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Subsidy scheme accepts applications

The Food Courts Subsidy Scheme was launched today and opened for applications to provide financial support to operators of eligible licensed food factories in operation, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department announced.   Launched under the fourth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund, the scheme will provide a one-off subsidy ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 to licence holders of food factories according to the floor area of the premises as specified on the business operation licence.   The department explained that "food court" means a place inside a shopping mall comprising licensed food factories and an adjoining seating area with tables and chairs or stools provided by the property management or owner of the mall for non-exclusive use by its visitors, which may include patrons of the licensed food factories.   The scheme requires an applicant to make a declaration, including indicating that the food business is still in operation, and if the business is not oper

Rapid test to combat drug driving

Police will adopt the Rapid Oral Fluid Test from February 19 as a preliminary on-site drug test for drivers involved in traffic accidents and offences or suspected of drug driving.   Authorised police officers will use the instrument to detect whether a driver’s oral fluid contains specified drugs, including heroin, ketamine, MDMA, cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine.    Drivers who fail the test will be required to provide blood or urine samples for further tests.   Police Traffic Branch Headquarters Acting Senior Superintendent Ng Hoi-wai told the media this afternoon that the instrument is highly accurate and more efficient compared with traditional testing methods.   Mr Ng said: “My personal estimation for the Drug Influence Recognition Observation by the roadside in a traditional method will take our police officers about half an hour, but the current device will take a maximum of eight to 10 minutes.   “I think the number one improvement is the timing, another one is the objectivity.”   Refusing a Rapid Oral Fluid Test or driving under the influence of drugs is a criminal offence. Drivers will be liable to a maximum fine of $25,000, three years’ jail and disqualification from driving.
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