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  1. Promotional blitz launched ahead of new smoking law

    Posted Oct 24th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Winnie Yeung

    ... a promotional blitz ahead of the January 1 implementation of the smoking law. The Legislative Council approved an amendment last Thursday that will require nearly all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, to be smoke-free. The law will take effect on January 1 for most workplaces, but places of entertainment that prohibit entry to people under 18 will have until July 1, 2009, to comply. ...

  2. Minister hails final passage of smoking bill into law

    Posted Oct 20th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... January 1 at most indoor workplaces and public places was finally passed into law yesterday. But controversy continued over the last-minute revelation by Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food ... uniform amendment.' The law empowers the secretary for health to appoint inspectors to enforce the ordinance and removes the statutory requirement for managers to display no-smoking signs. ...

  3. Food safety laws to be overhauled

    Posted Oct 20th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... although total overhaul of the food laws will be 'a rolling process', she said. 'If we are going to do a major reform of legislation where it has a significant impact on trade ...

  4. Smoking ban set to become law next year

    Posted Oct 10th 2006, 12:00am by Lilian Goh, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Vivienne Chow

    ... of gaining enough support from the Legislative Council to impose a smoking ban next year, but it is still lobbying lawmakers over some details and proposed amendments to the controversial new law ... a source close to the government said. The source said, however, the law was expected to be passed. Major political parties also expressed support for the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Bill ...

  5. Maids' pay cut, levy are lawful, court rules

    Posted Jul 20th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Domestic helpers vow to continue legal battle to have salaries restored after their appeal is knocked back A $400 pay cut for Hong Kong's 228,000 foreign domestic helpers, imposed several months before a $400 monthly levy on their em ...

  6. Animal advocate decries 7-year delay on law

    Posted May 09th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A top adviser on animal welfare has hit out at the seven-year delay in amending animal protection laws. Anthony James, chairman of the Animal Welfare Advisory Group, said the body had been pressing for a revision of the Protection of Animals Ordinance since 1999, when the government asked for its comments to update the law. 'After that initial enlightened ...

  7. HK Filipinos to rally against 'martial law in disguise'

    Posted Feb 25th 2006, 12:00am by Felix Chan, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez, Felix Chan Migrant workers' leaders will gather at the Philippine Consulate tomorrow to protest at what United Filipinos in Hong Kong condemns as 'martial law in disguise'. Unifil chairwoman Dolores Balladares called for the immediate lifting of the state of emergency. E-mail and text messages were being sent out from Manila yesterday, calling on Hong Kong ...

  8. Egg law hatched to control imports

    Posted Nov 29th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... was speaking after a public-health function. There is currently no law regulating egg imports. In May, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), a UN organ, put out anti-bird flu guidelines. ...

  9. Quick quarantine with amended law

    Posted Nov 24th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Authorities armed with sweeping isolation measures Hong Kong yesterday amended an arcane quarantine law to allow health officials to immediately isolate people suspected of having bird flu. Learning from the example of Sars two years ago, the government hopes the amendment would prevent the severe spread of infection that occurred in the Amoy Gardens in April 2003. ...

  10. Pledge of tougher law by June

    Posted Feb 25th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Patsy Moy

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Patsy Moy The Health, Welfare and Food Bureau said yesterday it would try to introduce a tougher anti-smoking law by June, as the financial secretary's office said the government would consider raising the tax on cigarettes. The moves follow the release of the University of Hong Kong study on the cost of smoking, which the bureau funded ...




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