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  1. US urged to relax stringent visa policy

    Posted Apr 17th 2004, 12:00am by Linda Yeung

    ... American universities are stepping up pressure on the United States government to relax its stringent visa policy imposed on foreign students since September 11. Speaking during an interview ... then 1 per cent, at 0.6 per cent last year, according to statistics from the New York-based Institute of International Education (IIE). The number of foreign graduate student applications to the US ...

  2. What a lovely bunch of coconuts

    Posted Jun 05th 2004, 12:00am by Steve Cray

    ... Steve Cray Hula-hula 'girl' Ralph Engelmann, 18, has his coconuts adjusted by Julia Keil, also 18, before taking to the stage to join a fashion show at the German Swiss International School, The Peak, on Wednesday night as part of a three-day ar ...

  3. Protesters to rally against shutdown of schools

    Posted Mar 23rd 2004, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... and unreasonable to judge a school based on its number of student admissions in one year,' said Mr Cheung. 'We want to reveal the rigid and ridiculous education policy to the public. If the [Education and Manpower Bureau] continues its arbitrary shutting down of schools, eventually more than half of the primary and secondary schools will have to shut by 2010 because of the falling birth ...

  4. Greens' united voice shifts policy in right direction

    Posted Jun 17th 2004, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Ray Cheung continues his series on the Nujiang dam project, which is angering environmentalists and China's neighbours The mainland's fractured green movement has united ... number of environmental organisations are emerging in the mainland, but until now they usually avoided politically charged issues, instead focusing on activities such as environmental education ...

  5. State coffers get better protection

    Posted Dec 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the public sector in recent years. The rules cover budget management, state assets, public funds and financial receipts and notes in more specific terms. Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday ratified the Regulations on Financial Malpractices, a set of 35 articles that will come into effect on February 1, according to a Xinhua report. The previous 25 provisional regulations, issued by the State Council ...

  6. Rules were ignored and state funds eaten away

    Posted Jun 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and units covered included central government units, military research institutes and rural education offices. The problems found ranged from loans by state banks in violation of regulations ... Staff Reporter Government departments and local officials manipulated figures, ignored financial management rules, exaggerated spending and squandered state funds on banquets, ...

  7. Tell us official state of poverty

    Posted Oct 17th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for family, students, women and the elderly. Furthermore, the central health education unit has launched initiatives and health promotional programmes to prevent non-communicable diseases. The department's tobacco control office organises programmes on anti-smoking activities, while the oral health education unit promotes oral health to the community. As the prevention and control ...

  8. Truth about Columbus

    Posted Sep 15th 2004, 12:00am by Jonathan Powell

    ... that he never used Italian, even in casual correspondence, and that he was very well-educated and not from a poor background. 'I find them more convincing... more conclusive than the DNA ...

  9. Beijing lumps UK and United States with developing nations

    Posted Sep 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... or South American states, or countries from the former Soviet bloc. According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs list, there are only six countries whose nationals are now charged more for visas ...

  10. The United States of Canada

    Posted Nov 06th 2004, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Gwynne Dyer Looking at that extraordinary electoral map of the United States, with all the liberal, quiche-eating, Kerry-supporting states of the northeast and the west coast coloured ... or next to other states that do. True, the US would lose its whole Pacific coast, but we could probably arrange for an American free port in, say, Tijuana. And lots of Canadians could move ...




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