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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

Teresa Cheng signs legal pact

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng today signed a memorandum of understanding on the administration of the Legal Talent Recruitment Scheme (Trainee Solicitors).   The memorandum was signed with Law Society of Hong Kong President Melissa Pang.   Funded by the Anti-epidemic Fund, the scheme provides the monthly salary subsidy of $6,800 for a maximum of 12 months to each eligible law firm for one newly created job opening for a trainee solicitor, with up to 130 new job openings for trainee solicitors in total.   The scheme will not only create new job opportunities during the pandemic, but also ensure a steady and sufficient supply of legal talents in alignment with the Government’s policy objectives to advance the rule of law.   The Government also aims to strengthen Hong Kong’s development as a centre for international legal and dispute resolution services under the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development plan.   The scheme will be open for application from July 5 to November 5.   The Law Society will be responsible for processing and assessing the applications, as well as arranging the subsidy’s disbursement.   Ms Cheng expressed her appreciation to the Law Society for developing and administering the scheme, which is expected to benefit young professionals and the legal sector in general.
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