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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    When the Hong Kong government becomes the problem

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:46am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com When government becomes the problem People like to talk about "core values" as those which make a society like Hong Kong succeed or different from ... on those pillar institutions. But those same institutions, devised in another century, are proving to be inadequate, and we are doing a very poor job of rebuilding them. A functioning government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1581903/when-hong-kong-government-becomes-problem
  2. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    City says overall market sustainability must govern granting of TV licences

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:30am by JULIE CHU

    ... Julie Chu julie.chu@scmp.com Government counsel tells court HKTV was rejected due to changing ad market ‘Holistic approach needed’ for TV licences In the face of a shrinking and changing media advertising scene, the government must consider market sustainability as a whole when deciding whether to issue new television licences, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581873/city-says-overall-market-sustainability-must-govern-granting-tv
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Record HK$413 billion defence budget sought by Japanese government

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 06:51pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... Kristine Kwok kristine.kwok@scmp.com Japanese government requests HK$413 billion in defence spending for shopping list that includes patrol planes and hi-tech submarine Abe asks for record military budget Japan's government has requested a record defence budget and is also seeking a big increase in spending on diplomacy to counter the growing influence of China. The defence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581800/japan-defence-ministry-asks-record-budget-amid-china-naval-fears
  4. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Law empowers government to decide on TV licensing bids, court told

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:22am by JULIE CHU

    ... empowers government' to decide on TV bids The law allowed the government the discretion to decide which broadcasting operators would receive free-to-air television licences, ... to make the final decision on the licensing issue, barrister Benjamin Yu SC, representing the government, said. There was a need for the Chief Executive in Council to consider the public interest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581521/law-empowers-government-decide-tv-licensing-bids-court-told
  5. Business - Economy - DEBT

    Local governments can replace costly debt, finance minister says

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 01:14am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Beijing urges swap into cheaper bonds Local governments can swap some of their high-interest debt for cheaper municipal bonds, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said, a move ... the amount of money borrowed by regional governments by ensuring that all their debt was accounted for in their budgets. Regional governments are responsible for the bulk of public spending ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1581589/local-governments-can-replace-costly-debt-finance-minister-says
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    UN accuses Islamic State, Syrian government of committing war crimes

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 07:05pm by Reuters

    ... and whippings, UN investigators said yesterday. Syria's government and IS insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their war against each other, the investigators said. Government forces had dropped barrel bombs on civilian areas, including some believed to contain the chemical agent chlorine in eight incidents in April, and had committed other war crimes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581221/un-accuses-islamic-state-mass-atrocities-jihadist-held-syria
  7. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    HKTV asks High Court to quash government’s rejection of bid for broadcast licence

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 06:09pm by JULIE CHU

    ... decision 'unfair' The government acted unfairly when it suddenly introduced a "gradual and orderly approach" in considering free-to-air television licences, a lawyer for failed bidder Hong Kong Television Network said yesterday. Barrister Russell Coleman SC told the Court of First Instance that prior to this new approach, it had been government policy to foster fair ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581154/hktv-asks-high-court-quash-governments-rejection-bid-broadcast
  8. Business - Commodities - COMPETITION

    US judge rules LME out of case as 'organ' of British government

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 10:42am by Reuters

    ... in Manhattan concluded that the LME was an "organ" of the British government, and therefore immune from the lawsuit under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Forrest acknowledged that her ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1581064/us-judge-rules-lme-out-case-organ-british-government
  9. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Government too weak to fight villagers over small house policy

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 01:03am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn The weekend saw another outrage perpetrated by indigenous New Territories villagers in protest against government zoning plans. A group of them used excavators and machetes ... Territories, and to a lesser extent elsewhere in Hong Kong. Nobody is likely to be prosecuted for this. It's also another example of the government's weakness in dealing with the problem. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1580676/government-too-weak-fight-villagers-over-small-house-policy
  10. Business - China Business - EARNINGS

    Sinopharm sees first-half profit jump 27pc on government incentives

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 10:58am by Jeanny Yu

    ... at 10.37am, still up 2.7 per cent. Its first-half net profit was 1.47 billion yuan (HK$1.85 billion), compared with 1.15 billion yuan in the same period last year, thanks to a basket of government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1580515/sinopharm-sees-first-half-profit-jump-27pc-government

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