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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

Govt staff take action after typhoon

Following the passage of Super Typhoon Saola, the Government today activated the government-wide mobilisation level to co-ordinate emergency operations and promptly mobilised a quick response unit comprising over 100 civil servants from different departments to provide support in several districts.   The Government is working at full steam to perform relief work after the typhoon, aiming for the community's full return to normal operations and the resumption of people’s daily lives as early as possible.   Secretary for Home & Youth Affairs Alice Mak led some civil servants to Sha Tau Kok to help the elderly who had stayed in temporary shelters to return to their residential care home.   Meantime, others from the quick response unit were deployed to Tung Chung Heung and Lei Yue Mun to carry out clean-up work. Apart from removing garbage, fallen branches and leaves on roads, they also helped residents remove sandbags.   The Government said it is grateful to all supporting members and colleagues from various departments for their dedication and efforts in enabling the community to return to normal as soon as possible.   The Chief Executive announced in the Policy Address that the Government would introduce a government-wide mobilisation level to ensure that a quick response unit formed by government employees could be mobilised promptly during major crises requiring considerable manpower support to handle such incidents.

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