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Starting work and planning for the future

Starting work and planning for the future

Starting your first job is exciting, especially when you get your first month's pay. It brings financial freedom and puts you in charge of your own money. It also gives you the chance to set financial goals and come up with a plan to achieve them.After starting your first job, it's natural to have an idea of how you want to be in five or 10 years. This could mean further studies, buying a property, getting married, or even starting your own business. No matter what the goal is, you will need money to realise it.Be realistic when setting goals. While short-term goals are often easy to reach, longer-term aims like getting married or buying a property can take years or even decades. The sooner you come up with a plan, the more time you have to save money to reach your goal.Your first short-term goal should be to save for an emergency cash fund. It should be enough to cover your expenses for six months. The Savings Goal Calculator on Investor and Financial Education Council website can help you estimate how much to save and for how long, in order to reach your goals. Make a monthly budgetAfter setting goals, it's time to manage your income and spending. Your first job probably won't be very well paid, but it's tempting to spend. Even so, it's much better to be careful and avoid living from paycheck to paycheck.Use the Money Tracker mobile app to set a monthly budget, record income and track expenses. It can also compare the budget you set with actual spending. This allows you to manage your money all the time, anywhere.Save before spendingIt's important to learn good saving habits while you are still young. The key is to always save before you spend. So, after getting your wage, put aside 10 to 20% as savings straight away. The rest can be spent as you wish. The sooner you start saving, the more money you will have due to the compound effect. This will boost your financial freedom.Most people have lots of things they want to buy but don't have enough money. Simply put: if you buy this, you can't buy that. It's important to know the difference between what you need and what you want. Think about what you will do with what you buy. Ask yourself: "Would it cause me any problem in the coming months if I don't buy it?" If the answer is no, it means you don’t really need it. More financial issues to think about 1. MPF managementThe Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) is a long-term saving and investment scheme for retirement, which both you and your employer put money into. When you start work, your employer has to enrol you for the MPF scheme within 60 days. The contribution is 5% of your income for both you and your employer. Good MPF management is important, as it will affect how much money you have when you retire.2. Repay student loansIf you have a student loan, put aside part of your salary to repay it. You can set up autopay so you pay on time. Student loans are from public money. Paying on time is your obligation and a social responsibility. Also, late payments will mean surcharges and interest. This could affect your credit history. You can use "SFO E-Link" to check your repayment schedule and history.3. Smart use of credit cardsWhen you first get a credit card it's tempting to spend money you haven't earned yet or buy things you can't afford. Apart from spending on necessities like meals and transport, young people also like to buy trendy clothes and gadgets. But it's best to buy what you need rather than spend too much. Do not fall into the "enjoy now, pay later" trap. Repay the full amount before it's due, as interest on a credit card can be more than 30%.4. Prepare to pay taxesHong Kong has a provisional tax system. When you receive a tax return you must report your income, deductions and claim allowances. For example, you can claim tax deductions on MPF contributions. The Inland Revenue will assess your tax for this year and the next, based on what you report. Therefore, tax is for the current year, while provisional tax is for the next year. As a result, the total amount for a tax bill could be very high. You should prepare by using the Salary Tax Calculator to work out the tax due on your wage, then save based on how much you need. (Information source: Investor and Financial Education Council)
Know more about the "Vaccine Pass"!

Know more about the "Vaccine Pass"!

The "Vaccine Pass" has taken effect from 24 February onward. To use the "Vaccine Pass", we should update the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app to the latest version and store our vaccination record or medical exemption certificates in it.  Venue operators should use the latest version of the "QR Code Verification Scanner" mobile app. What else should we pay attention to? Let's refer to the leaflets for details:   In addition to the leaflets, the Innovation and Technology Bureau (now retitled Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau) has also produced demo videos on the "Vaccine Pass". Watch now and know more! For Public For Venue Operators In the latest version of the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application, members of the public may store the electronic vaccination record, Medical Exemption Certificate and recovery record QR code at the same time and preset one of them as the default Vaccine Pass. Please refer to the "Vaccine Pass" thematic website and below videos for more details: Storage of Electronic Vaccination Record Storage of Recovery Record QR Code Source: Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau Facebook Fanpage
How do I choose an insurance policy that best suits my needs?

How do I choose an insurance policy that best suits my needs?

Insurance is a risk-transfer tool. An individual who takes out an insurance policy pays a premium to transfer the risk of a potential financial loss to an insurer. The larger the expected financial loss, the more important insurance is. To deal with unpredictable risks and to ensure financial security, it is better to take out appropriate insurance as early as possible. No one can predict the future. Without being insured, you may experience financial hardship in the event of an accident. But if you are insured before the accident, you will receive monetary compensation from the insurer to cover at least part of your costs. The earlier you take out an insurance policy, the sooner you are protected. How do I choose an insurance policy that best suits my needs?Changes in the stages of your life affect your risk exposure and responsibilities. To choose a policy that suits your needs, you should, in general, identify your protection needs and objectives according to your current life stage. You can use the online assessment tool developed by the Insurance Authority to find out whether your existing insurance coverage is adequate for your circumstances and forecast your insurance needs for the next 50 years. Which types of insurance do I need?Consider why you want to buy insurance and learn about the functions and features of the different insurance products so that you can choose the type that best suits your needs in different stages of your life. Here are some common insurance products for individuals:1. Life insurance2. Critical illness insurance3. Medical insurance (Group and individual medical insurance)4. Accident insurance 5. Annuity6. Fire insurance or home insurance7. Motor insurance 8. Travel insurance 9. Domestic helper insurance Should I purchase every type of insurance? Is more insurance always better?Everyone has their own path on their life journey with their particular circumstances and financial situation, so everyone has different insurance needs. Furthermore, some insurance products, like medical insurance, work on a reimbursement basis. You cannot claim more than the amount actually paid even if you are covered by a number of insurance policies or a policy with a huge sum insured. And the more policies you have and the higher the amount insured, the higher the premiums you will have to pay. Be sure you do not end up with financial problems because of taking out too many policies. Before choosing an insurance product that suits you in terms of coverage, sum insured, premium level and risk level, identify your protection needs according to your current life stage by making reference to one of the following situations: childhood and adolescence, young adulthood, mature adulthood, raising a family, pre-retirement. For more details, please visit the Insurance Authority’s thematic sitelet or its YouTube channel to watch the relevant video series (The information is abstracted from the Insurance Authority’s thematic sitelet)
How to dispose of old mobile phone safely?

