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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

New fitness test for CSD officers

The Correctional Services Department (CSD) announced today that new standards will be adopted for the entry physical fitness test for Officer and Assistant Officer II from September 16.   The fitness test items will be changed from five to four, including replacing sit-ups and vertical jumps with isometric strength tests and modifying the shuttle run from 9m x 10 single laps to 10m x 4 single laps. The bailey bridge and 800m run will be retained.   Noting that the test items and standards of the current physical fitness test have been in use for nearly 20 years, the CSD said it invited a sports medicine expert to review and formulate new test standards that better meet the daily work needs of correctional officers nowadays.   The department added that it will enhance publicity and organise recruitment activities including talks, workshops and exhibitions as well as recruitment talks at universities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to attract more recruitees.

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