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CE hosts seminar on ‘two sessions’

Chief Executive John Lee today held a seminar on learning the spirit of the "two sessions" - the second session of the 14th National People's Congress and the second session of the 14th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee.   The seminar was aimed at enabling the participants to have a deeper understanding of the essence of the "two sessions" and its significance to Hong Kong's development.   Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Director Zheng Yanxiong shared his views at the seminar.   Mr Zheng pointed out that the Hong Kong SAR has to grasp the spirit of the "two sessions" focusing on seven aspects - the important speech of General Secretary Xi Jinping; the significant achievements of the country on all fronts over the past year; the determination and confidence in national economic and social development; the tenet that high-quality d

Govt responds to claw machine ruling

The Department of Justice will consider appropriate follow-up action for court rulings on cases concerning the operation of two claw machine venues that do not require a places of public entertainment licence (PPEL).                In a statement, the Government today said that places installed with mechanical devices known as "claw machines" involving amusements with prizes which draw crowds and the operators concerned have the right to control public admission.   Generally speaking, these places come under the Places of Public Entertainment Ordinance licensing requirement and therefore the relevant operators have all along been applying for a PPEL from the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD).   The statement noted that the relevant policy and licensing requirement have been effective and will continue to apply to all places of public entertainment. The FEHD will continue its enforcement actions against unlicensed places of public entertainment to ensure public safety and order at these places.   For the organisation of any public entertainment events/activities including those specified under the Places of Public Entertainment Ordinance at any places (except those specified under the Places of Public Entertainment (Exemption) Order), and provided that the relevant operator has the right to control public access to the premises, the organiser must apply for a PPEL in accordance with the ordinance regardless of whether the general public is admitted with payment.
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