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New harbourfront space opens

The Development Bureau announced that the Pierside Precinct near Wan Chai Ferry Pier further opened today, providing a nostalgic harbourfront leisure space with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour for the public.   Being the 12th harbourfront leisure space that opened since October last year, the newly opened area is located to the east of the ferry pier on a harbour site reclaimed for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.   The bureau said under the incremental approach, a 180-metre-long promenade of the precinct opened earlier in March, followed by the opening of a further 80m in October.   With an area of about 4,600 sq m, the newly opened part has almost doubled the precinct's original space.   In contrast to the colourful cartoon style adopted at other harbourfront sites opened earlier in Western District and Wan Chai, the precinct mainly comprises simple fair-faced concrete and wooden structures.   It features a stylish touch with its clear and rectiline

Welfare cases down 0.3%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped to 223,792 in March, down 0.3% from February, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients stood at 319,191.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 2.2% to 2,422 cases, while old age cases were down 0.7% to 128,863.   Unemployment cases rose 0.4% on a monthly basis to 19,810 cases. The figure is also an increase of 57.4% compared with January 2020 when Hong Kong just started to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.   The average number of applications for unemployment cases in January to March was 856 per month, representing a reduction of 3.3% from the number between December 2020 and February, or a decrease of 15.1% from that between January and March.   Ill-health cases increased 0.2% to 26,289. Both permanent disability cases and single parent cases were up 0.1% to 17,502 and 24,826.
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