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News Article | March 3, 2017

HONG KONG, March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nineteen exemplary Hong Kong secondary school students have been acclaimed by the Student of the Year Awards, the most prestigious secondary school event in Hong Kong and organised by the South China Morning Post. The students received the honours at the awards presentation ceremony on Saturday (25 Feb), which was graced by the Guest of Honour, the Honourable Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, Secretary for Justice, HKSAR. Solely sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club for the fourth consecutive year, the Student of the Year Awards conferred the accolades on the students in recognition of their achievements in academic subjects, linguistics, sports, performing and visual arts, science and mathematics, as well as contribution to community service. The scope of the Awards was expanded this year with two new awards -- "Best Devotion to School" and "Best Improvement". The winning students went through several rounds of stringent group discussions, auditions, interviews and other forms of assessment adjudicated by a number of subject experts. Over 650 nominated students from Form 4-6 / Grade 10-12, recommended and endorsed by their principals and teachers from over 150 schools in Hong Kong, vied for the top Student of the Year Awards glories. In addition to the judging panels, the Awards also received guidance from the Advisory Board which consisted of the following Hong Kong leaders - the Hon. Bernard Charnwut Chan, Hong Kong Deputy of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China and Member of the Hong Kong Government's Executive Council; Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Mr. Lau Ming-wai, Chairman of Commission on Youth; Mr. Gary Liu, CEO of South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd and Dr. Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group. The Awards are also indebted to the support extended by the Education Bureau. "The South China Morning Post continues to be proud of the small part we play each year in discovering, encouraging, and celebrating Hong Kong's outstanding young talent, and the enviable future of this city," remarked Mr. Gary Liu, SCMP CEO, at the awards presentation ceremony. "I sincerely congratulate the winners and nominees of this year's Student of The Year awards. They have shown a drive to excel and a tenacity for success. But most importantly, they have shown us the 'humanity in achievement'." Mr. Liu encouraged students to be continuously mindful of making the world a better place through their achievements. Ms. Scarlette Leung, Executive Director, Corporate Planning, Communications and Membership, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, addressed the students at the ceremony, "The Student of the Year Awards are about much more than winning honours. They are about passion for excellence - about students improving both themselves and their community. Youth has always been a high priority for the Jockey Club and we have launched many initiatives to support their development. We want to help young people become stronger in mind and spirit, to better themselves, and to encourage them to contribute towards the betterment of the community. So to every young person I would say - explore your passion for excellence, engage with your potential, be mindful of the needs of others, and always seek to be the best that you can be." The Guest of Honour, the Hon. Rimsky Yuen shared his thoughts on education at the ceremony, "Knowledge and academic excellence are very important, but quality education is not just about the pursuit of knowledge or just about the attainment of academic excellence. Quality education is also about character building, integrity, intellectual honesty, a sense of justice and also a positive attitude towards life and towards others around us." Belinda Ng Tian-wing, a Grade 12 student at South Island School, was named Student of the Year -- Grand Prize and received a HK$25,000 scholarship. Winners of the Visual Arts, Linguists, Community Contributor, Sportsperson, Performing Arts, Scientist & Mathematician categories were each awarded a HK$10,000 scholarship. First and second runners-up were presented scholarships of various values. Each of the 10 winners in the Best Improvement and Best Devotion categories received a HK$5,000 scholarship. The winners of the Student of the Year Awards 2016 are: South China Morning Post Publishers Limited is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. 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Wong A.S.Y.,Racing Laboratory | Ho E.N.M.,Racing Laboratory | Wan T.S.M.,Racing Laboratory | Lam K.K.H.,The Hong Kong Jockey Club | Stewart B.D.,The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Journal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences | Year: 2015

Bisphosphonates are used in the management of skeletal disorder in humans and horses, with tiludronic acid being the first licensed veterinary medicine in the treatment of lameness associated with degenerative joint disease. Bisphosphonates are prohibited in horseracing according to Article 6 of the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities). In order to control the use of bisphosphonates in equine sports, an effective method to detect the use of bisphosphonates is required. Bisphosphonates are difficult-to-detect drugs due to their hydrophilic properties. The complexity of equine matrices also added to their extraction difficulties. This study describes a method for the simultaneous detection of five bisphosphonates, namely alendronic acid, clodronic acid, ibandronic acid, risedronic acid and tiludronic acid, in equine urine and plasma. Bisphosphonates were first isolated from the sample matrices by solid-phase extractions, followed by methylation with trimethylsilyldiazomethane prior to liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry analysis using selective reaction monitoring in the positive electrospray ionization mode. The five bisphosphonates could be detected at low ppb levels in 0.5. mL equine plasma or urine with acceptable precision, fast instrumental turnaround time, and negligible matrix interferences. The method has also been applied to the excretion study of tiludronic acid in plasma and urine collected from a horse having been administered a single dose of tiludronic acid. The applicability and effectiveness of the method was demonstrated by the successful detection and confirmation of the presence of tiludronic acid in an overseas equine urine sample. To our knowledge, this is the first reported method in the successful screening and confirmation of five amino- and non-amino bisphosphonates in equine biological samples. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

