Press Releases: Deputy Secretary Sullivan to host the 2018 Annual International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony, with Remarks by First Lady Melania Trump

Press Statement

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

March 18, 2018

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will present the 2018 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award, with remarks to be provided by First Lady Melania Trump, in honor of 10 extraordinary women during an official ceremony from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at the U.S. Department of State.

First established in March 2007, this annual award honors women around the world who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to bring positive change to their societies, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. To date, under the IWOC program, the U.S. Department of State has recognized over 120 women from more than 65 countries who have worked to advocate for and promote human rights, the advancement of the status of women, peace, and government transparency around the world.

The names and bios of the recipients of the 2018 award will be announced on Monday, March 19.

The ceremony will be open to the press and streamed live on Follow @StateDept during the event for updates and live tweets.

For the ceremony, pre-set time for cameras is 6:30 a.m. from the C Street entrance. Final access time for writers and stills is 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend the ceremony upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

For further information on this event, please contact the Office of Press Relations and 202-647-2492 or


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Murder in Wan Chai

     Police are investigating a murder case in Wan Chai in the small hours today (March 18) in which a six-year-old boy died.

     At about 0.55am, Police received a report that the six-year-old boy fell unconscious inside a unit on Lockhart Road.

     Police officers sped to the scene and found the six-year-old boy lying unconsciously inside the unit. Sustaining injuries to his neck, he was rushed to Ruttonjee Hospital in unconscious state and was certified dead at 2.28am.

     After initial investigation, Police arrested the 52-year-old grandmother of the boy in suspected connection with the case. She is being detained for further enquiries.

     A nylon strap in suspected connection with the case was seized at scene.

     Post-mortem examinations will be conducted later to ascertain the cause of death of the deceased.

     Active investigation by the District Crime Squad of Wan Chai District is underway.


Boil Water Advisory Rescinded for the City of Emporia, Lyon Co.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded a boil water advisory for the City of Emporia located in Lyon County. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of high turbidity. High turbidity may result in bacterial contamination. Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure or shutdown….

Top Athletes Invited to X Games Norway 2018

As the winter season comes to a close and gives way to the summer season, X Games Norway will bring together the world’s best action sports athletes from both summer and winter disciplines. Today, an additional eight snowboarders, eight skiers and 13 skateboarders received their invited to X Games Norway 2018, taking place May 18 … Read More

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Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme promotes occupational safety in construction industry (with photos)

     The Award Presentation Ceremony of the Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme was held today (March 18) to offer recognition to contractors, site personnel and workers who have had good occupational safety and health performances. The scheme also aims at strengthening awareness of occupational safety and health in the construction sector and elevating the level of its safety culture.

     Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Commissioner for Labour (Occupational Safety and Health), Mr Jeff Leung, said that the construction industry is still high-risk although its safety performance has continued to improve in the past 10 years. It is worrying to see that 22 cases of fatal industrial accidents occurred in 2017, exceeding the number in 2016 by 12, he said.

     Mr Leung said that the Labour Department (LD) would continue to adopt a multi-pronged approach to improve occupational safety and health in the construction industry. A series of targeted measures introduced by the department included:

(1) strengthening of enforcement action and conducting of more in-depth surprise inspections;

(2) stepping up participation in Site Safety Management Committee meetings to obtain a better understanding of the latest work-related risks and provide advice on high-risk processes;

(3) promoting safe practices, including revising the Code of Practice for Bamboo Scaffolding Safety and jointly formulating new Guidance Notes on Safety and Health of Hand-dug Tunnelling Work with the industry;

(4) reviewing penalties of Occupational Safety and Health legislation in order to increase the deterrent effect and therefore further enhancing protection to workers; and

(5) strengthening promotion of existing complaint channels to construction workers to help improve their working environment.

     Mr Leung added that the LD’s efforts alone will not suffice to improve occupational safety and health. Other stakeholders, including project proponents, contractors, sub-contractors, employers and employees should shoulder their responsibilities. Employers should provide employees with a safe and healthy working environment, while employees should cooperate with employers to observe the measures set out to protect the safety and health of themselves and other workers.

     Inaugurated in 1999, the award scheme has its 19th anniversary this year.  Participation has been enthusiastic, and the competition has attracted a total of 164 construction sites, 70 sub-contractors and 118 safety teams this year. Apart from the award presentation, a Fun Day was also held today in the same venue of MacPherson Stadium in Mong Kok to promote the message of occupational safety and health to the industry and the general public.

     The Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme is co-organised by the LD, the Occupational Safety and Health Council, the Development Bureau, the Hong Kong Housing Authority, the Occupational Deafness Compensation Board, the Construction Industry Council, the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund Board, the Hong Kong Housing Society, the Hong Kong Construction Association, the Hong Kong General Building Contractors Association, the Hong Kong Construction Sub-Contractors Association, the Hong Kong Federation of Electrical and Mechanical Contractors Limited, the Minor Works Contractor Association, the Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies, the Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union and the Federation of Hong Kong Electrical and Mechanical Industries Trade Unions.

