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EPD takes action on concrete plants

The Environmental Protection Department said it does not tolerate concrete batching plants operating without a licence and will make every effort to stop any illegal operations.   The department made the statement in response to media reports yesterday of a concrete batching plant at 20 Tung Yuen Street in Yau Tong continuing to operate without holding a valid Specified Process Licence (SPL).   The department has been closely monitoring the operation of two plants, both owned by China Concrete. The other plant is at 22 Tung Yuen Street in Yau Tong.   Regarding the plant at 20 Tung Yuen Street, the Air Pollution Control Appeal Board dismissed an appeal lodged by China Concrete against the department’s refusal of its application for renewal of an SPL for the plant on November 22.   Under the Air Pollution Control (Specified Processes) Regulations, the plant’s SPL ceased to be valid with immediate effect and the department issued a letter requesting that all works be halte
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GFS lauds dropsonde system

​The Government Flying Service (GFS) and the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) today held a joint press conference on previous Tropical Cyclone Reconnaissance missions that were successfully completed with the use of its dropsonde system.   The GFS pointed out that during typhoons Saola and Koinu, it dispatched a Challenger 605 fixed-wing aircraft to deploy sondes at the designated co-ordinates and altitudes provided by the HKO to collect tropical cyclone meteorological data to enhance the monitoring of typhoons and preparedness.   During the press conference, HKO Senior Scientific Officer (Aviation Meteorological Data Analytics) Cheung Ping said the use of the dropsonde system enables first-hand meteorological data to be collected at various altitudes of the atmosphere, complementing the lack of conventional weather observations over the ocean, and facilitating the HKO in the analysis of the intensity and three-dimensional structure of tropical cyclones.   He further stated that

North Point fair to offer 4,500 jobs

A job fair will be held at North Point Community Hall on November 27 and 28, with more than 4,500 vacancies on offer to job seekers, the Labour Department announced today.   Some 50 organisations will participate in the fair, with half of them setting up booths on-site and conducting on-the-spot recruitment each day.   The roles being hired for include occupational therapist, construction apprentice, purchasing clerk, pastry chef, customer services officer, gardener, delivery assistant, park operations and experience ambassador, technician and security guard.   Around 64% of the vacancies at the fair are full-time jobs, with most of them offering monthly salaries ranging from $13,000 to $21,000.   Among the vacancies, about 91% require a Secondary 5 education level or below, depending on the job, and around 49% are open to people without relevant work experience.   The fair will be held from 11am to 5.30pm and admission is free. Job seekers can submit applications o

CE convenes DC poll meeting

Chief Executive John Lee today convened a cross-bureau and interdepartmental steering meeting to discuss the preparatory work for the District Council Ordinary Election (DCOE) to be held on December 10.   He received briefings by officials on the preparatory work for the polling of the seventh DCOE and advised on the overall plan.       Mr Lee said this election is the first major citywide election after improving the district governance system and reforming the District Councils (DCs) and is of particular significance.   He urged various bureaus and departments to ensure that the election will be conducted in an open, fair, honest, safe and orderly manner.   “They should endeavour their best in their preparation to achieve four targets: to ensure the polling and counting processes be completed efficiently, to prevent corrupt and illegal conduct, to deliver their best at publicity work and to encourage the public to cast their votes.”       ​Chief Secretary Chan Kwo

HK promotional work highlighted

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau today hosted a cocktail reception to update his guests on the work of the overseas Hong Kong Economic & Trade Offices (ETOs) and the Mainland Offices in promoting Hong Kong.   The 200 guests comprised representatives of consulates, chambers of commerce and major trade associations as well as members of relevant government boards and committees.   Heads of 14 ETOs and five Mainland Offices, who are in Hong Kong for an annual meeting, also attended the cocktail reception.   Addressing the reception, Mr Yau highlighted that the Government is committed to implementing various measures to assist Hong Kong people and businesses in seizing new opportunities and for the city to return to centre stage.   He thanked colleagues of the ETOs and the Mainland Offices for their efforts in fostering closer bilateral trade ties and cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and various economies, and keeping the concerning gov

Ingrid Yeung meets Singapore official

Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung met a delegation led by Singapore's Head of Civil Service Leo Yip, under the Singapore-Hong Kong Permanent Secretaries Exchange Programme at the Central Government Offices today.   Welcoming the delegation's visit to Hong Kong, Mrs Yeung said the civil service of both places have always maintained close ties and exchanges, adding that while reciprocal visits among senior civil servants of the two governments could not be materialised under the COVID-19 epidemic, she was encouraged to see the exchange programme resume today.   Mrs Yeung shared with the delegation experiences in the recruitment and training of civil servants. Both sides noted that the international political, economic and technological situations are fast-changing, while the aspirations of the younger generation are gradually changing.   “Investment in continuous training at all levels of the civil service and providing diverse opportunities for young peopl

Alert issued over fake HKeToll sites

The Transport Department today alerted the public to fraudulent websites purporting to offer HKeToll services and deceive users into submitting their credit card information to make payments.   Minus the spaces added here, the addresses of the websites are “gov . hktc . etollu . xyz” and “etollu . xyz”.   The department clarified that these websites have no connection with HKeToll and have been reported to Police for follow-up.   If vehicle owners wish to pay an outstanding toll online, they must log in to the HKeToll website or mobile app.   The department urged citizens to stay alert when receiving unidentified messages and refrain from visiting suspicious websites or disclosing personal data. Anyone who has provided personal information to such websites should contact Police.   Call 3853 7333 for enquiries about HKeToll.