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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use.

Broadcasting chief named

Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Li will succeed Leung Ka-wing, who will leave the service, as Director of Broadcasting on March 1, the Government announced today.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said today Mr Li is a seasoned Administrative Officer with proven leadership and management skills.   “I believe that he will continue to serve the community with professionalism and dedication in his new capacity, and ably lead Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) to meet the challenges ahead.   “As Director of Broadcasting, Mr Li will ensure that RTHK fully abides by the Charter of RTHK.”   The agreement between the Government and Mr Leung, which originally will expire in August, will be resolved early by mutual consent.   At a press conference this morning, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau also noted that the Government had earlier conducted an open recruitment exercise, but could not identify a suitable candidate to fill the Director of Broadcasting post.   “It has been our preference to have someone with broadcasting experience and the best option would be someone from the department through the succession arrangement for Director of Broadcasting, but apparently we may not have that opportunity given the current composition of the team. And we have also failed to identify a suitable candidate from the open recruitment.   “The arrangement to have an administrative officer put in place as the head of RTHK is to reflect the need for both broadcasting as well as administrative and policy strengths."   Mr Yau said he believes that Mr Li is the best person for the post.   “I also would like to reiterate that the responsibility of the editor-in-chief is not about loading everything on his shoulder. As a department, as a public broadcaster, of course, the director would need to work together with his directorate team and also every member of the department.   “So I believe we have found the best person for the job and hopefully the new management, under the new leadership, could also work together with every member of RTHK in faithfully carrying out the duties which could meet the mission laid out for RTHK.”   Click here for their biographies.

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