How to dispose of old mobile phone safely?

You may have received a new mobile phone as a present. After excitingly transferring data to your new mobile, have you ever considered the following?Can 'Reset to factory settings' completely clear data in your phone?Using 'Low-level formatting' to erase data?Can a second-hand shop recover your deleted data? Any difference between clearing data on phones and computers?To avoid deleted data from being captured from a computer hard disk, people usually use low-level formatting, overwriting, degaussing and physical destruction. Regarding smartphones with a solid-state drive (SSD), clearing data by overwriting or degaussing may not be applicable or effective. There are low-level format tools designed for mobile phone hard disks, but they are rather difficult to use. How to delete all data on a mobile phone safely and with ease? Apple iOS UserRecommendations on the Apple official website:1. Sign out of iCloud, iTunes and App Store.2. If you are switching to a non-Apple phone, deregister iMessage.3. Tap “General” -> “Transfer or Reset [device]” > “Erase All Content and Settings”Android UserThe Android official website recommends resetting your phone to factory settings to remove all data from your phone.Is it that simple?Actually, newer iOS and Android models have the mobile phone storage area encrypted upon manufacturing to enhance data security. In other words, even if you take out the hard disk, you cannot directly read data on the phone without the encryption key. Therefore, even if low-level formatting is not performed, it does not necessarily mean deleted data can be recovered easily.DO remember to back up your phoneHowever, before resetting to factory settings or erasing content from your phone, remember to back up and ensure your phone has been encrypted to protect your data. (Source: Website of Cyber Defender)
Security risks of using free public Wi-Fi

Security risks of using free public Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is provided in public places such as government public facilities, shopping malls, hotels or restaurants for the public and customers to access the Internet. However, there are hidden cyber security risks when using public Wi-Fi.Security RisksWhen your mobile device is connected to a fake Wi-Fi hotspot created by hackers or one that is intruded by hackers, hackers can intercept messages and steal your personal data, account information and password, etc. They may also install malware in your devices.  Most routers and smartphones allow users to set whatever service set identifiers (SSID) they want, so it is difficult to distinguish official Wi-Fi hotspots with naked eyes.Which is the official free Wi-Fi? Hackers can fake any SSID (Wi-Fi hotspot name), so it is not easy to determine which Wi-Fi hotspot is really safe to use. Tips to keep you safe on free Wi-Fi- Verify the SSID with the Wi-Fi service providers- Do not connect to unencrypted Wi-Fi hotspots- Do not transmit sensitive information or use online banking services over a public network- Install firewall, anti-virus and anti-malware in mobile devices- Keep the system and applications in mobile devices up-to-date- Remove the Wi-Fi access point after use and turn off auto-connect to Wi-Fi networks or hotspots (The video is in Cantonese) (Source:Website of Cyber Defender)
Online Services - Register/Booking

Online Services - Register/Booking

Hong Kong Identity Card + Book Appointment for Hong Kong Smart Identity Passport + Application for HKSAR Passport Voter Registration + Online Registration + Change of Voter’s Particulars + Provision/Updating of E-mail Addresses from Registered Electors Leisure Link + Leisure Link Internet Booking Service + LCSD Patron Registration + Enquiring about Book Record, Booking Situation and/or Transaction Status Library Services + Search for Books+ Renew/My Account + eBooks Driving License + Applying for a Driving License + Applying for Driving Test for Non-Commercial Vehicles + Applying for Driving Test for Commercial Vehicles + Online Booking for Driving Tests + Online Application for Renewal of Full Driving License Vehicle License + Registration & Licensing of Vehicles + Personalised Vehicle Registration Marks Scheme + Online Application for Renewal of Vehicle License + Online Booking for Annual Vehicle Examination+ Online Application for a Certificate of Particulars of Motor Vehicle Book Appointment for Giving of Notice of Intended Marriage Open/Login eTAX Account  URBTIX  Government Bookstore Government Form Search *For more online public sevice, please visit GovHK website.
We can recycle e-waste

