High Tide (November 15th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Govt issues travel alert on France as public holds vigil; CS hails ‘unprecedented’ pre-school services pilot scheme.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

Government issues travel alert on France after Paris attacks, public hold candlelight vigil
– The Government issued an amber Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) on France and advised against non-essential travel to Paris and the Ile de France area, following terrorist attacks which killed at least 129 people
– A vigil was held yesterday night at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, joined by the city’s French community and French Consul General Eric Berti
– All consular-supported event next week will start with a one-minute silence

Chief Secretary hails “unprecedented” pilot scheme on pre-school services for children with special needs
– Chief Secretary Carrie Lam officiated the launching of the Pilot Scheme on On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services
– About 6,000 children are currently wait-listing for subvented pre-school rehabilitation services and the average waiting time ranges from 13 to more than 19 months
– Lam said the pilot scheme “is unprecedented” in terms of its scale and format, with an allocation of HKD420m to provide over 2 900 training places covering more than 450 schools
– The 16 NGOs running the pilot scheme will commence services between this month and January 2016

John Tsang meets Turkish officials ahead of G20 summit

– Financial Secretary John Tsang met with Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey Erdem Başçi and Minister of Finance of Turkey Mehmet Şimşek in separate meetings in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit
– Tsang will depart for Bucharest, Romania, for a two-day visit on November 17

Politics (General)

Lingnan University official resigns amid plagiarism allegations
– Lingnan University associate vice president and comptroller Herdip Singhresigned (ch) following an accusation of plagiarism concerning his doctoral thesis
– The university ended its investigation and deputy comptroller Ian Woo Chun-tung was named acting comptroller until further notice
– Meanwhile, the university stated it had no power to probe into Lifelong College, which reportedly offered fast-track degrees, as the two were essentially separate institutions

Son of disappeared bookstore owner considers scrapping banned books business
– The son of a disappeared bookstore manager (ch) said he was considering stop selling books that are highly critical of Chinese leadership as police started investigation into the case
– The bookstore, Sage Bookstore, had earned itself a reputation among mainland tourists for selling banned books in the mainland
– Four publishers, including the bookstore manager, all disappeared in mid October and no information about them was available since then
– Pundits suggested that they were detained by mainland authorities