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  1. Using Octopus cards could speed payment of border tax

    Posted Sep 20th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... the government says. In a paper to be discussed at Legco next week, the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau say transport operators in Hong Kong have agreed to collect the border tax to avoid ... to proceed with the introduction of a land departure tax. The pro-government Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong has demanded that the $18 levy be scrapped. The Democrats and other ...

  2. Japan should be HK model for containment plan, expert says

    Posted May 19th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Mimi Lau

    ... Ella Lee, Ng Yuk-hang and Mimi Lau Hong Kong should refer to the swine flu outbreak in Japan in preparing a response plan because of similarities in population density and public transport ... Shu-cheong, an expert in respiratory diseases at Chinese University, believed that Hong Kong would soon follow the path of Japan. He said Japan was a much bigger place, but transport was comparable. ...

  3. Expert says Japan is HK's model for flu containment

    Posted May 19th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Mimi Lau

    ... and public transport systems, a medical expert said. University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung said the outbreak in Japan rang alarm bells in Hong Kong because of similarities. The number ... but transport was comparable. 'Many Japanese travel every day on a very crowded railway system, which is similar to the MTR,' he said. University of Hong Kong virologist Malik Peiris said ...

  4. Police plan joint operation at border to ease holiday crowds

    Posted Aug 30th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... and the Tourism Commission. Mr Lee said they believed travellers heading to Hong Kong via the Lowu checkpoint would experience less congestion as the high frequency of train services there could disperse ... of the relaxed travel policy. Some 41,435 people have arrived in Hong Kong since July 28, when mainland travellers were allowed to visit as individuals instead of in tour groups. Wuhan wants curbs eased ...

  5. Bus crash panel visits disaster site

    Posted Jul 30th 2003, 12:00am by Clifford Lo, Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... and elevated roads. He said the panel would seek the views of professional bodies and academic institutions. Transport trade associations also would be consulted during a meeting planned for mid-September. 'We may also check on other areas in Hong Kong which have similar environments and precipitous places,' said Dr Cheng, who is also the chairman of the Transport Advisory ...

  6. Border ready for National Day rush

    Posted Sep 19th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Joseph Lo, Stella Lee

    ... Tourism chief says systems are in place to prevent a repeat of last year's chaos The central government has expressed its concern to Hong Kong's security chief over the city's ability to cope with the expected influx of mainland visitors during the forthcoming National Day holiday. But the city's tourism commissioner says Hong Kong and Guangdong officials ...

  7. Private hospitals reject new sites

    Posted Nov 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... do not want to move out of prime urban areas, industry leaders say. They say it is not commercially feasible to branch out into distant parts of the New Territories. Hong Kong has 12 private hospitals with 3,000 beds. Most are in prime areas on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon including Central, Happy Valley, Mid-Levels, Kowloon City and Kowloon Tong. Only two are in the New Territories- ...

  8. Meeting is called to calm the waters

    Posted Oct 08th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... moves, the executive director of Greenpeace in Hong Kong, Howard Liu Hung-to, said it was wrong to say that dredging work would not cause permanent harm. He said the dredging for the Central ... regarding the Central reclamation yesterday wrongly described Hung Wing-tat as representing the Hong Kong Institute of Planners. The quote read: 'I can't see why the government needs ...

  9. Flu-case school shut for two weeks

    Posted May 29th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Martin Wong

    ... cases reported in Hong Kong yesterday. It is the first time that the government has suspended classes because of the swine flu threat. The three new cases bring the city's total to 15. Controller of the Centre for Health Protection Thomas Tsang Hoi-fai warned that the risk of Hong Kong having a community outbreak was greater because of the school-related case. 'Many swine flu ...

  10. HK$1b buyout plan to reform chicken trade

    Posted Jun 21st 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Peter So

    ... If the government plan succeeds, it will end Hong Kong consumers' long-standing love affair with freshly killed chicken, generally agreed to taste better than the chilled or frozen variety. The offer ... argue the move would rob Hong Kong of an important part of its life. 'But... we cannot see an end to the danger of avian flu, so what else can we do?' he said. Guangdong confirmed ...




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