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  1. Poverty to top Tung's policy priorities

    Posted Jan 10th 2005, 12:00am by Chris Yeung, Jimmy Cheung

    ... to the principle of self-help... The middle class will react strongly if the government raises the CSSA (Comprehensive Social Security Assistance) payment,' the source said. 'Mr Tung is still ...

  2. Beijing's water plan doesn't go far enough, critics say

    Posted Feb 21st 2011, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... (ADB) director of urban and social sectors for East Asia. Patricia Adams, executive director of Probe International, an international environmental advocacy group, said setting such targets ... The policies in the No 1 document will not remedy that.' Beijing issued the No 1 document late last month, its first comprehensive policy statement on water since the founding of the People's ...

  3. Summit push

    Posted Nov 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in Tianjin this month at Globe International's climate change symposium. Though the prospect of reaching a comprehensive deal in Mexico is being widely talked down, much progress can still ... the Chinese announced at the Globe symposium that they are studying the feasibility of a comprehensive climate change law. Moreover, if a comprehensive deal isn't reached at Cancun, the summit ...

  4. Mixed success

    Posted Oct 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... do not meet the asset-limit criteria to receive comprehensive social security assistance payments, but are still facing financial hardship,' he said. Professor Chow also said that little ... of Wednesday's policy address Twelve months ago, the chief executive made more than 60 pledges to promote economic and community development and foster social harmony. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's 2007 ...

  5. Kadoorie should clean up the air

    Posted May 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are poor receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance and claiming right of abode for their child in Hong Kong. If mainland women are able to pay the fee, it means they can take care ... may see things a little differently and objectively. What is not readily comprehensible is why Japan has decided that it can simply ignore what had been done. Frankly, the days of asking ...

  6. Pedestrian scheme hailed- but little has happened

    Posted Oct 07th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme. It is incorrect that the adjustments in 1997-98 and 1998-99 were in response to cost-of-living rises that had already occurred. It is also ... is that before 1999, CSSA standard rates were adjusted annually, normally from the start of the financial year, in accordance with the forecast rate of increase of the Social Security Index of Prices. ...

  7. Letters

    Posted Oct 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... hourly rate can be readily obtained. By taking into account the consumer price index and reference to the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance payment, a weighted minimum hourly wage level, to be adjusted at set intervals according to the prevailing economic situation, can be devised. As other jurisdictions have socio-economic conditions and social welfare systems different from those ...

  8. High social cost of buying cheap clothes

    Posted Mar 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Lisa Genasci

    ... Lisa Genasci When choosing clothing, we usually think about style and price. We rarely think about where the item is made, who has made it and whether they were treated fairly, or whether the manufacturing process used is clean or polluting. In other words, we generally ignore the environmental or social costs that add to the 'true' cost of manufacturing. That bill is left ...

  9. I'm a Hongkonger- get me out of here

    Posted Nov 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Daniel Sin Hong Kong, Iraq and Sri Lanka wouldn't appear to have much in common. Ethnic conflict, suicide bombings and rampant corruption are not the city's hallmarks. But if an international poll is to be believed, the citizens of all three share the same desire to get the hell out and find somewhere more liveable. And the survey is comprehensive: US consultancy Gallup ...

  10. The great wall of Beijing: official plans to lock down whole city

    Posted Jul 06th 2010, 12:00am by Priscilla Jiao

    ... said: 'Prison-style management will more or less improve social security in a few small areas, but it's not appropriate to expand to the whole city. 'Setting up fences ... management and cut crime rates and would be promoted across the whole city. Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu said a growing floating population had created many new problems for city management. ...




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