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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

Green finance training supported

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government today launched the Pilot Green & Sustainable Finance Capacity Building Support Scheme to encourage local practitioners and prospective practitioners to receive training related to green and sustainable finance.   It launched the scheme in response to the new trend of developing a low-carbon and sustainable economy.   The three-year pilot scheme is open for application by Hong Kong residents, who are market practitioners or prospective practitioners of green and sustainable finance ie students and graduates in relevant disciplines.   After completing eligible programmes, full-time student applicants can apply for a subsidy of up to 100% of the relevant fees, while others can reimburse up to 80% of the fees, subject to a ceiling of $10,000.   Financial Secretary Paul Chan said: “We are committed to developing Hong Kong into a regional hub for green and sustainable finance, and nurturing talent is a crucial task in supporting such development.   “The Government would launch the pilot scheme and earmark $200 million to provide subsidies to eligible people participating in the training, with a view to building up the local green and sustainable finance talent pool and thereby supporting the development of green and sustainable finance in Hong Kong.”   So far, 19 programmes, provided by the professional and continuing education schools of local universities, professional institutions, international training providers etc, have been registered as eligible programmes under the scheme.   The list of will be updated from time to time, the Government added.
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