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  1. New Law Society president aims to bring international perspective

    Posted Jun 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that with Hongkongers' increasing civil awareness, bodies like the Law Society were expected to be more responsive to issues of public concern. 'I will try to be as responsive as possible, and accelerate ... Albert Wong The new president of the Law Society wants to internationalise the minds and practice of the city's legal professionals during his term, and ensure the organisation ...

  2. Many in the civil service are paid too little

    Posted Sep 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The column 'New school of thought', by C. K. Lau, and 'Efforts to reform civil service must continue' (both September 24) contain the sweeping statements, 'inflated civil service pay scales' and 'civil servants already receive salaries that are above market rates'. Though this may be true of some civil service departments and grades, ...

  3. Open minds

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... mentality is a fundamental distrust as well as apathy of the Hong Kong people. This prompts a long-standing question of whether democracy is attainable without a strong and mature civil society that is based on civic participation. In the past decade or two, Hong Kong civil society has grown in size but not in impact. Take public engagement in charitable activities as an illustration. Both ...

  4. Confined by society

    Posted Nov 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... bells have been ringing for some time. A study conducted last year by the Society for Community Organisation, and involving 115 low-income families, estimated that 300,000 children now live ... they felt discriminated against at school. The society's community organiser Sze Lai-shan has, understandably, called for a better child welfare policy from the government. The plight of Hong ...

  5. Reform the civil service, with civility

    Posted Oct 01st 2004, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... of them is the issue of civil service reform, especially the introduction of a more up-to-date system for deciding public-sector pay and conditions. Not long ago, I had some dealings with a civil ... the 'standard operating procedure'- it was a fairly routine issue. However, this was not one of our Hong Kong civil servants. This was an official working for the consulate of a wealthy, developed ...

  6. Ronnie Chan to be co-chairman of Asia Society

    Posted May 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung waiyee.fung@scmp.com Property tycoon Ronnie Chan Chi-chung has been named as the first Asian to lead the Asia Society, the influential New York-based institution promoting ties between Asia and the United States. He will share the leadership with Henrietta Holsman Fore, a former US government official, as co-chairmen. It is the first time the society has ...

  7. Civil servants blast protest at forum

    Posted Sep 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Danny Mok danny.mok@scmp.com Four major civil servants' groups issued a joint statement yesterday condemning the 'uncivilised' behaviour of protesters who disrupted ... Union and the Hong Kong Civil Servants General Union expressed regret over the 'uncivilised' behaviour of people 'proud of damaging the social order'. They said this kind ...

  8. Strike up the band

    Posted Mar 05th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong International School's percussion and jazz bands and student dance group will entertain rugby players and fans on the field. Other on-field entertainment will be provided by Ha Tak Tim Martial Arts Society, and the bands of the Hong Kong Police (pipes and silver), the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police (pipes and drums), the Civil Aid Services (pipes and silver) ...

  9. 'Do-tank' aims to solve HK policy ills

    Posted Sep 10th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... That question spurred Mrs Cartland and several like-minded individuals to launch the Hong Kong Foresight Project, the newest kid on the local civil society's block. The project is aimed ... Cartland, the Foresight Project wanted to be a 'do-tank', building on the research of think-tanks and bringing civil society groups together. 'We've very much been inspired ...

  10. In tune with society

    Posted May 06th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Thompson

    ... for tomorrow's world. As developed countries strive towards more inclusive societies and urban regeneration, they also see promoting arts and culture as economic regenerators, as an attraction ... be cogently argued; during the Great Depression, US president Franklin Roosevelt integrated the arts into his New Deal programmes. But the implications need to be addressed. Today's society has ...




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