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FS paves way to green, digital future

A number of initiatives and measures aimed at accelerating high-quality development were announced in today’s 2024-25 Budget, with the Government emphasising a move towards a green future and digitalisation.   Explaining that high-quality development spurs ongoing economic innovation and growth whilst conserving the natural environment, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong must pursue opportunities through leveraging its advantages under “one country, two systems”, namely those of enjoying strong support at a national level and being closely connected to other parts of the world.   He stressed that green development involves huge business opportunities and financing needs, as governments and businesses around the world pursue carbon neutrality and green transformation. In addition, he said digitalisation has become a new driving force for economic development, empowering enterprises to enhance efficiency, boost their competitiveness and achieve new growth.   Introdu

Clubhouse prosecuted for rule breach

The Home Affairs Department today prosecuted the licence holder of Scout Association of Hong Kong - Commissioners' Club and related people for suspected violations of anti-epidemic regulations.   According to an investigation, the licence holder of the clubhouse, the catering service contractor and two of its responsible persons allowed and arranged a banquet on April 10 in catering premises inside the clubhouse with the number of participants exceeding the limit of 20 people prevailing at the time.   They were suspected of violating relevant requirements and directions issued by the Secretary for Food & Health in relation to the clubhouse under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation (Cap 599F).   Separately, the catering service contractor and three people of the association that allowed the prohibited group gathering and the organisation of the banquet were suspected of violating the relevant restrictions on group gathering under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap 599G).   Having examined all available information, the department’s Office of the Licensing Authority applied to the court for a summons against the licence holder of the clubhouse, four summonses against the catering service provider and two of its responsible persons, and three summonses against the three people who organised the banquet at the clubhouse.   The cases will be heard in court.
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