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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Intangible heritage scheme opens

The Leisure & Cultural Services Department is inviting applications for the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Funding Scheme until noon on January 18, 2024.


The funding scheme consists of two parts, namely Community-driven Projects 2023 and Partnership Projects 2023.


Community-driven projects must relate to items on the Representative List and the Inventory of the ICH of Hong Kong. For partnership projects, applications are invited across seven ICH categories, namely Research & Publication, ICH Domain, ICH Mobile Centre, ICH Everywhere, ICH Hub, ICH Creation, and Transmission & Training Programmes.


The department said the funding scheme aims to strengthen safeguarding, research, education and promotion with regard to local ICH items, and to aid the transmission of ICH.


By engaging the community in safeguarding ICH, the department also hopes the scheme will enhance public awareness and understanding of, and respect for, ICH.


Application information is available on the website of the ICH Office. Application forms and relevant documents can be submitted in person or via GovHK.


A session will be held at 3pm on December 15 at the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Museum of History in Tsim Sha Tsui to brief interested parties on the funding scheme and how to make applications to it. Registration for the session can be completed online.


Call 2267 1971 for enquiries.

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