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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

Mainland study scheme opens

The Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme 2023-24 is open for applications from Hong Kong students until September 8, the Education Bureau announced today.   Covering 193 designated Mainland institutions, 132 of which participated in the 2023-24 Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions, the subsidy scheme is of most benefit to local students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the Mainland.   While the scheme is not subject to any quota system, applicants may only receive either a means-tested subsidy or a non-means-tested subsidy in the same academic year.   The subsidy is granted on a yearly basis and the subsidised period covers the normal duration of the undergraduate programme pursued by the student concerned.   Eligible students may enrol online or by post. Application results are expected to be released by the first quarter of 2024.

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