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Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund 31st Awards Presentation Ceremony held today

The following is issued on behalf of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency:

     More than 800 students, two apprentices and five working adults were presented with scholarships and awards at the 31st Awards Presentation Ceremony of the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund (SEYMF) at Hong Kong City Hall today (March 18).

     Officiating at the ceremony were Lady Youde; the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Ma Ching-cheng; the Chairman of the SEYMF Council, Professor Richard Ho, and other members of the Board of Trustees and the Council.

     Speaking at the ceremony, Lady Youde said, “Our Fund is very aware that the sustainable development of Hong Kong is heavily dependent on the support of well-educated young people with a wide range of first class professional skills. Over these past 31 years, the Fund has concentrated its efforts on encouraging and supporting them in their endeavours, and to this end has disbursed more than 250 million dollars to over 770 000 people through a wide variety of awards and sponsored activities.”

     Since its inception, the SEYMF has supported over 25 100 Hong Kong students under its major schemes. Over 2 700 scholars and fellows have completed their studies and are now working in Hong Kong in different sectors, contributing to the well-being and development of society.

     In the 2017/18 academic year, the Fund disbursed $3.05 million. Presented this year were five fellowships for postgraduate students ($50,000 each); 11 scholarships for undergraduate students ($40,000 each); two scholarships for disabled undergraduate students ($40,000 each); six medals for students who obtained outstanding results in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination ($5,000 each); 789 prizes for senior secondary school students and 12 prizes for students of the Vocational Training Council ($800 each); two awards for outstanding apprentices ($5,000 each); and five awards for working adults who underwent retraining and successfully applied what they learned in their new positions ($5,000 each).

     The six students who were awarded the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Medals for obtaining outstanding results in the 2017 HKDSE Examination are:
(1) Mr Choy Wai-chak of Queen’s College;
(2) Miss Sze Yik-yan of Belilios Public School;
(3) Miss Tang Wai-chi of St Paul’s Co-educational College;
(4) Miss Chan Wing-yuet of St Paul’s Co-educational College;
(5) Mr Kwong Hing-tim of St Joseph’s College; and

(6) Miss Lydia Mak Ho-yi of Good Hope School.

     The two apprentices, nominated by the Director of Apprenticeship, who obtained the Outstanding Apprentice Awards are:
(1) Mr Lau Ka-shing, who attained a Higher Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and is currently an assistant licensed aircraft maintenance engineer; and
(2) Mr Poon Chun-kit, who attained a Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering and is currently an electrical engineering technician.

     The five working adults, nominated by the Employees Retraining Board and the Construction Industry Council, who obtained the Awards for Self-Improvement for Working Adults, are:
(1) Mr Chan Kwok-fai, who completed a Certificate in Health Worker Training and is currently a health worker;
(2) Ms Cheung Chun-tai, who served as a gardener after completing a Foundation Certificate in Florist and Floriculture Assistant Training;
(3) Mr Ho Wai-him, who completed a Certificate in TTA Creative Industries (Graphic Design) and is currently a project illustrator;
(4) Mr Li Zhichao, who completed a full-time adult short course in Structural Steel Welding (Civil Engineering and Building Construction) and is currently a welding inspector; and
(5) Ms Zhang Qiong, who completed a Foundation Certificate in Junior Beautician Training and is currently a senior beautician.

     In 2017/18, the Fund continued to provide an annual sponsorship of $600,000 towards the Young Friends of the Hong Kong Arts Festival to increase the exposure of secondary school and tertiary students to the performing arts. This year, about 6 500 students became members of the Young Friends and around 18 000 students participated in various programmes and activities under this scheme.

SCED to lead business and professional delegation to visit Cambodia and Vietnam

     The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward Yau, will lead a 48-strong delegation comprising businessmen and professionals to visit Cambodia and Vietnam from March 19 to 23.

     The trade and professional mission aims to enhance bilateral relations with and expand business networks at the two countries, and to identify and explore opportunities brought by the Belt and Road Initiative. Both Cambodia and Vietnam are emerging markets in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, one of the fastest-growing regions in the world.
     “The mission is the first of its kind to Southeast Asia since we signed a free trade agreement (FTA) and a related investment agreement with ASEAN. It will enable our delegation, comprising entrepreneurs and professionals from sectors including commerce and industry, accounting and finance, legal and dispute resolution services, startups and others, to showcase our strengths, get first-hand information on the local business environment and open up collaboration opportunities,” Mr Yau said. 

     The delegation will first visit Phnom Penh in Cambodia on March 19 and 20 and then proceed to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam from March 21 to 23. They will meet with local business leaders and representatives of government authorities overseeing industry, investment and trade promotion, in addition to visiting local factories and industrial parks.

     The HKSAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will co-organise business luncheon seminars with the Hong Kong Business Association of Cambodia in Phnom Penh and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ho Chi Minh City respectively. Mr Yau will deliver keynote speeches and the delegates will be able to have exchanges with local business sectors.

     In Cambodia and Vietnam, Mr Yau will also take the opportunity to meet with local government officials and the Chinese Ambassadors to deepen relationships with both countries at government level.

     Mr Yau will return to Hong Kong in the evening on March 23. The Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Dr Bernard Chan, will be the Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development during Mr Yau’s absence.