Missing man in Wong Tai Sin located

     A man who went missing in Wong Tai Sin has been located.

     Tam Sui-kwong, aged 62, went missing after he left his residence in Tsz Lok Estate on February 10 afternoon. His family made a report to Police on February 13.

     The man was located at Kowloon Hospital this afternoon (February 21). He sustained no injuries and no suspicious circumstances were detected.

Hong Kong Customs combats unfair trade practices at renovation trader

     Hong Kong Customs today (February 21) arrested a male renovation consultant suspected of having applied false trade descriptions to the home renovation services supplied, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

     Customs earlier received information alleging that a renovation consultant made a false claim to a customer that the renovation work could be completed within a specific period of time.

     After investigation, Customs officers today arrested a 36-year old man. 

     Investigation is ongoing and the arrested man has been released on bail pending further investigation.

     Customs reminds traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and consumers to procure services at reputable shops.

     Under the TDO, any trader who applies false trade descriptions to a service supplied to a consumer commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

     Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to the Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Minister Ross Announces New Measures to Reduce Burden on Returning Emigrants

Wednesday 21 February 2018

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Shane Ross TD, has today announced that he will be introducing new measures to reduce the burden of obtaining an Irish driving licence for returning emigrants, as well as others taking up residence in the country.

Currently, people who take up residence in Ireland and are holders of a full driving licence which is not exchangeable for an Irish one must go through the full driver learning process, including a mandatory 12 Essential Driver Training (EDT) lessons.  This has created difficulties for returning emigrants in terms of both time and cost.

Speaking to today, Minister Ross said ‘As Minister, I have a responsibility for public safety, and it is right that we should have tests to make sure that the people we licence to drive on our roads are qualified to do so. At the same time, many experienced drivers are currently made to go through a whole range of mandatory lessons before taking the Irish driving test when it is clear that this is not necessary.  I do believe that a number of lessons will help people adjust to specifically Irish rules and make it easier for them to pass the test, but making them go through a complete 12-lesson programme designed for beginners does not make sense.’

Under the new measures, people who take up residence in Ireland and hold a full driving licence which is not exchangeable for an Irish licence will now be required to take 6 rather than 12 lessons before taking the test. This will significantly reduce the time and cost to the individuals.

At the same time it will maintain standards of public safety. Drivers in this situation will still have to prove their qualifications by passing an Irish driving test. 

The Minister added: ‘I am sure some will ask why I did not remove the requirement to take any lessons in these cases.  This was an option I considered, but the evidence shows that taking some lessons will be very useful preparation and improve people’s chances of passing the tests first time. We also have to remember that people who have very safe driving records overseas may not be familiar with Irish rules, and taking some lessons will help them to adjust.’

Press Office, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, 01 604 1090 / 01 604 1093 www.dttas.ie pressoffice@dttas.ie

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STH visits Wan Chai (with photos)

     The Secretary for Transport and Housing, Mr Frank Chan Fan, visited Wan Chai this afternoon (February 21) to update himself on the latest progress of transport infrastructure projects and community services in the district.

     Accompanied by the Chairman of the Wan Chai District Council (WCDC), Mr Stephen Ng, and the District Officer (Wan Chai), Mr Rick Chan, Mr Chan observed construction work on two major transport infrastructures in Wan Chai, namely the Central-Wan Chai Bypass and the Shatin to Central Link (SCL). He was briefed by the Deputy Project Manager/Major Works of the Highways Department, Mr Ng Wai-keung, and the General Manager – SCL of the MTR Corporation Limited, Mr TM Lee, on the works progress.

     Afterwards, Mr Chan visited the St James’ Settlement Kin Chi Dementia Care Support Service Centre (Wan Chai) to learn about the facilities and services for the elderly in the district. He chatted with elderly people there to better understand their daily life and wished them good health.

     To conclude his district visit, Mr Chan met with members of the WCDC to listen to their views on transport and housing issues.

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