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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

Technopole eco impact report issued

An environmental impact assessment (EIA) report relating to the San Tin Technopole is available for the public to review from today until March 2, the Government has announced.


The Government highlighted that although some 240 hectares of the proposed development area for the San Tin Technopole are located within the Wetland Conservation Area and the Wetland Buffer Area, over 60% of the land is on brownfield sites, filled fishponds and previously developed sites such as boundary control points. It outlined that the remaining areas comprise about 90 hectares of fishponds, half of which are abandoned or inactive with regard to producing fish.


The EIA report proposes measures to mitigate potential impacts on the area’s ecology and habitats, and outlines a holistic wetland compensation strategy to recoup the loss of wetland functions arising from the development.


One proposed mitigation measure involves setting up the Sam Po Shue Wetland Conservation Park, which is intended to enhance the overall ecological value, biodiversity and connectivity of the Deep Bay area, enabling the coexistence of development and conservation. Together with the establishment of a Fisheries Research Centre in the technopole, modernised aquaculture will be promoted to enhance fisheries.


Separately, a public engagement report and a revised recommended outline development plan for the land use proposal in relation to the San Tin Technopole were also issued today.


Overall, members of the public welcomed the land use proposal. Taking into account the views gathered, the Government refined the recommended outline development plan.


Statutory town planning and other procedures for the San Tin Technopole project will commence progressively this year, the Government added.

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