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  1. Tum-twisters give the middle-class Middle Eastern midriffs

    Posted Feb 18th 2006, 12:00am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... bodies, belly dancing is the latest craze to hit the mainland, finding a niche among young, middle-class urbanites looking for novel ways to enjoy themselves. On a weekday afternoon, the walls ... that they invited her to take part in this year's Egyptian Belly Dancing Festival- the first mainlander to be accorded the honour. After showing photos of herself alongside Middle Eastern belly dancers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/536914/tum-twisters-give-middle-class-middle-eastern-midriffs
  2. Middle-class group calls for tax cuts

    Posted Feb 20th 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani, Ng Kang-chung A middle-class advocacy group yesterday called for tax cuts, more education allowances and property interest relief in Wednesday's budget. The appeal came after a survey showed the sandwich class was most concerned about education, medical reform and tax cuts. The Middle Class Force-commissioned survey of 517 people, carried out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/537193/middle-class-group-calls-tax-cuts
  3. Middle-class unease spurs tax-relief plea

    Posted Feb 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporters The middle class became less satisfied with Hong Kong's macroeconomy in the second half of last year, a poll has found, prompting calls for tax relief. A survey carried out by the political group New Forum found the satisfaction index for the middle class's confidence in the macroeconomy dropped 16.3 points from 126.2 during the first half ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/537325/middle-class-unease-spurs-tax-relief-plea
  4. The middle-class family

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... works on the mainland. Ms Lee said the government should quickly introduce a tax allowance for children's education. 'This is the thing that the middle class needs the most,' she ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/537589/middle-class-family
  5. A modest saving for the middle class

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung About 975,000 salaries taxpayers are to save $250 to $7,170 a year under a modest reduction of 1 percentage point in marginal tax rates. Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said the concession, to cost $1.5 billion a year, would ease the burden on the middle class without narrowing the tax base. But he decided against a one-off rebate or reverting to the tax ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/537590/modest-saving-middle-class
  6. In search of the middle-class yuan

    Posted Mar 06th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the illustrator has entrusted Beijing-based China Animation Corp (CAC) with the electronic project... a sure sign that the rising middle class is looking beyond life's essentials and spending ... to today's offerings including beauty, health and fitness plus language and art and craft classes for children and adults. In the latest development, these is even a developing 'pet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/539241/search-middle-class-yuan
  7. New levy strategy will target middle class

    Posted Oct 20th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Denise Hung The administration will reach out to the middle class directly in the next phase of its GST consultation to seek support for the controversial levy, a government source said. ... with a narrow tax base, and how the middle class would benefit from such a levy. He will also urge political parties to provide viable alternatives to broaden the tax base. 'GST is a middle-class ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/568352
  8. Staff costs cited as hurdle for middle-class hospitals

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

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A hospital for the middle class is impossible without its doctors and nurses taking a significant pay cut, the president of the Private Hospitals Association said ... Dr Shih said at a University of Hong Kong symposium that a 'middle-class hospital' should be set up by a non-governmental organisation with land and a loan provided ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/553506/staff-costs-cited-hurdle-middle-class-hospitals
  9. Legal aid 'failing the middle class'

    Posted Nov 28th 2006, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... targeting the middle class. They also questioned the calculations made by the Legal Aid Department before it decided the financial eligibility ceiling for legal aid applicants should rise by 2.5 per ... the rationale behind including personal injury but not defamation cases in the scheme. 'To the middle class, hurting their reputation can sometimes be more damaging than hurting their arm ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/573200
  10. DAB targets middle-class members to boost image

    Posted Sep 25th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The DAB needs to step up efforts to recruit professional and middle-class members to meet state leaders' expectations for improving its image, party leaders say. ... is that it will need to continue recruiting young, professional and middle-class members to raise its credibility and shed its leftist image. Mr Ip agreed that although there was no explicit request by state ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/565269

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