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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

Public urged to keep venues clean

The Leisure & Cultural Services Department today appealed to the public to keep venues clean and be mindful of their safety while watching the Lunar New Year Fireworks Display on February 11, which will take place on the second day of the Lunar New Year.


In addition to advising people to exercise tolerance and patience, the department urged them to pay attention to crowd management measures and take heed of police instructions.


It added that people should take their belongings with them and not leave trash behind.


The department, together with the law enforcement teams of other relevant departments, will strengthen patrol at various venues where large crowds are expected. What’s more, measures will be stepped up to tackle littering, illegal hawking and vandalism.


Furthermore, since some parts of the green lawns, passageways and viewing platforms of Tamar Park and the Central & Western District Promenade - Central Section have been temporarily closed in preparation for “teamLab: Continuous”, a large-scale outdoor art installation exhibition scheduled to be launched in March, the department said citizens may consider going to other places to avoid overcrowding.

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