Ho E.N.M.,Racing Laboratory | Chan G.H.M.,Racing Laboratory | Wan T.S.M.,Racing Laboratory | Curl P.,The Hong Kong Jockey Club | And 3 more authors.
Drug Testing and Analysis | Year: 2015

Cobalt is a well-established inducer of hypoxia-like responses, which can cause gene modulation at the hypoxia inducible factor pathway to induce erythropoietin transcription. Cobalt salts are orally active, inexpensive, and easily accessible. It is an attractive blood doping agent for enhancing aerobic performance. Indeed, recent intelligence and investigations have confirmed cobalt was being abused in equine sports. In this paper, population surveys of total cobalt in raceday samples were conducted using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Urinary threshold of 75ng/mL and plasma threshold of 2ng/mL could be proposed for the control of cobalt misuse in raceday or in-competition samples. Results from administration trials with cobalt-containing supplements showed that common supplements could elevate urinary and plasma cobalt levels above the proposed thresholds within 24h of administration. It would therefore be necessary to ban the use of cobalt-containing supplements on raceday as well as on the day before racing in order to implement and enforce the proposed thresholds. Since the abuse with huge quantities of cobalt salts can be done during training while the use of legitimate cobalt-containing supplements are also allowed, different urinary and plasma cobalt thresholds would be required to control cobalt abuse in non-raceday or out-of-competition samples. This could be achieved by setting the thresholds above the maximum urinary and plasma cobalt concentrations observed or anticipated from the normal use of legitimate cobalt-containing supplements. Urinary threshold of 2000ng/mL and plasma threshold of 10ng/mL were thus proposed for the control of cobalt abuse in non-raceday or out-of-competition samples. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

PubMed | Racing Laboratory and The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Type: | Journal: The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology | Year: 2015

Androsta-1,4,6-triene-3,17-dione (ATD) is an irreversible steroidal aromatase inhibitor and is marketed as a supplement. It has been reported to effectively reduce estrogen biosynthesis and significantly increase the levels of endogenous steroids such as dihydrotestosterone and testosterone in human. ATD abuses have been reported in human sports. Its metabolism in human has been studied, and the in vitro metabolic study of ATD in horses has been reported, however, little is known about its biotransformation and elimination in horses. This paper describes the in vitro and in vivo metabolism studies of ATD in horses, with an objective of identifying the target metabolites with the longest detection time for controlling ATD abuse. In vitro metabolism studies of ATD were performed using homogenized horse liver. ATD was found to be extensively metabolized, and its metabolites could not be easily characterized by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) due to insufficient sensitivity. Liquid chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry (LC/HRMS) was therefore employed for the identification of in vitro metabolites. The major biotransformations observed were combinations of reduction of the olefin groups and/or the keto group at either C3 or C17 position. In addition, mono-hydroxylation in the D-ring was observed along with reduction of the olefin groups and/or the keto group at C17 position. Fourteen in vitro metabolites, including two epimers of androsta-1,4,6-trien-17-ol-3-one (M1a, M1b), androsta-4,6-diene-3,17-dione (M2), boldione (M3), androsta-4,6-diene-17-ol-3-one (M4), androsta-4,6-diene-3-ol-17-one (M5), boldenone and epi-boldenone (M6a, M6b), four stereoisomers of hydroxylated androsta-1,4,6-trien-17-ol-3-one (M7a to M7d), and two epimers of androsta-1,4-diene-16,17-diol (M8a, M8b), were identified. The identities of all metabolites, except M1a, M5, M7a to M7d, were confirmed by matching with authentic reference standards using LC/HRMS. For the in vivo metabolism studies, two thoroughbred geldings were each administered with 800 mg of ATD by stomach tubing. ATD, and twelve out of the fourteen in vitro metabolites, including M1a, M1b, M2, M4, M5, M6, M7a to M7d, M8a and M8b, were detected in post-administration urine. Two additional urinary metabolites, namely stereoisomers of hydroxylated androsta-4,6-dien-17-ol-3-one (M9a, M9b), were tentatively identified by mass spectral interpretation. Elevated level of testosterone was also observed. In post-administration blood samples, only the parent drug, M1b and M2 were identified. This study showed that the detection of ATD administration would be best achieved by either monitoring the metabolites M1b (androsta-1,4,6-trien-17-ol-3-one) or M4 (both excreted as sulfate conjugates) in urine, which could be detected for up to a maximum of 77 h post-administration. The analyte of choice for plasma is M1b, which could be detected for up to 28 h post administration.

