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38 teachers commended

Acting Chief Executive Paul Chan presented the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence to 15 teachers at the Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre today.   Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung presented the Certificate of Merit to 23 teachers.   Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Chan expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the awarded teachers and thanked them for their dedicated efforts in education.   He encouraged teachers to actively participate in exchange activities with the Mainland and explained that through observation and exchanges, they could explore ways to improve teaching professionalism with outstanding senior teachers on the Mainland.   They can also use these opportunities to strengthen their understanding of the country’s politics, economy, society, history and culture, and then share their knowledge gained with colleagues and students, Mr Chan added.   There was a total of 121 and 104 nominations for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 awards.  

Travel bubble talks halted

Hong Kong and Singapore have decided not to pursue further discussions on the bilateral Air Travel Bubble after taking into account the differences in the anti-epidemic strategies currently adopted by both sides.   The two governments announced the decision today, saying that they will continue to facilitate movements of travellers between both places under their respective border control measures.   The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government noted that the discussions on the travel bubble, which began in the second half of 2020, had gone through a long period of evolvement of the COVID-19 epidemic situation.   The discussions were all along premised upon similar anti-epidemic strategies adopted by the two places, aiming to reduce local caseloads to a minimum.   However, Singapore has now moved towards a new strategy of building a "COVID-resilient" nation and therefore the basic premises that underpin the travel bubble have changed.   For example, the seven-day moving average of unlinked local cases, which is the criterion for suspending and resuming the travel bubble as per the agreed framework, may not be kept consistently at the required level in Singapore as a result of its new strategy.   The Hong Kong SAR Government stressed that Hong Kong and Singapore remained committed to facilitating connectivity between both places and would continue to maintain dialogue as well as share experiences.   It also welcomed Singapore's announcement to unilaterally allow entry of travellers from Hong Kong into Singapore quarantine-free from August 20, adding that it is a step forward in resuming cross-border travel between the two regional aviation hubs and international cities.   For travellers coming to Hong Kong from Singapore, including both Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents, they may refer to the arrangements for inbound travellers from Group B specified places.
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