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  1. Sport - Soccer - SPORT AND POLITICS

    Scottish referendum cuts across the social divide

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 08:55pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Glasgow Vote for independence is affecting everybody- even the loyalties of diehard football fans Scottish referendum cuts across the social divide Patrons ... of independence, said Catholic voters- many descended from Irish immigrants- could help secure a "Yes" victory. Devine said there had been a "Catholic conversion to independence". ...


    China hit by Western military moves in Africa, says Academy of Social Sciences report

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 04:49am by Teddy Ng

    ... presence on the continent, a major Chinese think tank says. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences also warned in its annual report on development in Africa that the continent might be used ... on the continent. "Nations such as the US have been strengthening military ties with Africa in recent years under the pretext of security and anti-terrorism," said one of the report's ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - SECURITIES

    Mario Draghi's asset backed securities revival set for global regulator boost

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:39am by Bloomberg

    ... to rebuild the market for asset-backed securities in Europe. Global regulators are set to lend him a hand. The International Organisation of Securities Commissions (Iosco) sent criteria for marketable securities to finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations this week, its chairman, Greg Medcraft, said. Iosco wants to help create standards that would encourage non-bank investors ...

  4. Social welfare sector in line for $300m budget cut

    Posted Feb 07th 2004, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... yesterday. But the government source said there was no immediate plan to cut Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) payments further. The news provoked fierce criticism from welfare groups. Virginia Chan Choi-ying, assistant director of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, which represents 290 non-governmental organisations, said the government was exposing their council members ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruling on social security is fair

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 03:44am by SCMP Editorial

    ... In a landmark ruling on Tuesday, the Court of Final Appeal struck down the seven-year residency rule for immigrants to qualify for comprehensive social-security payments. If the initial reaction ... SCMP Editorial Social security ruling is fair Hong Kong courts rule according to law rather than government's preference or public opinion. From time to time, our judges overturn ...

  6. News - China - FOREIGN RELATIONS

    Sri Lanka port deals may stoke security fears

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:52am by Teddy Ng

    ... Sri Lanka port deals may stoke security fears China is expected to shore up its maritime strength by securing port development deals in Sri Lanka when President Xi Jinping tours South Asia. ... sides hope to sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation over the Hambantota port, according to Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao. The Hambantota port, on Sri Lanka's southern ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    Ex-social welfare chief says residency rule for claims was never justifiable

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 05:40am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Former social welfare chief welcomes court decision to allow newcomers to claim benefits, and says claimant should not have had to sue Residency rule 'was to keep poor out' The decision to refuse Comprehensive Social Security Assistance to a new immigrant who went on to successfully challenge government welfare rules in court ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Proposed HK$3,000-a-month pension 'could be cut in tough economic times'

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 12:35pm by Phila Siu

    ... could be lowered. "After [severe acute respiratory syndrome] hit Hong Kong [in 2003], the government recorded fiscal deficits for six years," he said. "Different social security schemes, including Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, were slashed by 13 per cent. And the public accepted it." On criticism of why the proposal encompassed the city's rich, Chow ...

  9. News - China

    Three fugitive Chinese prisoners caught on film strangling guard; security lapses exposed

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 02:17pm by Li Jing in Beijing Jing.li@scmp.com

    ... jail in security uniforms after killing guard Armed police are still hunting for the death-row inmate who escaped from Harbin on Tuesday, as a state broadcaster aired footage of the three prisoners killing a guard and then calmly walking out in police uniforms. Critics blamed lax security for the escape of Gao Yulun, 50 – who was awaiting a death sentence and is still at large ...

  10. News - World - CRIME

    Former nurse convicted in US of assisting man’s suicide in Britain

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:29pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Minneapolis, United States Defendant provided victims he met online with instructions on how to end their lives Ex-nurse convictedof assisting suicide A former nurse who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves has been convicted of assisting the suicide of a British man and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman. ...




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