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  1. Fears raised over 'creative' marriage venues

    Posted Apr 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Paggie Leung, Vivienne Chow

    ... Ceremonies must be conducted in serious way, says new celebrant One of the new celebrants who will conduct ceremonies under relaxed marriage laws is worried that some couples will select ... or in a casino,' said solicitor Chung Pui-lam, one of the 132 civil celebrants appointed yesterday. 'How about a mahjong parlour? Is that acceptable? The law itself is not clear.' Although ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/545779/fears-raised-over-creative-marriage-venues
  2. Hotel a happy compromise for excited couple

    Posted Apr 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... in a church and a solemn registry-style.' The couple plans to hold their wedding next Saturday with one of the civil celebrants appointed yesterday. '[We] are excited that we may be the first to get marry under the new law... And it's also more romantic,' Mr Lee said. Holding the wedding banquet on the same evening, Mr Lee said the new civil celebrant service was more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/545781/hotel-happy-compromise-excited-couple
  3. Big day even more special than usual

    Posted Apr 24th 2006, 12:00am by Andy Chen

    ... was Amelia Cheung Oi-man, one of the 132 lawyers appointed civil celebrants last week. Mr Yau, 33, said: 'The atmosphere at a government registry is too serious; it's like a courtroom. ... Tung-kwok, who is also registrar of marriages, said last week that a further 300 people had applied to be civil celebrants. Mr Lai said some of the city's marriage registries might eventually ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/546031/big-day-even-more-special-usual
  4. Freedom of choice doubles happiness

    Posted Jun 30th 2006, 12:00am by Jessica Caplan

    ... officiated by appointed civil celebrants- solicitors with seven years of post-qualification experience and notaries- to take place at the time and place of the couple's choosing. For couples, ... a validly appointed civil celebrant to conduct the ceremony. The price was also right, Mr Siu said. Inclusive of lawyers' fees, the use of one of their halls on Hong Kong Island or Kowloon ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/554746/freedom-choice-doubles-happiness
  5. Have Your Say

    Posted Jul 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stars' right to privacy Many people are interested in the lives of celebrities. Some even feel that they have the right to know what's going on in their favourite stars' lives. Many journalists spend hours waiting outside stars' homes, even taking photos through the windows. Celebrity gossip is always a hot topic. News about an actor's starring role, or a singer's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/556053/have-your-say
  6. Picture-perfect talent

    Posted Aug 30th 2006, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... Carrie Chan Supermodels can be a lot more multi-talented than we think. At least, that is the case with Rosemary Vandenbroucke. The versatile beauty has revealed that she is now busy preparing her second album, which is to be launched earlier next year. Y ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/562069/picture-perfect-talent
  7. Short on celebrities

    Posted Sep 01st 2006, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... with Carrie Chan The Remy Martin party at Wan Chai's One Fifth on Wednesday night disappointed many in the local press who hoped to capture more celebrities at the scene. Despite the long list of more than 30 stars comprising mostly local actors or celebrities in the media invitation letter, nearly half of the invited guests were absent, though there were plenty of media ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/562291/short-celebrities
  8. 80 couples register to marry at own venues

    Posted May 13th 2006, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... exercised their new rights. The news came as the Immigration Department announced it had approved another 126 celebrants to conduct civil marriages, bringing their number to 258. A list of civil celebrants is on the department's website at www.immd.gov.hk and is available from all marriage registries. For registry addresses and telephone numbers, call 2824 6111. By Thursday it had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/548552/80-couples-register-marry-own-venues
  9. Bells may toll for marriage registries

    Posted Apr 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... civil celebrants last week, a further 300 applications had been received. How much the lawyers charged would depend on market forces and the specific requests of their clients, he said. 'It ... advantages... for example, at the registry, you get only 15 minutes per couple, but if you engage a civil celebrant, you can add a lot of other things and it can be longer. They also have more room ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/545924/bells-may-toll-marriage-registries
  10. Deregulating the marriage business

    Posted Apr 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the director's own bureaucratese, on the government's information website: 'The purpose of the Civil Celebrants of Marriages Scheme is to meet the increasing public demand for the government ... minimalists, or people who are just too busy, can still duck in and out of a registry and get the formalities over with quickly so they can get on with the celebrations elsewhere- or just get back ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/545792/deregulating-marriage-business

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