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  1. Legco cannot scrap maid levy, says official, as Regina Ip presses ahead with amendment

    Posted Oct 29th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The government put a damper yesterday on a move in the Legislative Council to scrap the levy on employers of foreign domestic helpers. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung insisted that doing so would have an impact o ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658101/legco-cannot-scrap-maid-levy-says-official-regina-ip-presses-ahead-amendment
  2. Maid levy opponents warn off minister

    Posted Nov 07th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... you will really detonate a constitutional crisis,' he said. Benny Tai Yiu-ting, associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, advised the government against seeking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/659244/maid-levy-opponents-warn-minister
  3. Regina Ip gets legal backing in her bid to scrap the maid levy

    Posted Nov 05th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has won legal backing in her attempt to scrap the controversial levy on employers of foreign domestic helpers. The Legislative Council subcommittee discussing a government amendment to suspend the HK$400-a-month levy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658978/regina-ip-gets-legal-backing-her-bid-scrap-maid-levy
  4. Mixed views on levy

    Posted Nov 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... this issue, and it will be more of a burden considering the possible impact to Hong Kong of the global financial crisis,' she said. James Collins, of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658607/mixed-views-levy
  5. Regina Ip takes flak over Article 23 role

    Posted Aug 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Eva Wu and Mary Ann Benitez Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, out to win election to the Legislative Council on Hong Kong Island, came under fire yesterday in an election forum on Commercial Radio. ... 5,000 copies. Cheung Kwok-kwan of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong came up short on environmental issues when questioned by the Civic Party's Audrey Eu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/647724/regina-ip-takes-flak-over-article-23-role
  6. Margaret Chan claims edge in WHO race

    Posted Jul 29th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung in Beijing, Ambrose Leung and Mary Ann Benitez The former Hong Kong health chief who is a candidate to head the World Health Organisation believes backing from the city ... has a big advantage. The central government and the [Hong Kong] SAR government can extend our advantage.' Dr Chan, who appeared to be in a good mood, met Assistant Minister of Foreign ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/558393/margaret-chan-claims-edge-who-race
  7. Legislators unanimous on holding Sars probe

    Posted Oct 11th 2003, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Executive Tung Chee-hwa orders a parallel inquiry. Some pledged to summon Mr Tung to give evidence - a first in Hong Kong's history. To finish the inquiry before the Legco term ends next July, ... Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun of the Liberal Party, Tang Siu-tong of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, independent Michael Mak Kwok-fung representing the health services constituency, and Law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/430741/legislators-unanimous-holding-sars-probe
  8. Margaret Chan gets WHO campaign aide

    Posted Aug 17th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The Hong Kong government has sent a senior civil servant to Geneva to provide support for former director of health Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun's campaign to become ... influenza, was nominated by Beijing on July 25 for the UN health agency's top post. The former Hong Kong health director has yet to announce her election platform and has just 21/2 months ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/560616/margaret-chan-gets-who-campaign-aide
  9. Probe launched into shipping firm that abandoned 11 seamen

    Posted Apr 11th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The Labour Department has launched an investigation into the shipping company that employed 11 seamen who have been stranded in Hong Kong since January. Ten of them won ... left in February without completing the tribunal process. One of the eight Filipinos left Hong Kong at the weekend, disappointed and penniless, and it was unclear if he could still collect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/496169/probe-launched-shipping-firm-abandoned-11-seamen
  10. Computer woes cause hour-long delay at airport

    Posted Apr 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... A Hong Kong permanent resident, who arrived on a flight from Athens via Singapore soon after midday, said: 'It took us more than half an hour to get through. Usually, it takes less than five minutes. Lots of people were arriving from all over for the Rugby Sevens. They can't have thought much of Hong Kong's boast of being Asia's world city when they walked ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/543114/computer-woes-cause-hour-long-delay-airport

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