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HK marathon gets 'M' Mark

The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded the "M" Mark status to the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon to be held on February 12.   The committee's Chairman Wilfred Ng said the event will add colour and vibrancy to Hong Kong, like all other "M" Mark events.   “The 'M' Mark events showcase Hong Kong's capability to host world-class events and enhance Hong Kong's position as a centre for major international sports activities.   “These events also allow the general public to enjoy and participate in high-level competitions and nurture a sustainable sporting culture in the community,” he added.   Launched in 2004, the "M" Mark system aims to help local national sports associations organise more major international sports events and nurture them into sustainable undertakings. http://dlvr.it/Sj0HBF

CS tours Tai Po youth hostel

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, accompanied by Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui, today visited the Federation of Youth Groups' youth hostel PH2 in Tai Po to learn about its operation and latest developments.   They were briefed on the hostel by the federation's Executive Director Andy Ho and toured the hostel's units and various facilities.   The officials also exchanged views with frontline youth workers and a tenant to learn about their experiences and stories of operating and living in the hostel in the past year.   Mr Cheung expressed his gratitude to the federation for its care in running the youth hostel, which not only provides a comfortable living space for youth tenants, but also assists them in learning diverse life skills and financial planning through a wide variety of activities to help enable their upward mobility and realisation of aspirations.   He also noted that the current-term Government vigorously pushes forward youth hostel projects.   Apart from the Tai Po youth hostel, which was the first to be completed, Mr Cheung said the one in Ma Tin Pok, Yuen Long by Po Leung Kuk is the largest project in scale so far. Scheduled to open next year, it will provide 1,680 hostel places.   Five other projects being implemented will also offer more than 1,600 hostel places altogether.   Among them, the Sheung Wan project by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and the Jordan project by the Girl Guides Association were granted funding approval by the Legislative Council Finance Committee in April for starting main construction works.   The Government will continue to play an active role in assisting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to provide more youth hostel units as soon as possible, the Chief Secretary added.   The Youth Hostel Scheme aims to encourage NGOs to unleash the potential of development sites to achieve optimal land use and to meet the aspirations of working youths in having their own living spaces.   The Government will fund the full capital costs of youth hostel projects carried out by participating NGOs. Upon completion, NGOs will run the youth hostels on a self-financing basis.
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