We can recycle e-waste

How would you handle idle home appliances? The Producer Responsibility Scheme on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WPRS) came into effect in 2018 indeed. Through the WPRS, relevant waste electrical and electronic equipment must be directed to licensed recycling facilities for proper treatment and recycling, turning waste into resources, thus offering a long term solution to potential land contamination and environmental problems arising from mishandling during transfer, storage and dismantling processes. In fact, there are at least five ways to handle unwanted electrical appliances. Statutory Free Removal ServiceThe WPRS provides a convenient recycling channel for the proper collection of used equipment requiring disposal. Upon purchase of a new REE item, including air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, computers, printers, scanners and monitors, members of the public are entitled to a statutory free removal service arranged by the seller to collect a used item of the same class. For details, please contact REE sellers, or click here to read more. Collection Hotline (2676 8888)Apart from the statutory free removal service, the Government also introduced a new and free collection service. Members of the public not purchasing a new REE item can make an appointment with the operator for the Government for a free collection service through the recycling hotline 2676 8888. This service will not only promote recycling, but it will also save members of the public the burden of disposing the used REE on their own or at a cost. Community Green Stations (CGSs)All CGSs accept waste electrical and electronic equipment for which will be transferred to suitable recyclers for handling.  Please click here for details of the CGSs.E-waste Collection VehicleThe e-waste collection vehicle stations in 18 districts at Saturdays and Sundays on a roster basis to collect e-waste from the public. There are also collection station, education and publicity activities to introduce the importance of proper e-waste recycling. Please click here for details.Donation ServiceWEEE·PARK refurbishes some serviceable electrical appliances for donation to people in need for reuse, promoting a loving and caring community while going green. Refurbished appliances available for donation include refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and televisions. Application should be made through referral by registered social worker. Please click here to download the application form.
Online Services - Hot Enquiry

Online Services - Hot Enquiry

1823 Online + Check Out the 1823 Top 10 Enquiries + Enquiry on Government Services + Suggestion on Government Services + Compliment on Government Services + Report/Complaint on Government ServicesReport/Complaint on Government Services Weather+ Latest Weather Conditions + 7-day Weather Forecast + Latest Weather in Different Parts of Hong Kong + UV Index Traffic Condition+ View Current Traffic Conditions + Traffic Speeds on Main Roads+ Special Traffic and Transport Arrangements Wi-Fi Facilities at Government Premises + Check out the Government IT resources that you can utilise at public libraries and non-government organisations + Search for locations with free Wi-Fi facilities provided by the Government Beach Water Quality + Latest beach gradings + Annual reports on beach water quality Routes and fares of public transport + Hong Kong eTransport: Search for suitable public transport route which suits your journey + Non-Franchised Bus Service in Hong Kong + Links to Public Transport Companies / Information Today's fund-raising activities + Approved Charitable Fund-raising Activities Air Quality Health Index + Current AQHIs and AQHI forecast + AQHIs for the past 24 hours + AQHI monthly summaries + Air pollution information from other countries Apply for Public Rental Housing + Check Application Status of Public Rental Housing Online + Evaluate Your Eligibility for Public Rental Housing Online Fraudulent Bank Websites, Phishing E-mails and Similar Scams+ Whenever authorized institutions (AIs) become aware of fraudulent websites, phishing e-mails or similar scams which are designed to trick their customers into revealing sensitive customer information, the press releases will be issued.
How does the weather affect running?

How does the weather affect running?

How does the weather during the day and at night affect running?  How does temperature affect relative humidity?  What things do we need to pay attention to before and after running?  Karen Cheng and Dr. Lobo H.T. Louie will explain these in this episode of "Cool Met Stuff".(The programme is broadcasted in Cantonese) (For more details, please click here to read the article written by Hong Kong Observatory) (Information provided by Hong Kong Observatory)

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No hurry! You may apply for some Gov Jobs all year round!

No hurry! You may apply for some Gov Jobs all year round!

