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  1. Bells may toll for marriage registries

    Posted Apr 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... of Immigration Lai Tung-kwok yesterday. Speaking on Commercial Radio, Mr Lai said he expected the number of people using marriage registries would 'definitely decrease' with the amended ... a choice.' Mr Lai, who is also Registrar of Marriages, said if some registries were closed, affected staff would be transferred to other departments. He said that while 132 lawyers had been appointed ...

  2. Deregulating the marriage business

    Posted Apr 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Is nothing sacred? That rhetorical question is cliched, and every cliche needs a good excuse. In this case one has been provided by the Director of Immigration, Lai Tung-kwok, in his ... Lai's marriage registries would attest after being shunted in and out- single one minute and married the next. In case you haven't guessed, it means, as we report today, that from now ...

  3. Big day even more special than usual

    Posted Apr 24th 2006, 12:00am by Andy Chen

    ... in Hong Kong. Alfred Siu, the company's managing director, said many of his clients had issued special requests, with one demanding the presence of 20 puppies. Director of Immigration Lai Tung-kwok, who is also registrar of marriages, said last week that a further 300 people had applied to be civil celebrants. Mr Lai said some of the city's marriage registries might eventually ...

  4. Just a short walk for visitors through joint customs system

    Posted Nov 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Winnie Yeung

    ... customs and immigration building in Shekou. At present travellers must leave their vehicles twice. Director of Immigration Lai Tung-kwok said travellers would have a similar experience at the Lo Wu rail crossing, with the checkpoints separated by no more than 80 metres. Mr Lai said the Hong Kong side would have more than 30 e-channels for self-service immigration clearance and more ...

  5. Immigration rules set for shake-up

    Posted Jan 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to find jobs before entering Hong Kong, but Director of Immigration Lai Tung-kwok said the new scheme would help ease the concerns of those who were considering moving to the city. '[Under ... overseas would be able to apply through the new scheme. Applicants would be judged on their age, education level, work experience and other skills. Mr Lai said officials were still studying how ...

  6. Fears raised over 'creative' marriage venues

    Posted Apr 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Paggie Leung, Vivienne Chow

    ... if a gathering has more than 50 people, approval from the police commissioner is necessary. The registrar of marriages, Lai Tung-kwok, said everyone understood what a serious and formal environment meant ...

  7. Ex-goalie acquitted on appeal over rape charge

    Posted Jan 25th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Helen Wu A former top goalkeeper, sentenced to five years in jail for raping his maid while his four-year-old daughter slept in the next bed, was freed yesterday after the Court of Appeal overturned the verdict. Lau Tung-ping, 45, was acquitted of a charge of raping his Filipino domestic helper. He has spent 23 months in prison. Mr Lau was released after the Court of Appeal judges ...

  8. HK to launch scheme to attract talented foreigners

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and employment situation, it has been decided to remove this restriction to enhance Hong Kong's edge in attracting professionals,' he explained. Director of Immigration Lai Tung-kwok said ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 7.02pm: The government announced on Thursday that it would launch a scheme aimed at attracting talented people from the mainland and overseas to settle in Hong ...

  9. Mufti vows to tape mouth up if sermon incited rape

    Posted Nov 04th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of inciting rape. Sheikh Taj Aldin al-Hilali made the pledge yesterday as he came under intense pressure to resign over comments comparing scantily clad women to 'uncovered meat' inviting ... the post to seek nominations. The controversial cleric called for an 'ethical court' to be assembled to decide whether he was guilty of denigrating women or inciting rape in a sermon ...

  10. Epileptic patient's rape claim was ignored, court told

    Posted Mar 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Helen Wu A rehabilitation centre turned a deaf ear to complaints by a severely epileptic patient that she was raped by the supervisor's husband, a court heard yesterday. Zhan Xianyang, 41, is charged with three counts of raping the 23-year-old resident of the centre in Tai Po between July 2004 and April last year. Zhan, a mainland farmer, is alleged to have raped ...




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