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  1. Letters

    Posted Dec 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of whether the reservation was made to Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Basic Law never promised universal 'and equal' suffrage. It promised universal suffrage, period, and universal cannot be taken to mean equal as well. That is why the covenant added the words 'and equal'. And it is evident from Article 45 of the Basic Law ...

  2. Sars doctor who quit frenzy of HK gets back to basics

    Posted Dec 07th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... the teaching hospital of the University of Papua New Guinea. The surgeon, who is known for state-of-the-art keyhole operations, said he now had a new way of treating patients- back to basics ... 'So it is back to basics. For the first time in 20 years, I am carrying a stethoscope around my neck.' He said most of his patients suffered from infection and trauma. 'A popular ...

  3. New engine idling law is a start- but only just

    Posted Mar 08th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... So, after 14 years of talk and negotiation, Hong Kong finally has a law regulating vehicles parked with engines running. It has been watered down so much by transport interest groups ... than done. The government has tended to favour voluntary measures over laws, preferring not to infuriate tax-paying employers. There is generally nothing wrong with this approach in an open ...

  4. Our laws don't foster respect for environment

    Posted Oct 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong is renowned for its sturdy rule of law and the strength of its judicial system, and rightly so. It is a source of the territory's competitive advantage that our laws apply equally to all people, rich or poor. But not all our laws work as well as they should- and that's especially true when it comes to environmental protection. While there are fines of up ...

  5. Dirty air law to target machinery

    Posted May 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The government is proposing a new law targeting street-level emissions. But not from cars or buses: the measure will regulate 'mobile machinery' ... is misplaced. Under the proposed law, to be tabled next year, new mobile machinery with a certain power output will have to meet United States, European Union and Japanese emission standards ...

  6. It's time to impose laws to help clear the air

    Posted Jan 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is the government's refusal to adopt legally binding policies. Laws stopping vehicles from parking with engines running while drivers wait to deliver and take on goods and passengers would make a big ... have to get to the root of the problem, not nip at the edges. Laws, not voluntary schemes, are the most effective way of making our air clean and clear. The time for solutions- not blame- has ...

  7. Guangdong officials ponder law to cut traffic in cities

    Posted Aug 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng Authorities in Guangdong are considering legislation to restrict the number of vehicles on the province's crowded city streets. The police bureau said a rapid increase in vehicles was causing a swathe of problems, such as air pollution, co ...

  8. British minister to discuss HK suffrage

    Posted Jan 12th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... that Hong Kong should move towards the Basic Law's goal of introducing universal suffrage as soon as possible, and that reforms to the 2012 chief executive and Legislative Council elections ... has an obligation to remind Hong Kong and Beijing about the Basic Law's promise of universal suffrage, especially when Donald Tsang is refusing to say whether Legco functional ...

  9. Support for tree preservation

    Posted Aug 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... candidates or party tickets supported a call for a law preserving trees in the city that would comprehensively detail how they would be protected. On Wednesday, a tree- which experts said could have ... 'Once a law was passed, the government would be required to remedy cases of neglect.' The charter, which contains 11 demands covering issues ranging from air pollution to conservation ...

  10. Letters

    Posted Jun 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... head for an answer. Nigel Ng, Happy Valley Nominating is not electing Peter Lok ('Basic Law is clear on voting', June 3) asked me to 'revisit the Basic Law', on what ... through universal suffrage. In fact, it is Mr Lok who should read the Basic Law carefully. There is another article that governs how Legco should be elected. We don't need to do the guesswork ...




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