The Government provides numerous job opportunities each year, many of which accepts application all year round. No recruitment deadlines are set for these job posts and interested candidates may submit their applications throughout the year. In June 2022, the below Government jobs are accepting applications all year round. Check them out if you are interested.  Civil Service Vacancies which accept all year round applications Job title: Correctional Services Department - Assistant Officer II Salary: HKD$21780 Per Month Academic Requirement: Secondary 5Details and Apply Job title: Customs and Excise Department - Customs OfficerSalary: HKD$23045 Per MonthAcademic Requirement: HKDSEE results/HKCEE resultsDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Dental HygienistSalary: HKD$17675 Per Month Academic Requirement: Associate Degree or Higher DiplomaDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Dental OfficerSalary: HKD$64270 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Medical and Health Officer Salary: HKD$70465 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Fire Services Department - Station Officer (Operational)  Salary: HKD$43745 Per Month Academic Requirement: Degree/Associate Degree or Higher Diploma/Diploma from a registered post-secondary college/HKDSEE results/HKALE results Details and Apply Job title: Hong Kong Police Force - Police ConstableSalary: HKD$26190 Per Month Academic Requirement: HKDSEE results/HKCEE resultsDetails and Apply Job title: Hong Kong Police Force - Police Inspector  Salary: HKD$47080 Per Month Academic Requirement: Degree/Associate Degree or Higher Diploma/Diploma from a registered post-secondary collegeDetails and Apply Job title: Immigration Department - Immigration Assistant Salary: HKD$22725 Per Month Academic Requirement: HKDSEE results/HKCEE resultsDetails and Apply Non-Civil Service Vacancies which accept all year round applications Job title: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department - Head of Diagnostic Services (Veterinary Pathology)Salary: HKD$126,220 Per Month  Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Dentist (Orthodontics)  Salary: HKD$85870 Per Month  Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Dentist (Oral Maxillofacial Surgery) Salary: HKD$64270 Per Month  Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract DoctorSalary: HKD$64270 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Doctor (Special Registration)Salary: HKD$64270 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Doctor (Families Clinic)  Salary: HKD$64270 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Doctor (Antimicrobial Resistance) Salary: HKD$64270 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Doctor (for COVID-19)        Salary: HKD$64270 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Doctor (without Full Registration)Salary: HKD$64270 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Doctor (without Full Registration) (Families Clinic) Salary: HKD$64270 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Doctor (without Full Registration) (Antimicrobial Resistance) Salary: HKD$64270 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Senior Doctor (Antimicrobial Resistance) Salary: HKD$126220 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Senior Doctor (Home Quarantine Taskforce) Salary: HKD$126220 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Senior Doctor (Private Healthcare Facilities) Salary: HKD$126220 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Contract Senior Doctor (Medical Post in Quarantine Centre)  Salary: HKD$126220 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Part-time Contract Doctor Salary: HKD$416 Per Hour Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Part-time Contract Doctor (Narcotics & Drug Administration Division) Salary: HKD$416 Per Hour Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Part-time Contract Doctor (for COVID-19)  Salary: HKD$416 Per Hour Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Research Officer (Public Health)Salary: HKD$40515 Per MonthAcademic Requirement: Master or Higher Degree/Post-graduate Diploma or Post-graduate CertificateDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Part-time Senior Clinician (Endodontics)Salary: HKD$718 per hourAcademic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Senior Clinician (Orthodontics) Salary: HKD$126220 Per Month Academic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title: Department of Health - Senior Clinician (Oral Maxillofacial Surgery)  Salary: HKD$718 per hourAcademic Requirement: Professional QualificationDetails and Apply Job title:  Education Bureau - Temporary Laboratory Technician IISalary: HKD$21,340 per monthAcademic Requirement: HKCEE results Job title:  Education Bureau - Temporary Teacher (Government Primary School)  Salary: HKD$35040 Per Month Academic Requirement: Degree/Teacher CertificateDetails and Apply Job title:  Education Bureau - Temporary Teacher (Government Secondary School)  Salary: HKD$31750 Per Month Academic Requirement: DegreeDetails and Apply Job title:  Education Bureau - Various posts in Government Secondary and Primary SchoolsSalary: HKD$13315 Per Month Academic Requirement: Degree/Associate Degree or Higher Diploma/Diploma or Higher Certificate/HKALE results/HKCEE results/Secondary 5/Secondary 4/Others : Completion of Primary 6 or aboveDetails and Apply Job title: Government Logistics Department - Binding Machine Operator  Salary: HKD$99.1 Per HourAcademic Requirement: Diploma or Higher Certificate/Certificate/Secondary 3 or below/Primary 6 or below/Others: satisfactorily completed an approved and relevant Printing Apprenticeship Scheme.Details and Apply Job title: Government Logistics Department - Printing LabourerSalary: HKD$64.2 per hourAcademic Requirement: Primary 6 or belowDetails and Apply   For other Governement Jobs vancancies, please visit "Government Vacancies" in Civil Service Bureau website。

Vocational Skills

What are the 4 restrictions during the probationary driving period?

What are the 4 restrictions during the probationary driving period?

Probationary driving licence holders are :1. Required to display "P" plate at the front and rear of the vehicle they are driving  (in the case of a private car or light goods vehicle, display of the “P” plate on the windscreens is also acceptable, but the “P” plate must be displayed on the left-hand side of the windscreens);Justification: For identification and enforcement purposes. Also help reminding other drivers to be cautious about and patient with the novice drivers.2. Not allowed to carry any passenger on the motor cycle or motor tricycle they are driving;Justification: Since novice drivers of motor cycles and motor tricycles are prone to accidents, it is reasonable not to allow them to carry any passenger (the vehicle control is different when carrying passengers).3. Not allowed to drive their vehicles at a speed in excess of 70 km/h, even if they are driving on roads with speed limit above 70 km/h; and Justification: It is not desirable for novice drivers to drive at a high speed which would incur greater accident risk.4. Not allowed to drive their vehicles on the offside lane of expressways where there are 3 or more traffic lanes. Justification: To accord with the maximum speed of 70 For more details, please visit the Transport Department website
First aid certificate courses recognised by the Government

