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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. Will judges share the cuts in civil service pay?

    Posted Jul 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In your leader 'Pay ruling a step forward for reform' (July 14), you note the ruling by the Court of Final Appeal that Article 100 of the Basic Law only prevents civil service ... is a change of terms of employment 'to the disadvantage of serving officers'. In a consultancy report of February 2003, Anthony Mason stated that civil servants enjoy protection under ...

  3. 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, ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong doesn't need Morlocks from the Delta to fix labour woes

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 03:51pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... between the working and worked-for classes in our society, but I think Wells would have understood quite well where that term "talent flow" leads. Mr Cheung apparently does not like ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's prosperity is tied to rejuvenation of Pearl River Delta

    Posted May 06th 2013, 12:00am by WINSTON MOK

    ... perfect in these areas. Importantly, though, the areas where Hong Kong excels - openness, international orientation and strong civil society - may be the hardest for the mainland to emulate. ... River Delta. Hong Kong's best bet for growth is to partner with the Pearl River Delta. Beyond the economic front, Guangdong has been a pioneer of civil society in China. It remains ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Law Society wants mainland exam scrapped due to poor pass rate

    Posted Apr 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chris Ip After seven years of 'appalling' pass rates, the Law Society has called on Beijing to do away with the exam Hong Kong lawyers must take to practice law on the mainland. The move follows the release of a study on the development of law practices in the Pearl River Delta commissioned by the society and carried out by Sun Yat-sen University. The study concluded that, ...




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