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  1. Top court looks at improving petition system

    Posted Feb 07th 2011, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... Fiona Tam In a move apparently intended to improve the country's petition system, local courts will be assessed on their ability to satisfy grievances and prevent public petitioners ... of the top court's efforts to curb repeat petitioners. China's centuries-old petition system has recently become a national focus after Premier Wen Jiabao's recent high-profile meeting ...

  2. Mainland system still in need of a safety valve

    Posted Jun 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... liberal political system. This conflation of demands and anxieties prompted spontaneous demonstrations, which ultimately led to catastrophe when the PLA was sent in to crush the protests. While ... government is well aware of the need to resolve people's problems. This can be seen, for example, in its swift reaction to the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. But the system still lacks a safety ...

  3. Radio system old, fire chief admits

    Posted Aug 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... system is ageing and needs upgrading. Fire Services Department director Gregory Lo Chun-hung also said yesterday that his department would conduct city-wide checks on fire-safety equipment ... Some frontline firefighters have complained that their radios malfunctioned during the fire, and Mr Lo admitted the system had fielded many calls for rescue from people trapped by the fire. He ...

  4. Officials ban media from plagiarism court case

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

    ... judicial system, but the supreme court's acceptance of Wang's appeal request is a chance for him as a citizen to safeguard his copyright,' Mr Pu said. ... Vivian Wu Mainland propaganda authorities have banned the media from reporting on a Supreme People's Court review of a long-running plagiarism case against a prominent law professor. ...

  5. First rule of law: what the party says, goes

    Posted Jun 09th 2009, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... lower courts invited comments on the legal system to be e-mailed to their newly opened mail boxes. The other notable complaint was the cost of bringing a lawsuit, including both lawyers' ... the problem with the mainland legal system. For all the talk of the rule of law, it remains strictly under the control of the Communist Party at every level. In particular, lower court officials ...

  6. Travel alert system comes under fire

    Posted Mar 14th 2011, 12:00am by Ada Lee, Adrian Wan

    ... Ng Yuk-hang, Ada Lee and Adrian Wan The government's travel alert system has been criticised for encouraging people to risk personal safety to continue with their travel plans. ... that travellers aren't forced to reluctantly put their lives at risk just because they can't get their money back,' he said. It would be helpful if the system allowed for more refunds, he ...

  7. Blaze deaths 'unavoidable'

    Posted Nov 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... at Cornwall Court on August 10, 2008. Liu urged the five jurors to return a verdict of death by accident. He said there was nothing wrong with the equipment, though no system was perfect. Last week, the court heard that the Labour Department had found the capacity of the oxygen tanks insufficient for firemen to use in high-rises and in a blaze of such magnitude. A few other firemen who reached ...

  8. Fire-alert system failure must not happen again

    Posted Mar 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The failure of a Fire Services Department alert system at the height of a factory blaze that took the life of a senior firefighter beggars belief. There are few jobs as dangerous in our ... on whether the delay was a factor in the spread of the fire and the tragic loss of senior fireman Yeung Chun-kit. Meanwhile, the Fire Services Department is to ask the communications system ...

  9. More inclusive system will help nation flourish

    Posted Feb 18th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of a fair and just society. Many foreign and domestic critics of the mainland system have long predicted that democracy will inevitably follow economic reforms. The assumption was that a more open ... and flourish, a more democratic system is the best way forward. An open and inclusive political system has to be at the core. ...

  10. Academics win award for more accurate flood forecast system

    Posted Jan 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maggie Ng Researchers from Hong Kong and the mainland have developed a system that improves flood forecasts by 10 to 20 per cent compared with earlier methods based on individual ... reservoirs on the mainland over the past two years, including the Three Gorges reservoir. The system was first installed at the Shuangpai reservoir in Hunan six years ago and made accurate forecasts ...




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