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  1. HK$120m for longer library hours

    Posted Jun 12th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng Extending operation of 33 public libraries by two hours a day would cost taxpayers HK$120 million, the Home Affairs Bureau says. It gave the figure in a Legco paper released yesterday, in response to lawmakers who urged the government two months ...

  2. Shopping mall axed in revised hill plan

    Posted Nov 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com City officials have shelved the idea of a giant shopping mall on Government Hill and promised to allow for more public space in their final revision of plans ... shopping mall- which it had previously said it would substantially reduce- shrinking the commercial areas, excluding offices, to less than a sixth of the previous plan. It still plans to go ahead ...

  3. Protesters should be praised for innovative ParknShop protest

    Posted May 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of his ubiquitous ParknShop stores. The history of political struggle has consistently involved heated debates about 'the right way to protest', with all concerned judging the relative urgency and need for resistance up to and including violence. What one group deems excessive, another group realises as absolutely necessary. The tone of the letters that denounce the ParknShop ...

  4. Drugs bureau tests Red Bull for cocaine

    Posted Jun 01st 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam A government spokeswoman says the Security Bureau's narcotics division is conducting tests on the energy drink Red Bull after German and Taiwanese authorities found traces of cocaine in the brand's drinks. The product was removed from shelves yesterday in the two dominant supermarket chains, ParknShop and Wellcome. ...

  5. Issuing shopping coupons is not the way to deal with crisis

    Posted Dec 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... There has been much debate about issuing shopping coupons. Those who support such a scheme argue it would stimulate an already weak retail market. They fail to realise that the administrative costs would be high. Another concern is that the coupons would cultivate a culture of public dependency on the government. It is necessary to find short-term measures to boost the economy ...

  6. Deserted Legco forced to shut up shop early

    Posted Oct 18th 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The first regular Legislative Council meeting of the new session was cut short yesterday, after many lawmakers left early to canvass votes for colleagues in district council elections. Legco president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai apologised to the p ...

  7. More than a mere talk shop?

    Posted Sep 11th 2006, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... shop. The summit's 33 participating business leaders, academics and community leaders are scheduled to submit their action plans by the end of the year. But Mr Tsang clearly hopes to tap ... leading advisers have concluded their talking. In an attempt to allay concern that the summit would become just another talk shop, key ministers and their top aides will participate in the summit. ...

  8. Shops group fears GST impact

    Posted Jul 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dikky Sinn and Denise Hung Sales tax seen sending small businesses to the wall and killing HK as a shopping hub Hong Kong will no longer be a shopping hub if a goods and services tax (GST) ... will have a serious impact on consumption and increase inflation,' Mr Kwan said. 'Hong Kong will no longer be a shopping centre once we have GST. 'We have pay rises of only 2 per cent ...

  9. 'Talk shop' tag hard to shake off

    Posted Jun 10th 2005, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... body on long-term issues. Allen Lee Peng-fei, a veteran politician who sits on the commission, formed in 1997, believes the commission has become a talk shop, with few concrete results on its ... no democrats in the Exco. But Democrat legislator Yeung Sum countered: 'I don't think democrats will be keen to join the commission. It will be just another talk shop with more members.' ...

  10. Plastic bags tax backed by over half in study

    Posted Apr 25th 2005, 12:00am by Vivienne Chow

    ... harmful to the environment than plastic bags. He said that the next step was to assess opinions from the retail sector. This month a battle broke out between rival supermarket chains ParknShop ...




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