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  1. IELTS recognised in UK immigration rules

    Posted Jan 17th 2009, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee The International English Language Testing System has been recognised as a qualification in British immigration rules on the test's 20th anniversary. Highly-skilled ... recently agreed that people who score 6.5 or above in the IELTS can be considered as meeting the requirement. Martin Davidson, chief executive officer of the British Council, a co-organiser ...

  2. Ah Bun's dream comes true after 19 years

    Posted Aug 20th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun, who rose to prominence when he pleaded with then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa to let him die, realised a dream yesterday when he moved into a home of his own after 19 years in hospital. 'Thanks very much, I really feel gra ...

  3. Unions predict big Labour Day turnout as wage floor looms

    Posted Apr 27th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... The fierce debate over how high to set the city's first minimum wage will bring protesters onto the streets in record numbers for the annual Labour Day march, unionists believe. 'After years of hard work, finally we will have a minimum wage. We ...

  4. Helpers' food allowance doubled

    Posted Sep 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The government's decision to freeze the minimum wage for foreign domestic helpers but raise their food allowance has received praise from employers but criticism from some workers. The government announced yesterday that the minimum allowable wage for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong would remain at HK$3,580 per month. However the minimum food allowance - paid ...

  5. Welfare group pushes for improvement in childcare services for low-income families

    Posted Aug 01st 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The government should improve childcare services to help underprivileged families in which the mothers have to stay at home instead of going to work, a group of protesters said yesterday. Demonstrating outside government headquarters with 100 children and their parents yesterday, representatives of the Society for Community Organisation said at least 120,000 children aged ...

  6. Police are ordered to report verbal abuse against them

    Posted Aug 12th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... Hong Kong's frontline police officers have been ordered to report all verbal abuse directed at them while on patrol so the force can decide whether a law to tackle the problem is needed. The order was issued late last month, soon after Police Commiss ...

  7. Investing migrants are not required to call city home

    Posted Oct 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... Successful applicants for the government's new investment immigration scheme will initially be given a two-year right of stay in Hong Kong - but will not have to live in the city. Clarifying details of the scheme that were announced on Tuesday, Assis ...

  8. Suicide prevention gets boost

    Posted Sep 10th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... Four civic groups agree to co-ordinate efforts and raise public awareness Four civic groups yesterday joined hands to fight suicide as part of a global initiative to mark the first World Suicide Prevention Day today. Hong Kong's suicide rate reached ...

  9. Domestic violence laws 'need reform'

    Posted Jul 24th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... A legislator's sweeping policy suggestions seek to expand the definition to cover the abuse of the elderly and siblings A legislator is seeking sweeping reforms of domestic violence laws to make them cover household abuse beyond that involving couple ...

  10. Suicides among the elderly at 5-year low

    Posted Jul 14th 2003, 12:00am by Ella Lee, Stella Lee

    ... The number of elderly people committing suicide dropped to a five-year low last year, but the social welfare chief yesterday said the situation remained worrying. In a weekly column on her department's website, Director of Social Welfare Carrie Lam C ...




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