the IDP applications to be processed.   Citizens may continue to submit IDP applications by visiting licensing offices in person. Appointments can be booked online or by calling 3763 8080 to save queuing time.   Drivers may also send in their IDP applications by post or via the drop-in boxes placed at licensi

CE cheers on HK athletes

Chief Executive John Lee cheered on the Hong Kong athletes taking part in various events at the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou today.   Mr Lee went to games venues to watch events in which Hong Kong athletes were competing, including swimming, wushu and fencing, and extended his warmest congratulations to the athletes who won medals.   Noting that having the games in their own country is of great importance to Hong Kong athletes, Mr Lee said he was pleased to have the opportunity to watch Hong Kong competitors strive for excellence and demonstrate extraordinary capabilities.   He expressed his hope that Hong Kong athletes will continue to excel and unleash their potential to achieve outstanding results.   The Chief Executive earlier visited the Zhejiang Liaison Unit of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and encouraged its staff members to strive to serve both the people of Hong Kong and enterprises in Zhejiang.   Today’s activities also included a lunch with th

Tool added for tenancy applications

The Housing Bureau today announced that its Central & Unified Platform for Transitional Housing, referred to as “TH-E”, will be launched tomorrow.   Intended to facilitate online applications for transitional housing, the platform is easy to operate. Applicants can follow clear instructions to enter basic information such as their name, phone number and identity card number, and to select their preferred projects.   After submitting an application online, applicants will immediately receive an SMS confirmation containing a reference number for future enquiries about the progress of their application.   The platform will automatically refer applications to operating organisations for follow-up. Data collection, compilation and analysis capabilities will be added to the platform’s functionality in the future.   To cater to the needs of different users, applications can still be submitted by post, email or fax. Applicants can also now upload and submit a completed central comm

Transport chief to visit Beijing

Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung will depart for Beijing today to attend the Global Sustainable Transport Forum (2023), organised by the Ministry of Transport.   The seminar, due to be held from September 25 to 26, will bring together transport authorities and related businesses from various countries. It provides a platform for promoting global co-operation in the transport sector and implementing global development initiatives.   Mr Lam will share details of the progress and direction of Hong Kong’s smart mobility and smart logistics initiatives at a thematic session.   He will also hold a sideline meeting with leaders of the Ministry of Transport and visit a company engaged in research and development in the field of autonomous driving technology.

HK rowers win gold medal

Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung today congratulated two Hong Kong athletes on winning a gold medal in the Rowing Men's Pair event at the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou, the first gold won by the Hong Kong, China delegation at this year’s games.   Mr Yeung said in Hangzhou that Lam San-tung and Wong Wai-chun had given their best and shown the full extent of their talent.   “Having witnessed their triumph, I could feel (the) athletes’ concentration during competition and their joy after winning,” he said. “With the Hong Kong, China delegation getting off to a flying start, I wish Hong Kong athletes (can) continue to shine in the Hangzhou Asian Games.”   Mr Yeung also extended his congratulations to wushu athlete Chen Suijin on winning a bronze medal in the Women's Taijiquan & Taijijian All-Round event.   He said: "We are proud of her, who earned the well-deserved medal with excellent skills.”