First aid certificate courses recognised by the Government

First aid knowledge not only means the difference between life and death but also helps one determine the sequence and the priority of first-aid treatments during an emergency. First aid knowledge and skills promote safety awareness at home, at work, at play, on streets and highways. Having learnt first aid, a person is prepared to assist others wisely and is able to distinguish between what to do and what not to do.  Holders of a valid certificate in first aid issued from organisations like Hong Kong St. John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross or the Auxiliary Medical Service may enjoy an advantage in job hunting. Below are some first aid certificate courses recognised by the HKSAR Government. (Click here to know more about first aid) Hong Kong St. John Ambulance - "Certificate in First Aid" Course (Face-to-face mode) (FA)Course Content 1. Principles & Practice of First Aid; 2. Action at an Emergency; 3. The Structure and the Functions of the Body; 4. Dressings & Bandages; 5. Asphyxia; 6. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation for adult/and infant; 7. Management of Airway Obstruction in adult/and infant; 8. Wounds, Bleeding & Circulatory Failure; 9. Shock & Fainting; 10. Injuries to Bones; 11. Injuries to Muscles, Ligaments & Joints; 12. The Nervous System & Unconsciousness; 13. Burns & Scalds; 14. Poisoning; 15. Procedure at Road Accidents; 16. Handling & Transportation of Injured Person. Course Duration 30 hours (usually 3 hours/session/week for 10 sessions or 4/5 full days etc.) Medium of Instruction Cantonese / English (Chinese courses are held every two months and English courses are organised basing on the number of applicants.) Certificate Candidates attending less than 80% of the lectures will not be eligible for examination. Each candidate must be examined in the following subjects: Theory of First Aid/Bandaging Technique/Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. Candidates who passed the examination will be awarded the "Certificate in First Aid" which is recognised by the HKSAR Government and is valid for three years. For re-certification, candidates should take a refresher course/re-examination before the expiry of the certificate.For details and to apply please visit the website of Hong Kong St. John Ambulance. Hong Kong Red Cross - Standard First Aid Certificate Course (SFA) Course Content 1. Introduction of Red Cross Movement; 2. Principle of First Aid; 3. Patient Assessment; 4. Suffocation & Choking; 5. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation; 6. Burns & Scalds; 7. Unconsciousness; 8. Shock & Bleeding; 9. Wounds & Bandaging; 10. Trauma of Various Parts of Body; 11. Medical Emergencies; 12. Bone, Joint & Muscle Trauma; 13. Environmental Related Health Problems; 14. Introduction of Automated External Defibrillator; 15. Transporting Victim; 16. First Aid Equipments & Relevant Regulations. Course Duration 30 hours (extra 3 hours for examination) Medium of Instruction Cantonese, Putonghua or English Certificate Students should fulfil the following criteria in order to get the Standard First Aid Certificate which is recognised by the HKSAR Government with 3 years validity.- At least 80% attendance (counted by session)- Pass in both written and practical examinations Before the expiry date of the certificate or within 6 months after the expiry date of the certificate, participants can attend a Standard First Aid Certificate Refresher Course (SFAR) and pass the examinations to renew their certificates with 3 years validity.For details and to apply please visit the website of Hong Kong Red Cross. Occupational Safety and Health Council  - Certificate Of Competence Courses (AMS)Certificate of Competence in First Aid Course Content 1. Principles of First Aid and handling of accidents; 2. Asphyxia and resuscitation techniques; 3. Wounds and bleeding and their handling techniques; 4. Handling of casualties of dizziness, syncope and unconsciousness; 5. Injuries of the skeletal system; 6. Burns and scalds; 7. Handling techniques for other injuries; 8. Methods of transporting casualties. Course Duration 36 hours plus end-of-course examination Medium of Instruction Cantonese supplemented with Chinese notes Certificate Award of Certificate: At least 85% attendance and a pass in the end-of-course examination. Trainees will be provided a first aid certificate jointly issued by the Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Council (OSHC). This certificate is valid for three years.For details and to apply please visit the website of Occupational Safety and Health Council. The Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) (The AMS first aid training courses are organised for civil servants and such courses are designed to meet their operational needs. When training places are available, members of the public are also welcome to enrol on the courses for which a fee will be charged. However, due to the current long waiting list and waiting time for the training places, enrolment by members of the public shall be suspended until further notice. For details, please visit the website of AMS.)
Relaxation of Eligibility Requirements for Commercial Vehicle Driving Licences

Relaxation of Eligibility Requirements for Commercial Vehicle Driving Licences

To alleviate the shortage problem of commercial vehicle drivers and facilitate the supply of new blood for commercial vehicle trades, the Government has amended the relevant regulations to shorten the period required to hold a private car (PC) or light goods vehicle (LGV) full driving licence before a person may apply for a commercial vehicle driving licence. After implementation of the measures, for an applicant:(1) who has completed the one-year probationary driving period for a PC or LGV, he/she will be eligible to apply for a learner's or full driving licence to drive a commercial vehicle immediately upon obtaining a full driving licence for the corresponding vehicle type (i.e. PC or LGV), instead of having held the PC or LGV licence for at least two years; or (2) to whom such a probationary driving period for a PC or LGV is not applicable, he/she will be eligible to apply for a learner's or full driving licence to drive a commercial vehicle after having held a full driving licence for a PC or LGV for at least one year, instead of having held the PC or LGV licence for at least three years. Other eligibility requirements (such as aged 21 or above and not being convicted of any specified serious traffic offence) remain unchanged. For more details, please visit the Transport Department website
First aid and lifesaving certificates needed when applying for lifeguard

First aid and lifesaving certificates needed when applying for lifeguard

Apart from public swimming pools, gazetted beaches and water sports centres administered by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), quite many places like clubhouses in private properties, hotels and clubs also hire lifeguards at their swimming pools and water sports centres. Therefore the demands for lifeguards are always there. First Aid and LifesavingNormally, a Lifeguard Award and a First Aid Certificate are required when applying for a job as a lifeguard. Take the recruitment advertisement of Lifeguard on the website of LCSD as an example, the entry requirements are:Entry Requirements(a) completed Primary 6 education, or equivalent;(b) visual acuity of 6/60;(c) a valid Beach Lifeguard Award and Pool Lifeguard Award from The Hong Kong Life Saving Society;(d) a valid First Aid Certificate of the St John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross, or the Auxiliary Medical Service;(e) attained a level of proficiency in Chinese and English languages equivalent to Primary 6 standard; and(f) passed a trade test.This means, if you want to be one of the lifeguards in town, you will probably need to attain a Lifeguard Award and a First Aid Certificate. >>>For more information about the Beach Lifeguard Award and the Pool Lifeguard Award issued by The Hong Kong Life Saving Society, please visit the websites of The Hong Kong Life Saving Society.>>>For more information about the First Aid Certificate of the St John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross, or the Auxiliary Medical Service, please visit the story "First aid certificate courses recognised by the Government".
Things to know when you want a Driving License (Private Car and Light Goods Vehicle)

