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Concern over detained HK people

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The Security Bureau today said it attaches great importance to recent incidents in which Hong Kong people were suspected to have been lured to Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar and detained to engage in illegal work.   Since January, the Immigration Department and Police have received 17 and 12 requests for assistance respectively.   After receiving such reports, the Immigration Department's Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit immediately assisted the people concerned to report the cases to the local police upon their requests.   The unit learnt that 12 of the Hong Kong people had left the relevant places safely.   For the assistance seekers who have yet to leave, the unit will actively follow up on their cases and will keep close contact with their family members, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the local Chinese embassy or con

29k get consumption voucher

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Around 29,000 people whose cases have been successfully reviewed will receive their first consumption voucher today, the Government said.   They will get an SMS or a mobile app push notification. They may also call 18 5000 to check the review result.   As of last Saturday, the Consumption Voucher Scheme Secretariat has received some 170,000 applications for review. Most of these applications are from people who have submitted valid claim requests for early withdrawal of their Mandatory Provident Fund or benefits under occupational retirement schemes on the ground of permanent departure from Hong Kong. About 104,000 people’s applications for review had been accepted and they got their first voucher on August 7.   The secretariat said the remaining cases are being processed. In general, it will notify the applicants of the review results by SMS within six weeks upon receipt of their application and supporting documents. http://dlvr.it/SWjGMn

Special schools stage variety show

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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

IT subsidies for the disabled set

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The IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment and the Central Fund for Personal Computers are open for applications from tomorrow to September 19, the Social Welfare Department announced.   The IT scheme supports non-governmental and non-profit-making organisations providing services or schooling for the visually impaired to acquire advanced Chinese screen readers, Braille displays and accessories.   It also subsidises visually impaired people with economic difficulties in purchasing such devices for study or work.     The fund for personal computers assists eligible people with disabilities in acquiring computer facilities for self-employment or receiving supported employment services at home, with guidance and follow-up services from rehabilitation organisations or the Labour Department.   Call 3586 3594, send a fax to 2834 7046 or email eoimc@swd.gov.hk for enquiries. http://dlvr.it/SWFWhr

Mandatory testing detects 3 cases

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The Government today announced that three positive and three indeterminate COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area concerning Block 3 of Harbour Place in Hung Hom. . It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday to cover the building where about 697 people were tested.   Government staff also visited around 350 households there and will follow up on those who did not answer the door. http://dlvr.it/SWC3P9

Early vaccination for toddlers urged

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Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung urged parents to arrange COVID-19 vaccination for their children as soon as possible given that those aged from six months to three years may receive the Sinovac vaccine from today.   Mrs Yeung visited a kindergarten and child care centre in To Kwa Wan this morning to view the outreach vaccination service for pupils.   It is the first premises having children vaccinated through the outreach service after the minimum age for receiving the vaccine was lowered to six months old.   She then inspected a community vaccination centre (CVC) in Kwun Tong, where about 15 toddlers aged under three received their jab.   Meeting the media after her To Kwa Wan visit, Mrs Yeung said that 150 parents made appointments for their children aged from six months to three years to get the Sinovac jab in the first half hour after the online booking system started to accept vaccination bookings for this age group.   Parents or guardians must accompany the

15 virus cases found in Tin Lai Court

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The Government today announced that 15 positive and 10 indeterminate COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area concerning Tin Lai Court in Tin Shui Wai.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday to cover the building where about 1,500 people were tested.   Government staff also visited around 760 households there and will follow up on those who did not answer the door. http://dlvr.it/SVln25