PubMed | Racing Laboratory and The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Type: | Journal: Drug testing and analysis | Year: 2017

Lithium salts are commonly prescribed to treat bipolar disorder in humans. They are effective for the treatment of acute mania and the prophylaxis of manic relapses through long-term use. Although there is no reported legitimate therapeutic use of lithium in horses, its potential mood stabilizing effect, low cost and being readily available make lithium salt a potential agent of abuse in equine sports, especially for equestrian competition horses. Lithium can be found in soil, plants and water, as such it is naturally present in the equine body, thus a threshold is necessary to control its misuse in horses. This paper describes the validation of quantification methods for lithium in equine urine and plasma using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Based on a population study of lithium in horse urine and an administration study using a single oral dose of lithium chloride (100mg) to mimic the daily lithium intake from a diet rich in lithium, a urinary threshold of 5g/mL was proposed. Applying this urinary threshold to two other administration studies (a single oral dose of 65g of lithium chloride, and a single intravenous dose of 2.54g of lithium chloride), excessive lithium in urine could be detected for 8days and 2.5days respectively. The concentrations of lithium in plasma following these three lithium chloride administration trials were also studied. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) kicked off its second International Heritage Conservation Conference today at the premises of The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Officiated by Mr Clement Lau FRICS, Chair of RICS Hong Kong, Mr Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment of Hong Kong SAR Government, Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, GBS, JP, Chief Executive Officer, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Mr Chris Brooke FRICS, Senior Vice President of RICS, Prof Daniel Ho FRICS, Chair of Organising Committee, and Mrs Edith Chan, Managing Director of RICS East Asia, the Conference gathered more than 200 industry professionals, business leaders, operators and government representatives to explore the social and economic benefits of built heritage conservation. The Conference brought together leaders involved in planning, policy setting, preservation and the operation of built heritage properties to review revitalisation and adaptive reuse projects. Heritage conservation experts shared insights on planning policies to facilitate future projects in Hong Kong, and analysed adaptive reuse case studies including the former Central Police Station compound (Tai Kwun), Cangdong project in Kaiping, China, and the Crown Wine Cellars in Hong Kong. Participants of four breakout sessions explored conservation and planning policy, adaptive reuse design, economic feasibility, and operating heritage properties. Mr Clement Lau FRICS, Chair of RICS Hong Kong Board, said, “In an era of rapid urbanisation and population growth, where cities face complex redevelopment challenges, heritage conservation and adaptive reuse must be considered as primary solutions – not just alternatives – in the growth and transformation process.” Mr Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment of Hong Kong SAR Government, said, “Hong Kong's unique architecture not only enriches its history and development, but also dotted its city landscape and community. For this reason, the government introduced the heritage conservation policy in 2007. In response to the policy, we respect private property ownership and consider cost-effective economic incentives to encourage owners of buildings with heritage value to support the conservation programme.” Following the completion of the Conference, RICS will consolidate the discussions and suggestions made relating to the social and economic benefits of built heritage conservation for reference by built environment professionals. RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve. We accredit 125,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. Their expertise covers property, asset valuation, real estate management; the development of infrastructure; and the management of natural resources, such as mining, farms and woodland. From environmental assessments and building controls to negotiating land rights in an emerging economy; if our members are involved the same professional standards and ethics apply. We believe that standards underpin effective markets. With up to seventy per cent of the world’s wealth bound up in land and real estate, our sector is vital to economic development, helping to support stable, sustainable investment and growth around the globe. With offices covering the major political and financial centres of the world, our market presence means we are ideally placed to influence policy and embed professional standards. We work at a cross-governmental level, delivering international standards that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, for the benefit of all. We are proud of our reputation and work hard to protect it, so clients who work with an RICS professional can have confidence in the quality and ethics of the services they receive.

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