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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

Special schools stage variety show

A variety show involving 62 special schools across the city was held today to showcase students’ diverse talent and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s establishment.   The Education Bureau explained that the aim of the large-scale joint school event, titled “Variety Show of Special School Students - Let Your Love Shine 2022”, is to enhance the public’s understanding of special education in Hong Kong.   About 100 students joined the performances that included a dragon dance, fitness exercises, martial arts, a wheelchair dance and a piano trio. In addition, the music video of the theme song, Let Love Shine 2022, sung by students from the 62 schools, was played.   To enable those with hearing and visual impairments to enjoy the festivities, the show was webcast live and barrier-free with sign language interpretation and audio descriptions.   Addressing the ceremony, Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin said the Government supports schools to cater for students with special educational needs through a dual track of special education and integrated education.   She noted that the Education Bureau has also been rendering resources and professional aid to schools and providing professional training for teachers.   The bureau supports schools to help students overcome limitations and difficulties so that they could develop their potential and gradually become independent people with adaptability and self-learning abilities, Ms Choi emphasised.   Furthermore, the education secretary encouraged students to take a proactive and optimistic attitude when embracing challenges, She added that she hopes professionals from different sectors will collaborate with the Government to support students with special education needs, so that every student can grow up in a caring environment and excel in society.   Moreover, the bureau has launched the Let Love Shine website to introduce the features, facilities and learning and teaching resources of special schools and showcase the learning activities and creative works of special school students.
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