Things to know when you want a Driving License (Private Car and Light Goods Vehicle)

Basic Requirements- You have to be at least 18 years old.- You are physically fit to drive.- If you have any physical disabilities, you may have to attend the driving ability assessment before applying for a driving test.Taking a Driving TestDriving test requirements:1. Written test (Part A Test) - The questions of the Part A Written Test are based on the "Road Users' Code". Candidates need to be conversant with the code before taking the test.  2. Road test (Part B Test and Part C Test) - Driving observations for candidates: Preparation Before Moving Off; Driving Manoeuvres and Control of Speed; Judging Car Distance; Overtaking; Hazard Recognition; Roundabouts and Junctions; Traffic Signs / Traffic Lights and the Directions of Authorized; Traffic Controllers; Traffic Lanes; The Stopping Rule; Reversing and Parking Manoeuvres; Turnabout In A Narrow Road. Guide to Private Car and Light Goods Vehicle Driving Test.Learn to DriveNo matter which alternative you choose, make sure you receive sufficient training and possess basic driving skills and enough on-road experience before taking driving tests. For learner drivers without any driving experience, it is recommended at least 30 hours of driver training before taking the test.Learner drivers could receive driver training through one of the following ways:1. Government Designated Driving SchoolsClick here for information about Government Designated Driving Schools2. Private Driving InstructorsYou can also receive driver training from private driving instructors. A list of private driving instructors is posted at our Driving Test Appointment Office. Besides, the contact lists of Private Driving Instructors published by Transport Department can be viewed here. In addition, some private organisations together with private driving instructors set up private driving schools with various sizes. Such private driving schools would also organize driver training courses to public.Government designated driving schools, private driving instructors and private driving schools offer different kinds of driver training courses in the market. Learner drivers should consider the following before they decide to join any course:1. contents of the training courses2. restrictions on training courses with special offers3. prices of the courses and their total training hours4. reputation of the driving instructors or the driving schools5. advice and recommendations from friends and other driving licence holdersApply for a Driving LicenseOnce you have passed your driving tests, you can approach the Licensing Office of the Transport Department after 7 working days but not exceeding 3 years from the date of passing the driving test to apply for a probationary driving licence. You have to complete a mandatory 12-month probationary driving period before you can apply for a full driving licence.For more details, please visit the Guidebook for Driving License.
Things to know when you want a Driving License (Motor Cycle & Motor Tricycle)

Things to know when you want a Driving License (Motor Cycle & Motor Tricycle)

Basic Requirements- You have to be at least 18 years old.- You are physically fit to drive.- If you have any physical disabilities, you may have to attend the driving ability assessment before applying for a driving test.Taking a Driving Test 1. You should pass the written test (Part A Test) on the Road Users' Code, and have to enroll with a designated driving school for a mandatory training course for acquiring the basic knowledge and skills to manoeuvre a motor cycle, before taking the competence test (Part B Test).2. To apply for a motor cycle learner's driving licence within two years after passing the Competence Test (Part B Test). (If you have applied for motor cycle driving tests on or before 1 January 1990, you can obtain approval from the Transport Department for exemption of the competence test.)3. After passing the competence test (Part B Test), you can make a road test (Part C Test) appointment either by yourself or through a designated driving school.4. If you want to take a driving test, you have to apply for a driving test form in order to make a driving test appointment.For the basic requirements of the Test, and the protective helmet requirements, please refer to the Guide to Motor Cycle & Motor Tricycle Driving Test. If you are a repeater, you can make your appointment online. Learn to DriveNo matter which alternative you choose, make sure you receive sufficient training and possess basic driving skills and enough on-road experience before taking driving tests. For learner drivers without any driving experience, it is recommended at least 30 hours of driver training before taking the test.Learner drivers could receive driver training through one of the following ways:1. Government Designated Driving SchoolsClick here for information about Government Designated Driving Schools2. Private Driving InstructorsYou can also receive driver training from private driving instructors. A list of private driving instructors is posted at our Driving Test Appointment Office. Besides, the contact lists of Private Driving Instructors published by Transport Department can be viewed here. In addition, some private organisations together with private driving instructors set up private driving schools with various sizes. Such private driving schools would also organize driver training courses to public.Government designated driving schools, private driving instructors and private driving schools offer different kinds of driver training courses in the market. Learner drivers should consider the following before they decide to join any course:1. contents of the training courses2. restrictions on training courses with special offers3. prices of the courses and their total training hours4. reputation of the driving instructors or the driving schools5. advice and recommendations from friends and other driving licence holdersApply for a Driving LicenseOnce you have passed your driving tests, you can approach the Licensing Office of the Transport Department after 7 working days but not exceeding 3 years from the date of passing the driving test to apply for a probationary driving licence. You have to complete a mandatory 12-month probationary driving period before you can apply for a full driving licence.For more details, please visit the Guidebook for Driving License.

