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VR technology nurtures lift technicians (15/9/2019)

Hong Kong is a built-up area that abounds with skyscrapers, in which the lifts carry people up and down every day. Proper periodic examination and maintenance are important to ensure the safe operation of lifts. The Government has earlier launched the Lift Modernisation Subsidy Scheme (LIMSS) to subsidise building owners in need to enhance lift safety. Meanwhile, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) has also collaborated with the Vocational Training Council (VTC) and the Lift & Escalator Contractors Association (LECA) to strengthen the training of talents. This time, I have invited a colleague of the EMSD and the representatives of the VTC and the industry to introduce how innovation and technology can be used to support training and attract more young people to join the industry......

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Creative architectural design for the Eastern Community Green Station (8/9/2019)

What springs to your mind when a recycling station is mentioned? Perhaps it reminds you of a rubbish collection point. But have you noticed the community green stations built in various districts in recent years that feature simplistic design, visual appeal and functionality? They also provide space for local residents to participate personally in waste reduction and recycling and promote environmental collaboration among communities. This time, I have invited two colleagues of the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD) to introduce to us the Eastern Community Green Station (CGS), one of the green stations they were involved in building, and talk about its design concept and architectural features......

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Summer interns of the Civil Engineering and Development Department (1/9/2019)

The Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) organises a summer internship programme every year, giving post-secondary students in different professional fields an opportunity to put what they have learned into practice and accumulate work experience. At the same time, the interns will know more about the department’s daily operations and major areas of work. This year, the CEDD has recruited about 40 students under the programme for six to eight weeks of summer internship. This time, I have invited the Head of the Sustainable Lantau Office (SLO) of the CEDD, Mr FONG Hok-shing, Michael, to have a chat with three interns attached to his office about their internship and experience......

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Pier improvement projects (25/8/2019)

The Government has earlier put forward a Pier Improvement Programme (PIP) to improve the facilities of public piers in remote areas to facilitate the public and tourists to access outing destinations and natural heritage sites, and to respond to local requests for meeting the basic needs of villagers that rely on boats as their main transport mode and supporting fishermen’s operation. If funding is approved within this year, the first project under the PIP can start by year’s end at the earliest. This time, I have invited a colleague from the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) to tell us about the details......

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Secondary students to become town planners (18/8/2019)

The Planning Department (PlanD) organises the City Gallery Summer Planning School – “Be a Town Planner” programme during this summer holiday. A wide range of activities are arranged for about 200 secondary and primary students for them to learn about the development and planning of Hong Kong. Themed on “Urban Renewal”, this year’s programme is jointly organised by the PlanD and the Urban Renewal Authority (URA). Lectures, field studies and workshops are held for students to learn about the strategy to urban renewal. Here, I have invited colleagues from the PlanD and the URA to talk about the aims and details of the programme, and one of the secondary students will share with us his feelings about the programme......

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