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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. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

CE explains legislative priorities

Legislating against people who insult public officials is not the Government’s highest priority, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said today.   Speaking ahead of this morning’s Executive Council meeting, Mrs Lam pointed out that the consideration for such a law is not at a mature stage.   However, she noted it is the aspiration of many frontline officers to have the legislation implemented.   “Many of my frontline officers - it's not just police officers but many public officers in the frontline - in recent years they have been intimidated, threatened and insulted when carrying out their duties and this is no good for a civic society. So there have been suggestions in the Legislative Council that the Government should seriously look into enacting a piece of legislation to prohibit or to control that sort of behaviour.   “But as I said, we have a lot of competing demands on our plate, so to speak. I have already outlined earlier this month that there are five important areas that the Government needs to legislate within the current term of the Legislative Council, which is about a few months. So I would say that this is not one of the pieces of legislation that has been put at the very high priority.”   The Government would strike the right balance if it proposes the law, Mrs Lam added.   “One day if we were to legislate, I think we would be very careful in striking the needed balance. Yes, the Basic Law protects and upholds rights of individuals, including freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, but as many court cases have made very clear, these rights and freedoms are not without limitations. So when they undermine another person’s rights, then of course something needs to be done.”
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