Emotional Health

Stay Strong to Fight the Virus

Stay Strong to Fight the Virus

The COVID-19 pandemic brings us different changes, such as school closures, reduction of social activities, and special arrangements of examinations, as well as different levels of stress.  Excessive stress may cause different negative emotions, such as fear, confusion, worry, anger and anxiety.  As such, it is very important to maintain our physical and mental health.  Physical Health Tips One of the keys to maintaining physical and mental health is exercising.  Physical exercise can enhance metabolism, prevent fat accumulation, and strengthen the immune system.  Endorphin would also be released by the body during the process to make people feel relaxed and happy. Recently, we might have reduced the time spent on outdoor activities to reduce the risk of infection.  Yet we can still do some simple exercises, such as standing, rope-skipping, and dancing, during the stay-at-home time. Follow the athletes below to do exercises together if you are interested! (The video is broadcasted in Cantonese) For more videos of exercise at home demonstrated by other athletes, please click this link. In addition, please pay attention to personal hygiene and safety of home environment. Do not forget to do some warm-up exercises to reduce the risk of injury. Mental Health Tips As you spend more time to stay at home, you might reduce your contact with friends, feel bored, and have different emotions.  The following four tips can be applied to strengthen your mental health. Stay connected with otherA simple greeting message, a phone call, or a video call can allow us to stay with each other in times of difficulty. Upgrade yourselfLet yourself continue to learn and stay fresh towards life.  You can set a small goal for yourself during the pandemic, such as reading a book, practising a new song, or learning a new computer software.  The small goal can enrich your life and equip yourself with a new skill. Be aware of your emotionIf you notice that you are encountering different emotions, such as anxiety, nervousness, or anger, take a deep breath.  After that, you can attend to your feelings and take good care of your body.  Help people in needDuring the pandemic, we can not only protect ourselves and family, but also offer our helping hands to other people, for instance, share our extra resources to needy people around us. (The video is broadcasted in Cantonese) Reference Student Health Service, Department of Health: Emotional Health Tips - Health Tips for Fighting the Virus (Students) (Chinese Only) Jockey Club “Loving Sports” Youth Development Programe - at Home Workouts (Chinese Only) New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association: Five Tips for Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy during the Pandemic (Chinese Only) Other Resources Student Health Service, Department of Health: Emotional Health Tips - Mental Health Resources Social Welfare Department: Clinical Psychological Service Branch - 2020 Psycho-education information Hub for Combatting the Novel Coronavirus New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association: 330 Wellbeing Tips
 e-Book Highlights - Physical and Mental Health - Emotional Self-management

e-Book Highlights - Physical and Mental Health - Emotional Self-management

You may browse selected articles from below e-databases via E-Account; or Library card; or Smart Identity Card allowed for Library Purposes; AND Password.If you have never applied for a library card or E-Account of Hong Kong Public Libraries, please visit the Hong Kong Public Libraries website to know more aboout the application details.  《Taking Charge of Anger : Six Steps to Asserting Yourself without Losing Control》 Introduction: Anger expert Dr. Robert Nay guides you to:•    Figure out which of the five "faces of anger" are a problem for you, from passive–aggression to all-out rage.•    Recognize the early warning signs of anger in your physical sensations and thoughts.•    Master cooling-off strategies that work in the heat of the moment.•    Identify and change unrealistic expectations you have for yourself and other people.•    Communicate effectively when differences arise.•    Practice your new skills in everyday life—until they become second nature. Author: Nay, W. RobertPublisher: Guilford Publications, 2014Printed Book: Library CatalogueSource: Overdrive eBooks (Back to top) 《Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens》 Introduction: In this book, you'll find new ways of managing your feelings and riding the ups and downs of life with grace and confidence so that you'll be ready to handle anything life sends your way. Based in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a type of therapy designed to help people who have a hard time handling their intense emotions.This book offers easy techniques to help you:•  Stay calm and mindful in difficult situations•  Effectively manage out-of-control emotions•  Reduce the pain of intense emotions•  Get along with family and friends    Author: Van Dijk, SheriPublisher: New Harbinger Publications, 2011Printed Book: Library CatalogueSource: Overdrive eBooks (Back to top) 《心理情緒自救術:挽救壞心情, 控制好情緒, 掌握好人生》 (Please refer to the Chinese version)  Author: 石磊著Publisher: 悅讀名品出版,2018Source: HyRead ebook (Back to top) 《別讓猴子控制你的情緒大腦:打破焦慮迴圈, 找回人生掌控權》 (Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 珍妮佛.夏農(Jennifer Shannon)著;道格.夏農(Doug Shannon)插畫;蔡宗翰譯Publisher: 如果出版,2020Printed Book: Library CatalogueSource: HyRead ebook (Back to top) 《停止拖延的情緒行為動力學:10-10-10法則鍛鍊意志力, 不藉口懶散、半途而廢》 Introduction: (Please refer to the Chinese version) Author:彼得.霍林斯(Peter Hollins)著;呂孟娟譯Publisher: 方言文化,2020Source: HyRead ebook (Back to top) (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries)
"Shall We Talk" x Eason Chan

