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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

Earth Science Gallery opens Apr 23

The Science Museum’s new Earth Science Gallery will open tomorrow, marking the museum’s 30th anniversary and supporting Earth Day.   The gallery features about 30 sets of interactive exhibits, models and installations for visitors to better understand the causes of natural phenomena.   Comprising four areas, the new permanent gallery guides visitors through the secrets underneath the Earth’s crust, and illustrates how its internal and external forces lead to drastic natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons.   Science Museum Director Paulina Chan recommended that visitors try out the typhoon simulator to experience the intensity of winds reaching approximately 120km per hour.   Ms Chan also said the Earthquake Preparedness Agency computer game could provide people with knowledge that may help save their lives.   "There are a lot of scenarios, you need to choose the right things to do to protect yourself in an earthquake, it will be a very good tip for you."   Hong Kong’s breathtaking geology is also featured at the gallery through its display of rock specimens from different geological ages, such as samples from the hexagonal rock columns in the High Island region, part of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.   Ms Chan hopes the gallery will help visitors understand more about nature.   “Learning Earth’s history is always fascinating. I think this gallery will let visitors know about the science of the Earth.   “This kind of knowledge can help us understand nature and also let us know how to protect our nature, our blue planet.”   Visitors to the museum will need to use hand sanitiser and will be subject to temperature checks before admission. They also need to wear their own masks.   Children under 12 will only be allowed to enter the venue when accompanied by an adult.   Call 2732 3232 for enquiries.
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