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New harbourfront space opens

The Development Bureau announced that the Pierside Precinct near Wan Chai Ferry Pier further opened today, providing a nostalgic harbourfront leisure space with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour for the public.   Being the 12th harbourfront leisure space that opened since October last year, the newly opened area is located to the east of the ferry pier on a harbour site reclaimed for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.   The bureau said under the incremental approach, a 180-metre-long promenade of the precinct opened earlier in March, followed by the opening of a further 80m in October.   With an area of about 4,600 sq m, the newly opened part has almost doubled the precinct's original space.   In contrast to the colourful cartoon style adopted at other harbourfront sites opened earlier in Western District and Wan Chai, the precinct mainly comprises simple fair-faced concrete and wooden structures.   It features a stylish touch with its clear and rectiline

200 jobs, internships to be created

The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today said it will launch two internship programmes to create some 200 full-time entry-level job opportunities for young people in the creative industries and telecommunications sectors.   The Future International Talent (FIT) programme and the Telecommunications Opportunities Programme (TOP) will work in collaboration with six international chambers of commerce in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG).   Under FIT, the six participating chambers will help recruit their member companies to offer over 100 internship or job opportunities to young people.   The TOP will provide about 100 internship placements offered by various telecommunications-related companies to young people through the HKFYG’s strong networks. Vacancies include positions for software programmers, assistant engineers and sales and marketing trainees.   Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau thanked the six international chambers and the HKFYG for their partnership and commitment towards the nurturing of talents in Hong Kong.   He said: “I am confident that with their respective comprehensive networks and knowledge of the trade and young people, the two programmes will be launched successfully.   “The two programmes will also provide much-needed job opportunities for our young people at this difficult time.”    For the two internship programmes, the Government will provide monthly salary subsidies under the Job Creation Scheme funded by the Anti-epidemic Fund.   The subsidy level is set at $5,610 per fresh graduate or graduate to be with no work experience, and $10,000 for one with no more than five years of work experience, for a maximum of 12 months.   The intern recruitment exercises will commence within the first quarter of this year. Details will be announced in due course. 
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