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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

Star footballers set to play in HK

Inter Miami CF, led by football superstar Lionel Messi, is headed to the city next month and will take on a specially invited Hong Kong team in an exhibition match.


Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung noted that the match has been awarded “M” Mark status, an iconic recognition for major international sports events held in Hong Kong. Moreover, the Government has earmarked a matching grant of $16 million and approved a range of support measures for the organiser, Tatler Asia.


In addition, 15,000 free tickets for Inter Miami CF’s open training session on February 3 will be distributed for free to students, young athletes, disabled athletes and grassroots families. Some of the club’s top players will also meet budding young footballers during their stay in Hong Kong.


At a press conference today, Tatler Asia Chairman & CEO Michel Lamunière hailed the event as a way to harness the power of sports to inspire the minds and spirits of Hong Kong youth. 


“We believe that they are all the key to the future of our city. That is why providing them - particularly those with limited access to such opportunities - with this once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn from one or several of the world’s best players is essential to this grand celebration.”


Chairman of The Football Association of Hong Kong Eric Fok thanked the Government for its support in bringing large-scale football events to Hong Kong, which help highlight the city’s edge as a hub for major events.


The match between Inter Miami CF and the Hong Kong team will take place on February 4 at Hong Kong Stadium. Tickets are already sold out, but the public can watch a live broadcast on free television.

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