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  1. Sport - CRICKET

    No DRS means umpire's word is final for England-India series

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:55pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Nottingham System is not being implemented during the five matches, putting more pressure on officials Umpire's word is final for England-India tests Something rather strange, by modern standards, will happen when either Australia's Bruce Oxenford or Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena raises his finger in the first test between England and India. ...

  2. Comment

    Means-testing stance shows officials want to curb welfare in Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 12th 2012, 12:00am by Albert Cheng

    ... testing for old-age allowance is simply mean Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has failed to deliver what he promised during his election campaign. He has implemented no effective policy since ... to financial vetting. Currently, those aged between 65 and 69 are subject to a means test while those aged 70 and above are spared. That's why both the Federation of Trade Unions ...

  3. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    'You turn me on' takes on new meaning as we teach technology to think

    Posted Jun 08th 2014, 05:32am by Alex Lo

    ... "thinking" beings that we can fall in love with them. For that to happen, they must pass- indisputably- what researchers in artificial intelligence call the Turing test- which means convincing ... on a whole new meaning Some of the best recent sci-fi movies are not advertised as such. Among these I would single out Her. This Spike Jonze film stars the voice of Scarlett Johansson as Samantha, ...

  4. Comment - Letters

    Stop blocking old-age payments

    Posted Dec 07th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Means test opponents should stop blocking old-age payments The government's proposed Old Age Living Allowance has still not been approved because some lawmakers on the finance committee demand the scrapping of a means test. This test would include an asset assessment to determine if an elderly person is eligible for the allowance. I fully understand the rationale of those ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    Democrats push for vote on old age allowance

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 02:36pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... on applicants. Radical pan-democrats want a means test scrapped altogether, while the Beijing-loyalist Federation of Trade Unions want it scrapped for those aged 70 and older. Emily Lau Wai-hing, ... at the meeting. He said he planned to submit more than 1,000 amendments, to defer voting, in order to force the government to scrap the means test. Under the current proposal, everyone aged 65 and over ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Government presses for approval of higher old-age allowance

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by Tony Cheung

    ... Pan-democrats want more time to discuss the planned HK$2,200-a-month means-tested benefit for people over 65, with 23 of the camp's 27 legislators signing a letter calling for a postponement until November. Meanwhile, the pro-establishment Liberal Party plans to vote against the proposal or abstain if the asset limit for the means test is not raised. People 70 and over are entitled ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking Points

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Staff and Agencies

    ... subsidy means test A heated debate is expected at a Legco session to discuss the proposed monthly subsidy of HK$2,200 for senior citizens. Pan-democratic and union lawmakers have said they will vote against the scheme if the government insists on imposing a means test. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong said the asset limit should be relaxed instead. ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Vote on old age allowance deferred to sidestep showdown

    Posted Oct 26th 2012, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee colleen.lee@scmp.com Vote to be deferred in bid to avoid clash with legislators over means test and asset cap Legco sidesteps showdown over old age allowance Legco's vote ... plans to abstain. The controversy over the old-age allowance arises from a row over plans to means-test applicants. The pan-democrats want the government to waive the means test for those aged ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Free tests will use mobile technology to screen for abnormal heartbeats

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 03:30pm by Emily Tsang

    ... electrocardiography equipment, requiring the patient to disrobe and lie down on a bed. Most traditional tests take about 20 minutes.  The new technology means tests can be carried out anywhere, ...

  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Q&A: What does North Korea's third nuclear test mean for the world?

    Posted Feb 12th 2013, 02:26pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul North Korea said it carried out a nuclear test on Tuesday, its third, despite numerous appeals and warnings to desist. Here are some questions and answers ... It conducted confirmed nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. Both were believed to be fairly crude plutonium devices with relatively low yields, and the 2006 test was widely seen as a dud. So, in one sense, ...




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