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HK says farewell to Xuelong 2

The nation’s first domestically built Antarctic research icebreaker, Xuelong 2, has completed a five-day visit to Hong Kong and began its return journey to Shanghai this afternoon.   A farewell ceremony was held at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, where Under Secretary for Environment & Ecology Diane Wong and the committee that organised the visit led the farewells for Xuelong 2 and its crew, the 40th Chinese Antarctic scientific expedition team.   The chairman of the organising committee, Ma Fung-kwok, expressed his deep satisfaction with the visit. He emphasised that it had not only fostered a genuine interest among citizens in polar research but had also raised awareness about the pressing issue of climate change.   Looking ahead, the organising committee is already in discussions with relevant departments to explore opportunities for Hong Kong scholars and students to participate in future scientific expeditions, particularly in the field of polar research.   Du

Rents for new public housing flats set

The Housing Authority today said rents for 10,445 flats of nine blocks at a new public rental housing estate and two existing ones, to be completed between July and December, have been set at the best rent levels in their respective districts.   The best monthly rent in the urban district, at $93.8 per sq m, will apply to 1,040 flats in Hoi Shing House of Hoi Tat Estate.   The best monthly rent in Kwai Chung District, at $90.7 per sq m, will apply to 540 flats in Heng King House of Lai King Estate.   Fanling District's best monthly rent of $66.5 per sq m will apply to 8,865 flats in seven blocks of Queen’s Hill Estate.   Under this rent-fixing exercise, the rent for more than 91.6% of the flats are below $2,500 per month.   The authority noted that the rents are heavily subsidised and are inclusive of rates, management fees and maintenance costs.   Those who are allocated new flats but cannot afford the rents may request refurbished flats at lower rents or apply for assistance under the Rent Assistance Scheme, it added.
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