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Property sales dip 27.5%

The Land Registry recorded 3,189 sale and purchase agreements for all building units received for registration in February, down 27.5% compared with January and 46.7% lower year-on-year.   The total consideration for such agreements in February fell 32.9% from January, to $22.6 billion, while a 48.5% year-on-year decrease was recorded.   Of the agreements, 2,375 were for residential units, down 31.7% from January and 44.5% lower than a year ago.   The total consideration for residential units was $19.1 billion, a decrease of 31.3% compared with January and down 47.9% year-on-year.   There were 276,910 land register searches last month. http://dlvr.it/T3ZqYl

Tuen Mun centre for minorities opens

The Home Affairs Department announced that a new support service centre for ethnic minorities in Tuen Mun commenced operation today.   The department explained that the ONE Support Service Centre for Ethnic Minorities, operating under its funding grant, will provide a wide range of support services for ethnic minorities to enable their early integration into the community.    Such services include Cantonese and English language classes, after-school tutorial classes, dedicated programmes for ethnic minority youths, orientation and familiarisation programmes for newly arrived ethnic minorities, as well as integration activities, counselling and referral services.   The centre will also provide other services to help ethnic minorities in accessing public services, including Internet access and distribution of multilingual service guidebooks and leaflets on services provided by the Government and non-profit-making organisations.   The centre is located on the first floor of Esplanade Place at 101 Yip Wong Road and has a floor area of about 415 sq m. Except for public holidays, the centre operates six days a week from 9am to 9pm and closes on Tuesdays.   The new Tuen Mun centre will be jointly operated by the Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service and the New Home Association.   The SHINE Support Service Centre for Ethnic Minorities in Tuen Mun ceased operation today.
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