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  1. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Veronica Shiu wins Miss Hong Kong title (thanks to 'one man, one vote' system)

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 05:55am by SAMUEL CHAN, SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... the winner- but not before a panel of celebrity judges had served as a nominating committee to screen out seven of the 10 finalists. More than 200,000 viewers cast their ballots via the contest's ... the public voting system but some viewers complained that this year the adjudicating committee had been given too much power; previously the public and judges had a 50-50 weighting of votes. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1582600/has-beauty-pageant-set-tone-2017
  2. News - China - CRIMINAL JUSTICE

    Chinese woman wrongfully jailed for theft given apology and payout 25 years after

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 05:13pm by Kathy Gao

    ... court reopened the case in late March and the judge declared her innocent on the grounds of insufficient evidence. Bai received the compensation from the Foshan court judge, who apologised to Bai for the wrongful conviction. Bai, crying while kneeling on the floor and kowtowing to the magistrate, said: “I really thank the current court and judge for helping me get vindicated.” Last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1585998/chinese-woman-wrongfully-jailed-theft-given-apology-and-payout-25-years
  3. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Top court quashes 'Long Hair' appeal over filibuster

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 04:49am by CHRIS LAU

    ... for a two-day hearing, starting at 10am in the Court of Final Appeal. But at about 3pm, the panel of five judges announced the verdict. They had finished listening to the arguments presented ... "economical" with justice. "It's bewildering the judges didn't have many questions." Leung first applied for a judicial review at the Court of First Instance in May 2012, days after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1589616/top-court-quashes-long-hair-appeal-over-filibuster
  4. News - World - CANADA

    Canadian porn star goes on trial for dismembering Chinese student

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 10:21pm by AFP

    ... evidence The gruesome murder trial of a former Canadian porn actor accused of killing and dismembering a Chinese student got under way with a judge warning potential jurors to brace ... was arrested in Germany in June 2012 and extradited following an international manhunt after he fled Canada. Judge Guy Cournoyer told potential jurors that they would be confronted with evidence which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1588856/canadian-jury-told-expect-shocking-evidence-magnotta-murder-trial
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Beijing scholar admits error and omissions in white paper on Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 04:56am by Joyce Ng

    ... Kwok-nang, and his successor, Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, have previously expressed reservations about the view in the document on the "one country, two systems" formula that judges have a "basic political requirement" to love the country. Li also said the use of the word "administrate" to describe judges' work was unfortunate as the judiciary is not part ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581361/beijing-scholar-admits-error-and-omissions-white-paper-hong-kong
  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's anti-money-laundering laws make a mockery out of justice

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:23am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... In 2008 we were rated as only "partially compliant" but in 2012 were judged to have made "substantial progress". The next key date comes up in just six months, a fourth round ... This is commerce, however, and, while the majesty of the law understands its majestic self, it mostly pronounces in ignorance on financial matters. Thus … The hungry judges soon the sentence sign ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1593408/hong-kongs-anti-money-laundering-laws-makes-mockery-out-justice
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    Transparency and strong rule of law are key to fighting corruption

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 02:37pm by Cathy Holcombe

    ... on the provincial level, where judges are appointed by local leaders and thus often under their sway. Xi has also backed moves to increase judicial transparency; in one expression of this new spirit, ... to press for certain rights, including economic ones. Instead, provincial judges are now being encouraged to "mediate" cases in an extrajudicial manner. For the bigger-fish cases, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1593084/transparent-and-strong-rule-law-are-key-fighting-corruption
  8. News - World - CRIME

    Canadian porn star accused of dismembering Chinese student goes on trial

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 10:27am

    ... the video online The gruesome murder trial of a former Canadian porn actor accused of killing and dismembering a Chinese student got under way on Monday with a judge warning potential jurors ... in Germany in June 2012 and extradited following an international manhunt after he fled Canada. Judge Guy Cournoyer told potential jurors that they would be confronted with evidence that was likely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1588483/jurors-warned-gruesome-evidence-canadian-porn-actor-accused-dismembering
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Reopening of Salisbury Road crossing a step in the right direction

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 11:31am by SIMON NG

    ... and markings. The city is now making them permanent. Judging by the number of pedestrians now using the reopened Salisbury Road crossing, the Transport Department has definitely made the right move. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1595280/reopening-salisbury-road-crossing-step-right-direction
  10. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Sundance redux: the best of the fest

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 11:49pm by James Mottram

    ... James Mottram Sundance began as an American independent cinema showcase but judging by the eclectic line-up for the eight-film "Hong Kong Selects" season, that's no longer the case. Take God Help the Girl, for instance. The directorial debut of Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian's lead singer Stuart Murdoch, it's a gentle Glasgow-set musical ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1590979/sundance-redux-best-fest

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