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Special schools stage variety show

A variety show involving 62 special schools across the city was held today to showcase students’ diverse talent and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s establishment.   The Education Bureau explained that the aim of the large-scale joint school event, titled “Variety Show of Special School Students - Let Your Love Shine 2022”, is to enhance the public’s understanding of special education in Hong Kong.   About 100 students joined the performances that included a dragon dance, fitness exercises, martial arts, a wheelchair dance and a piano trio. In addition, the music video of the theme song, Let Love Shine 2022, sung by students from the 62 schools, was played.   To enable those with hearing and visual impairments to enjoy the festivities, the show was webcast live and barrier-free with sign language interpretation and audio descriptions.   Addressing the ceremony, Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin said the Government supports schoo
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Testing exercise finds 30 virus cases

The Government today announced that one indeterminate and 30 positive COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area concerning Yat Mei House, Yau Chui Court in Yau Tong. . It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday to cover the building where about 930 people were tested.   Government staff also visited around 370 households there and will follow up on those who did not answer the door. http://dlvr.it/SW8kdz

Mainland study scheme opens

The Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme 2022/23 is open for applications from Hong Kong students until September 30, the Education Bureau announced today.   Covering 191 designated Mainland institutions, including 129 institutions participating in the 2022/23 Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions, the scheme benefits most local students with different financial needs who pursue undergraduate studies in the Mainland.   While the scheme is not subject to a quota, applicants may only receive either a means-tested subsidy or a non-means-tested subsidy in the same academic year.   The subsidy is granted on a yearly basis and the subsidised period covers the normal duration of the undergraduate programme pursued by the student concerned in the designated Mainland institution.   Eligible students may enrol online or by post. The application result is expected to be released by the first quarter of 2023. http://dlvr.it/SVrSc5

Growth forecast cut unavoidable: FS

Financial Secretary Paul Chan today said Hong Kong’s economic growth forecast for this year will likely be adjusted downwards, citing the worsening external economic situation arising from the recent interest rate rise.   The US Federal Reserve raised the interest rate by 75 basis points. In Hong Kong, following this upward adjustment in the target range for the US federal funds rate, the Monetary Authority announced that the Base Rate was adjusted upward to 2.75% with immediate effect according to a pre-set formula.   Meeting the media today, Mr Chan said: “The increase in (the) US interest rate, under Hong Kong’s Linked Exchange Rate System, will impact our interest rate. Over the past two months, you have seen the interbank interest rate rise, although the prime rate remains intact.   “The rate and the magnitude of increase in the interest rate depends very much on the liquidity in the market and also the liquidity of individual banks.   “At the moment, we estimate that unde

Hong Kong Science Park's company has secured USD 15M in Series B round .

Huge Congratulations! FreeD Group has secured USD 15M in Series B round to expand beyond Hong Kong!  Looking after your customers is everything . FreeD Group enhances the interaction between consumers and brands via its award-winning, proprietary AI-driven smart commerce and smart merchandising solutions.  Named the Tech Pioneer 2022 by World Economic Forum , FreeD Group has helped global companies, including Samsung Electronics and Marriott International, to develop their SuperApp experience and benefit from the extensive partner network of FreeD Group.  At HKSTP, we are so proud to be their springboard to the world. Check out their story on Forbes: bit.ly/3axq83P    Follow our page to get the latest tech news in Hong Kong!  More Information :  https://www.hkstp.org/what-we-offer/funding-capital-overview/

HKSTP Partner Company Incubatee PointFit Technology won the grand prize of ASICS Accelerator

Good things come to those who sweat. Our Incubatee PointFit Technology has just won the grand prize of ASICS Accelerator!   Congratulations to the team for winning this global accelerator! The research is 100% Hong Kong. #TeamHongKong   #HKUST   (Co-Founder & CEO) Kenny Oktavius   (Co-Founder & COO) Jack Chen   (Co-Founder & CTO) Reno Adley Prawoto  (Co-Founder) Prof Ping Gao  PointFit Sweat Sensor is an ultra-thin skin patch that tracks your health condition through sweat biomarkers and transmits it to your mobile app in real-time.  Following the accelerator, Point Fit will work closely with ASICS Corporation to integrate its patented and peer-reviewed one-of-a-kind membrane technology into ASICS products.  Drop a ❤️ or 👍🏻 below to support Hong Kong's innovation. They are now ready to disrupt the health monitoring landscape and make ASICS a leader in the smart-sportswear market.  Learn more: bit.ly/3z32mVq   Follow HKSTP - Hong Kong Science and Technolo

Beat Drugs Fund applications open

The Beat Drugs Fund today began inviting grant applications for its 2022 funding exercise. The application period closes on September 7.   The fund subsidises projects which tackle the problem of drug abuse.   Priority will be accorded to projects in three areas - treatment and rehabilitation, preventive education and publicity, and research.   The application form and guide are available on the Security Bureau Narcotics Division website.   The Beat Drugs Fund Association will also arrange three briefing and experience sharing sessions online on August 1, 4 and 11 for interested applicants. The online enrolment form is now available.   Application results will be released in the first quarter of next year. http://dlvr.it/SVZkCG