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FS visits biomedical firm in UK

Financial Secretary Paul Chan yesterday visited a biopharmaceutical company and the Royal College of Art, and attended a lunch hosted by the China-Britain Business Council, as part of his ongoing trip to London.   Mr Chan visited AstraZeneca and met the company’s senior management to learn about its drug research and development activities, as well as its latest expansion plans.   AstraZeneca indicated that following in-depth talks with Hong Kong’s Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises, it plans to develop a research and development centre in Hong Kong and will engage in further discussion with relevant government departments on the matter.   The Financial Secretary then attended a roundtable luncheon held by the China-Britain Business Council, and met representatives of British enterprises that do business, or plan to do business, either in the Mainland or Hong Kong.   Mr Chan later visited the Royal College of Art, which collaborated with the Hong Kong Polytechnic Unive

Hawker teams to use body cameras

The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department’s District Hawker Control Teams will gradually start using Body Worn Video Cameras (BWVCs) from tomorrow, based on the actual need and circumstances.   The department said the move is aimed at assisting frontline staff in carrying out their duties more effectively and to safeguard the safety of the public and staff.   It has been striving to regulate hawking activities and combat shops illegally extending their business area, with a view to reducing the nuisance and obstruction caused by illegal hawking activities and shop front extensions through taking enforcement action.   Hawker Control Officers (HCOs) in districts will be equipped with BWVCs gradually in July to record the on-site situation when necessary during their execution of duties, which will enhance the capability and accuracy in gathering evidence and provide useful information for future investigation work.   When discharging their duties, HCOs will wear the cameras conspicuously and use them in an open and transparent manner. When HCOs encounter unexpected or conflicting incidents and consider it necessary to record the situation, they will, where reasonably practicable, notify the people concerned prior to starting recording to safeguard public and staff safety as well as reducing risks at work.   Making reference to the experience of relevant law enforcement departments in the use of BWVCs, the department has formulated clear enforcement guidelines and provided training for frontline staff.   When handling relevant footage, the department will ensure that it is in compliance with the regulations of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. Footage carrying no investigative or evidential value or constituting no other legitimate purpose will be deleted after 31 days from the date it was recorded to ensure that no excessive personal data will be kept.

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