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  1. MPF choice put back to July 2012

    Posted Mar 29th 2011, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Employees will finally be allowed to choose their own pension providers from July next year under new regulatory details governing Mandatory Provident Fund salespeople announced ... charge about 1.8 per cent compared with about 0.5 per cent in Australia. In 2007, the Consumer Council slammed the high MPF fees and said a 3 per cent charge could eat up 52 per cent ...

  2. Hong Kong needs 'Good Samaritan' law and mandatory smoke detectors

    Posted Nov 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... equipment for public and private venues, yet we have no requirement for the most effective device, a smoke detector, to be mandatory inside all newly-built apartments or rentals. Tobias Brown, ...

  3. Mandatory retirement age is unjust

    Posted Jul 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... There is a rising demand for university professors due to the new 3+3+4 education system. Despite this, some professors will be forced to retire as they reach the mandatory retirement age. I believe the mandatory retirement age should be abandoned. Older professors have devoted their lives to teaching and acquired invaluable work experience over many years. Their expertise ...

  4. Should school students face mandatory drug testing?

    Posted Feb 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Matthew Murchie

    ... the government's zero- tolerance policy on drug abuse among teenagers through mandatory drug testing is a necessary measure. The aim of mandatory drug testing is not to punish or humiliate drug-users ... the cost of the technology will inevitably go down. For the sake of the thousands of drug-abusing students in Hong Kong, the government must adopt mandatory drug testing as the only solution ...

  5. Mandatory green targets set

    Posted Mar 06th 2011, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... a measure of carbon intensity, by 17 per cent from the 2010 level by 2015. The inclusion of the mandatory carbon intensity target in the nation's new five-year plan is seen as a big compromise and the result of intense international pressure on China, the world's top carbon polluter, to accept mandatory carbon caps. Until now China has insisted carbon targets would hurt its economic ...

  6. Inmates go on hunger strike

    Posted Sep 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... detention centre. Some of the men at the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre in Tuen Mun had been refusing food for more than a month, said another detainee, who was not taking part. The United ... It's like a never-ending, seemingly indefinite, detention,' Patsy Ho, a solicitor at the firm, said. 'As far as they know, the more they strike, the earlier they can get an answer ...

  7. Wukan leader tells of detention

    Posted Dec 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mimi Lau in Wukan mimi.lau@scmp.com One of three leaders of the protests in a Guangdong village over illegal land grabs was freed from police detention yesterday, hours before deputy Guangdong party chief Zhu Mingguo paid a visit to the village. Zhang Jiancheng, 26, was arrested in Wukan two weeks ago along with Xue Jinbo. They were taken to a Shanwei detention centre together ...

  8. Activists object to secret detention bill

    Posted Oct 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Mainland human rights lawyers and activists are voicing their concern about a proposed law that would legalise secret detentions. They fear that if passed, ... government harassment, said Beijing would risk further alienating its people. He wrote to the NPC, demanding the security agencies use their experience to assess the use of arbitrary detentions ...

  9. Ageing professors fight retirement

    Posted May 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... and the administrative staff who have reached 60.' Forced retirement at 60 is also out of line with global trends. In the US, Britain and Australia there is no mandatory retirement age for professors. Three of the city's nine universities have already raised the mandatory retirement age for staff to 65. 'Sixty-five is a more suitable age for retirement because people are still energetic, productive ...

  10. Draft secret-detention law posted for comment

    Posted Aug 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... state security or if keeping them at home would hamper investigations. Rights activists said the amendments would effectively legitimise the detention and disappearances of dissidents ...




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