"Shall We Talk" x Eason Chan

“Shall We Talk” is a mental health promotion and public education initiative launched by the Advisory Committee on Mental Health since July 2020. Singer Eason Chan has been appointed as the initiative's ambassador, and his classic Canto-pop song “Shall We Talk” (Chinese: 「陪我講」) has been chosen as the theme of the initiative to arouse public attention to mental well-being. The initiative’s theme song “Shall We Talk” is about family love and communication. Its simple and straightforward lyrics touch the hearts of many in Hong Kong, and encourage everyone to talk and share with others. Eason attaches great importance to mental well-being with his personal history of mental distress. As the initiative’s ambassador, he is dedicated to promoting mental health in the community and sending positive message to the public by performing a rearranged version of “Shall We Talk” and engaging in the production of videos as well as other publicity and educational materials. "Shall We Talk" one-stop dedicated website: https://shallwetalk.hk/en/(with abundant information such as mental well-being, common mental health problems, treatment, getting help, community support, activities and story sharing etc. There are also rich mental health related resources concerning schools and workplace) "Shall We Talk" Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/shallwetalkhk20 "Shall We Talk" Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/shallwetalkhk20
Hobby & Interest

Hobby & Interest

Fishing Hobbies and interests usually reflect the characters of individuals. Sports lovers are usually seen on the move. Fashion lovers cannot wait to get their hands on the latest trends. And fans of fishing are usually more patient than most. So if you are one of these patient folks, you do not have to wait long for a great catch. In Hong Kong, fishing is fantastic out at sea. Likewise, fishing in reservoirs is just as much fun as fishing in the sea, plus you will not get seasick. Just remember that fishing in reservoirs is only allowed during the non-spawning season and also requires a licence. Philately Another hobby for patient types is philately. In fact, in Hong Kong, stamp collecting has over a hundred years of history. Modern stamp designs are a dynamic reflection of Hong Kong today. There are a variety of designs with different stamp themes. Buying philatelic products can be done online – taking the hassles out of queuing up at the post office. E-learning resources from RTHK Often, a hobby is more enjoyable after a bit of study. It can even lead to a career opportunity. E-learning resources from RTHK [Chinese version only] provide many different online courses. The most popular course is related to food, that is yummy dishes DIY [Chinese version only] course, which suit Hong Kong people’s palate best.
e-Book Highlights - Notable Psychologists

e-Book Highlights - Notable Psychologists

Psychologists are experts in the study of human thoughts and behaviours. They develop theories of different schools and write great works which influence the world. Some psychologists such as Sigmund Freud have become a household name in the field of psychology. This resource guide introduces library collections of famous psychologists. You can learn about their life stories and masterpieces, as well as the study and application of their theories by scholars of later generations.   《The Courage to Be Disliked : How to free yourself, change your life and achieve real happiness》 Introduction:The Courage to be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness. The authors explain how we are all free to determine our own future free of the shackles of past experiences, doubts and the expectations of others. It's a philosophy that's profoundly liberating, allowing us to develop the courage to change, and to ignore the limitations that we and those around us can place on ourselves. Author: Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake KogaPublisher: Atlantic Books, 2018 Source: Overdrive eBooks (Back to top) 《The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing》 Introduction:In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, Damion Searls draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach’s family, friends, and colleagues. The Inkblots is a marvelous book about how one man and his enigmatic test came to shape our collective imagination. Author: Damion SearlsPublisher: Broadway Books, 2017Source: Overdrive eBooks (Back to top) 《一次讀懂心理學經典:濃縮百年來最具革命性的心理學觀念 快速掌握, 隨時應用》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 湯姆.巴特勒-鮑登(Tom Butler-Bowdon)作; 林鶯譯Publisher: 時報文化,2019Source: HyRead電子書 (Back to top) 《讓孩子成長的阿德勒名言》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 岸見一郎作;葉小燕譯Publisher: 究竟,2017 Source: HyRead電子書 (Back to top) 《讀懂榮格》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 吳光遠著Publisher: 海鴿文化出版,2017Source: HyRead電子書 (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top)
e-Book Highlights - Inside out – Personality Tests

e-Book Highlights - Inside out – Personality Tests

You may browse selected articles from below e-databases via E-Account; or Library card; or Smart Identity Card allowed for Library Purposes; AND Password.If you have never applied for a library card or E-Account of Hong Kong Public Libraries, please visit the Hong Kong Public Libraries website to know more aboout the application details.  《Discovering Your Personality Type -The Essential Introduction to the Enneagram》 Introduction: Discovering Your Personality Type is the bestselling beginner's guide to identifying and understanding the nine personality profiles and applying them to your daily life.It is the essential introduction to this system, a psychological framework that can be used practically, in many aspects of daily life. This revised and updated edition features the all-new, scientifically validated Riso-Hudson Type Indicator, and has also been refined and simplified to appeal especially to beginners and anyone interested in unlocking the secrets of personality. Author: Don Richard Riso, Russ HudsonPublisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020Source: Overdrive eBooks (Back to top) 《九型人格一本通:瞭解自我、洞悉他人的秘訣》 (Please refer to the Chinese version)  Author: 劉振中編著Publisher: 菁品文化,2017Printed Book: Library CatalogueSource: HyRead e-Magazine (Back to top) 《你沒問題, 只欠缺找到自己強項:用「全腦思維分析」找回最強本質, 做事得心應手, 看穿人心跟誰都合得來》 (Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 中村泰彥著;羊恩媺譯Publisher: 格致文化,2020Source: HyRead ebook (Back to top) 《圖解微人格心理學:教你發現身體裡另一個自己》 Introduction: (Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 速溶綜合研究所、倪慢慢Publisher: 香港中和,2020Printed Book: Library CatalogueSource: HyRead ebook (Back to top) (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries)
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